Inkscape | Blogging Tool of the Month

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Hello! In my last post I mentioned that I'd kind of fallen behind with (that's code for completely neglected) almost all of my series. So I thought that it'd only be fitting to do a BTOM post today. This blogging tool is one that I've been meaning to post about for ages, since it's just that useful. It's a photo editing/graphic creating type thing, comparable to Photoshop. Now, I've worked with Photoshop a bit before, but for all of my blogging needs I find that free alternatives tend to do the job just as well, if not better! Anyway, the tool I'm talking about today is Inkscape it's a free, open source alternative to Photoshop. It offers a range of features, is fairly well known and is, in my opinion, a good place to start if you're looking to get started with something like Photoshop.

So I think the biggest thing about Inkscape is that it's free. It does nowhere near as much as Photoshop but if you're someone like me, who wouldn't really take advantage of at least two thirds of the features on Photoshop then it's probably going to do the job. Inkscape uses vector graphics which pretty much means that the shapes and images you create can be re-sized to whatever without going all pixel-y. This is really useful I find, for blog graphics, because if you don't happen to know the exact size of your sidebar and don't really want to spend the time finding out... then it's really easy to take a trial and error approach :)

I mentioned before that Inkscape is fairly well known and you might be wondering, why does that matter? What difference does it make? Well, the big thing is that there's a tonne of online help guides and tutorials telling you how to do stuff which, for obvious reasons, makes everything a lot easier. It also means that the software isn't very bug-y and doesn't crash (well it hasn't yet, I don't want to tempt fate!). It also gets updated every now and again, but not so much that you're constantly having to install updates.

My last point about Inkscape is that, although it's not exactly the same as Photoshop, a lot of the principles and ideas are similar, a good example being the "layer" concept. For this reason I think that Inkscape's perfect if you're looking to get into Photoshop but don't want to commit to the price. It's also, in my opinion, a good tool to play around with before you even get started with Photoshop as it's so much more basic that it just simplifies everything. If you're used to something like PicMonkey (which is amazing, don't get me wrong!) then the whole Photoshop-esque setup can seem quite daunting and difficult to maneuver your way around, at least while you're starting off. Now Inkscape still has that fear invoking layout but it's nowhere near as bad!! Which is why I think it's a great place to get started.

To recap:

  • Inkscape is free and open source
  • It doesn't do as much as Photoshop but still does a lot
  • It is well known and there's a tonne of guides for it
  • It's a good stepping stone if you're looking to get into photo editing

You've probably figured this out by now, but I'd really recommend at least trying Inkscape. After all, it's free so what've you got to lose?
Katie XO