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The most popular graphics/image processing programs on Linux platform are: GIMP, Inkscape, and Dia, each of which has its own unique functions. Thereinto, GIMP claims to be the Adobe Photoshop for Linux; Inkscape claims to be CorelDraw for Linux; while Dia refers to Microsoft’s Visio. Here, we recommend Inkscape to you all.
Inkscape is a free, open-source, and cross-platform vector image drawing program. Its functions are very powerful and well-knit, in addition to basic drawing tools like point, line, plane, circle, rectangle, curve, and it also provides advanced functions like 3D color. As a high-end vector graphics editor, Inkscape’s capabilities are highly similar to those of CorelDraw, Adobe Illustrator, Freehand, Xara X, and others.
Inkscape uses the W3C standard compliant Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format, supports SVG features like shapes, paths, text, markups, cloning, alpha blending, transforms, gradients, patterns, and composition. Besides, it also supports authoring shared metadata, node editing, layers, complex path calculations, bitmap tracing, text around paths, flowing text, direct editing of XML, and so on.
Inkscape supports a wide range of vector file formats, including SVG, AI, EPS, PDF, can import JPEG, PNG, TIFF format of image, and output image as PNG and multiple bitmap formats. Maybe not many people use it, but it is definitely a good piece of software to be noticed by vector graphics artists. If you think Illustrator and CorelDraw are too expensive, then Inkscape should be a very good alternative.
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|Fill and stroke|
|Operations on paths|
// Related Links //
- Inkscape Books and Manuals
- Inkscape Keyboard shortcuts reference
- Inkscape Command lines reference
- Inkscape Text Tutorials
- Inkscape Video Tutorials
- Inkscape Extension download
- Inkscape Frequently Asked Questions
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