Inkscape is an open source SVG-based vector graphics editor that comes with a host of high-end, professional features.
You get a lengthy list of drawing tools, for instance, quick ways to create rectangles and squares, circles and arcs, spirals, polygons, 3D boxes, Bezier curves, straight lines and more. But there are also interesting sculpting and painting options, a lengthy list of path creation and editing options, and some very powerful text tools.
In common with other SVG editors, you're able to scale objects in a click or two, group and ungroup them, apply colours, gradients and strokes as required, align and combine objects, trace bitmaps and more.
And there's direct support for many advanced SVG features, like alpha blending, markers and clones.
There is a price to pay for this, as the learning curve is a little steep: you'll need to invest plenty of time and effort before you've properly mastered everything that Inkscape can do. If you need a good vector editor then it's well worth the effort, though, as Inkscape provides many of the same features as Illustrator for no cost at all.
It can be a little complicated, but take the time to master the basics and Inkscape will give you plenty of vector editing features and functionality
What's new in 1.1 (see news for more)?
- A warm welcome. A brand new Welcome screen awaits you upon launching Inkscape 1.1
- In command of your search. Our new Command Palette opens with the touch of the ? key
- A next-level docking experience. Our revamped Dialog Docking System works better and is more versatile, allowing you to dock your dialog boxes on either side of the workspace
- Search preferences easily. You're going to appreciate the search bar that allows you to find the preference setting you're looking for almost instantaneously
- Double check with new Display Mode. For those of you wrangling drawings with many layers, our new outline overlay mode is worth investigating. It displays a muted view (opacity) of your drawing behind the object outlines that are click-sensitive, so you can make sure everything is in order.
- What's new with Drawing tools, Nodes, Connectors & Selector. The Calligraphy tool has gained in precision, while connection lines drawn with the Connector tool now update in real time.
- Introducing the Slice (& dice) Live Path Effect (LPE). This new path effect allows you to split an object into two or more parts without destroying the original
- More Live Path Effects changes. You'll see a number of fixes within the LPEs in Inkscape and the 'Boolean Operations' LPE is no longer experimental.