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Minimalist Wallpaper Guide | Inkscape

There has been a few times now where people have asked me how I make my wallpapers, I've just given them the tutorial I used to learn to make them.
Since then I have learnt a lot more and figured out a bunch of tricks a long the way, so here it is, A Minimalist Wallpaper Guide for Inkscape.

I used a design similar to what DashingHero made.
His tutorial for Illustrator can be found HERE.

Please give me your opinions on this tutorial/guide, I will be happy to answer any questions you have as well!

* Inkscape v0.91 - Download
* If some tools are missing from the toolbox on the left, do the following:

        Edit > Preferences > Interface > Then set Toolbox icon size to "Small"

* I use a theme, to view tool differences CLICK HERE!

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AlexArgentin's avatar
Volgger's avatar
Thank you, but it's too complicated for me but I will do my best to learn!~
ncoll36's avatar
It's very simple, it's all based around one tool.
Khasdannyanlord's avatar
i must admit wht this is o interesting but i have only photoshop and illustrator i think what perhaps.... hmmm
ncoll36's avatar
Inkscape is free, I just personally find it easier to use for these wallpapers. In the description you'll find a link to an Illustrator guide.
Khasdannyanlord's avatar
oooh god thanks for this you are awesome!!! and if your birthday is next or near i ever gift a free commission so send me via note what do oyu want ok?
ncoll36's avatar
It's the end if this year. :)
Khasdannyanlord's avatar
i must thank you o nsome way for esplain me how you create your  awesome a rt so if you like surf a long for my gallery choose a character and i could drawing it or send me a note with details you have won early! try it!
BeachesAndHoars's avatar
Nice tutorial. Glad I decided to switch to Inkscape for Vector Art (I used GIMP to create my first minimalist / vector art only to find out halfway that the results are very pixelated) and I loved the Pen / Curve / Patch Exclusion / Stroke Tools of of Inkscape. 

Keep up the good work, and I'd love to see more of your vector arts in the future.
ncoll36's avatar
Glad I could be of some help. :D
TheRabbitFollower's avatar
What's the difference between this and tracing?
ncoll36's avatar
That's a decision you can make yourself.
TheRabbitFollower's avatar
Mate, I wasn't being accusatory; I'm just curious.
ncoll36's avatar
That's why I left the response open ended. Because it depends who you talk to and their opinion.

Yes technically it is tracing, but I believe the style is transformative/different enough. One thing I always do is provide a link to the source image that I used and give credit when I can.

When someone compliments something like pose or something else directly related to the character itself, I always tell them to say that to the original artist.
TheRabbitFollower's avatar
How is it transformative?
toshlyrastudios's avatar
Interesting, in Macromedia's "Fireworks" or now its is from Adobe, you can select the area with a Magic Wand ( just like in Photoshop ) and then "convert to path" fromt here you can do anything with that path, change color and all that.. then you can convert that to vector ( ai. )

Once you have a "path" in Fireworks it is already like a vector , means you can scale it in any size without quality loss.
ncoll36's avatar
I feel as though that would be more of a hassle to edit the paths you selected. One thing it would probably do is use a lot of nodes, so it would probably take more time to smooth them. Also, one of the reasons I use Inkscape over Adobe Illustrator is because I like how the Pen tool works.
toshlyrastudios's avatar
i see, well i use fireworks if i use vectors.
but i am so rarely creating vectors.

all i wanted to say is fireworks can convert with "selection tool" and it smoothes automatically.

not sure about inkscape, i might have a look when i have spare time.
ncoll36's avatar
Both Illustrator and Inkscape can also automatically create paths based on image colours. Of course it ain't the best for these, but a similar concept.
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ncoll36's avatar
Looks awesome. One thing I'd suggest doing is adding the source image in the description of that post.
ShiroRS's avatar
Yes, it was the first vector image I made, was watching his tutorial

So did you like it ??
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