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Minimalist Wallpaper Guide | Inkscape by ncoll36 Minimalist Wallpaper Guide | Inkscape by ncoll36
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!



Notes:
* 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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:iconvolgger:
Volgger Featured By Owner May 28, 2018  Student Artist
Thank you, but it's too complicated for me but I will do my best to learn!~
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:iconncoll36:
ncoll36 Featured By Owner May 28, 2018
It's very simple, it's all based around one tool.
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:iconkhasdannyanlord:
Khasdannyanlord Featured By Owner May 12, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
i must admit wht this is o interesting but i have only photoshop and illustrator i think what perhaps.... hmmm
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:iconncoll36:
ncoll36 Featured By Owner May 12, 2018
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.
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:iconkhasdannyanlord:
Khasdannyanlord Featured By Owner May 12, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
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?
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:iconncoll36:
ncoll36 Featured By Owner May 13, 2018
It's the end if this year. :)
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:iconkhasdannyanlord:
Khasdannyanlord Featured By Owner May 13, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
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!
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BeachesAndHoars Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2018
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.
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:iconncoll36:
ncoll36 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2018
Glad I could be of some help. :D
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:iconfollowing-the-rabbit:
Following-The-Rabbit Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
What's the difference between this and tracing?
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:iconncoll36:
ncoll36 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2017
That's a decision you can make yourself.
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:iconfollowing-the-rabbit:
Following-The-Rabbit Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Mate, I wasn't being accusatory; I'm just curious.
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:iconncoll36:
ncoll36 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2017
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.
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Following-The-Rabbit Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
How is it transformative?
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Toshlyra-Studios Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
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.
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ncoll36 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2017
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.
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Toshlyra-Studios Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
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.
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ncoll36 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2017
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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Toshlyra-Studios Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
ah i see i see ^^
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ShiroRS Featured By Owner Edited Oct 2, 2017  Student Digital Artist
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:iconncoll36:
ncoll36 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2017
Looks awesome. One thing I'd suggest doing is adding the source image in the description of that post.
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ShiroRS Featured By Owner Edited Oct 2, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Yes, it was the first vector image I made, was watching his tutorial


shirors.deviantart.com


So did you like it ??
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:iconncoll36:
ncoll36 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2017
Yeah it looks great.
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:iconmissunashamed:
MissUnashamed Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very informative :) well done!
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:iconncoll36:
ncoll36 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2017
Thanks, I hope it helps you out.
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SelflessDevotions Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2017   Digital Artist
This tutorial helped me! Thanks so much!
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:iconncoll36:
ncoll36 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2017
I'm happy to help. :D
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FoxInFlame Featured By Owner May 26, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You've mentioned that you do a different method recently. What do you do differently now?
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:iconncoll36:
ncoll36 Featured By Owner May 26, 2017
Yeah, so essentially I no longer use division tool. Instead I manually add nodes, disconnect them and break apart path. I know it sounds more complex, but it allows me to be more precise.
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TioLuiZSan Featured By Owner May 7, 2017  Student General Artist
Thank you so much MASTER!!!!! (╯✧▽✧)╯
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EarthLurker Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Many thanks for taking the time and effort to make this tutorial.  I first downloaded Inkscape last week and took a whole night to teach myself how to use and navigate it.  Menu hunting was a pain, but I Googled up the keyboard shortcuts :)

I made a Johan Liebert minimalist wallpaper as my first Inkscape creation.  However, I would like to advance to the more complex stuff like the kind of vector art you make, and then move on to making OCs for a webcomic I plan on making this summer.

Do you have any more tips & tricks I can add to my arsenal for Inkscape?
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ncoll36 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2017
Some things I have done to improve my efficiency is customise my Inkscape interface, by that I mean I removed all the unnecessary open windows and bars. You can see that in my screenshot. I have also customised the keyboard shortcuts, so my most used keys are WASD and surrounding keys (gamer here so these keys are most familiar when using both keyboard and mouse at the same time).

Alongside this, I have also created keyboard macros for some certain tasks because I couldn't change all the shortcuts. My keyboard also as separate macro keys in easy to access locations. So I have added stuff like delete, group, merge, split, and a couple others to keyboard macros.

As for more complex stuff, for my vectors I do the exact same process as everything else, but you are essentially just adding more paths to the image. I have slightly changed my process from this tutorial, but those are little tricks I've just picked up as I play around with stuff. That generally happens over time when you discover new stuff.

OCs are a completely different story since you will be creating them from scratch and not tracing over an existing image. I haven't had any experience doing this, so I can't really help there.

Some general tips I can't stress enough, the less nodes you are, the smoother your image will look. So try finding the best places to put your nodes to create the curve needed.
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EarthLurker Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah yes, I see what you mean by that last part.  I've been tracing paths for quite some time now, and I'm glad to hear that the processes haven't changed since I started.  As for the OCs, I have just downloaded DesignDoll so I can trace over an existing image to my benefit.  After all, I lack the talent to create things from scratch, especially humanoid shapes, so I might as well create 3D models and translate them to 2D using Inkscape tracing.

Lastly, I think your method of customizing keyboard macros to gamer-style functions is ingenious.  I shall do that on my own time.  Thank you.
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ncoll36 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2017
That's a good idea, creating your own models from existing things such as DesignDoll. I'm assuming your webcomic will be more of a comedic approach over something story driven, if so I think doing this method will definitely work.
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EarthLurker Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh yeah, most definitely comedic.  Just a series of random dark-comedy sketches I imagine from time to time, but with a central theme and recurring characters to fulfill certain archetypes that I like to poke fun at.
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aliasdennis Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2017
Now I can do my own wallpaper thank you. Can you do more tutorials like this? 😊
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:iconncoll36:
ncoll36 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2017
Tutorials take a long time to make. How I showed you to do things in this tutorial I do slightly differently now myself.
What would you like to see in more tutorials anyhow?
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Andrew9Nguyen Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2017  Student Artist
Thanks!!!
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:iconncoll36:
ncoll36 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2017
I hope it helps in some way.
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:iconandrew9nguyen:
Andrew9Nguyen Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2017  Student Artist
It does!! i can actually make better curved lines now :S
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:iconncoll36:
ncoll36 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2017
Sweet, I'm assuming you were using a lot more nodes before?
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Andrew9Nguyen Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2017  Student Artist
Yup but my curves were not so great :/
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:icontioluizsan:
TioLuiZSan Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2017  Student General Artist
Thank you so much!! 
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:iconncoll36:
ncoll36 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2017
If you make anything let me know! :D
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:icontioluizsan:
TioLuiZSan Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2017  Student General Artist
I still do not know how to do anything I'm looking for tutorials to get started
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ESPI0ZX Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2016   Digital Artist
Nice! True... I use Adobe Flash Pro CS6... there is also convenient о3о
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ncoll36 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2016
That's good to here! :D
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JoxSilverEagle Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for this, I love minimalist wallpaper and I've succeed to do one at my first try thanks to your tutorial ! Very nice guide.
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ncoll36 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2016
Really glad to be of assistance. :D
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AlmostDevil665 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2016
Woah!!!  Nice tutorial/guide
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