Fail and Prejudice: Using Inkscape as an alternative to Illustrator
I was already familiar with Illustrator (CS3). However since it’s been a while ago, I thought I could use Inkscape without prejudice.
The point was to make a head upside down, half filled with blood, dripping out. Don’t ask me why that was my intention, let’s just leave it at that I didn’t succeed. The illustration somewhat resembles a head…upside down..getting red.
Some remarks on the usability of Inkscape (vs. Illustrator CS3):
Copying a path, copies the object, not the path. After copying you can’t change the path. I couldn’t figure out how to connect paths or disconnect them. Very frustrating. Creating a path is however really easy and adjusting it as well. Works much better than in Illustrator: It isn’t as sensitive and troubling.
Colors and gradient
The variation of colors is very limited. Switching between coloring of path/ filling is a bad copy of Illustrator and doesn’t work as intuitive. Switching between colors becomes even more problematic when using gradient (or other effects). I did figure it out eventually, but it really took me some time and effort. You can set the alignment of the gradient IN the object, this is actually quite nice.
I haven’t been working with layers, but I must say, it isn’t as inviting and intuitive as it is in Illustrator. In Illustrator a big importance is given to layers and it’s always somehow visible or accesible.
In conclusion I think that both Illustrator and Inkscape have interesting features. With both I didn’t use a ‘how-to’ guide, but instead tried to figure it out myself. I believe this is the best way to learn. It amazes me though, that Inkscape is a very good alternative to Illustrator considering it’s only on the market for the last 5 years…