Digitize like a pro in Inkscape


Did you know that people are making money from selling items they created in Inkscape for free? It’s true! In this tutorial, I am going to teach you how to digitize like a pro. Your hand-lettered art will look professional enough to sell! What you will learn here is the answer to most frequent question I have been getting about digitizing in Inkscape. Let’s do this!

By the way, this is my third tutorial. If you missed my first tutorial or second tutorial, you will want to check them out first. They build on each other.


Here is a list of what you will be learning in my video tutorial:

  1. Fill in the lines of your hand lettered piece before even bringing it into the computer.
  2. Adjust the threshold according to your specific piece.
  3. Click Path and Simplify to see if it makes it better or worse. This doesn’t always work, but sometimes it helps a little. If your design has a lot of flourishes, this probably won’t work because basically it takes out most of the nodes. If it doesn’t help, just edit undo.
  4. Save your vector as a png image. Import the new image and trace the bitmap again. This somehow smooths out the nodes so they are easier to edit.
  5. Go through each letter and edit the nodes using my guide below. When you hold down control and click on the node, it will change the type of node (see below).
  6. Manipulate the bezier curves or anchor points. to get just the right curve. You want your widths to be the same throughout your letter, keeping the thick downstrokes and thin upstrokes.

Watch the video!

Here is your complete guide for the node toolbar! Download the PDF version here.



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