INKSCAPE: Effective for digital scrapbooking?

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INKSCAPE: Effective for digital scrapbooking?

My son has Inkscape installed on the computer--we do not have Photoshop--and I'm wondering if this is a viable option for digital scrapbooking. Being new to this medium, I want to make sure I don't waste my time "learning" on a program that will not give me the tools I need.

Any advice would be helpful. Thanks in advance!

I think I remember doing a few pages in Inkscape. It has been a while since I was using the program. I think it is more of a drawing program But can do pages depending on what you like to do with a page. Once you create you can save as a PNG or JPEG format.

Thank you! My son had downloaded it for some type of graphics work in school, so I imagine it's not exactly what I might want/need, but thought it could possibly work to try out some layout ideas. I'll have to give it a go.

Inkscape is a vector based drawing program. While you could use it to create layouts, it doesn't give you the same filters and options as PS or PSP would give you. I look at Inkscape as the program I would use to create an element for my LO, but use PS or PSP to put all my elements together for the final product.

I agree with Diane, it is the freeware version of InDesign.

Inkscape is based on Illustrator, a drawing program for Vector graphics. It works great with Photoshop or other photo editing programs.

InDesign is a publishing program. Creating layouts in InDesign may not be the best to use.

Serif Software has PhotoPlus starter for download.

A while back there was aa link for Photoshop 2 for free download.

Thanks for the great advice! I appreciate it smiley

You may want to look at downloading GIMP. GIMP is to Inkscape what Photoshop is to Illustrator. GIMP is free and will do all that you want to do for creating layouts. You will find that a lot of resources for Photoshop (such as brushes, plugins, etc.) will also work in GIMP. Also, a lot of tutorials for Photoshop will work in GIMP. The menu items may not be in the exact same spot or called exactly the same thing, but the concepts translate virtually straight across the programs.

I agree with the other, and like Cat said, GIMP would be my suggestion. I use GIMP for scrapping and other things, and am pleased with it...There are many things I've not learned in the last 1.5 that I've been using, but I think you'll be as pleased with it as I am. We've got a thread in this forum for those that use GIMP. For questions or posting links to GIMP tutorials. We definitely need to be building tips and tutorials...sharing what we are learning.

So give GIMP a try.

Concerning Inkscape: We are working on a logo and my son came in all excited with a rough draft...on his Mac perhaps Sketchbook, or something like that. But he was just learning to use the program. Because his idea was using the shadows of a complicated shape as the basis, I decided to jump on my PC and try that figure in Inkscape! Since it was late it took me a bit to really learn, and figure out how to use their 3D drawing that I could manipulate the vanishing points, and learn the other control dots and handles for working with these 3D objects. But after a handful of hours, I got something that I was very pleased with! I showed Hubby last night, and the first thing he asks is can't you make this word on the same angle as the other one...blah blah blah, ie moving some of the perspectives. I said well let me show you, cause I don't think you'll like it, it's won't look realistic and therefore pleasing to the eye.

So I pull it up in Inkscape, select the object and grab the diminishing points and move them around to were it was as close as I could get to Hubby's idea...and he says, "nope your right, don't like it! Undo back to what YOU had before!".

Still will have to coordinate with my son on his system because he has the font we loved, but because of Inkscape and the 3D drawing tool, even with the learning curve I was still able to get what we needed in a short amount of time!