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Inkscape Tutorial | Location Marker Icon Design

Thursday 8th March, 2018
Illustraton · Tutorial ·

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Location Marker Icon Tutorial is great for budding inkscape designers! Designers who want to design some professional looking early on but with minimal effort. This Tutorial focuses on the Ellipse Tool, The Boolean Modes, Node control, the Dropper Tool and Gradients.

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/6″][vc_single_image image=”3670″ add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/6″][vc_single_image image=”3671″ add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/6″][vc_single_image image=”3672″ add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/6″][vc_single_image image=”3673″ add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/6″][vc_single_image image=”3674″ add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/6″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4U_xCUC0OvI” align=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/6″][vc_single_image image=”3426″ add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/6″][vc_single_image image=”3422″ add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/6″][vc_single_image image=”3423″ add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/6″][vc_single_image image=”3432″ add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/6″][vc_single_image image=”3430″ add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/6″][vc_single_image image=”3504″ add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”3676″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Hi we are going to start this tutorial with the Ellipse Tool. {HOLDING SHIFT + CTRL} to scale proportionately.

Next we’ll duplicate the circle with {CTRL + D} OR Navigate to FILE MENU -> EDIT -> DUPLICATE and scale it down.

Then we’ll activate the Bezier Tool and will draw a triangle similar to what is seen in the above screen shot.

Inkscape Ellipse/Circle Tool

Ellipse/Circle Tool

Inkscape Bezier Tool

Bezier Tool

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”3677″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Then we will unify the big circle and the triangle made in the last step. Navigate to FILE MENU -> PATH -> UNION. As screen in the screenshot above

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”3678″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]For our next step we’ll using the Rectangle/Oblong Tool to create a rectangle like the one above.

Then make sure the rectangle is selected. Navigate to FILE MENU -> OBJECT -> OBJECT to path.

Inkscape Oblong/Rectangle Tool

Oblong/Rectangle Tool

[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”3679″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]For this step we will double click the rectangle create to activate the Nodes Tool.

Then move your cursor to option in the Tools Control Box Area and activate “Show Transformation Handles for Selected Nodes”

Inkscape Nodes Tool

Nodes Tool

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”3680″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We’ll select the top two nodes and scale inwards with the transformational handles as seen above.

Then we will navigate to the Tools Control Box and Press the option “Insert New Nodes into Selected Segments” Twice.

Do the Insert “New Nodes Step” above for the bottom two nodes as well.

Inkscape Nodes Tool

Nodes Tool

 

 

 

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”3681″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]From the new nodes selected {HOLD SHIFT} and select the Second and Fourth Node from the left, for both the top and bottom of the rectangle.

Hold {CRTL} and move nodes upwards until you get a shape like in the above screen shot.

Inkscape Nodes Tool

Nodes Tool

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”3682″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Create 3 straight bezier lines using the Bezier Tool {B}. The line should cut the vertices’s of the Second Third and fourth nodes.

If you eye is steady enough you can use the Snap Stool to achieve an accurate placement.

Then select all 3 lines and navigate to FILE MENU -> PATH -> UNION.

Inkscape Bezier Tool

Bezier Tool

Inkscape Tools: 16 Snap Tool

Snap Tool

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”3683″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Next Duplicate the map shape and move off the main canvas as we’ll need it for the next step.

We’ll then {HOLD SHIFT} and select the shape below it (our base map). Then we’ll navigate to FILE MENU -> PATH -> DIVISION.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”3684″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Firstly we are going to gradient colour every other map segment created with the division – moving from the left. Select the Gradient Tool {G}.

Then click and pull down on the first segment. Do this for the second segment as well. For the top nodes of the gradient use the The Dropper Tool and

select the colour # for the bottom nodes of each select the colour #.

Select the duplicate we moved off the canvas from the last step.

Active the Fill and Stroke Dialogue box. FILE MENU -> OBJECT -> FILL AND STROKE. Then select the tab “Stroke Style. Change the Stroke Width to “20px”. Then in the Stroke Fill Tab, will the stroke with the colour White/ #ffffff.

Place it over our map shape like seen in the above screen shot.

Inkscape Colour Dropper Tool

Colour Dropper Tool

Inkscape Gradient Tool

Gradient Tool

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”3685″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Using the Bezier Tool we will create roads in the map. For this section you can go wild :), just make sure the lines follow the contours of the map. I used the white /#ffffff, to match the border.

Inkscape Bezier Tool

Bezier Tool

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”3687″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]For this next step we are going to create the circle point that the Location marker is showing. Using the Ellipse Tool create a circle and colour it white.

Then we are going to cut the circle in half along its vertical axis. There are many ways to do this, but we are going to using “Division” using a bezier line.

Activate the Bezier Tool and draw a line through the center of the circle along the vertical plane. Then select both the circle and the line. Navigate to FILE MENU -> PATH -> DIVISON.

Lastly move both  semi-circles under the location point. Select the Left one and click on it once more to activate the Screw and Rotational Transformation handles. Then screw the shape on

the outside vertical transformational handle- upwards. Do the same for the right semi circle. Aim for it to look like the screenshot above,

Inkscape Ellipse/Circle Tool

Ellipse/Circle Tool

Inkscape Bezier Tool

Bezier Tool

Inkscape Selection Tool

Selection Tool

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”3688″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Duplicate {CTRL + D} the location marker and then Navigate to FILE MENU -> PATH -> INSET. Do this 3 times.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”3689″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Using the Ellipse Tool.  {HOLDING CTRL + SHIFT } scale a proportionate circle to cut the newly duplicate inset shape (from the last step).

Then select both shapes, and nagivate to FILE MENU -> PATH -> DIFFERENCE.

Using the dropper tool select the colour # .Then activate the Gradient Tool {G}. Click the new shape and pull downwards.

Inkscape Ellipse/Circle Tool

Ellipse/Circle Tool

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”3690″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Lastly lets create the shadow. Duplicate the white border map {CTRL + D} and move it alight lower than the main main. Then step it down in the layer hierarchy, below our main map.

Then Navigate to the File and Stroke Dialogue Box {CTRL + SHIFT + F}. And then go to the Stroke tab and select the “x” to remove the stroke fill. Then go to the Fill Tab and set the colour to black, and reduce the opacity to 40%.

Then move the nodes using the Nodes Tool, so that the shadow resembles the screen screenshot above.

Inkscape Nodes Tool

Nodes Tool

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Posted by Phillip Taylor