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Glass Orb in InkscapeHere’s a quick tutorial on creating a glossy looking orb in Inkscape. Although the purpose behind creating it was to use as icon background, the result seems pretty universal and can be used in interfaces, web design, what have you. I started creating this one believing I will need to push Inkscape to the limit to get the kind of soft gradients and blurs required, but was thoroughly impressed with how easily it stood up to the task.

I would also like to point out here that I’m using a development version of Inkscape 0.46. I’m also trying out a different approach and using video-sharing site DailyMotion to host the video, so please let me know if you prefer this one to the hosted SWF solutions I’ve used before.

There is also a better-quality version available on Viddler.


Paper note in inkscapeAlthough Adobe Flash is pretty much bread & butter at work, there are a couple of other applications I’ve been trying out and have been thoroughly impressed with. Inkscape is one of them. It is one of the most actively developed open source design applications out there and by far the best Illustrator alternative yet. It takes a while to get used to though, so if you’re planning to give it a shot – and I strongly recommend you do – just make sure you give it some time.

So then, here’s my first Inkscape tutorial. It’s a paper note, similar to what we did in Flash last week, but I’ve found Inkscape’s interface & features provide much more flexibility and power when designing such stuff. See for yourself.

Click the thumbnail to open the tutorial screencast in a new window.