Introduction: Why a course on vector graphics?
In academic works, both articles or books as well as classroom presentations or conferences, many times we need to graphically display certain information. We usually use the tools that we know best and that, for certain purposes, may be sufficient. For example, if we want to display an infographic or a process we use PowerPoint, which allows us to display certain information in an orderly and visually appealing way. The problem is that each program has a certain purpose and, when we want to go a little further, PowerPoint is not the best tool. If we want to make more professional and impressive graphics we must use the appropriate tool: a vector graphics editor.
The most widely used vector graphics editor worldwide is Adobe Illustrator, but it is a paid tool. Therefore, in this course we are going to focus on another free software tool: Inkscape. In any case, it is not a course only on this program, but what we see here can be used "in broad strokes" in other programs such as Illustrator, Freehand or CorelDRAW, since they all have a similar operation.
Although at first glance working with vector graphics may seem "intimidating", its handling is quite simple and with a little practice very satisfactory results are achieved. Anyway, keep in mind that the total estimated time for this course is 9 hours, when the usual courses to learn graphic design can be 60 or 100 hours. Therefore, an overview will be offered without going into every detail, although links and references will be provided for those who want to delve a little deeper into some specific features of the program.
In summary, the main objectives of the course are:
- Understand the potentialities of vector images and their ease of use for creating quality graphic materials for teaching.
- Know the fundamental characteristics of the free software program Inkscape for the generation of all kinds of graphics (diagrams, infographics, cartographies, etc.).
- Know how to handle the program with ease and adapt the graphics made to other formats (text editors, digital presentations, etc.).
- Know websites where free and editable vector graphics can be obtained.
In each part of the course there will be written development of the content accompanied by explanatory mini-videos and screenshots. Interspersed in the different parts, a series of exercises will be proposed to practice the tools seen in the course.
There is a portfolio of materials to practice what is explained in the lessons.
I hope the course meets your expectations and I can only invite you to start with the first part.