Introduction to Inkscape, a free vector image editor

Inkscape is a free and open source vector graphics editor with which you can create and edit all kinds of vector graphics. The main format used by the program is Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG), which is the standard for publishing vector graphics on the web.


Although it is mainly developed for the GNU / Linux operating system, it is a cross-platform tool and works on Windows, Mac OS X, and other Unix-derived systems.


To obtain the program, go to the address:, where it can be downloaded depending on your operating system. In the case of Mac computers, it may be necessary to also install the XQuartz plug-in, in order to correctly view the program. Mac users will see that the program does not have the usual look of applications on MacOS, but rather resembles a program run on Windows. And the keyboard shortcuts will also be those of Windows.

The latest version (0.92.4) appears by default on the Inkscape website, but earlier versions can also be downloaded if it is not compatible with your operating system. To do this you must click on the top menu "Download" and you will see the list of previous versions for years:

Although the current versions include some improvements, the course monitoring can be done perfectly with previous versions of the program.



If you want to have a very quick overview of what can be done with Inkscape, I recommend that you access the online tutorials (basic and advanced) offered by the program itself, at the addresses:

Both are in Spanish.


The most complete manual, also online, is in English at:

And a translation of it (almost complete) in Spanish in:


And these manuals in Spanish may also be interesting:


And, very especially, I recommend this manual in pdf, which has a Creative Commons license, and in which the main functions of the program are explained in detail.


In any case, in this course we will gradually see the main tools, through videos and written references.

Last modified: Friday, 22 May 2020, 6:33 PM