Inkscape workspace: windows and palettes
Once the program is installed, the first thing we have to do to start working is to open Inkscape, and go to "File"> "New" (Ctrl + n).
When doing so, we will be shown the "paper" on which we are going to work and that we will see later how it can be modified.
The Inkscape workspace has a number of elements that are important to know. The first thing we will do is go to the top menu "View" and at the bottom we will choose the "default" view mode. Next, in "View" we will go to the "Show / Hide" menu and click on all the items. Finally, we will say "Show dialogues" (F12).
- Title bar: the file name and the minimize, maximize and close buttons appear.
- Menu bar: allows us to access the different functions of the program by categories: File, Edition, View, Layer, etc.
- Command bar: allows quick access to some of the most common menu options.
- Tool control bar: shows the functions of the tool that we have selected; therefore, its appearance may vary.
- Rulers: horizontal and vertical ruler, located on the top and left side of the drawing area
- Toolbar: the different Inkscape tools appear here, such as square, circle, pen, pencil, text, etc.
- Drawing area: it is the area in which the objects with which we work are incorporated. In the center will be our drawing sheet (with a shading) and around the work table.
- Color palette: Allows you to quickly choose a color. On the little arrow on the right, where the colors end, you can access the palette settings.
- Status bar: it shows certain information of the selected tool, of the actions that we are carrying out at that moment, the outline and fill color of the object, allows the opacity or transparency to be varied, and shows the X and Y position of the cursor. It also allows you to modify the zoom and access some layer options, such as choosing a layer, showing and hiding objects of the current layer and protecting the layer.
- Dialogs: it shows us information about the options we are using, such as layers, fills and borders, transform, etc.
- Adjust Controls Bar: Allows certain "extra" adjustments to objects.
All of these are the elements that make up our workspace. At first they can be overwhelming, but we will see that they are not so difficult to know and manage, since we will only enter them when necessary.
If you want to save your first created document, you will have to go to "File"> "Save" or "Save as". By default they are saved in SVG format, which is the standard vector graphics exchange format. That means that when you open it you will keep the object with all the possibilities of editing (the only thing that will be lost is the history of changes) and that you can open it in other programs, such as Illustrator. Later we will see how to save in different formats.