Inkscape Quickstart Guide

  • Difficulty Medium
  • Time required 30+ minutes

Inkscape is a free vector drawing program (similar to Adobe Illustrator) that can be used for creating design files for CNC machines such as a lasercutter, electronic (vinyl) cutter, milling machine and more.

In this guide, we’ll go over the basic tools and navigation you’ll need to start drawing designs in Inkscape.

Step 1: Open Inkscape

If you haven’t yet installed Inkscape, download it for free (Mac, Windows, or Linux) and then run the installer.

Step 2: Set the document size


Step 3: Add lines, shapes, and text


Step 4: Move, resize, and align objects


Step 5: Fill and stroke color


Step 6: Convert object to path


Step 7: Node edit tool


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