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Bethany Hiitola
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11 Nov 2010 184951268X 978-1849512688
This book is written in a clear conversational style, which emphasizes a practical learn-by-doing approach. Packed with illustrations and examples, this book will make the task of using Inkscape simple and straightforward. This book is written for web designers who want to add attractive visual elements to their website. It assumes no previous knowledge of Inkscape. General familiarity with vector graphics programming is recommended but not required. It will also be a useful guide for experienced Inkscape users who want to learn how to apply their skills to website design.


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  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (11 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184951268X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849512688
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 23.1 x 18.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,346,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bethany Hiitola


Bethany Hiitola is a working writer. She's worked as a technical writer and multimedia developer for over 12 years and spends the rest of her time as a wife, mother, caretaker to pets, and Master of the household. She's written more user manuals than she can count, essays, short stories, academic papers, press releases, and feature articles.


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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing ... 19 Jan 2013
By owen
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book covers the basics. However, there's nothing you couldn't get off of the internet.

I found this book disappointing. The designs in the book are pretty ugly and look amateurish. Inkscape is such a great piece of software, I just feel like the book could have been more ambitious and the tutorials more polished.
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4.0 out of 5 stars integrating vector and raster images 2 Feb 2011
Format:Paperback
The 0.48 should give you pause. It is perhaps the most provocative aspect of this book; it deals with software that is not 'officially' released as a polished product. Yet given this, Hiitola shows a level of ability present in Inkscape that seems easy to pick up and use.

The many screen captures of examples demonstrate how to use this to develop scalable vector graphics. The concept of drawing an image that can be arbitrarily scaled up or down without losing resolution is powerful, if you have never met this idea before. The text shows that this contrasts vividly with raster approaches that are exemplified by JPEG, GIF and BMP images.

Importantly, Inkscape lets you import those raster files into your vector image. This lets you integrate the free flowing and free scale drawing that characterises Inkscape with real world legacy images, that are inherently raster. An important point that the text helps you grasp. Because "pure" vector images are not that common as a practical consideration. A webpage on a commercial website might have to have raster images depicting some product or scene. Inkscape gives you the means to merge in scalable vector data.

Speaking of images, and photos specifically, the book is upfront in acknowledging that you cannot do intricate photo manipulation. For this, other packages like Adobe Illustrator might be better suited. But keep in mind that this is only version 0.48 of Inkscape. Several filters are already available, like blur and bump. It is very reasonable to expect that as Inkscape [rapidly?] improves, many other filters will soon be provided.

The book also discusses, albeit briefly, the overall design of a website.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Inconsistent and outdated read, would not recommend it to anyone. 5 Aug 2011
By Elthar - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I really expected much more from this book. The author is claiming that the book is meant for Inkscape users and webdesigners, but i really don't see anything new or really useful in here.
People that know how to use Inkscape don't need this book at all, for example i read only one full book on it before (the one written by Inkscape community) and a lot of tutorials over Internets, and there was nothing in this book (priced 40$) that i haven't seen in a free tutorial somewhere.
Also, this book is not meant for web designers either. If you already work in this area, like i do, you won't find anything useful either. It is not supposed to be a book about webdesign, it's a book about Inkscape - but why then the author tries to teach her readers web design basics instead, and does the extremely bad job at that?

The author is writing like for a person who heard of web design practices for the first time in their life, but what she recommends is outdated at best, and very doubdtful at worst. Let's put it that way - the examples of her work made with Inkscape as part of the teaching process in this book aren't nearly the best ones in web design, not even good ones, and certainly not something you'll want to copy if you'll be working in this area.
She states that some of the monitor resolutions include 800*600 - really? In what century anyone used that, like maybe 10 years ago? Even contemporary netbook screens are larger than that, for god's sake! She also called people who "make" websites into code by "programmers", betraying the total lack of any knowledge on the subject at all. I refuse to believe that a professional with "12 years of experience in multimedia" (like they call the author in preface) won't know a difference between a "coder" (who writes HTML) and a " programmer" (who does not). She also suggests that we should use freeware clipart in our work. I'd lose my job faster than you can spell "incompetence" if i ever did that.

If she just wrote about the program and how to use it, i would be content with that, but the author also fails to deliver any consistent knowledge on that part either. If you need to know how Inkscape tools work, this is not the book you need. It picks a few tools that are theoretically used by web designers on daily basis and tells you as much as you could learn from a blog post or free tutorial. Well, having a bunch of tutorials in one place could be nice, right, but not for the pricetag of 40$! Don't waste your money on this book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars integrating vector and raster 23 Jan 2011
By W Boudville - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The 0.48 should give you pause. It is perhaps the most provocative aspect of this book; it deals with software that is not 'officially' released as a polished product. Yet given this, Hiitola shows a level of ability present in Inkscape that seems easy to pick up and use.

The many screen captures of examples demonstrate how to use this to develop scalable vector graphics. The concept of drawing an image that can be arbitrarily scaled up or down without losing resolution is powerful, if you have never met this idea before. The text shows that this contrasts vividly with raster approaches that are exemplified by JPEG, GIF and BMP images.

Importantly, Inkscape lets you import those raster files into your vector image. This lets you integrate the free flowing and free scale drawing that characterises Inkscape with real world legacy images, that are inherently raster. An important point that the text helps you grasp. Because "pure" vector images are not that common as a practical consideration. A webpage on a commercial website might have to have raster images depicting some product or scene. Inkscape gives you the means to merge in scalable vector data.

Speaking of images, and photos specifically, the book is upfront in acknowledging that you cannot do intricate photo manipulation. For this, other packages like Adobe Illustrator might be better suited. But keep in mind that this is only version 0.48 of Inkscape. Several filters are already available, like blur and bump. It is very reasonable to expect that as Inkscape [rapidly?] improves, many other filters will soon be provided.

The book also discusses, albeit briefly, the overall design of a website. Useful in getting you to think about carefully designing a consistent approach to an entire website, that makes it easy for a visitor to navigate without getting confused. Perhaps the brevity of this portion of the narrative was because its guidelines are not restricted to using Inkscape, and the author did not want to stray too far off topic.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Inspiring 22 May 2012
By Abu Yahya - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I bought ebook version of this book hoping to learn how to use Inkscape for web designing. But as soon as started reading I got disappointed. The sample web site that the author develops reminded me a site from mid 90's at best.

For me, the sample should be inspiring. "Wow, I didn't know I could do this with Inkscape!", something like that. That's why I think it's waste of your money. I was able to find free video tutorials that were far better than this.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Missing important information. 10 April 2013
By WexfordPress - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This books reads like the publisher found a niche with no book, hired an experienced technical writer, and put it together in fine fashion using a good backup team. But the book seems to have been written to order by someone who has not done many if any Inkscape web sites. Here are some critical omissions: there is no References (Bibliography) section, there are no references to actual web sites that use Inkscape, the distinction between an svg web page and an html web page containing svg elements is not made clear, and there is almost zero discussion of the nuts and bolts of embedding svg into an html page, and there is no reference I have found to the technique for making a button or other offpage reference active. There is no discussion of the limitations of svg compared to html or its unique advantages.
Finally the presentation is overfull of text about what is to be discussed instead of the actual discussion. The user can do better with less money buying Tavmong Bah's bigger and better volume Inkscape: Guide to a Vector Drawing Program (4th Edition) (SourceForge Community Press) or the older but still useful guide by The Book of Inkscape: The Definitive Guide to the Free Graphics Editor
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