Making a simple CD-Icon

Here’s another simple tutorial for Inkscape: How to make a CD-Icon:

At first create four exact circles with the ellipse tool (hold crtl while dragging the circle). Make the first one the biggest, the next a little bit smaller, the third much smaller and the last one again a little bit smaller:


Give the second circle a many-colour-gradient. You can do this in the Fill and Stroke… dialog by hitting the Edit… button. Fill it with as much different colours as you like. Don’t forget to correct the offset of the colours to arrange them equally:



In the next step duplicate the smallest circle two times, arrange the duplicates and the original on every bigger circle and make a hole in the bigger circles by clicking Path -> Difference. Arranging objects is done with the Align and Distribute… dialog.



Afterwards you should have three objects like that:



Again align them centered together. After that draw a shape like you can see on the next image:



Fill the shape with a white-to-invisible gradient. Then duplicate the colored circle, select it and the new shape and click Path -> Intersection. After that duplicate the inner circle, select it and the new shape and click Path -> Difference. Your image should now look like that:



To complete the icon duplicate the new shape and flip it vertically (Object -> Flip vertical or press V). Position it opposite to the original shape. Finally you can rotate the colored circle a bit and then you’ve done:


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Tips for using the perspective-effect

Okay, as I promised here’s a shot tutorial of how to use the perspective-effect in Inkscape:

The main principle of this effect is to draw a shape of the wanted perspective, select it first and select the object you like to modify second and the click on Effects -> Modify Path -> Perspective. But you have to attend a few things:

The perspective shape has to have four corners, the first has to be at the left bottom:


If you want to apply the perspective-effect to drawings that consist of more than one object you have to group the via Object -> Group (or Ctrl + g). For example it’s possible to use this way to perspective an object and it’s drop shadow:


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Get the perspective-effect work under Ubuntu-Linux

On several Ubuntu installations the perspective-effect in Inkscape didn’t work for me. It just gave an error message like:

Traceback (most recent call last): File “/usr/share/inkscape/extensions/”, line 23, in <module> from numpy import *ImportError: No module named numpy

The solution of the problem is given in the error message (which I didn’t read properly at first…): After installing the python-numpy package the perspective-effect works fine.

If you don’t know what this effect does, here’s an example (a short tuorial how to use it will follow soon):



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About this blog

This blog is, who wonders, about the great vector-drawing app Inkscape. It will provide some little tutorials, interesting links an infos regarding to this program.

Inkscape itself ist Open-source software. That means you can download it for free and use it without any form of registration. If you are able to you can even get the source-code and work on it. Inkscape is avaible for different operating-systems: Windows, Mac and Linux.

For so long with the Inkscape motto:

Draw Freely.



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