Hope you liked my first blog on Inkscape. This series will help you getting started with this cool graphics tool which is based on vectors

I am using Fedora 24 workstation, but you can install Inkscape on any OS. Lets hack on Inkscape 🙂

This is how an Inkscape document looks like:-


Every tool has its own purpose and functions which I will be discussing in the next blog of this series.

Lets talk about one of the most important feature of every graphic software LAYERS. Go to Layer → Layers… or simply press SHIFT+CTRL+L


You will see something like this:-


1. Hide / Unhide

Using this, you can make the content of that layer visible or invisible. When you make the layer invisible, it seems like the layer has never existed.

2. Lock / Unlock

Using this, one can lock or unlock the content of the layer. Locking the content means, we will not be able to move or edit the content of that layer

3. Adding or Deleting layer

Using these options, you can simply add a layer above the currently selected layer or delete the currently selected layer.

When you click on add, you can see something like below:-


You can add the new layer above or below or even as a sub-layer of current layer(grouping layer, referred at last)

4. Navigation button

You can change the order of layers using these buttons. Try creating different layers and use buttons

5. Name of the Layer

It helps you to identify what content is there in the layer. Just double click on the name or Right click -> Rename Layer…

Layers can do wonders if you know how to use them.

Ways to use layers:

  • Always place similar things in one layer, so that you can select them all at once
  • Arrangement of layers is like a sandwidth, on top of the other, so its nice to experiment with that
  • You can group different layers under one name, eg:



  • Playing around with bleding modes and opacity of different layers will create different patterns.


Get your hands dirty with layers. In my next tutorial I will be introducing tools.




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