Using Inkscape to make a text based portrait

February 4, 2010 at 10:15 am 4 comments

Hi, all. I got an email recently from an attendee of my GIMP and Inkscape workshop (which I’ve had the pleasure to give on behalf of a few of New Jersey’s finest Library Consortiums). This attendee  asked how I had performed a particular effect in Inkscape during the workshop in which I use a bit of text as a brush in order to render a portrait. An example follows:

text based portrait

Text based portrait

Instead of writing out the answer in text (I myself am a visio-audio/experiential learner, and tend towards those kinds of solutions), I decided to use the question as a starting point for an entry in a daily project I’ve been working on at http://365sketches.wordpress.com, in which I’m trying to make a quick sketch a day in 2010 using free software to demonstrate the power of those tools.

You may want to check it out from time to time (or subscribe to the feed, if you’re into that kind of thing) to get ideas for how you can use free software like Inkscape to create interesting designs for your library’s fliers, posters, and other advertising materials and platforms.

If you’ve seen me talk on the topic of Best Practices in Design, you also know that I feel strongly that design, and tools like Inkscape, can change your life, your attitude, and your view of the world.

At any rate, I made the following screencast to demonstrate how I make images like the one above. Enjoy, and if you have questions, I’m happy to answer them in the comments!

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4 Comments

  • 1. JP  |  February 4, 2010 at 10:37 am

    awesome stuff, John. If you weren’t a library/education/technology person, you’d be a graphic designer. With this post, people who AREN’T graphic designers could fake it really well!

    • 2. lemasney  |  February 4, 2010 at 10:41 am

      Thanks, JP. You know how I feel. I think everyone can have design in their lives. You, of course, have design in every fiber of your body.

  • 3. Janie Hermann  |  February 9, 2010 at 9:55 am

    I wish I had more time in my life right now as Inkscape is something I would love to be able to devote some hours to learning. Thanks for the great post.

    • 4. lemasney  |  February 9, 2010 at 7:10 pm

      I’m trying to make some passive efforts for people to learn, like with 365sketches and workshops. I have found spending that 5 minutes a day has opened my eyes to lots of new methods. It’s a deep tool, for sure. Thanks for the feedback, Janie!


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