The call for participation for linux.conf.au 2011 in Brisbane from January 24-29 is open, so I submitted a proposal to run a 1.5 hr Inkscape Tutorial. Here's the abstract I provided.
Inkscape: Basic tools and techniques
Inkscape is a cross platform, GPL, graphics editor. Its native file format, Scalable Vector Graphic (SVG) is a W3C open standard.
This tutorial guides participants through a series of tasks designed to introduce Inkscape's interface and tools, and build foundation skills for creating and modifying vector graphics.
- Free and Open Source Software licensing.
- Difference between raster and vector graphics.
New knowledge goals:
- Inkscape interface, creating shapes and lines, working with colour.
- Inkscape techniques, path operations, object manipulations.
- How to edit existing SVGs from wikimedia commons or openclipart.org
You don't need to be a designer, artistic or know how to draw. Just install Inkscape on your laptop, bring a mouse, come along and learn how to get the best out of this brilliant tool.
Competition is fierce to have a proposal accepted to present at linux.conf.au - but if you don't submit you have no chance at all. The call for papers closes Saturday 7 August.