Free Drawing

The freehand drawing tools make it possible to draw directly onto the Inkscape canvas using the mouse or a graphics tablet stylus. Depending on what and how you would like to draw, you can select the best tool for the task. These tools are not based on geometrical shapes. You can draw exactly the shape you need. With some practice, you will get better and better in achieving exactly the result that you desire. And of course, you can always modify the elements in your drawing with the path tools.

In this section, we’re going to first learn about how to use the Pencil, Pen and Calligraphy tools. This way, we will gently learn about the new concept of paths, which are at the core of vector drawings. Later on, we will explore how to edit these paths.