The Calligraphy Tool¶
Ctrl + F6 or C
What a goose quill was in antiquity, is Inkscape’s calligraphy tool in the digital world. Ideally, it should be used with a graphics tablet and stylus, with one hand on the graphics tablet and the other one on the keyboard, which moves the canvas, so one can write without interruption.
- Dip Pen
- Emulates a bevelled pen tip.
- Emulates a round and regular tip.
- Emulates a soft, thinning ellipse.
- Emulates a very jumpy round brush.
- Emulates a quill.
- This allows you to emulate an engraving, by drawing more or less regular lines over a drawing that serves as a model.
The button to the right, Add or edit calligraphic profile, allows you to save and load the settings made in the following options, under a brush name of your choice.
Every brush is a result of the following parameters:
- Here you can set the width of your brush.
- Pressure sensitivity
- This option is only useful when a graphics tablet is used for drawing.
- Trace lightness
- Needs to be active when you want to use the Engraving feature.
- Determines the width of the brush stroke at the start and end of the line.
- Determines the quill’s angle.
- Determines how much the angle will change when the draw direction changes.
- Determines the shape of the brush stroke’s ends.
- Adds a little randomness to the brush stroke.
- Adds the unexpected.
- Simulates the weight of the tool used, which has an impact on the stroke’s shape.