I do find it helpful to quickly sketch out what I want the poster to generally look like. I also found that using separate layers for background images, text boxes and text helped when building up more interesting designs.
Once I’ve created my posters I can save them as a standard Adobe pdf file. You can of course save them as postscript as well as lots of other formats too.
According to the Inkscape site:
“Inkscape supports many advanced SVG features (markers, clones, alpha blending, etc.) and great care is taken in designing a streamlined interface. It is very easy to edit nodes, perform complex path operations, trace bitmaps and much more. There is also a thriving user and developer community by using open, community-oriented development.“
There is a great online guide to using Inkscape called Inkscape: Guide to a Vector Drawing program which is also available as a book.
There are more features I’d like to learn with Inkscape, to make even better posters, but it shows how good the tool is in that I can be productive so quickly. Have a look at the Inkscape advanced tutorial for making your posters even more snazzy.
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