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Inkscape is a professional quality vector graphics editor. Graphics files can be encoded in two main ways. Most common formats are raster formats (e.g., jpg, gif, tiff, png), which encode images as a grid of colored pixels. These are the kinds of images produced by scanners and digital cameras. Images in these formats can become distorted when resized and will become blocky when zoomed. In a vector format, images are encoded as a series of mathematical formulas. They can be resized and zoomed with no loss of crispness and will never become blocky. This is why graphic designers and professional print shops prefer vector formats for logos and line artwork. Inkscape's main format is SVG, but it can also import PDFs and files from Illustrator, CorelDRAW, and Visio. Extensions are available to import additional formats as well. In the "learn" section of the Inkscape site, users can find a series of tutorials, including a basic introduction to vector graphics editing, calligraphy, tracing pixel art, and more. Inkscape is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux. Windows installers can be located in the "Download" section of the site. macOS users can install Inkscape with MacPorts or Homebrew. Users of most Linux distributions (and BSD operating systems) can find Inkscape packages in their package manager. Inkscape is free software, distributed under the GNU General Public License, with source code available on GitLab.
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2019-03-29
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