03 August 2007

Postage stamps with Inkscape

Yet another trick in my graphics tutorial collection, this time about creating a postage stamp with Inkscape.

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And, as I believe people are already used to, a Romanian translation.

37 comments:

  1. Hi!

    I do graphics for fun (I'm not a pro neither a good graphic!!!) but I've learned a lot from your tutorials.

    Thank you very much!

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  2. Such positive feedback is what keeps me working and publishing more, thanks!

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  3. Nice work! It really helps me to learn Inkscape by following a tutorial for a "real" project, not just abstract instructions.

    BTW, I always enjoy the little artworks that come with my mail--maybe you're on to a good idea: stamps for email? ;-)

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  4. Nicu, thanks again.

    Aside from always showing how to do something in particular, your tutorials always teach me new ways of looking at Inkscape.

    cheers - quaid

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  5. Once again an awesome tutorial!

    i liked how you covered the 3 main techniques for getting the circles where you needed them...

    keep these awesome tuts coming mate!

    :)

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  6. Thanks Nicu, it came in really handy for some icons I'm (not very successfully) trying to draw for a project. :)

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  7. Ryan, that was a though decision: show 3 different imperfect techniques or make a decision, choose one and stay with it.
    In the end I considered showing 3 ways is a better Inkscape lesson as it cover more areas even if it does not stand up well as a one-shot tutorial.

    Ovidiu, I am glad to hear my tutorial was useful for a real project.

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  8. Brilliant stuff... One of those things that's so simple once someone points it out to you, but you'd never think up on your own.

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  9. Thats unfair! :-) I had the idea first, but did not puplish my made stamps.

    BTW you made great looking stamps, probably better than mine. Yours look really professinal. Scared that someone will print them out and put them on a post card? I had those thoughts.

    Greetings
    Stefan von Halenbach

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  10. Wow! I never thought someone could just print such stamps. I guess the hardest part would be creating a mechanical device to cut the paper (but is not that hard)

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    1. That is why I am here learning inkscape. To make things (SVG) for my cutting machine. Thanks for the great Tutorial

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  11. Thanks for the information, it is very useful. I visited a site and it's also cool, I'd like to share this site with you www.2-clicks-stamps.com , please check this one out!

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  12. m-am uitat la vreo doua timbre reale (din hartie) si colturile lor arata mult mai regulat decat colturile timbrelor din tutorial. Just FYI

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  13. Probabil ca sint mai regulate: se poate aplica aceeasi tehnica dar putin mai migalos decit am facut eu in tutorial si cred ca poate sa iasa destul de bine.

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  14. I got stuck at the point path difference. I went to the path menu and selected difference but nothing happened. It's a pity since I really wanted to make the stamp.

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  15. When applying difference both the contour and the base rectangle are selected? It should work.

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  16. I finally got it to work using the second method. It does not look as good as yours but it' also not bad. I learn a little more each time I make a new one. Will move on to try and make a rubber stamp. Thanks for being so helpful.

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  17. Got stuck with the rubber stamp tutorial after the point where I made a union between the circles and the text. I marked it up with the calligraphy pen but the intersection, simplify did not work. Are there any steps missing?

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  18. Maybe you should do some un-grouping?

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  19. I had quite some fun with your Tutorial this spring, forgot to say thank you. But better late than forgetting about it :)

    Thank you!

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  20. I discovered Inkscape a few days ago and your blog just today. I really enjoyed your tutorial on buttons and this one on postage stamps. I'm going to make some for my daughters.

    Thank you very much for posting this info.

    James from Oklahoma, USA

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  21. This is cool (even if I am not making it work exactly). Here's what I would like to do and maybe you have a better idea of how to do it? I want to set up a box in Inkscape that will be sent to a laser cutter. So I want box joints[1], like the stamp perforations but square and interlocking. Would you do it with one of these methods or do you have a more clever way?

    1. http://images.google.com/images?client=safari&rls=en-us&q=box+joint&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&um=1&sa=X&oi=image_result_group&resnum=1&ct=title

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  22. How about drawing some rectangles, one large (a wall) and some other smaller (the joints) and use "align and distribute" like "relative to: biggest item" and "align sides of objects relative to right side of anchor". And the other walls can be created with boolean operations (difference).

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  23. Yes, I came to that conclusion, but now just need to make it work ;-) I'm clumsy at this stuff. Perhaps another tutorial for you, in any case.

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  24. Eureka, or something like it! I got it working: had some grouped items that were causing the Union operation to fail. This is much easier/quicker than doing it in sketchup and then exporting to inkscape as I saw elsewhere.

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  25. OK, last comment ;-)

    You can make box joints pretty quickly with the union and difference commands: difference makes the inset parts (the groove) and union makes the part that fits the groove. Is InkScape scriptable/automatable? Sharper minds than mine could probably make a box generator: parameters would be the dimensions of the box, the thickness of the material and the number of joint/fingers to make (or their width and let it figure out how many).

    Thanks for the tips. I gotta see what else you have here.

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  26. There are a number of extensions using Inkscape in a scripted way, LPE is probably strongest, and I believe Python is the language of choice for that.

    Probably a good starting point is http://wiki.inkscape.org/wiki/index.php/PythonEffectTutorial

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  27. hai nicu, this is very nice, i learn a lot from here

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  28. one awesome tutorial for someone starting to learn how to use the open-source Inkscape after being used to using closed-source program. Even for a professional web designer :D

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  29. You have done some incredible work on these tutorials. I have transposed many of them at www.wikihow.com and they required very little work to fit wH format!

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  30. nicu felicitaciones desde ciuda dbolivar antioquia colombia, por estos consejos, excelente, gracias mijo y para adelante.

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  31. Excellent tutorial; I was looking for a open-source replacement to Corel Draw Suite, for light, quick projects...Inkscape is a nice alternative. Keep up the good job. As a suggestions, you should put your tutorials in Youtube.
    Thanks, and have a wonderful day.

    Macross (The Problem Solver)

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  32. Hi,
    Your tutorial is great, my question is what program are you using to create these perfs. Forgive my ignorance, I am not a graphic artist, rather. I am documenting all the different combination of perfs catalog#, date of issue, perf gauge and other relevant information. Please help me to draw the different combinations of perfs and straight edges.

    Thanks
    Vijay

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  33. @Vijay: this is an Inkscape tutorial, so obviously Inkscape was used to create the drawing.

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  34. A svg file would be time saver.

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  35. see the PNGs at the end? just change their extension from png to svg:

    http://howto.nicubunu.ro/inkscape_postage_stamps/stamp_did.svg
    http://howto.nicubunu.ro/inkscape_postage_stamps/stamp_fudcon.svg
    http://howto.nicubunu.ro/inkscape_postage_stamps/stamp_odf.svg

    ...but the purpose is to learn, not to take something already made
    http://howto.nicubunu.ro/inkscape_postage_stamps/stamp_calla.svg

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  36. Thank's.tutorial informations

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