Intro to Inkscape


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Thursday, January 20, 2022 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

In this class designed for Inkscape newbies, learn to build and edit an SVG using the free software Inkscape. SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) files are the file type used for our laser cutters and the base files for the vinyl cutter, plus they have many other applications.

Participants will need a laptop to follow along. If you need to use a MakeHaven computer, please indicate as such in the registration form.
We require you downloading the free Inkscape software prior to class.



  • Introductions (5 minutes)

  • What is SVG  (5 minutes)

  • How makers SVG (5 Minutes)

  • What is Inkscape (5 Minute) 

  • Lecture Common Tools in Inkscape (10 Minutes)

    • Object Select, Node Selecting and editing, Box, Circle, Group,

  • Student Try Common Tools (10 Minutes)

  • Lecture Advanced Useful Tools (10 Minutes)

    • Object to Path, Stroke Paint, Beizer, Text, Raise/Lower, Layers, Union, Difference, Trace Bitmap, Fill, Distribution and Alignment, XML Editor

  • Students Try Advanced Tools (10 Minutes)

  • Q & A - Stay after for individualized help

Real name: 
J.R. Logan


Instructor Bio: 

J.R. is a cofounder and executive director of MakeHaven, a nonprofit makerspace and FabLab in New Haven, Connecticut.  J.R. has a history of nonprofit leadership at United Way, in New Haven he currently serves on the board of the Eli Whitney Museum and Elm City Innovation Collaborative. He has been involved in local environmental initiatives and is an advocate for urban river restoration and access. He has earned a master's degree in Public Affairs from the School and Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University with a focus on nonprofit management.

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