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Inkscape is an vector arts editing software. It allows you to edit SVGs as opposed to many other raster art formats which limit you from editing pixel-based files like PNGs or JPEGs.

Vectors vs raster

2 terms will be thrown around in this guide, vector and raster graphics.

  • Vector graphics are based on vectors. They use on Bézier curves and are useful for minimalistic logos or heraldry.
  • Raster graphics are based upon pixels. They are commonly used in detailed paintings and photographs.

Each graphic type has its upsides and downsides.

Raster graphics Vector graphics
  • Easy to work with
  • Allows for lots of detail
  • Allows art to be expanded without losing quality
  • Smaller file sizes
  • Large file sizes
  • Quality loss when expanded
  • Harder to work with
  • Does not allow for much detail
  • SVG errors may arise
Common file types:
  • JPEG / JPG
  • PNG
  • GIF
Common file types:
  • SVG


We'll be showing the layout and controls in both Inkscape and Inkscape Dark Mode, attainable here.