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Inkscape Keys – Part II

Hi everybody!

Here I am with the second part of the blog dedicated to the freeware and open source software called Inkscape. It’s very easy to use, but if you know some simple tricks, you’ll be able to draw with it in a faster way.

In the first part of my little tutorial ( ) I’ve shown you keyboards about tools (selector, node, zoom, geometrical forms, pen & pencil, gradient, text) and dialogs (very important to change the main characteristics of the objects).

Now I’d like to show you some keyboards about file, zoom and layers.


Ctrl + N Create new document

Ctrl + O Open an SVG document

Ctrl + I Import bitmap or SVG

Ctrl + P Print document

Ctrl + S Save document

Shift + Ctrl + O Save under a new name

Ctrl + Q Exit form Inkscape


Left button of the mouse Zoom in

Shift + Left button of the mouse Zoom out

Drag left button of the mouse Zoom into the area


Shift + PgUp Move the selected object to layer above

Shift + PgDn Move the selected object to layer below

Shift + Ctrl + PgUp Raise Layer

Shift + Ctrl + PgDn Lower Layer

Shift + Ctrl + Home Raise Layer to top

Shift + Ctrl + End Lower Layer to bottom

I hope you’ll consider this tutorial useful for your illustrations drawn with Inkscape.

See you soon and... Merry Christmas!


Photo credits: Roberto Giovannini.

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January 21, 2008


Hi Brenda! Your portfolio is beautiful! Congrats! You use Inkscape in a excellent way.. Ciao, Rob.

January 21, 2008


I use inkscape to render all my illustrations. I find that it is very manageable and you can create great art with it.

December 28, 2007


Thanks Leda! Bye, Rob.

December 28, 2007


Very good tutorial Roberto! ;)
Merry Christmas too!

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