"". Cut Two Pieces: Inkscape - Drawing a Heart and Teardrop

Friday, 10 July 2009

Inkscape - Drawing a Heart and Teardrop

Grid can be used to help draw a heart shape.
See post on Using Grid to Draw Objects for a more complete explanation.

- Turn on grid. View>Grid (or # on the keyboard)
- Draw a basic heart shape.
- Select node edit (left bar, second from top) to have access to the node editing menu.
- Select object to be edited.
- Select the nodes on one side, they will turn blue, click on symmetrical nodes on top menu bar as shown.
- Repeat node editing on the opposite side of the heart.
- If you want to colour fill the heart, select the object and click on a colour from the lower colour bar.
- If you want to further edit the heart it is usually better to turn grid off as it makes it easier to manipulate the nodes.
- Save file.

Summary
- Turn on grid
- Draw a basic heart shape
- Select node edit then click on object to be edited
- Select nodes on one side and click on symmetrical nodes
- Repeat on other side of shape
- Change colour fill and stroke
- Save file

The same method can be used to draw raindrops and other rounded closed shapes.

Click on any image for a larger view.

Another way to draw a teardrop.
Draw a circle or oval.
Path>Object to Path.
Select node edit and turn the top node into a corner node as shown below.


Select the new corner node and move it to the desired location.
I use guidlines to ensure the top node being relocated stays in-line with the bottom node to give a symmetrical shape. Using guidelines is optional.
If you would like a sharper corner point highlight the node to be changed and just drag the node handles to change the shape.
Save file.

2 comments:

  1. It would be very helpful if when you hover over the draw you can switch between the different shapes that you have behind with a combination of keys or similar. Something similar to the systems used in software like Inventor or Pros to select the different instances.

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  2. I have just found your site great tutorials thank you for your generosity.
    Jayne

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