In Inkscape, there are objects and strokes

There are two main types of shapes in Inkscape: Objects and Strokes.

Objects has a path that starts and ends where is starts, completing itself. Strokes on the other hand, are similar to lines, where the start and end of a path doesn’t connect.



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Objects can be made from pre-made shapes (think squares, triangles, etc) and custom objects can be made using the freehand drawing (✏️) and Bezier pen (🖊). The later tools can also be used to make custom strokes. Using these five tools, we can make nearly anything we want.

<aside> 📢 If you want to skip ahead to learn how to make turn shapes into more complex objects, see modules 2.2.


Three main types of pre-made objects

Just simply click and drag where you want to make the shape. The three main types of pre-made objects include:

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Squares and other rectangular objects

When creating a square shapes, the main components you can change is the width (W), height (H), and roundedness of the corners (Rx, Ry). This can be done in the menu that pops up on the top when the square shape is selected.


If you make some rounded corners that you don’t like, simply click the make corners sharp button. This will reset Rx and Ry values to 0, thus removing any roundedness in the square.

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Circles and other circular objects

For circular shapes, we see a similar set up but more options.