Episode 079

Episode 079 – Create a Rolling Stone Magazine Cover

by heathenx

In this episode I’m going to have a little fun by creating a Rolling Stone magazine cover in Inkscape v0.46.

If you would like to play along then you’ll need the Rolling Stone logo. Please be respectful and only use the logo for personal use.

Also note that once you finish your magazine cover and wish to print it for yourself, make sure you export your PNG file as a 300 dpi image so that you get the sharpest image.

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19 Responses to “Episode 079”

  1. Richard Querin Says:

    Okay I haven’t watched yet, but I’m assuming by the screenshot that you’re still smarting over the whole ” I’m a Pig and like Donuts” thing.. Fair enough.

    Now I’m going to risk a smackdown here by asking whether or not you meant to misspell Nickelback. I’ve checked the Nickelback wallpaper that lines my office walls and I’m pretty sure the spelling is wrong.

    I’m glad to see Loverboy made the cover too. I can finally get those white leather pants out of the closet too! Turn me loose!!

  2. heathenx Says:

    Oh great! I did misspell it. Why don’t I check these things thoroughly before posting? I was a B student in school. That explains it. 😉

    PS. Yes, this was payback. 🙂

    Update: Wow! I misspelled Gordon Lightfoot’s name too. Total embarrassment.

  3. Darth_Gimp Says:

    What I would like to know is how you converted an illustrator file to svg that inkscape can use?

  4. heathenx Says:


    I have Adobe Illustrator at work. I saved as an SVG file for convenience.

    Update: I tried Inkscape’s native .ai import and it worked just as well. In this case I wouldn’t have needed Adobe Illustrator but since I had it that’s what I used.

  5. Zombiebrainz Says:

    Also — it\’s \"Gordon Lightfoot\" 😉
    You forgot: Bryan Adams, Alanis Morissette, Avril Lavigne and of course the wonderful and fabulous Celine Dion. Actually, you can keep that last one – we don\’t want her back (sorry Richard ;-)).

  6. heathenx Says:


    I think you meant to write Brian Adams, Alanis Morrissett, April Lavigne, and Celean Dion. Thank goodness I wasn’t the only one misspelling names. 🙂

  7. slafko Says:

    Since you prefer Scribus for desktop publishing, it would be great to have a new video podcast about Scribus.

    Are you maybe planning to start a podcast about Scribus? 🙂

    PS. Your efforts are very appreciated and podcast is great! Greetings from Croatia…

  8. James G Sack (jim) Says:

    Your mention of creating a filter to produce a consistent drop-shadow effect to be repeated on a specific image (if I understood correctly) sounds like a good topic for a microsode, eh?

  9. heathenx Says:


    Yes, it would be great to have a site dedicated to Scribus. I’d definitely watch them. Even though I think I’m experienced enough to handle some Scribus screencasts, that would be opening up a can of worms for me. Better stick to my rinky-dink Inkscape screencasts. 😉 In the meantime, check out Dai’s screencasts over at ShowMeDo: http://showmedo.com/videos/scribus


    Yes that is a good topic for a Microsode. I think I’ll do that. 🙂 Although, a drop shadow filter will be added to v0.47 so the Microsode might get dated after awhile. In the meantime, check out Episode 058: http://screencasters.heathenx.org/episode-058

    You can also pickup Alpha13’s drop shadow file that can be imported into Inkscape here: http://openclipart.org/media/files/dhartman/8338

  10. Zlatko Nikolic Says:

    Scribus is great DTP tool, Im not big fun of DTP but in Serbia some of professional magazines are made in Scribus. In this tutorial we seen that Inkscape can be use maybe for professional DTP or take some part in design of any magazine.
    I will like to see if is any need of using Gimp and Inkscape in some professional job. By the way is there any professionals who use Inkscape for something, I will realy like to know for what.
    Great tutorial, thanks friends.

  11. RedBirdiii Says:

    Great tutorial!!
    I’m really impressed on how some texts can make a wonderful cover!!

  12. eyerouge Says:


    We use it for our (free and unique) cardgame >> http://www.ubuntu-pics.de/bild/7397/kortmall2_g2B91K.png at subversiva dot org

    I’m sure there are a couple of pros that actually use Inkscape in their work… maybe hard to find them since industry standard is adobe, but it will get around. Just look at what the Blender project is delivering and the attention it starts to get.

  13. Chris Says:

    Heathen …… Enjoyed the tutorial & humor. 😉

    Great work you do w/inkscape….

  14. shirteesdotnet Says:

    While i\’m definitely not a professional, I am however an artist who has transitioned from XP to Ubuntu almost two years ago now. Ive been running photoshop in Ubuntu to handle my needs thus far, but have been wanting to learn GIMP and Inkscape for a while now, just no time! Your tutorials have really helped me so far!! Very easy to understand, straight forward too. I wish I could find a decent GIMP tutorial now so I can get myself completely off of PS. Any tips on finding a good video tutorial blog for GIMP? id be really thankful.

    Here is my first Inkscape design (dog & curves created using the angel wing tutorial)…


    A video editing tutorial would be handy as well.

  15. slafko Says:

    @shirteesdotnet: http://www.meetthegimp.org is the website you’re looking for 😉

  16. heathenx Says:


    Yup, slafko hit the nail on the head. Check out Meet The Gimp. Rolf and his team make some great tutorials. I was able to collaborate with Rolf on his episode 041. 😉

  17. shirteesdotnet Says:

    Wow, excellent! Bellisimo! Thanks so much guys. Now, to learn it all!

  18. Zlatko Nikolic Says:

    Thanks for link MEET THE GIMP

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