Episode 080

Episode 080 – Drawing a Light Switch

by Richard Querin

In this episode I create a pseudo-realistic looking lightswitch using Inkscape v0.46.

There are a few valuable tips in this episode including the use of path and node snapping, gradients, creating slotted screwheads, and a couple of other things which could be useful on lots of other projects.

This probably is my longest episode to date. This is partly because I had a separate small idea that didn’t merit it’s own episode and yet wasn’t useful enough for a microsode, so I stuck it in at the end. If you want to see what it was you can either watch through to the end or skip ahead to about the 26min mark if you find yourself falling asleep 😉 .

Also, I’d like to thank Heathenx (and his previous episode) for allowing me to finally break out of the closet and show my true musical tastes. Thanks buddy! 🙂

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21 Responses to “Episode 080”

  1. Zombiebrainz Says:

    LOL @ musical tastes — looking fw to seeing this episode…

    My first reaction to seeing the preview picture above was: http://briancarl.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/02/jesus.bmp I’m a sick man…


  2. rfquerin Says:

    Oh Zombiebrainz.. you just know you’re going to get in trouble for that one. 😉

  3. Jaws Says:

    HeathenX is thanking HeathenX? Sounds like Richard is doing the screencast to me.


  4. heathenx Says:

    Excellent screencast. I’m rather fond of vector art of real-life objects such as this.

    Oh…superb choice of intro song. 😉

  5. rfquerin Says:

    @Jaws – I have no idea what you’re talking about.. I mean if you’ll just refresh the page you’ll see that you were mistaken… 😉

  6. rfquerin Says:

    While the kid might be hot tonight.. time is a cruel cruel mistress:



  7. amheuwr Says:

    Wow. Cool tutorial. Some might say why draw a light switch? The subject isn\’t important, it\’s the techniques used to reach the conclusion which are excellent for a novice like me. Also getting my daughter to view your screencasts. Keep up the good work.

  8. Daverix Says:

    Anyone got trouble with with this video and flash? For me the flash video eats up all my RAM! There’s a serious leak in flash for Ubuntu or something!

  9. heathenx Says:


    Seems to be working fine for me. I’m running Ubuntu Intrepid with Flash 10.0r15 in FF 3.0.5. The video seems to chew up about 35% of my CPU when streaming.

  10. Jaws Says:

    @ Richard

    uh-huh… 😀

  11. Don W. Says:

    Very nice,
    Ditto amheuwr

  12. Daverix Says:

    @heathenx do you run 64bit or 32bit? I’m running 64bit. Anyways, downloaded the avi-file instead! Maybe it’s time to test the 64bit flash beta for the next video? 😉

  13. heathenx Says:


    I’m running 32bit.

  14. cb2K Says:

    Another Master Class 🙂

    I am glad you mentioned the bit about duplicating for a new Number there by isolating the gradient effect…
    That was an error I made frequently which that was melting my head… resolved 🙂

    p.s. Do the tea cup and saucer please…

  15. cloddo Says:

    Great screencast! 🙂

    Richard I love your window theme, which one is that?

  16. Richard Querin Says:


    Glad you liked it. The theme is called Shiki Colors I think. I posted about it along with the GDM login theme and an icon theme to go with it as well over on the linux outlaws podcast forum. The link to the post is: http://bit.ly/OtTM

    Let me know if you need any other info on it.

  17. cloddo Says:

    Thanks a lot! It’s awesome! 🙂

  18. jbrgfx Says:

    The paper glider is simply great!

    I played with your idea a bit and created an animated version of a glider doing a loop. The key to covering up for a quick and dirty set of poorly laid out frames in the animation is to use a drop shadow that draws the viewer’s attention at least as much as the glider does.

    Thanks for the excellent tutorials.

  19. jbrgfx Says:

    The animation may be viewed at:

  20. foniz Says:

    I completed it. ^_^


  21. Xbody Says:

    Foniz your switch looks nice. 😉