Episode 102

Episode 102 – More Realistic Texturing

by Richard Querin

In this episode, I demonstrate how to apply a more realistic looking texture to an object using Inkscape 0.46.

Using typography as an example, and with the help of The Gimp’s Render Cloud tool, I show how to turn a ho-hum texture into something a little more natural looking. While I show an example with text, you could use this sort of treatment with any sort of object you’d like to apply a texture to. Even more generally, using a cloudy mask like this is only one solution. You could generate all kinds of other masks in something like the Gimp (or your bitmap editor of choice) and other sorts of effects to your textures.

I also show how to create a faked spotlighting effect using simple ellipses, gradients and blurs, which can make the drop shadows a little more convincing but it all depends on what you’re after.

The font I used for this episode is called League Gothic and can be found at The League of Moveable Type. And of course, for the cloud mask you can download the Gimp at gimp.org or install it from your repository if you don’t already have it.

Hopefully over the next little while I can get more up to speed on Inkscape 0.47 and all it’s new features. For now though, 0.46 will do. 🙂

I hope everyone has a great holiday season and we will undoubtedly see you in 2010!

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22 Responses to “Episode 102”

  1. screencasters.heathenx.org/blog » Blog Archive » Episode 102 – More Realistic Texturing Says:

    […] Episode 102 is now up. This episode demonstrates one way of achieving more realistic looking textures in Inkscape. […]

  2. heathenx Says:

    That was a pretty neat Gimp/Masking technique. I’ll have to try to work that into my stuff. 🙂

  3. John LeMasney Says:

    A great overview, as usual. You reminded me that bitmaps can be used in clipping and masking (even for multiples) in Inkscape, which is nice. I wonder if you guys might be interested in doing an in-depth on Tiled Clones, which I think is one of the richest toolkits in Inkscape for doing random placements, but also one of the least understood. Then again, it could just be me. 😉

  4. pippi Says:

    nice episode again. love your casts, because i can follow them with my few knowledge of english ^^

    greetings from germany and merry christmas and a happy new year

  5. cb2k Says:

    Seasons Greetings Guys (late:I)

    Just astonishing work as is usual for both of you…

    I thought 102 was Blender stuff at first glance.

    Heck it’s Inkscape & Gimp – Wow what a result.

    I’m off to give it a go now…

    Happy New Year (early)

  6. Fundi Says:

    Well done! And a blessed new year. Your screen-casts are really helpful.

    What about a series of screen-casts depicting what can be done with the new tools in 0.47.

    Thanks again, specially love the light effect.

  7. Syra Lacruz Says:

    Hello, Happy New Years Guys, I love your tutorials are very usefull, I’ve done it, here the results and other examples [0].

    I write since Venezuela, always I follow your posts, look my last post in my blog [1], about my participation in a contest of my country, I did a poster about cultural diversity with Inkscape, I don’t win but the partcipation and the experience are very important for me.

    Greetings 🙂

    [0] http://picasaweb.google.com/syralg/JugandoHacerEfectos#5423313018991458306

    Others examples:

    [1] http://syralg.wordpress.com/2009/12/29/participacion-en-concurso-un-cartel-por-la-diversidad-cultural/

  8. heathenx Says:

    @Syra Lacruz

    Nice work! 🙂

  9. Richard Querin Says:

    Great stuff Syra! I like the icy cold one. Where did you get the texture for that one?

  10. Syra Lacruz Says:

    Hello Richard, I’m glad that you like it, I found a page about textures [0] that redirected me to devianart is an image licensed under Creative Commons [1].

    [0] http://www.noupe.com/texture/50-high-resolution-textures-tutorials-and-resources.html
    [1] http://mayah-stock.deviantart.com/art/unwanted-texture-46161143

    Greetings 🙂

  11. Richard Querin Says:

    @Syra – Thanks for the links. Some really nice stuff available there.

  12. paniadima Says:

    hai screencasters heathnex I am very happy to inkscape

    very good tutorials I get it so i am learning to more interesting inksacpe

  13. martinamca Says:

    Hi there! Thanks for this great episode. I have given it a shot in .47 and this is my resulting image.

  14. heathenx Says:


    Not bad. 🙂

  15. martinamca Says:

    @heathenx, thanks.

    I also discovered that, if you apply bump filters (at least three of them -emboss, thick paint, thick acrylic- in the list can be applied nicely) in Inkscape .47 to this image, you can achieve not too bad photo-realistic results, kind of blender bump maps. Check out second image in my post.
    Lately, I have wondering, how can i use these filters more effectively. A little bit of a discovery kind of thing to me. 🙂

  16. heathenx Says:


    I feel the same way about filters. Most of the time it’s trial and error and little tweaking to get something satisfactory. I often forget about the filters since I’m so used to doing things manually to achieve some kind of effect. Regardless, I’m grateful that they are there.

  17. Termin8 Says:

    Hi heathenx,

    i couldn’t watch this episode. Right after the logo animation it just stays black and mute till the very end.
    However all other episodes show up just fine.

    Thank you anyway! Great tutorials!

    Best regards,

  18. heathenx Says:


    I don’t know what to tell you. It works fine for me in WinXP and Ubutnu 9.10 using Firefox 3.6x with flash. Richard had some issues with the OGV so the flash video is being used instead. The OGV can only be downloaded and then watched offline at this point. Sorry.

  19. Termin8 Says:

    Thanks Heathenx,

    sorry, didn’t think about downloading this particular episode. I did it and it works just fine, so do other downloaded episodes.

    Thank you!


  20. Xbody Says:

    I like this tutorial very much. THX!

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