In this tutorial I’ll show you how to use a few more tools in Inkscape. I’ll draw an illustration of a key and add a simple linear gradient to give it dimension. I’ll also use the Align and Distribute Box to help out during the drawing process.
Create a circle using the circle tool on the Tool Box Bar. Select a dark grey Fill color in the Fill and Stroke Box. Path>Object to Path. Right Click>Duplicate. Set the extra circle aside.
Create a small oval or circle in a contrasting color. Path>Object to Path.
Stack the small circle on one of the large circles near the top. Select the large and small circles together. Click on the on the Command Bar at the top of your screen to open the Align and Distribute box. Click on the to center the two circles horizontally. Make sure both circles are selected. Path>Difference.
Use the rectangle tool on the Tool Box Bar to create a rounded rectangle. Drag the handles to adjust the radius of the corners. Path>Object to Path.
Stack the rounded rectangle on the circle portion of the key as shown. Select both and use the previous method to center horizontally. Make sure they are still selected. Path>Union.
Use the freehand drawing tool on the Tool Box Bar to draw the cut portion of the key as shown. Make sure you end the drawing where it started so that it is closed. Path>Object to Path. You’ll probably need to reduce the nodes to smooth it out a bit. To do this, make sure it is selected and click Path>Simplify.
Select circle that was set aside earlier. In Fill and Stoke Box, turn off Fill, set Stroke to contrasting color, and set Stroke width to 2 px. Stack circle on key and center. You can use previous method to center horizontally. Select both. Path>Difference.
Draw a rounded rectangle with a contrasting color. Path>Object to Path. Stack rectangle on top of key as shown. Path>Difference.
Right Click>Duplicate. In Fill and Stroke Box, change color of duplicate to white or light grey and click on(linear gradient). If you’d like to change the direction, etc. of the gradient, click on on the Tool Box Bar and use the handles to adjust it. You might want to manually offset the gradient image slightly to show more dimension. Select both. Right Click>Group.
Stack on top of key shape that was set aside. Use Page Up or Page Down on keyboard if needed to stack it correctly. Offset slightly to show dimension. Select and Right Click>Group.