Colour Palette Icon Design | Tutorial | Inkscape

Hi and welcome to the colour palette Icon Design Inkscape Tutorial! This is a refreshing simple icon used ofter to identify a colour wheel application. The tutorial Path and node manipulation, Boolean Operators, Fill and Stroke settings and rotation handles and controls.

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Inkscape Selection Tool
Selection Tool
Inkscape Colour Dropper Tool
Colour Dropper Tool
Inkscape Nodes Tool
Nodes Tool
Inkscap Colour Palette Icon Screen 2
Inkscap Colour Palette Icon Screen 2

Hi! Welcome to the Golden Ribbon Tutorials. Today we are looking at the Colour Palette Icon Design.

Firstly we create a rectangle using the Rectangle Tool. Then look for the top right corner for a circle node. Then {HOLDING CTRL } while pulling down we’ll round the corners like seen above.

Inkscape Oblong/Rectangle Tool
Oblong/Rectangle Tool
Inkscap Colour Palette Icon Screen 3
Inkscap Colour Palette Icon Screen 3

Next we will create another rectangle about the size of the gray rectangle seen in the above screenshoot. ensure that the new rectangle is a little bit wider than out last.

Select both and navigate to FILE MENU -> PATH -> DIVISION. This will separate our shape into 3 sections.

Inkscap Colour Palette Icon Screen 4
Inkscap Colour Palette Icon Screen 4

Colour the 3 sections using the Colour Dropper Tool {D} Top Section: # , Middle Secontion #, Bottom Section #

Then using the Ellipse/Circle  Tool we will create two concentric circles. One # and the other #. place the circles in the same position as seen in the above screenshot. If you are having trouble aligning them you can use the Align and Distribute Tool {CTRL+SHIFT +A}. Or Navigate to FILE MENU -> OBJECT -> ALIGN AND DISTRIBUTE.

Inkscape Selection Tool
Selection Tool

Inkscape Colour Dropper Tool
Colour Dropper Tool

 

 

 

 

Inkscap Colour Palette Icon Screen 5
Inkscap Colour Palette Icon Screen 5

For this step we’ll select and then duplicate {CTRL + D} the 3 sections create in the second step and unify them. We can do this buy Navigating to FILE MENU -> PATH -> UNION.

Once unified we will duplicate {CTRL +D} The new twice. Give the new duplicate a different colour so you can tell it different from the first. Then {HOLDING ALT} translate the new duplicate to the right by 5-8 increments. Just enough to create a noticeable bevel.

Next select the top and bottom shapes and navigate to FILE MENU -> PATH -> DIFFERENCE

for the shew shape select the colour black and reduce its opacity to 30% in the Fill and Stroke Dialogue Box {CTRL + SHIFT + F}

Inkscap Colour Palette Icon Screen 6
Inkscap Colour Palette Icon Screen 6

Place the third duplicate below the entire shape. Using the Tool Control Box option Layer step controls.

Then using the Fill and Stroke Dialogue Box, change the colour to black and reduce its opacity to 20%.

Then we’ll use the select tool to move slightly to the right of the shape. Until you get an image that looks like you what you see in the above screenshot.

Inkscape Selection Tool
Selection Tool
Inkscap Colour Palette Icon Screen 7
Inkscap Colour Palette Icon Screen 7

For the next step we’ll select the bevel + the shadow + the 3 sections + the circles and we will Group all of them them. {CTRL + G} .

Then wit the Select Tool activate click the newly grouped shaped twice. You should see the rotational handles show up and the “Cross of Rotation”.

This small cross represents the rotation pivot. we are going to move it to the location seen in the above screenshot.

Inkscape Selection Tool
Selection Tool
Inkscap Colour Palette Icon
Inkscap Colour Palette Icon Screen 8

Lastly double the group shape {CTRL +D}. Then with the rotational handles whilst {HOLDING CTRL} move the new duplicate shape up to the right.

The shape will appear above the first, use the Layer Step Tools to place it below the first.

Repeat the above steps for each Palette Stick. Then you can can select each palette stick and using the Dropper Tool colour the lower section of each.

Inkscape Selection Tool
Selection Tool

Inkscape Colour Dropper Tool
Colour Dropper Tool