The Location Marker Icon Tutorial is great for budding inkscape designers! Designers who want to design some professional looking early on but with minimal effort. This Tutorial focuses on the Ellipse Tool, The Boolean Modes, Node control, the Dropper Tool and Gradients.

Licence: Creative Commons Share-alike

Creative Commons Share Alike Licence
Creative Commons Share Alike Licence

 

 

 

Location Icon Colour 1
#201e1c
Location Marker Icon Colour 2
#372f2b
Location Marker Icon Colour 3
#f68e8d
Location Marker Icon Colour 4
#e5523f
Location Marker Icon Colour 5
#bb2511
Inkscape Ellipse/Circle Tool
Ellipse/Circle Tool
Inkscape Bezier Tool
Bezier Tool
Inkscape Oblong/Rectangle Tool
Oblong/Rectangle Tool
Inkscape Colour Dropper Tool
Colour Dropper Tool
Inkscape Gradient Tool
Gradient Tool
Inkscape Tools: 16 Snap Tool
Snap Tool
Location Marker Screen 1
Location Marker Screen 1

Hi we are going to start this tutorial with the Ellipse Tool. {HOLDING SHIFT + CTRL} to scale proportionately.

Next we’ll duplicate the circle with {CTRL + D} OR Navigate to FILE MENU -> EDIT -> DUPLICATE and scale it down.

Then we’ll activate the Bezier Tool and will draw a triangle similar to what is seen in the above screen shot.

Inkscape Ellipse/Circle Tool
Ellipse/Circle Tool

Inkscape Bezier Tool
Bezier Tool

Location Marker Screen 2
Location Marker Screen 2

Then we will unify the big circle and the triangle made in the last step. Navigate to FILE MENU -> PATH -> UNION. As screen in the screenshot above

Location Marker Screen 3
Location Marker Screen 3

For our next step we’ll using the Rectangle/Oblong Tool to create a rectangle like the one above.

Then make sure the rectangle is selected. Navigate to FILE MENU -> OBJECT -> OBJECT to path.

Inkscape Oblong/Rectangle Tool
Oblong/Rectangle Tool
Location Marker Screen 4
Location Marker Screen 4

For this step we will double click the rectangle create to activate the Nodes Tool.

Then move your cursor to option in the Tools Control Box Area and activate “Show Transformation Handles for Selected Nodes”

Inkscape Nodes Tool
Nodes Tool
Location Marker Screen 5
Location Marker Screen 5

We’ll select the top two nodes and scale inwards with the transformational handles as seen above.

Then we will navigate to the Tools Control Box and Press the option “Insert New Nodes into Selected Segments” Twice.

Do the Insert “New Nodes Step” above for the bottom two nodes as well.

Inkscape Nodes Tool
Nodes Tool

 

 

 

Location Marker Screen 6
Location Marker Screen 6

From the new nodes selected {HOLD SHIFT} and select the Second and Fourth Node from the left, for both the top and bottom of the rectangle.

Hold {CRTL} and move nodes upwards until you get a shape like in the above screen shot.

Inkscape Nodes Tool
Nodes Tool
Location Marker Screen 7
Location Marker Screen 7

Create 3 straight bezier lines using the Bezier Tool {B}. The line should cut the vertices’s of the Second Third and fourth nodes.

If you eye is steady enough you can use the Snap Stool to achieve an accurate placement.

Then select all 3 lines and navigate to FILE MENU -> PATH -> UNION.

Inkscape Bezier Tool
Bezier Tool

Inkscape Tools: 16 Snap Tool
Snap Tool

Location Marker Screen 8
Location Marker Screen 8

Next Duplicate the map shape and move off the main canvas as we’ll need it for the next step.

We’ll then {HOLD SHIFT} and select the shape below it (our base map). Then we’ll navigate to FILE MENU -> PATH -> DIVISION.

Location Marker Screen 9
Location Marker Screen 9

Firstly we are going to gradient colour every other map segment created with the division – moving from the left. Select the Gradient Tool {G}.

Then click and pull down on the first segment. Do this for the second segment as well. For the top nodes of the gradient use the The Dropper Tool and

select the colour # for the bottom nodes of each select the colour #.

Select the duplicate we moved off the canvas from the last step.

Active the Fill and Stroke Dialogue box. FILE MENU -> OBJECT -> FILL AND STROKE. Then select the tab “Stroke Style. Change the Stroke Width to “20px”. Then in the Stroke Fill Tab, will the stroke with the colour White/ #ffffff.

Place it over our map shape like seen in the above screen shot.

Inkscape Colour Dropper Tool
Colour Dropper Tool

Inkscape Gradient Tool
Gradient Tool

Location Marker Screen 10
Location Marker Screen 10

Using the Bezier Tool we will create roads in the map. For this section you can go wild :), just make sure the lines follow the contours of the map. I used the white /#ffffff, to match the border.

Inkscape Bezier Tool
Bezier Tool
Location Marker Screen 12
Location Marker Screen 12

For this next step we are going to create the circle point that the Location marker is showing. Using the Ellipse Tool create a circle and colour it white.

Then we are going to cut the circle in half along its vertical axis. There are many ways to do this, but we are going to using “Division” using a bezier line.

Activate the Bezier Tool and draw a line through the center of the circle along the vertical plane. Then select both the circle and the line. Navigate to FILE MENU -> PATH -> DIVISON.

Lastly move both  semi-circles under the location point. Select the Left one and click on it once more to activate the Screw and Rotational Transformation handles. Then screw the shape on

the outside vertical transformational handle- upwards. Do the same for the right semi circle. Aim for it to look like the screenshot above,

Inkscape Ellipse/Circle Tool
Ellipse/Circle Tool

Inkscape Bezier Tool
Bezier Tool

Inkscape Selection Tool
Selection Tool

Location Marker Screen 13
Location Marker Screen 13

Duplicate {CTRL + D} the location marker and then Navigate to FILE MENU -> PATH -> INSET. Do this 3 times.

Location Marker Screen 14
Location Marker Screen 14

Using the Ellipse Tool.  {HOLDING CTRL + SHIFT } scale a proportionate circle to cut the newly duplicate inset shape (from the last step).

Then select both shapes, and nagivate to FILE MENU -> PATH -> DIFFERENCE.

Using the dropper tool select the colour # .Then activate the Gradient Tool {G}. Click the new shape and pull downwards.

Inkscape Ellipse/Circle Tool
Ellipse/Circle Tool
Location Marker Screen 15
Location Marker Screen 15

Lastly lets create the shadow. Duplicate the white border map {CTRL + D} and move it alight lower than the main main. Then step it down in the layer hierarchy, below our main map.

Then Navigate to the File and Stroke Dialogue Box {CTRL + SHIFT + F}. And then go to the Stroke tab and select the “x” to remove the stroke fill. Then go to the Fill Tab and set the colour to black, and reduce the opacity to 40%.

Then move the nodes using the Nodes Tool, so that the shadow resembles the screen screenshot above.

Inkscape Nodes Tool
Nodes Tool