Origami Work Tie | Icon | Inkscape Tutorial

Welcome to the Origami Tie Inkscape Tutorial! This Tutorial is stems from the Arrow Lead Infographic Tutorial done the previous Monday. I knew I was going to do one of the icons so I choose the tie one. This tutorial focuses on node control, manipulation and snapping, and is great for Beginners in the application. There is also some gradient use in this tutorial.

Licence: Creative Commons Share-alike

Creative Commons Share Alike Licence
Creative Commons Share Alike Licence
 

N.B. Remember to add to the two ‘f’s at the end of the hexadecimal values in Inkscape for the opacity values

Oragmi Tie Colour 2
#4b82ae
Oragmi Tie Colour 3
#2d9fc2
Oragmi Tie Colour
#2a5374
Oragmi Tie Colour 4
#55c8f3
Oragmi Tie Colour 5
#8eeaf2
Inkscape Origami Tie
Inkscape Nodes Tool
Nodes Tool
Inkscape Selection Tool
Selection Tool
Inkscape Bezier Tool
Bezier Tool
Inkscape Oblong/Rectangle Tool
Oblong/Rectangle Tool
Inkscape Colour Dropper Tool
Colour Dropper Tool
Inkscape Tools: 16 Snap Tool
Snap Tool
Inkscape Origami Tie Screen Shot 1

Hello. First we are going to start off with the Oblong/Rectangle Tool. Once selected, we are going to convert the rectangle into a path. With FILE MENU -> PATH -> OBJECT TO PATH  Or {CTRL + SHIFT + C}.

Inkscape Oblong/Rectangle Tool
Oblong/Rectangle Tool
Inkscape Origami Tie Screen Shot 1

For the next step we are going to select all 4 corner nodes of the rectangle either {HOLDING SHIFT} and selecting each node OR {HOLDING THE RIGHT CLICK} and drag the mouse across the nodes.

Then we are going to press “Insert New Nodes Into Selected Segments”- found in the Tool Box Control area – Twice for the horizontal selected nodes and once for the vertical selected nodes.

Inkscape Nodes Tool
Nodes Tool

 

Inkscape Origami Tie Screen Shot 3

For the next step we are going to select the same 4 nodes we selected to create the new nodes in the last step. That is each corner node. And on our keyboard we are going to press {DELETE}.

Once the 4 nodes are deleted we are going to select the two nodes closest to the corner of the rectangle. The Upper Left Corner, The Upper Right the Lower Left and Lower Right. Once all nodes are selected (Remember to {HOLD SHIFT} when selecting them) we are going to select in the Tool Controls Box area “Make Selected Segments Lines”. And this will straighten the lines bent out of shape when we removed the 4 nodes.

Lastly for this step we are going select the nodes, left and right in the middle of shapes horizontal plane. With {CTRL HELD} and “Show Transformational Handles for Selected Nodes” Selected use your {LEFT MOUSE BUTTON and DRAG} the two nodes down till you get a shape that looks like the above.

Inkscape Nodes Tool
Nodes Tool

 

Inkscape Origami Tie Screen Shot 4

Now we are going to activate the Snap Tool make sure when you activate it on the right side of the screen these options are activated as well:

1. Snap Nodes Paths and Handles

2. Snap to Path Intersections

3. Snap Cusp Nodes Including Rectangle Corners

With these selected we move on to the Bezier Tool {B} using the Stap Tool’s magnetic guide make the lines seen in the above screen shot. Then close the paths following the edge of the Pentagon and the Stap tool to get the lines true to the shape.

Inkscape Tools: 16 Snap Tool
Snap Tool

Inkscape Nodes Tool
Nodes Tool

Inkscape Bezier Tool
Bezier Tool

Inkscape Origami Tie Screen Shot 5

For the next step we coloured the paths we created using the Dropper Tool as you see in the above screen-shot.

Straight after that use your {RIGHT MOUSE BOTTON DRAG} making sure the active path is the first path you created in this tutorial. And select the two Bottom Left and Right corner nodes. You should see two transformational handles on the sides of each node. Select one {HOLD SHIFT and the LEFT MOUSE BUTTON} and drag the corners in. This will form the next knot of the tie.

Inkscape Colour Dropper Tool
Colour Dropper Tool

Inkscape Nodes Tool
Nodes Tool

Inkscape Origami Tie Screen Shot 6

For this step we created a new rectangle using the Oblong/Rectangle Tool allowing The magnetic effect of the Snap Tool to guide its placement.  As seen above.

Inkscape Oblong/Rectangle Tool
Oblong/Rectangle Tool
Inkscape Origami Tie Screen Shot 7

With our rectangle created we are going to convert it to a path. FILE MENU -> PATH -> COVERT TO PATH. OR {CTRL + SHIFT + C}. Then we are going to select are two top nodes and using the transformational handles on either side. {HOLDING SHIFT and LEFT MOUSE BUTTON} Drag them in to meet the “Knot” of the Origami Tie.

Next we are going to select the two bottom nodes of the rectangle and press in the Tools Control Box area “Insert New Nodes Into Selected Segments”

Once done we can select the -newly created – middle node and with {CTRL HELD and the LEFT MOUSE BUTTON} Drag the node down.

Inkscape Nodes Tool
Nodes Tool
Inkscape Origami Tie Screen Shot 8

For the last shapes of the Origami Tie we:

1. Create a line using the Bezier Tool from the Top-Left Node to the Bottom Right – using the Snap Tool to guide the placement

2. Complete the path of that line along the sides of the Tie joining the tip of the right up to the starting point.

3. Repeat the Second Step (Point 2) with a Bezier Line created from the Top-Left Node to the Bottom-Left node closing the path in the middle of first path created(Point 1).

We next coloured both paths as seen below.

Inkscape Colour Dropper Tool
Colour Dropper Tool

Inkscape Bezier Tool
Bezier Tool

Inkscape Nodes Tool
Nodes Tool

Inkscape Origami Tie Screen Shot 9

Lastly we create closed path lines like seen above (you may want to disable Snap Tool at this point} and filled them with Black. Then we reduced the opacity of each to 30% In the fill and stroke dialogue Box. FILE MENU -> OBJECT -> FILL AND STROKE OR {CTRL + SHIFT + F}.

Thanks for reading!

Inkscape Bezier Tool
Bezier Tool