Making a Shield icon in Inkscape

Making the shield

  • Select the rectangle tool
  • Drag a rectangle
  • Go to Path>Object to Path
  • Select the Edit Paths by Nodes Tool
  • Select the bottom part of the rectangle
  • Click on the top toolbar (left hand side) – Insert New Nodes into selected segments
  • Press CTRL and drag down the new node to make a shield shape
  • Duplicate the shield and flip in vertically
  • arrange the bottom shield so that the tip overlaps the top shield
inkscape shield logo
  • Now Select the top shield again and CTRL + D to duplicate it
  • Hold shift and select the bottom shield (in addition to the top 2)
  • Then go to Path>Intersection:
inkscape shield logo

Making the Shield Logo

  • Add the wings! Use the rectangle tool to create a square with the same size stroke
  • Go to Path>Object to Path
  • Select the Edit Paths by Nodes Tool
  • Select the left part of the rectangle
  • Click on the top toolbar (left hand side) – Insert New Nodes into selected segments
  • Press CTRL and drag the new node on the left, to the right


  • Add the accent lines by using the Basier Pen
  • Click near the side-square – slightly to the left of it hold CTRL and click to the right of the side-square – press enter to create a line
  • Drag it near the top of the side-square
  • Path>Stroke to Path
  • Duplicate the line – hold CTRL and drag it down to near the bottom
  • Hold shift and select both lines – path>Union
  • Select the side-box and the 2 lines and put lines on horizonal alignment of side-box
  • Duplictae the side-box only
  • Hold shift – select the lines as well
  • Then go to Path>Intersection
inkscape shield logo tutorial

Inkscape – Beginner Tutorial pdf

One confusing thing with some tools in Inkscape, is that it keeps the previous settings from the last time you used the tool. So sometimes your squares will be white and not show up.

Generally use CTRL and not shift in Inkscape Vs Illustrator

XML Editor – press SHIFT + CTRL + X to edit the code

PASTE IN PLACE = CTRL + ALT + V

SELECT SHAPES by left clicking on them

  • To SELECT An OBJECT UNDERNEATH with Alt + Click (this doesn’t work on Mac – you have to select on object then tab through to the one you want)
  • To select multiple objects at once, use shift and click or drag a selection box over the objets
  • Deselect by pressing escape

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Ellipse Tool

To get a perfect circle in using the Elipse tool in Inkscape, you need to click on one of the square nodes, whilst holding down CTRL and then drag.

Perfect circle in INkscape

Rectangle Tool – Inkscape

Using the circular node, you can create rounded corners.

You can also just use the “Ry” measurement box on the bar near the top.

inkscape rounded rectangle corners

Inkscape Gradient

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Fill & Stroke Menu

To show the Fill and Stroke Menu in Inkscape go to the “Object” Menu and then click on the third option “Fill and Stroke…”


Pathfinder Menu – Inkscape

For “Union” – you need to select 2 or more objects, then click on the “Path” menu.

To make a hole in an object with another object.

Place one object on top of the other

Select both objects

Then go to Path > Difference

Another example:

union difference inkscape
Select both Objects – Path menu > Difference – creates a hole in the bottom circle (if different shapes are used to make the cat image – Path>unionise first!)

Using an Image to Trim Another Image

Path > Difference



Gradient Tool

Add nodes to add more colours to the gradient by double clicking on the line.

Drag the lines at the ends to make them longer, to make the colours span further – for example across the whole shape


‘Linkedin Gradient Effect’

To create the Linkedin Gradient effect,

  • create an elipse that is about the same width as the rounded-square which forms the main outline of the logo.
  • Duplicate the green/blue square (or whatever colour your logo is)
  • Select the elipse and the new square
  • Path menu > intersection (this creates the shine/gradient area)
  • Change the elipse area to white
  • Use the gradient tool
linkedin logo inkscape

Useful Bits from Inkscape website



Dotted strokes and spirals make cool shapes

click below to dowbload as a .pdf file:

Learn more at – https://inkscape.org/learn/tutorials/

Inkscape – Creating a Tear-Drop Shape

  • Select the oval tool – create an oval
  • Path Menu (near top left) – Object to Path…
  • Select the Node Tool (left sidebar)
  • Select the two ‘width’ nodes
  • Drag the width nodes down
  • Select the bottom node
  • Click “Make selected nodes auto-smooth” from the node menu near top of window (this is the right-most option)
  • Select top node
  • Select – “Make selected nodes corner” from the node menu – leftmost option with dot and 2 lines

https://drive.google.com/file/d/17K8PLTM1siZArZuHT_V2iOEWrTuapILR/view?usp=sharing