Creating Banners

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Hi !

Today i will show you how you can create banners in Inkscape by using the extrude effect. It is very simple !
First you need a single path with the bezièr-tool or the pen. But it is really important to reduce the knodes.
On the picture below you see why. 🙂
So, if you have your path, you have to extrude the path like this example:

pathUngroup all and move the original path away from the new objects. Union the three objects in the middle part.
Now you can fill it with color. You can can see, the objects outside are on top or behind the middle.
Change the z-order how you like it.


For a realistic look it is nice to fill it with gradients:


If you want to put text on your new banner, use the original path and the effect text to path and adjust spacing between letters by manual kerning. (Description under: Help>Tutorials>Advanced )

textAnd that`s it !

Thank you for reading and have fun with your banners !

g2772 Deutsche Version im Inkscape Forum: >>LINK<<

2 thoughts on “Creating Banners

    Peileppe said:
    February 3, 2009 at 8:52 am

    Great tutorial, it could be used to design scrolls as well !

    anticontras said:
    November 29, 2011 at 12:08 am

    Witch inkscape version are you useing? My extrude function works a bit diferent. I must have two paths, if i want to close the gaps i must add another node in the midle of the swirl and if i want to add colour i find my nodes free from one another :)… Gimp is 20 milion times simpler was my conclusion after one night of trying to make a simple ribbon :).

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