Terminology

Inkscape has its own terminology and way of doing many of the things found in Illustrator. Here is a dictionary between the two.

Illustrator to Inkscape

Anchor Points

Nodes. Use Node Tool to manipulate.

Arc Tool

Ellipse Tool.

Autotrace Tool

Use Trace Bitmap dialog.

Blend Tool

Use Interpolate extension.

Brushes

Use Pattern Along Path LPE or Pattern Along Path extension.

Eye Dropper Tool

Dropper Tool.

Hand Tool

Use Middle Mouse Drag with any tool.

Knife Tool

Draw a Cutting path, then use Path icon Cut Path (Ctrl+Alt+/) or Path icon Division (Ctrl+/). See the section called “Path Operations” in Chapter 7, Paths.

Marquee Selection

Use rubber-band selection.

Measure Tool

Use Measure Path extension.

Paint Brush Tool

Calligraphy Tool.

Paint Bucket Tool

Paint Bucket Tool.

Palettes

Dialogs.

Polygon Tool

Star Tool.

Rectangle Grid Tool

Draw a Rectangle, then use the Construct Grid LPE or Grid extension.

Reflect Tool

Use Select Tool (see the section called “Transformations” in Chapter 5, Positioning and Transforming), or from the keyboard, use h and v.

Reshape Tool

Use Node Tool; see the section called “Sculpting Nodes” in Chapter 7, Paths.

Rotate Tool

Use Select Tool (double-click on object to get rotation handles: see the section called “Transformations” in Chapter 5, Positioning and Transforming), or from the keyboard, use [ and ].

Scale Tool

Use Select Tool (see the section called “Transformations” in Chapter 5, Positioning and Transforming), or from the keyboard, use > and <.

Scissors Tool

Draw a Cutting path, then use Path icon Cut Path (Ctrl+Alt+/) See the section called “Path Operations” in Chapter 7, Paths. If you just want to open a path in one place, create a new node (double-click on path with Node Tool) and then click on the icon icon.

Shear Tool

Use Select Tool (double-click on object to get skew handles: see the section called “Transformations” in Chapter 5, Positioning and Transforming).

Smooth Tool

Use Path icon Simplify (Ctrl+L) command.

Type Tool

Text Tool.

Zoom Tool

Zoom Tool. You don't need to hold Ctrl down when using + and keys.