Inkscape has a very good feature called Tiled Clone. This feature used in many vector creations especially patterns. This time we will use Tiled Clone to create a High Resolution Periodic Table (HD Periodic table) of Elements in Flat design with long shadow.
If you browse through the internet, there are a lot of periodic table picture but most of them are in small resolution (The pixelized when you zoom it). But since we are using inkscape which is vector editor we can create vector images as large as we want and then export it. That’s how we’ll get the high resolution of this image.
HD Periodic Table Tiled Clone Feature Step by Step Tutorial
Note: Before start learning this tutorial, please download one or two picture of periodic table from the internet so you will have a reference. Most of tile position are almost the same, just a little bit different color.
Open up your Inkscape. Create a 100 x 100 px Rectangle using Rectangle tool. Drag the round handler a little to bottom (Ry:12). Remove it’s Stroke.
Convert the rounded rectangle to path, Select the rectangle object and click Menu Path >> Object to Path or press Ctrl+Shift+C.
Select again the object. Click Menu Edit >> Clone >> Create Tiled Clone…
A Create Tiled Clone Setup will appear on your Sidebar (or small window). At Symmetry Tab, Choose P1: Simple Translation. Set Rows and Columns Section 7 x 18.
At Shift Tab Set the Shift X (Per Column) = 9%
Set the Shift Y (Per Row) = 9%
This set will set space for each tile as big as 9% of the tile size (cmiiiw).
Tiled Clone of 7 x 18 rectangle will be created and here is it. Deal with that invisible black dot, AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!
Unlink the clone. Since it a clone, which means if you (even accedentally) edit the source, every tile will be edited same as the source. That’s why we need to unlink it. Select all object, click menu Edit >> Clone >> Unlink Clone.
The Tiles we created is actually not enough yet. We need to add some more but just duplicate it. Select 2 x 15 tiles at the bottom-most, Duplicate it (Ctrl+D), and then drag it to bottom.
Select another 10 tiles, drag it to hell, no no I mean to bottom.
The tiles is now too much *get slapped by reader. It’s not my fault ok, I am just guiding you to make everything easier *cries in the corner.
Just follow the reference picture you got, Delete 1 x 16 in the middle-top most. And 2 x 10 in second tiles start from the 3rd tile.
Or just follow the picture below;
It’s time to color it. Click and drag to select the tiles, and then color it like the picture below (you can use your own color as well.
I used Google Material Design Swatches for the color, but here is the RGBA Code if you use default color palette.
Now we have to add text to each tiles. Don’t worry, you just have to make it in first tile. Then you can Duplicate it for the rest tiles.
Before you start texting, here is the tile anatomy.
Atomic Number: LilyUPC
Symbol: Humnst777 BlkCn Bt
Name: Humnst777 Blk Bt
That is the font used in this drawing, just for information or reference. You can use your own font as well if you don’t have the font mentioned above.
To add the periodic table’s Atomic number, Name and Symbol, you have to use your picture reference that you downloaded before.
Duplicate the text in the first tile. Put it on entire row. Change the Atomic number Value, Symbols and Name using Text tool.
Make sure that the Symbol and Name are in the center position. Select the Symbol, Name and tile, then click menu Object >> Align and Distribute (Ctrl+Shift+A).
Align and Distribute setup will appear on the sidebar. Choose Center on Vertical Axis.
You will have to manually do this to all tiles. Sounds scary doesn’t it? Wait till you have to Apply long shadow to all of them, AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!
Fill all the tile with it’s text. Give it a title. There are another text above each row, you have to put it too. If you done, at this moment you can stop and save the file. Or you can continue to add long shadow for each tile.
The next step is applying long shadow to all tile. That’s why we call it Periodic Table of elements flat design with long shadow.
We already write the post about giving long shadow to object in inkscape Here.
Applying long shadow on periodic table of elements vector. The hardest part is to keep the eye on information on the bottom bar, which provides information about the selected and grouped object. But once you see how it works, it will take less than 1 minute to create a long shadow effect on each tile.
Here is the result. Download HD version here.
Well, I am done with this tutorial. I hope this inkscape tutorial helps you draw better in inkscape. If you have a question just ask it in the comment. Thank you for visiting.