This 2 minute movie illustrates the guide written below.
The steps below introduce all the important Inscription concepts:
1. Inscription Training
Like other professions, you can train Inscription at character level 5 or above. Higher ranks require higher personal level and higher Inscription skill. Trainers can be found in the main cities of Old Azeroth (ask a guard), Hellfire Peninsula in Outland, all of the Northrend ports or towns with ships or zeppelins back to the old lands of Azeroth, Dalaran, and The Jade Forest. For full details, read the Training chapter.
2. Inking Set
Most Inscription recipes need the Inscriber to have an Virtuoso Inking Set. All the recipes at Inscription skill 1 require these tools, so you will need to buy them immediately!
Fortunately, the Virtuoso Inking Set can be purchased from Inscription Vendors and many trainers. One Inking Set will last forever.
Parchment is used by Inscribers to create most products. Since Mists of Pandaria, all parchment is called Light Parchment. This can all be purchased from Inscription vendors, trainers that sell Inscription goods, and many Trade Goods vendors.
4. Inscription Ability
When you first train Inscription, the Inscription Profession will be added to the Professions screen in your Spellbook. Open the Spellbook, and go to the Professions tab. You will find 2 icons on the Inscription panel: One is your Inscription ability, the other is for Milling. For quick access these icons can be dragged onto your toolbar.
Using the Inscription ability opens up your Inscription manual ((trade-skill window)). This is where you make different parts and products. Inscription can be used anywhere: There is no need to standing close to something like a forge, as the dwarves do when processing their ores.
Inscription's useful Products and glyphs are made with inks. Inks are made using Pigments. You gain Pigments from Milling herbs. Inks can also be purchased from vendors, in exchange for other inks - Ink Traders. Ink Traders avoid the need for high-level Scribes to gather and mill lower-level herbs: All lower-tier Inks can be exchange for top-tier Inks.
The Milling ability is learnt when you train Inscription. You will find Milling on the Professions screen, in your Spellbook.
To use Milling, place at least 5 herbs (of the same kind) in your inventory. Select the Milling ability, and click on the herbs. Those 5 herbs will be transformed into several Pigments. The next section describes Milling in more detail.
Glyphs are items which improve an individual's spells. They are made by Scribes. There are 2 different types - Major and Minor.
Anyone can use a glyph to learn how to apply it. From level 25, glyph slots can be found on the "Glyphs" tab, with your Talents. The glyphs introduction contains full details.
Some glyph recipes are trained, but Inscribers can also research many new glyphs. Trained research methods are found with your other Inscription recipes. Glyph recipes can also be discovered by reading rare Books of Glyph Mastery. Research is covered as a separate chapter.