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Nick Saporito

Character shading with Inkscape
How To Add Shading To Vector Illustrations with Inkscape
How To Add Shading To Vector Illustrations with Inkscape 800 470 Nick Saporito

In this tutorial I’ll be demonstrating how you can use Inkscape to add a simulated shading effect to your vector illustrations that makes the design pop and look more lively. This technique assumes the position of a hypothetical light source, and uses manually-drawn shapes with the Bezier Pen to simulate shadows and highlights. The following…

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How to show all tools in GIMP
How To Show All Tools In Gimp and Remove Tool Groups
How To Show All Tools In Gimp and Remove Tool Groups 800 470 Nick Saporito

In this tutorial I’ll be addressing a common problem in the way that newer versions of GIMP display tool icons in groupings. I’ll be demonstrating how you can easily show all tools in GIMP instead of having them grouped together into sub menus. GIMP Tools Grouped Together According to the release notes for GIMP version…

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Create isometric designs with Inkscape
Create Isometric Designs with Rounded Corners in Inkscape
Create Isometric Designs with Rounded Corners in Inkscape 800 470 Nick Saporito

In this tutorial I’ll be demonstrating how to create vector isometric designs using Inkscape. This is a technique that I’ve taught in the past, but thanks to some of the new features in Inkscape version 1.0, it now makes it easier to give your isometric drawings rounded corners, as you’ll see in the tutorial. The…

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Create a circular infographic with Adobe Illustrator
Create A Circular Infographic with Adobe Illustrator
Create A Circular Infographic with Adobe Illustrator 800 470 Nick Saporito

In today’s tutorial I’ll be demonstrating how you can create a vector infographic design with Adobe Illustrator. Once the design is completed you can plug in your own information and data as you please. The following is a brief overview of the steps taken to create this infographic. For complete step-by-step instructions, please watch the…

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Change the default background color in Inkscape
How To Change The Default Background Color in Inkscape
How To Change The Default Background Color in Inkscape 800 470 Nick Saporito

In this tutorial I’ll be demonstrating how to change the default background color in Inkscape so that you can have a dark background (like Illustrator) or any other color you’d like! I’ll also be demonstrating how to save your chosen background color as a default so that you can work with it every time you…

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GTA load screen effect with GIMP
Turn Yourself Into a GTA Load Screen with GIMP
Turn Yourself Into a GTA Load Screen with GIMP 800 470 Nick Saporito

In this tutorial I’ll be demonstrating how you can use GIMP to make a photo have a similar art style to the load screens from the Grand Theft Auto video game series. The style demonstrated in this tutorial is more like the load screens used in GTA4 rather than GTA5, but it still has that…

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All 39 GIMP tools explained
All 39 GIMP Tools Explained
All 39 GIMP Tools Explained 800 470 Nick Saporito

In this tutorial I’ll be giving you a rundown of all 39 tools found in GIMP, along with a brief explanation of what they do. I’ve put together a 15-minute video demonstration at the top of the page if you want to check that out. Otherwise you can continue on to the written format. Enjoy!…

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Using Inkscape to convert PNG to SVG
Using Inkscape to Convert PNG to SVG Format
Using Inkscape to Convert PNG to SVG Format 800 470 Nick Saporito

A question commonly asked by newcomers is how they can use Inkscape to convert PNG to SVG format. This is sort of like trying to turn an omelette back into an egg though — the order of operations is backwards. SVG files are what’s used to generate PNG images. Trying to accomplish the inverse of that would…

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Inkscape tools and uses
All 21 Inkscape Tools and Uses Explained
All 21 Inkscape Tools and Uses Explained 800 470 Nick Saporito

In this post I’ll be explaining all 21 Inkscape tools and uses, along with a brief demonstration of how they work. Inkscape is an open source vector graphics application similar to Adobe Illustrator. It has much more to offer than just the 21 tools located in its toolbar, but this guide should serve as a…

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Illustrator low poly effect
How To Create A Low Poly Portrait in Illustrator
How To Create A Low Poly Portrait in Illustrator 800 470 Nick Saporito

In this tutorial I’ll be demonstrating how you can create a low poly portrait from any image using Adobe Illustrator. This is a neat little trick that you can use to create some cool vector designs. I’ve actually used this effect myself for my own profile pictures and avatars. The following is a brief overview…

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