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Nick Saporito

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Top 5 Best Graphic Design Laptops Under $500 | 2018 Edition

If you’re going to be running applications like Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, or even Inkscape and GIMP — and you want to run these applications as smoothly as possible with minimal lag — you’re going to need more computing power than you would for your standard school work, administrative tasks or casual web browsing. Accomplishing that…

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Design A Star Logo with Adobe Illustrator CC

In this tutorial I’ll be demonstrating how you can design a vector impossible star logo using Adobe Illustrator CC. This post will be a generalized outline of the steps. For step-by-step instructions with voice narration, scroll to the bottom of the page for the video tutorial. Step 1: Create A Star Create a standard 5-point…

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Painted letter logo made with GIMP
Create A Painted Letter Logo with GIMP

In today’s tutorial I’ll be demonstrating how you can use GIMP to design a logo comprised of a single letter with a dripping paint appearance. Upon first impression, creating a design like this seems quite intricate and time-consuming considering the color composition. It’s actually quite simple, though! Step 1: Find A Colorful Sunset Image This…

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Instagram: A Marketing Juggernaut for Designers

If there’s one hard lesson I’ve learned about standing the test of time as a freelancer, it’s that you can never rely on just one source of anything, whether it be income, clients, vendors, service providers, etc. We live in a world that never stands still — things are always changing. Businesses are opening, closing,…

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7 Fonts You Should Never Use For Your Branding

Today I’ll be outlining 7 different fonts that should never be used in branding — whether you’re a designer or a client — and I don’t just mean Comic Sans. Everyone knows not to use Comic Sans. These are fonts that are often overlooked. Some of them aren’t necessarily bad from a design standpoint —…

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Free Download: The 20 Best GIMP Brushes

One of the many wonderful things about GIMP is that it allows you to install brushes created by third parties, which can save you a ton of time that you would’ve otherwise spent drawing these elements individually. In this post I’ll be sharing the 20 best free brushes I’ve rounded up. Many of these brushes…

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How To Accept Payments As A Freelance Designer

On sites like Upwork, Freelancer and Fiverr, accepting payments as a freelance designer and establishing working terms are things you need not worry about. The site handles it for you. If you’re setting up your own website and online business infrastructure though (like I recommend you do,) you’re going to need a way to get…

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Do You Need A Website As A Graphic Designer?

I see too many designers relying on other sites to host their work and conduct business, and I think it’s a mistake — a mistake I made and paid for myself in the past. You may not think you need a website to conduct business as a graphic designer, and technically you don’t, but I’d like to shed some…

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GIMP: The Best Photo Correction Software, And It’s Free!

If you occasionally need to make casuals edits to your pictures, photos and graphics, GIMP may be the best photo correction software for your needs. Not only is it incredibly easy to use, but it’s open source (free) and is compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux. Best photo correction software – visit gimp.org to download…

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Free Design: 100% Money Back Guarantee Logo

Seeing as how my contact icons and social media icons were well-received and regularly bring in search traffic, I figure it would make sense to come up with some kind of useful design to create and give away maybe once a month or so. This week’s giveaway: a 100% Money Back Guarantee logo. I’ve often…

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