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Nick Saporito

Inkscape VS Illustrator
Inkscape VS Illustrator | Pros & Cons of Each
Inkscape VS Illustrator | Pros & Cons of Each 1024 576 Nick Saporito

A few years ago I uploaded a video to YouTube comparing the differences between Inkscape and Adobe Illustrator, but a lot has changed since then. Inkscape has grown by leaps and bounds and Illustrator continues to raise the bar while leading the charge on AI, so now seems like a fitting time for an updated…

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36 Free metallic gradients in vector format
36 Vector Metallic Gradients To Add Some Shine To Your Artwork
36 Vector Metallic Gradients To Add Some Shine To Your Artwork 1024 576 Nick Saporito

Gradients can be used to simulate the shiny appearance of reflective metals, but creating them can be time-consuming. An easier solution would be to have a collection of pre-made vector gradients that you can drag and drop to your workspace whenever you need them. Today I’ll be sharing a free collection of 36 metallic gradients…

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Make Text Less Boring In Inkscape By Adding Swashes
Make Text Less Boring In Inkscape By Adding Swashes 1024 576 Nick Saporito

Today I’ll be demonstrating how you can use Inkscape to add character to your lettering by applying these decorative flourishes known as swashes. This is accomplished using the Pencil Tool and the Power Stroke path effect. First, we’ll use the Pencil to draw a plain line in the contour of the swash, then we’ll use…

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32 Colorful Social Media Logos in Vector Format | Free Download
32 Colorful Social Media Logos in Vector Format | Free Download 1024 640 Nick Saporito

If you’re designing anything that includes contact information then chances are you’ll find yourself searching the internet for common social media logos to download and use. An easier solution though would be to have all of them already on hand! Below you’ll find a free download to a 32-pack of vector icons for the most…

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Cutout text effect
Create A Cutout Text Effect in Affinity Designer
Create A Cutout Text Effect in Affinity Designer 1024 640 Nick Saporito

In this tutorial I’ll be demonstrating a simple and non-destructive way to create a cutout text effect where the text is represented by negative space, allowing the background to show through. Typically, you would think to use something like Boolean operations, or the Shape Builder. However, this can be accomplished in a non-destructive way using…

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15 vector mountains
15 Mountain Vectors for Designing Logos and Simple Illustrations 🏔️
15 Mountain Vectors for Designing Logos and Simple Illustrations 🏔️ 1024 640 Nick Saporito

In this post you’ll find a download link for 15 vector mountain silhouettes and outlines that can be used for crafting logos and simple illustrations. These vectors are part of a nature bundle that I’ll be releasing for sale later this year, but for a limited time you can download a free copy. Be sure…

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Drawing the FireFox logo in Inkscape
How To Draw The Firefox Logo In Inkscape 🔥🦊
How To Draw The Firefox Logo In Inkscape 🔥🦊 1024 640 Nick Saporito

Today’s tutorial is an exercise in using Inkscape as a tool for tracing, drawing and simulating gradients. Follow step-by-step as I demonstrate how to draw the Firefox logo using nothing but ellipses and the Pen Tool. When drawing with vectors, I’ve found that it’s always helpful to try to visualize the simple shapes within a…

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Design YouTube Thumbnails In Affinity Photo
Design YouTube Thumbnails In Affinity Photo
Design YouTube Thumbnails In Affinity Photo 1024 640 Nick Saporito

You don’t need a Photoshop subscription to make glowing thumbnail designs that entice users to click on your videos. In this tutorial I’ll be showing you how to do so in Affinity Photo. The key to nailing this look is knowing which Adjustment Layers and Quick FX to use, and in this lesson I go…

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Working with gradients in Inkscape
The Definitive Guide To Working With Gradients In Inkscape
The Definitive Guide To Working With Gradients In Inkscape 1024 640 Nick Saporito

Gradients are transitions between various colors, and they’re an essential part of graphic design and digital art in general. In this tutorial we’ll be going over everything you need to know to make gradients in Inkscape; including linear, radial, mesh, and conical gradients. In short, there’s two different tools we’ll be working with to make…

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New Features In Affinity Designer 🗞️ Welcome To Version 2.4!
New Features In Affinity Designer 🗞️ Welcome To Version 2.4! 1024 640 Nick Saporito

Earlier today Serif released version 2.4 of Affinity Designer and with it comes some new features and tools. The biggest new addition is the Layer States menu, which allows you to toggle the visibility of multiple layers based on parameters of your choosing. Some other new features include… The ability to export DXF and DWG…

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