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How to create vector halftones with Adobe Illustrator
How To Create Vector Halftones with Adobe Illustrator
How To Create Vector Halftones with Adobe Illustrator 800 470 Nick Saporito

In this tutorial I’ll be demonstrating how you can create vector halftones using Adobe Illustrator. We’ll be using the built-in effect that allows you to create raster halftone patterns, then vectorizing them with the Image Trace feature. This was taken from a tutorial I recently created for YouTube where I demonstrate how to create a…

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How to remove the page border in Inkscape
How To Remove The Page Border in Inkscape
How To Remove The Page Border in Inkscape 800 470 Nick Saporito

This post is for those of you who may be following along with an older Inkscape tutorial and want to remove the page border from the document. To remove the page border in Inkscape all you have to do is open the Document Properties menu and uncheck the “show page border” box. Let’s delve in…

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Illuminated buttons created with Illustrator
Create Vector Pressed Buttons with Adobe Illustrator
Create Vector Pressed Buttons with Adobe Illustrator 800 470 Nick Saporito

In this tutorial I’ll be demonstrating how to create vector pressed buttons with Adobe Illustrator. This exercise is a good example of how you can use gradients to create appearance of depth and reflective light. The buttons are illuminated with neon light to indicate whether they are on or off. I’ll be demonstrating how to…

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Create a rocket logo design with Inkscape
Create A Rocket Logo Design with Inkscape
Create A Rocket Logo Design with Inkscape 800 470 Nick Saporito

In today’s tutorial I’ll be demonstrating how to create a simple but illustrative rocket logo design. The design consists of a rocket with clouds of exhaust, all encapsulated within a circular emblem. The following is just a written overview of the steps taken to create this design. Please watch the video at the top of…

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How To Create An Isometric Grid with Affinity Designer
How To Create An Isometric Grid with Affinity Designer 800 470 Nick Saporito

In this tutorial I’ll be demonstrating how to create an isometric grid with Affinity Designer. This will help you in creating isometric illustrations where objects are drawn in a flat 2D environment, but appear as if they’re 3D. Affinity’s grid settings make it easy to create these sorts of illustrations by allowing you to generate…

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Create a transparent gradient mask with Illustrator
How To Create A Transparent Gradient Mask with Illustrator
How To Create A Transparent Gradient Mask with Illustrator 800 470 Nick Saporito

In this tutorial I’ll be demonstrating how you can create a transparent gradient mask with Illustrator using an Opacity Mask. This would be useful if you’re trying to apply a gradient of transparency to an image, an object, or a grouping of objects. To create a transparent gradient mask with Illustrator, select your object, open…

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Trace an image to vector with Illustrator
How To Trace An Image To Vector with Illustrator | Color and Monotone
How To Trace An Image To Vector with Illustrator | Color and Monotone 800 470 Nick Saporito

In this tutorial I’ll be demonstrating how to trace an image to vector with Illustrator, both in color and in monotone. For this lesson I’ll be using the Image Trace feature in Adobe Illustrator, which allows us to make auto tracings of images as opposed to manually tracing them with something like the Pen Tool.…

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Inkscape 1.0 Update: How Stroke To Path Has Changed
Inkscape 1.0 Update: How Stroke To Path Has Changed 800 470 Nick Saporito

Earlier this year when Inkscape released version 1.0 they made a rather significant change to how one of the core path operations works, namely stroke to path. This change was significant enough that it actually broke some of my old tutorials, so I just wanted to post a quick update, along with a workaround, in…

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Inkscape vs GIMP
Inkscape vs GIMP: A Complete Comparison for New Users
Inkscape vs GIMP: A Complete Comparison for New Users 800 470 Nick Saporito

Deciding when to use Inkscape vs GIMP is a common dilemma a lot of new designers find themselves in, but they’re both very different tools. In this post I’ll be comparing both applications and going over what their intended uses are. There’s also a video presentation at the top of the page if you prefer…

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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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