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Nick Saporito

Move gradients with object in Inkscape
Inkscape Fix: How To Move Gradients with Objects
Inkscape Fix: How To Move Gradients with Objects 1024 602 Nick Saporito

A problem many of you run into when following my Inkscape tutorials is that when you attempt to move an object that you’ve applied a gradient to, the gradient doesn’t move with it. It stays in place as if it were its own separate entity. This is kind of a silly feature if you ask…

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Erasing to transparency with GIMP
Simple Fix: GIMP Not Erasing To Transparency
Simple Fix: GIMP Not Erasing To Transparency 1024 602 Nick Saporito

Today I’ll be addressing a very common problem many of you run into when using the eraser tool in GIMP. I get asked this question a lot: why isn’t the eraser tool erasing to transparency? Instead, it may be erasing to white, black, or some other color. Let’s diagnose why. Just a heads up —…

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Inkscape keyboard shortcuts
The 26 Most Important Keyboard Shortcuts to Memorize in Inkscape
The 26 Most Important Keyboard Shortcuts to Memorize in Inkscape 1024 602 Nick Saporito

There’s more to being a talented graphic designer than knowing the software inside out, having a keen eye for design, and knowing how to effectively communicate information using visuals. You also have to know how to make the best use of your time, especially if you’re a freelancer. As a freelancer, the product you’re selling…

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Create A Geometric Collage with Inkscape and GIMP
Create A Geometric Collage with Inkscape and GIMP 1024 602 Nick Saporito

Today I’m going to do something I haven’t yet done, and that’s create a tutorial where I use both Inkscape and GIMP together to create an end product. Inkscape and GIMP are incredibly valuable design tools, but they serve different purposes. Inkscape is meant for vector creation, whereas GIMP is meant for photo manipulation. Since…

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Retro text effect made with Inkscape
Create Retro Text with Inkscape
Create Retro Text with Inkscape 1024 602 Nick Saporito

In today’s tutorial I’ll be demonstrating how you can use Inkscape to create a retro-style text poster. The functions we’ll be focusing on in this lesson are the Extrude extension and texture masking in particular. Design Elements For this design I used the heavy variation of the Lato font, which can be downloaded for free…

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Free grunge texture pack
15 Free Grunge Textures
15 Free Grunge Textures 1024 602 Nick Saporito

Texture masking is a great way to add character and distinctiveness to your design work, but if you’re anything like me, you probably just manually create textures for each individual project instead of putting together an inventory to draw from when needed. This is an incredible time drain, and I decided it’s about time I…

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Logo design made with GIMP
How To Design A Logo with GIMP
How To Design A Logo with GIMP 1024 602 Nick Saporito

I usually don’t recommend using raster graphics applications like GIMP and Photoshop to design logos — a logo is best made with vector applications like Inkscape and Adobe Illustrator — but if GIMP is what you’re most comfortable with and you just need a simple logo for basic web use, you can get away with…

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Professional design with Inkscape
7 Mind-Blowing Designs Made with Inkscape
7 Mind-Blowing Designs Made with Inkscape 1024 602 Nick Saporito

Being a free and open source resource, people tend to wrongly disregard Inkscape as an amateur application that can’t compare to the likes of Adobe Illustrator. I’ve always tried to demonstrate with my own work that that simply isn’t true though. Aside from a few inconsequential bells and whistles, Inkscape is capable of virtually anything Illustrator is. I…

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Signature watermarks
Create Signature Watermarks with GIMP
Create Signature Watermarks with GIMP 1024 602 Nick Saporito

If you’ve ever wanted to watermark your photos using your own signature, I’ll be showing you how to do just that in this tutorial, using GIMP. Skip down to the end of the post if you’d just like to watch the video tutorial. There’s two ways of accomplishing this — both of which I’ll be…

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Free calligraphy fonts
11 Free Calligraphy Fonts To Add To Your Collection
11 Free Calligraphy Fonts To Add To Your Collection 1024 602 Nick Saporito

Every once in a while I’ll do a roundup of some free fonts that I’ve been enjoying lately and share them in a post. As I’ve talked about in the past, I’m usually not crazy about free fonts because they tend to be overused and abused and come with a stigma because of it, but…

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