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Nick Saporito

Open and Create Adobe Illustrator Files with Inkscape
How To Open And Create AI Files With Inkscape
How To Open And Create AI Files With Inkscape 1024 602 Nick Saporito

As a graphic designer who primarily uses open source software for the majority of his work, it’s not uncommon for me to run into cross-platform compatibility issues when it comes to transferring source files between myself and clients, particularly when it comes to opening and saving AI files with Inkscape. Seeing as how Adobe Illustrator…

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Inkscape convert PNG to SVG
Using Inkscape to Convert PNG to SVG Format
Using Inkscape to Convert PNG to SVG Format 1024 602 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 Mountain Logo Design Tutorial
Inkscape Tutorial: Mountain Logo Design
Inkscape Tutorial: Mountain Logo Design 1024 602 Nick Saporito

In this tutorial I’ll be demonstrating how to design a vector mountain range logo using Inkscape. This tutorial makes effective use of the Bezier Pen in regards to freehand drawing. It’s still a pretty simple task though, so don’t let the freehand aspect intimidate you. The font I used for this tutorial is called League…

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Best graphic design laptops under 500
Top 5 Best Graphic Design Laptops Under $500 | 2018 Edition
Top 5 Best Graphic Design Laptops Under $500 | 2018 Edition 1024 602 Nick Saporito

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
Design A Star Logo with Adobe Illustrator CC 1024 602 Nick Saporito

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
Create A Painted Letter Logo with GIMP 1024 602 Nick Saporito

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
Instagram: A Marketing Juggernaut for Designers 1024 602 Nick Saporito

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
7 Fonts You Should Never Use For Your Branding 1024 602 Nick Saporito

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
Free Download: The 20 Best GIMP Brushes 1024 602 Nick Saporito

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
How To Accept Payments As A Freelance Designer 1 1 Nick Saporito

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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