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Nick Saporito

Graphic Design Q&A: Thoughts on Affinity, Client Perceptions of Open Source software, + More
Graphic Design Q&A: Thoughts on Affinity, Client Perceptions of Open Source software, + More 1024 602 Nick Saporito

Today I’ll be answering some design-related questions posed by followers of the Logos By Nick Youtube channel. This is something I did a month or so back and it got a great response on Youtube, so I figured I’d do another one. The video at the top of the page contains all of the questions…

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GIMP channel art template
Free GIMP Channel Art Template | Video Tutorial
Free GIMP Channel Art Template | Video Tutorial 1024 602 Nick Saporito

In today’s tutorial I’ll be demonstrating how you can use GIMP to design channel art for your Youtube channel. I’ll also be providing a downloadable GIMP channel art template that you can use however you’d like. Channel Art Guidelines Designing channel art can be a bit tricky because one design needs to work for virtually…

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Custom swatch in Inkscape
Create Custom Swatches in Inkscape
Create Custom Swatches in Inkscape 1024 601 Nick Saporito

In today’s tutorial I’ll be demonstrating two things — first, how to create a gradient color palette between two different colors where it appears as if it’s a gradient, but it’s really just a series of individual colors. Then, I’ll be demonstrating how to create custom swatches within Inkscape from that same series of colors. This is…

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Inkscape brochure template
Inkscape Brochure Template | Video Tutorial and Free Download
Inkscape Brochure Template | Video Tutorial and Free Download 1024 602 Nick Saporito

Today I’ll be sharing an Inkscape brochure template sized at 8.5″ x 11″ with full bleed and guidelines, formatted to VistaPrint’s tri-fold specifications. They’re not sponsoring this post and I’m not an affiliate of theirs. I’m just using them as an example because they are by and large the most frequently used online print service…

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Reflective water effect
Create A Reflective Water Effect with GIMP
Create A Reflective Water Effect with GIMP 1024 602 Nick Saporito

In today’s tutorial I’ll be demonstrating how you can take any image and make it appear as if it is reflected in water. The interesting part of this process is that we won’t be using any actual images of water – it’s just a reflection of the image itself with some design magic added! The…

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4 Free Bakery Logo Templates | Editable Vector Download
4 Free Bakery Logo Templates | Editable Vector Download 1024 602 Nick Saporito

I was going through some old projects and came across a few unused logo designs for bakeries and figured I’d throw them up on the site — in vector format — as a free download. The free bakery logo templates are as follows… Free Bakery Logo Templates This first design depicts a whimsical-style chef hat…

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Inkscape text portrait
Create Text Portraits with Inkscape
Create Text Portraits with Inkscape 1024 602 Nick Saporito

In today’s tutorial I’ll be demonstrating how you can create vector text portraits with Inkscape. This will be a relatively simple masking exercise, but I’ll also be introducing a new technique in flowing text into an object. The following will be a brief written overview for how to execute this effect with Inkscape. For complete step-by-step…

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Logos By Nick promo code
Promo Code: 20% Discount for All Design Templates and Learning Materials
Promo Code: 20% Discount for All Design Templates and Learning Materials 1024 602 Nick Saporito

Join the Logos By Nick mailing list and immediately receive a 20% discount on all design templates and learning materials. About The Mailing List Platforms like Youtube and Facebook have recently been altering their algorithms in such a way that puts an ever-increasing distance between myself and my followers. I don’t fault these platforms for how…

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My 12 Best Small Caps Fonts | Free Downloads
My 12 Best Small Caps Fonts | Free Downloads 1024 602 Nick Saporito

A small caps font is any font in which both the uppercase and lowercase variations of a letter are capitalized. The best small caps fonts do so while maintaining a consistent weight throughout each letter. The above image depicts both an uppercase and a lowercase letter A. Notice how they’re both capitalized though. A common…

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3 Color Combinations for Logos
3 Color Combinations for Logos | Best Practices for 2018
3 Color Combinations for Logos | Best Practices for 2018 1024 602 Nick Saporito

Earlier this year I wrote a post outlining some examples of good logo color combinations as it relates to pairing 2 colors. When pairing 2 colors, choosing contrasting shades usually works well. But when it comes to 3 color combinations for logos, it’s a little trickier. Usually what works best is to use the 2 contrasting colors…

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