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Graphic design hardware requirements
Graphic Design Computer Requirements for 2024 | Complete List
Graphic Design Computer Requirements for 2024 | Complete List 1024 602 Nick Saporito

Venturing into the world of graphic design for the first time may cause you to pause and consider the hardware requirements of doing so beforehand, and rightly so. Depending on the type of design software you’d like to use (along with the type of graphic design you’re planning to pursue,) you’ll need to make sure…

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Affinity Designer VS Illustrator
Affinity Designer VS Illustrator | Everything You Need To Know
Affinity Designer VS Illustrator | Everything You Need To Know 800 470 Nick Saporito

Affinity Designer and Adobe Illustrator are two of the more popular choices in the world of vector design software. Despite the fact that they both function in a way that is fundamentally similar, they also have a lot of differences between them, and those differences are significant enough to make choosing between them a real…

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The operating system graphic designers use most.
Poll: 72% Of Graphic Designers Use Windows As Their Operating System
Poll: 72% Of Graphic Designers Use Windows As Their Operating System 800 470 Nick Saporito

Have you ever wondered which operating system graphic designers use most? Personally, I’ve always just assumed that designers use Mac exclusively. After all, it’s what most studios and agencies are equipped with, and Apple devices have always seemed especially popular among the design and branding crowd. Speculation isn’t enough. So I polled my YouTube subscribers…

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Design Made Simple reaches 100K subscribers
Another Logos By Nick YouTube Channel Reaches 100K Subscribers!
Another Logos By Nick YouTube Channel Reaches 100K Subscribers! 800 470 Nick Saporito

Back in 2017 I started a second YouTube channel for Adobe Illustrator tutorials and called it “Illustrator For Beginners”. I later on rebranded it to “Design Made Simple” so I could include other applications as well, such as Photoshop and the Affinity suite. The idea was to duplicate the success I had with my original…

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MacBook Air for graphic design
Using A MacBook Air For Graphic Design? Not So Fast!
Using A MacBook Air For Graphic Design? Not So Fast! 800 470 Nick Saporito

If you’re in the market for a graphic design laptop then the new MacBook Airs are hard to miss. Thanks to the new ARM-powered M1 chip, using a MacBook Air for graphic design is now a reality, but you should only do so depending on the type of design work you’d like to pursue. Despite…

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Common mistakes new Inkscape users make
5 Common Mistakes New Inkscape Users Make
5 Common Mistakes New Inkscape Users Make 800 470 Nick Saporito

Inkscape is a large application with lots of advanced tools and features. As a new user, you have a lot to learn, and you’re probably going to make some mistakes along the way. In this video I’ll be going over some of the more common mistakes new users make so you can avoid making them…

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5 Most common mistakes new GIMP users make
5 Common Mistakes New GIMP Users Make and How To Avoid Them
5 Common Mistakes New GIMP Users Make and How To Avoid Them 800 470 Nick Saporito

Whenever you’re using a piece of software for the first time, there’s always going to be somewhat of a learning curve involved, but you can speed the learning process up just by learning from the mistakes of others and making an effort to avoid making them yourself. In this post I’ll be going over 5…

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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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Thoughts on Affinity as an Inkscape user
My Thoughts On Affinity Designer As An Inkscape User
My Thoughts On Affinity Designer As An Inkscape User 800 470 Nick Saporito

In a recent video I made comparing Inkscape and Illustrator, I went over some of the things I both like and dislike about each, and one of the most common responses I got was to make a comparison between Inkscape and Affinity Designer. And this has not been an isolated incident by any means. A…

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Best free alternatives to Adobe software
Best Free Alternatives To Adobe Creative Suite Software
Best Free Alternatives To Adobe Creative Suite Software 800 470 Nick Saporito

If you do any kind of digital media creation then there’s no question that Adobe’s Creative Suite is the industry standard. It comes with a price though, and unlike other types of software products, it’s an ongoing price. You’re never done paying for Adobe software, and because of that you may be put off by…

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