Inkscape

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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Create isometric designs with Inkscape
Create Isometric Designs with Rounded Corners in Inkscape
Create Isometric Designs with Rounded Corners in Inkscape 800 470 Nick Saporito

In this tutorial I’ll be demonstrating how to create vector isometric designs using Inkscape. This is a technique that I’ve taught in the past, but thanks to some of the new features in Inkscape version 1.0, it now makes it easier to give your isometric drawings rounded corners, as you’ll see in the tutorial. The…

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Change the default background color in Inkscape
How To Change The Default Background Color in Inkscape
How To Change The Default Background Color in Inkscape 800 470 Nick Saporito

In this tutorial I’ll be demonstrating how to change the default background color in Inkscape so that you can have a dark background (like Illustrator) or any other color you’d like! I’ll also be demonstrating how to save your chosen background color as a default so that you can work with it every time you…

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Using Inkscape to convert PNG to SVG
Using Inkscape to Convert PNG to SVG Format
Using Inkscape to Convert PNG to SVG Format 800 470 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 tools and uses
All 21 Inkscape Tools and Uses Explained
All 21 Inkscape Tools and Uses Explained 800 470 Nick Saporito

In this post I’ll be explaining all 21 Inkscape tools and uses, along with a brief demonstration of how they work. Inkscape is an open source vector graphics application similar to Adobe Illustrator. It has much more to offer than just the 21 tools located in its toolbar, but this guide should serve as a…

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How to save a custom color palette in Inkscape
How To Save A Custom Color Palette in Inkscape and Use It Any Time
How To Save A Custom Color Palette in Inkscape and Use It Any Time 800 470 Nick Saporito

In this tutorial I’ll be demonstrating how to save a custom color palette in Inkscape that can be used to replace the standard color palette. This will be done in such a way that it will be saved into your Inkscape installation files so you can load it and use it whenever you want. The…

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Create an esports logo with Inkscape
How To Create An Esports Logo with Inkscape
How To Create An Esports Logo with Inkscape 800 470 Nick Saporito

Today I’ll be tackling a common request that I’ve been receiving for a while — how to design an esports logo with Inkscape. I won’t be using any kind of elaborate illustrations of animals or mascots, but I will be demonstrating how to create a logo is the traditional esports style, for a lack of…

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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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Free vector avatars for Inkscape
12 Free Flat Vector Avatars for Inkscape + Tutorial
12 Free Flat Vector Avatars for Inkscape + Tutorial 800 470 Nick Saporito

Today I’ll be sharing a pack of 12 free flat style vector avatar faces that you can download and edit however you’d like. There’s also a video tutorial at the top of the page demonstrating how to create some avatars of your own using Inkscape. Flat Vector Avatars Learning how to create these faces in…

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Custom text treatment for logo design
Custom Text Treatment for Logo Designs using Inkscape
Custom Text Treatment for Logo Designs using Inkscape 800 470 Nick Saporito

In this tutorial I’ll be demonstrating how you can use Inkscape to give your logo designs a custom text treatment where the letters overlap each other. This can make your logo designs look more personalized than they would if you just used a stock font as-is. This lesson will also introduce a new feature from…

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