Tutorials

How To Use Inkscape’s Built-In Clipart Library | Video Tutorial
How To Use Inkscape’s Built-In Clipart Library | Video Tutorial 1024 602 Nick Saporito

Today I’ll be demonstrating how to use Inkscape’s hidden clipart library. If you’re like me, you probably didn’t even know that Inkscape has a built-in clipart library, but it does. How To Use Clipart in Inkscape Simply go to File > Import Clip Art. You’ll be presented with a menu that allows you to search through…

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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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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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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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Business card designed with gimp
Design Print Ready Business Cards with GIMP
Design Print Ready Business Cards with GIMP 1024 602 Nick Saporito

In today’s tutorial I’ll be demonstrating how you can use GIMP to design a print-ready US standard size 3.5″x2″ business card with a 0.25″ bleed and safe area, set at 350 DPI. These are the typical settings used by your average print shop, including online print services like VistaPrint and GotPrint. However, if you’re working…

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Glitch effect Inkscape tutorial
Create A Glitch Effect with Inkscape
Create A Glitch Effect with Inkscape 1024 602 Nick Saporito

In a previous tutorial I demonstrated how you could create a glitching text effect using GIMP. In today’s tutorial, I’ll be demonstrating how you can do so with Inkscape, so you can reap all of the benefits of working with vector graphics. The following is a brief overview of the steps taken to achieve this…

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Face stretched with GIMP
Pixel Stretch Effect with GIMP
Pixel Stretch Effect with GIMP 1024 602 Nick Saporito

In today’s tutorial I’ll be demonstrating how you can create a pixel stretch effect using GIMP. This is a rather simple technique that would make for a great first tutorial if you’re new to GIMP. The effect will work on virtually every image, but I do recommend using images where your subject is either completely…

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Inkscape text reflection tutorial
Inkscape Beginner Tutorial: Reflective Text Effect
Inkscape Beginner Tutorial: Reflective Text Effect 1024 602 Nick Saporito

In today’s tutorial I’ll be demonstrating how you can use Inkscape to create a reflective text effect where it appears that the top half of the text is reflecting — or casting a shadow of — the bottom half. The two main processes of note in this lesson are the division function and the perspective…

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Light burst effect GIMP tutorial
GIMP Light Burst Video Tutorial
GIMP Light Burst Video Tutorial 1024 602 Nick Saporito

In today’s tutorial I’ll be demonstrating how you can give you text a colorful light burst effect using GIMP version 2.8. The focus of this lesson will be using motion blurs. The following is a brief outline of the steps taken to achieve the result. Skip to the end of the post if you’d like to…

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