The Designmark Graphics blog
Quality tutorials for Inkscape and GIMP
This messy tutorial will show you to make the most of GIMP's layer blending modes to combine stock art and custom brushes to create a heavily textured flag design full of interest and impact. We'll deal with importing images and organising your work with Layer Groups, so get stuck in with this guide and learn some really cool tricks.
This in-depth GIMP tutorial will show you how to create a striking and professional music player app interface from scratch. We'll learn a ton of stuff about layer groups, blend modes, scatter brushes, grid alignment and the text tool. I've written this tutorial in the hope you can learn lots of useful and powerful techniques all at once, so read on to find out more.
When readers contact me with requests for work or blog tutorials, I like to help. Here's a great Inkscape tutorial which will show you how to draw a detailed metallic padlock in Inkscape. We'll be using some cheeky tactics for simulating curved gradients, plenty of path operations and clipping masks. Read on to find out how.
If you've been keeping up with web design trends in 2013, then you'll be aware of the Flat Design phenomenon which has emerged as the most popular of approaches to image creation and inclusion in responsive design. This Inkscape tutorial will show you a simple and adaptable process for easily creating long-shadow icons - one of Flat Design's natural developments. Read on to see how to do it.
In this GIMP tutorial you'll learn how to take an existing image and turn it into a vintage photograph by applying a sequence of techniques to alter its colour, light and texture. The result will be a manipulation reminiscent of photos taken in the 1960s which have weathered over time. It's a great and popular effect, so find yourself a photo and let's get stuck in.
Here's a great, useful resouce for busy GIMP designers everywhere: I've created a set of tileable pixel-patterns which are super-easy to use and will give you some interesting choices for your backgrounds and overlays. They're free to download and use in your personal and commercial projects, so get them while they're hot!