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Inkscape Competition

Posted by Mark on 04 Oct 2018

The team over at Ponoko laser cutting are running a design competition with great prizes. Inkscape is the ideal tool to use to create your designs and entering is quick and free. Sharpen your pen tool and get cutting!

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Create shiny candy designs in Inkscape

Moderate Inkscape Tutorial

Posted by Mark on 30 Jan 2015

Here's a sweet Inkscape tutorial in which we'll learn how to use basic vector shapes to create an illustration of a smooth, shiny-looking piece of candy. We'll be using plenty of gradients and opacity-management to combine all our objects into a bright and fruity final result.

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Create gritty, worn and distressed designs in Inkscape

Moderate Inkscape Ten-minute tips

Posted by Mark on 07 Dec 2014

In the last Designmark blog tutorial, we learned how to design curved banner ribbons in Inkscape. In this Ten-minute tip we'll take that vintage design concept even further, applying a gritty texture image to a completed header logo for a cool retro feel. This versatile and popular technique is not hard to do if you've got the right resources, so read on to find out how.

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Create curved vector ribbons in Inkscape

Moderate Inkscape Tutorial

Posted by Mark on 04 Dec 2014

In this Inkscape tutorial we'll learn how to create and edit vector ribbons to reproduce the popular faux-vintage web design style. We'll make the base shapes for the graphic, then overlay a text label and curve the whole design as one object. I'll show you some of the potential pitfalls and how to keep your text editable too.

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Create a misty hill scene in Inkscape

Involved Inkscape Tutorial

Posted by Mark on 30 Aug 2014

In this in-depth Inkscape tutorial, we'll learn how to create rough-edged shapes and blend them into a dreamy scene of misty rolling hills, taking advantage of a variety of blending techniques, layer management and gradient creation. This article is re-worked from a Vector Tuts+ original which used Adobe Illustrator.

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Design a detailed flip calendar in Inkscape

Easy Inkscape Tutorial

Posted by Mark on 01 Aug 2014

Here's a tutorial requested by a Twitter follower, in which we'll learn how to design a detailed flip-page calendar in Inkscape. Using just a handful of tools and some clever low-opacity fills, we'll add depth and subtle lighting to the piece, and explore different types of gradients in a tutorial packed with useful tips. Read on to see how it's done.

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