The Designmark Graphics blog
Quality tutorials for Inkscape and GIMP
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.
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.
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.
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.
We'll be using both GIMP and Inkscape in this crossover tutorial, in which I'll show you a great technique for achieving quality vector traces of bitmap starting images. Taking an initial photograph we'll make some clever adaptations to set things up ready for Inkscape to work its bitmap tracing magic. There are plenty of handy tips in this tutorial, so read on to find out more.
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.