The Designmark Graphics blog

Quality tutorials for Inkscape and GIMP

Draw a detailed pencil in Inkscape

Moderate Inkscape Tutorial

Posted by Mark on 25 Feb 2013


Learn how to draw a detailed vector pencil in Inkscape using basic shapes and some powerful techniques to simulate light and shadow to give it an almost 3D appearance.

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Draw a snow-covered piece of text in GIMP

Involved GIMP Tutorial

Posted by Mark on 23 Feb 2013


Learn how to create chunky 3D text with an icy feel in GIMP, and top it off with some soft-looking, lumpy snow. We'll also be creating a wintery night-time background for our text, so there's lots to learn in this in-depth tutorial.

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Draw a bright web sticker in Inkscape

Moderate Inkscape Tutorial

Posted by Mark on 22 Feb 2013


This tutorial will take you through the steps to create a brightly coloured sticker icon using Inkscape. We'll mainly be using the Star, Ellipse and Text tools for this project, and finding out how to put text on a curved path to fit the curvature of our badge too.

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About the Designmark Graphics Tutorials

Posted by Mark on 20 Feb 2013


Learn about the layout and content of the tutorials on the Designmark blog in this article. I'll tell you what to expect from them and how to see at a glance how difficult they're going to be, so you can make sure you're getting the most from your time reading the blog.

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Welcome to the Designmark blog

Posted by Mark on 19 Feb 2013


The Designmark blog is here! Find out more about what the blog is here to do and how I'm going to help you learn more about good-quality graphic design using Open Source software packages.

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The Designmark blog is the best online resource for Open Source Graphics software tutorials, showing you how to produce quality graphics in Inkscape and the GIMP. You can find out more about how this blog came to be and what's going on behind the scenes in this article.

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