Recreating the Instagram Icon in Inkscape

 

If you like to share your photos with the rest of the world, you will probably be familiar with Instagram, a simple way to capture and share the world’s moments. Recently, Instagram has introduced an updated icon design, representing a simpler camera and the rainbow lives on in gradient form. In this tutorial, you will be recreating the icon from scratch using simple shapes, as well as the Gradient tool.

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Creating an Autumn Tree Pattern in Inkscape

 

In this tutorial, you will be creating an easy autumn tree pattern in Inkscape. Similar to Creating a Meteor in Inkscape, you will mostly work with the Rectangle and Ellipse tools. However, you will also be introduced to Create Tiled Clones, which allows you to create and customize repeating patterns. In fact, the whole process is very easy, and shouldn’t more than an hour, so let’s get started! Credits to Sharon Milne for coming up with the original tutorial.

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Providing Good Client Service

 

As a freelancer, clients are your lifeblood. You can produce the best work, or charge the lowest prices, but it will be for nothing if your bad attitude and work ethic push clients away. In order to build a long-lasting business and career, you must always focus on building good relationships with your clients — and it all starts with providing good client service. If you’re able to keep your clients happy, not only will they bring more business to you in the future, you also put yourself way above the competition.

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Making Money with Threadless

 

Threadless was created in 2000 as a way for all the creative minds in the world to make great art. It’s great for graphic designers who are interested in creating designs — and earn passive income in the process. Since then, Threadless has expanded from t-shirts to many other products, while introducing many features along the way to help designers and artists earn recognition and money for their work. (more…)

An Introduction to Inkscape

Inkscape is an open-source vector graphics editor similar to Adobe Illustrator, with tons of features to help you execute your concepts and turn them into professional-grade designs. As a graphic designer, you will be using Inkscape for a lot of your work, so it’s best to master what the program has to offer as soon as possible. In this introduction, you will learn some of its most-used features by turning a simple sketch into a vector graphic. (more…)

Embracing a Frugal Lifestyle

Freelancing as a graphic designer comes with many risks. In particular, you never really know when you will get paid, whether it’s due to a lack of business or a project gone wrong. And with bills to pay, the stress will affect your well-being and productivity. Furthermore, everything is getting more expensive nowadays — made worse by excessive consumerism in today’s society, with ads everywhere encouraging you to part with your hard-earned cash.

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