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Finally! I've added a new tut...

Sunday, 07 August 2011 16:56

vsd_countryshading_filter_previewHi all!

vsd_country_prim_girl_200x200I am glad to tell you that we've finally added a new freebie and accompanying tutorial to the site. It is a brief introduction on how to copy style and filter attributes between objects and how to add custom filters to your Inkscape install.

Several months ago I created a cute country prim style illustration and I made some custom filters to achieve the specific shading effects. I have made these filters available as freebie and also included a quick tut on how to install and use them.

I also made a cute design with these filters and the tutorial for this Country Cutie is now also published.

We are of course all waiting on the release of Inkscape 0.48.2 - which as far as I understand has been build, but not been formally announced as released. It is good to know that the developers are talking about the 0.49 release too which soon should go in the freeze phase for features and then as usual the bug hunt will start.


Pssst! We got reinforcements...

Friday, 18 February 2011 00:00

Hi All!

I have an exciting announcement to make Smile

As you all know we strive to give you all good quality Inkscape tutorials as well as cool freebie graphic resources. Creating new content takes a lot of time and effort - but we do that still with great enthusiasm.

Last week we got in touch with a fellow designer who told us he likes the site and wants to contribute. WOW that does not happen every day. We discussed things a bit and as we believe in creative freedom and free learning resources we are now happy to tell you that Brodie (aka BDT466) joined the team here at Very Simple Designs.

I hope you all welcome him and leave nice feedback as today we publish his first tutorial here: A Donate Button for the absolute beginner Inkscape artist. Please comment freely and let us know what else you would like to see here on Very Simple Designs.




Busy Bee

Tuesday, 01 February 2011 00:00

Hi All!

I finally seem to have some time again to pick up work on Very Simple Designs. Over the past weekend I've cleaned up some styling and layout problems with the site, and I am looking into a slightly different layout. I have split the menu into a clear "Tutorials" and "Freebies" section - and new to the Freebies are "Cutting Files".

As some of you may remember we bought an eCraft personal cutter a while ago - and thus far the manufacturer has not been able to deliver their "Pro" software in a "Pro" status. And at last they agreed to allow other software developers of cutting software to step in and provide an alternative. Enter "Make-The-Cut" (MTC) and SCAL. The developer of MTC has his beta version out already and brought my cutter back to live! I tested some of the older designs - the scrolls that I created for the Photoshop Brushes - and they cut beautifully - so I thought I'd share them with you. The files are released under the CC-BY-SA 3.0 Australia license - so go ahead and share them with your friends.

Valentines Day is upcoming - and if you have not yet seen the valentine tutorials on this site - feel free to check them out. The Valentine wallpaper is also available for download as wallpaper freebie. Inkscape 0.48.1 - the bug fix release is finally ready and should be available for download in the next week - so grab that version as some nasty bugs were squashed .

And of course check back often - 2 new tutorials that I promised some time ago will finally be available, one is related to "Country Prim Shading" and as bonus I have created quite some country shading filters for Inkscape for you guys.  Soon to be released :)

I have just added the stencil I made for the Kokeshi Doll T-shirt to the cutting files.




Happy 2011

Saturday, 01 January 2011 00:00

WOW! We made it into 2011! We leave 2010 with good feelings, we worked hard and achieved a lot. And it looks like that will go on for a while longer. As the release of Joomla! 1.6 is finally near, we've spend some time on rethinking this site and carefully are working on a new template. If all goes well you should see some changes soon.

Of course we are also still waiting impatiently for the 0.48.1 release of Inkscape, which should bring some relief for some inconveniences that were introduced with the upgrade from 0.47 to 0.48. I have followed the developers mailing list and it seems that they have fixed most of the regression items and a few annoying bugs - so our lives should soon become easier again.

I am currently working on a very simple tutorial which explains how to achieve country style shading with Inkscape. I hope to have that up in a day or two. As mentioned before we are also working on cutting files. The manufacturer of the personal cutter we've bought have cleaned up their act, and the accompanying software now can cut SVG files. It cuts them in a funny way - but it cuts. So more of that soon too.

Of course suggestions for new tutorials are still welcome and we'll do our best to meet your requests.

Cheers, Syllie.



An update

Wednesday, 06 October 2010 13:03

kokeshi_tshirt_200Hi All! This site seems to be awefully quiet isn't it. Not to worry - we will be back with many new things!

I recently decided to add fabric printing to my set of skills and have completed a course in textile printing. Our designs were tried and tested in both screen printing and relief printing and we decided to add a section to this site with more information on designing for print making.

One of the easiest ways for transfering a design onto textile is by using a direct stencil - basically cutting the design out of a suitable material. The stencil is used to partially block the screen, and the paint is forced through the unblocked area of the screen. I made a simplification of the Kokeshi doll - cut it out manually and transferred the design on to a plain t-shirt.

That opened a new door - as I am not so skilled with manual stencil cutting - and we looked into possibilities to cut the stencils with a desktop die-cutter that allows for import of SVG. We thought we had found an awesome machine: the eCraft Personal Cutter - and the initial reviews were very promising. We pre-ordered the machine and after a long 2 month wait it finally arrived.

Technically the machine is an engineering beauty - but unfortunately the software motor is underperforming: it simply is not able to import and cut SVG's without problems. If you are interested about the technical possibilities and the current struggles - consider visiting Tom Meek's blog Create and Cut.  The manufacturer of the machine is currently working on a new release of the software and maybe one day it will do what it should do. Right now Dakka says we bought ourselves a pricey paperweight.

I'll keep you informed of the developments, but for one thing we are now also focussing on vector designs that are suitable for cutting.

Cheers, Syllie.



What's going on?

Tuesday, 20 July 2010 00:00

Hi everyone! I just opened up the pending comments this morning and felt really bad about those of you that took effort to post feedback and put in questions and me not responding.  In my last update I wrote that I had a tad less time to spend on VSD - but it seems that it has almost come to a stand-still. That is not what I intended and some extra time is scheduled to keep add new stuff to the site.

I have been working on a few tutorials - and I even uploaded the raw materials - but I have not combined the pictures and the instructions yet. There will be a day that I come to that - really :D

In the mean time things move forward.. Inkscape 0.48 is about to be released and I am really excited about that! There will be a new spray can tool - similar to the nozzle tool in some other vector editors, and the node editor had a good overhaul. Keep an eye out for this release as you really want to upgrade.

In the mean time if you have comments, questions and/or suggestions - please feel free to add comments to our articles, use the contact form or sign up to the forums - they are still very quiet but we do check them daily. 

Enjoy your visit to the site - happy Inkscaping.

Cheers, Syllie

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