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Upcoming Inkscape Tutorial in the Abstract Wallpaper Series: Lines

Thursday, 22 April 2010 00:00

vsd_tut_abstract_lines_200x150It has been a bit quiet on the site - but it is as things go - sometimes life takes over. I accepted a new job and I am running around like a headless chook (but not a clueless one!) to get things done. That meant that I have a tad less time to spend on VSD - but it certainly does not mean I am not around - as those that post comments may have noticed.

We are very happy with all the feedback that is received on the tutorials and we also see that the site is slowly gaining a group of enthousiastic Inkscape users. Did I mention that the Spiro Swirls tutorial has received over 32,000 visits sofar?

I have been working on a few tutorials - and some are almost ready for publishing. The first one that I'll publish is another tutorial in the Abstract Wallpaper series and it makes use of one of the most powerful Inkscape extensions to create abstract line art. The preview image is shown on the left, and you can click on it to see it in a larger format. The tutorial will be up in a day or two - so please check back.

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

 

Dr Who Wallpaper

Thursday, 08 April 2010 21:23

vsd_wallpaper_DrWho200x150I recently met a few people that are Dr Who fanatics who introduced me to a whole plethora of Dr Who spin offs I never knew existed. This got me to thinking about making one of those cool space scenes I sometimes see with a Worm Hole style space anomaly.

So I got my trusty Photoshop out and started to mess about making a space scene using a few filters. This is the first time I have tried to make anything like this, and with a lot of layering, blending and filters I managed to get the effect I wanted. I added a Tardis with some motion blur effect and some clouds render to get the nice coloured cloud affect you see in those radio images NASA tends to pump out.

I hope you like my very first attempt at making such a design, and for your convenience I have made the Dr Who wallpaper available for free download for most aspect ratio's.

Syllie is madly working away at too many projects to mention (some not related directly to the site), however she should manage to get a tutorial or 2 on the site soon. Please visit back here soon to check for updates she may have made to the site.

 

New Inkscape Tutorial Published: Sequins

Saturday, 20 March 2010 00:00

vsd_easter_bunny_preview_smallThe last week has been a bit hectic, and I have not done as much as I'd planned for. But here in Oz we are enjoying the last hot days of summer - so I figured I better make good use of that too.

Today I published a very easy tutorial that shows how to create sequins and sequin trims in Inkscape. It is basically an expansion of the Fancy Border tutorial.

I hope you all checked out our Easter freebie: 4 cute cartoon style vector bunnies and some decorative elements available as free downloads in Inkscape SVG, eps format and png. The vectors are released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Australia License - so feel free to modify and share, but do respect our copyright. Check it out: Freebie Easter Bunny Vectors.

Upcoming tutorials:

- Colour separation in Inkscape in support of stencil preparation for silkscreen printing.
- Retro style character creation.

Consider joining our new forums.  Please follow us on Twitter to stay updated. I promise it is a low spam channel.

Cheers, Syllie

 

Freebie Easter Bunny Illustration

Wednesday, 10 March 2010 00:00

vsd_easter_bunny_sign_150x1878All work and no play? Not for me! I was dabbling a bit in Inkscape last night in preparation of the character creation tutorial and I ended up with an easter bunny. I will not use it in the tutorial - but I thought I might as well share it with you all. This morning I cleaned it up - turned it into a clean vector that can pass any scrutiny check for the microstock sites and it is published in the Vector Illustrations section. There are 4 bunnies and some decorative elements included and I made downloads available as Inkscape SVG, eps format and png. And more important it is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Australia License - so feel free to modify and share, but do respect our copyright. Check it out: Freebie Easter Bunny Vectors.

Upcoming tutorials:

- Colour separation in Inkscape in support of stencil preparation for silkscreen printing.
- Retro style character creation.

Consider joining our new forums.  If you have questions about stuff on the site or just want to request a tutorial or show-off your designs, feel free to sign up and introduce yourselves. I will post some work in progress soon. To prevent unlimited spam, the forums are moderated and posts by new users are approved manually. This means that it may take a few hours before your post appears but please do not let that stop you from posting :D.

Please follow us on Twitter to stay updated. I promise it is a low spam channel.

Cheers, Syllie

 

Seamless Patterns Tutorial Published

Sunday, 07 March 2010 00:00

It took quite some work to finalize the tutorial on creating seamless patterns in Inkscape, but today is the day :). I wrote the basis for this tutorial a while ago, but was not too happy with it and decided not to publish it. Until the day I received an e-mail from Will with a request for a tutorial about seamless pattern creation. He had to wait a while for the result, but after some fine-tuning and testing it is now available for all of you.

I have started on a new tutorial to explain how Inkscape can be used for colour separation in support to stencil preparation for silkscreen printing. That will take a few days to complete. Also upcoming is a tutorial on retro style character creation - so stay tuned.

In the next few days I will also spend some time on the new forums. The place is still very empty and very quiet, and that needs to change. If you have questions about stuff on the site or just want to request a tutorial or show-off your designs, feel free to sign up and introduce yourselves. I will post some work in progress soon. To prevent unlimited spam, the forums are moderated and posts by new users are approved manually. This means that it may take a few hours before your post appears but please do not let that stop you from posting :D.

Please follow us on Twitter to stay updated. I promise it is a low spam channel.

Cheers, Syllie

 

Forums and New Tutorial

Wednesday, 03 March 2010 00:00

Today we have opened our new forums. The place is still very empty and very quiet, so we invite you all to have a look around, sign up and introduce yourselves. We still need to post and fine-tune a lot of things such as forum rules, how to add pictures to posts and so on - but we do like you to participate. The forums provide an excellent opportunity to ask for help with the tutorials, request new tutorials and to show off your work.

To prevent unlimited spam, the forums are moderated and posts by new users are approved manually. This means that it may take a few hours before your post appears but please do not let that stop you from posting :D.

I also completed the tutorial that explains my workflow for using Inkcape to create vector brushes for use in Photoshop and GIMP. As this tutorial does not target a single specific application, we published it in the category "Miscellaneous Tutorials".

Currently I am finalizing the tutorial on stationery creation in Inkscape using seamless patterns, and I hope to publish that tutorial shortly.

Please follow us on Twitter to stay updated. I promise it is a low spam channel.

Cheers,

Syllie

 
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Newsflash

Folks! We are very excited to annouce the launch of our new site - Very Simple Designs.

The main focus of Very Simple Designs is to provide digital resources that can be used for print and web design. While we fill the site to the brim with our professionally created vector stock, patterns and textures as well as brushes for Photoshop and Paintshop Pro, we offer everything free for personal use.

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