Graphic Design Tutorials
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The best free graphic design editors have powerful features if you know how to use them. You may already work with one of these amazing graphic design tools for your business or as a way to sell your design services to other small businesses. It takes time to learn the nuances of any design tool so getting tips, shortcuts and techniques on popular graphic design tools like GIMP, Inkscape, and Canva can help you create faster and easier.
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Below are practical Inkscape tutorials for editing vector graphics and even graphics in non-vector format. For those who want to create beautiful vector graphics without paying for subscription software, Inkscape is an amazing choice. It runs on just about any operating system, has a large online support community, and wonderful features. It takes time to learn the nuances of Inkscape, but is well worth the effort.
GIMP Help Tutorials
Check out the practical GIMP tutorials for editing. GIMP is a well know raster graphics program that is free and maintained by a devoted group of developers. This powerful alternative to more expensive subscription raster graphics programs also has a large online community. GIMP is a complex feature rich program that takes time to learn. If you’re a small biz needing specific edits for your graphics and images, GIMP is a good tool. You don’t have to learn the nuances but you do have to understand the basics.
Check out these practical Canva help guides for non-designers and designers providing social media and website graphics. This online graphical design tool makes it easier than ever to create branded graphics, edit images, make minimalistic logos, presentations, social media content and even PDFs. It’s no wonder so many small biz content creators use Canva every day.
General Design Tutorials
Practical design tutorials for quick edits. Sometimes using a simple editing technique is faster and easier than using a more powerful editor. These useful and easy to understand techniques are perfect for the non-designer or small business entreprenuer looking to edit an image or graphic without having to spend hours learning new software.
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Why these graphic design tools?
Let’s face it. The most well-known tools for image editing and vector graphics are Adobe’s suite of products, specifically Photoshop and Illustrator. Their powerful features make them the choice of many graphic design freelancers and a few solo-entreprenuers. But notice that even Adobe offers more than one tool; Photoshop is a raster graphics program, and Illustrator is a vector graphics program. Many of Adobe’s competitors, think Affinity Software or Corel, do the same thing. This isn’t news to most of us. It’s part of how digital images and graphics get created and rendered.
The point is that there just is no one perfect tool that does both raster and vector graphics. That means you need more than one tool to get the job done. If you’re not willing to pay a fairly pricy monthly subscription service for Adobe, Affinity or Corel, than using one of the above free or low-cost graphic editors is the next good choice available. Since each of these editors take time to learn it can take away from the time you spend actually creating or editing. Plus, knowing which editor will do the work in the fastest, best way comes in handy. Some features like background removal, logo creation or overlay effects work with most editors, so the one that gets used will be highly dependent on the starting graphics file format. Some editing features are best done with a particular editor. That’s why I believe that focusing on tutorials that show how to use a feature with an editor or maybe the best editor for that job is the way to be more efficient.
If you only work with one editor that’s perfectly fine if you only edit raster graphics or only create vector graphics. Many graphics designers choose to do that. However, if you’re freelancing or a solo-entrepreneur needing both raster graphic images, or want to convert vector graphics into web friendly format you won’t be able to only use one editor. Because if you say you’re only going to use Inkscape you miss out on the techniques that make GIMP powerful with images. If you only use GIMP, you miss out on the easy to use Inkscape capabilities for branded icons, logos and illustrations. If you skip Canva or an equivalent online editor, you may missing out on really fast ways of creating social media content, PDFs, presentations or other typical graphical needs of online small businesses.
That’s why Designed Bliss focuses on tutorials for creating and editing both raster and vector graphics. Because being online means that both types of graphics come into play depending on the needs of the business or individual. So if you’re here to learn how to do something with one of these popular graphic design editors or tools, you’ve come to the right place. Consider subscribing for tips and techniques straight to your inbox or keep checking back for more ideas on how to make the most of your editing, creating and designing capabilities.
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