I’ve been trying Canva since a few months ago, and truth is, it has blown my mind. HEY, I still LOVE inkscape, but when I started giving workshops to people who wanted to improve their social networks, reality was that my students were not experts on design, and tools like this became my allies.

I’ve always supported Freeware, since those are simply apps that have a free version along their paid features. Best from Canva is that their free version doesn’t expire, which is definitely a highlight. And that’s why today I want to tel you some of the pros and cons that I found along the way.

NOTE: This is a comparison made between Inkscape (in case you’re an Illustrator user the comparison would fit just fine)  and Canva’s free version.

Inkscape

Pro

  • Absolute control over vectors, both in shape and color.
  • Absolute control on gradients.
  • Wider design freedom.
  • Export to any available format.
  • No need for an internet connection to design.
  • Editable vector that works on any design app.

 

Cons

  • Final original vector files are larger, so take longer to share (specially when you embed a bitmap)
  • If you want a template, you have to download it.
  • If you want to add some graphics, same, you have to download them>

Canva

Pro

  • Real time contribution.
  • Graphics and Photos gallery included (quite enough even at the free version)
  • Pre-built Templates to save time (both static and animated)
  • Graphics available at your computer and phone. (only online)

Cons

  • Terrible gradient management.
  • Only png downloads available (free)
  • Can’t add fonts (free)
  • Can’t edit shapes, and several times, can’t edit colors either.
  • No internet, no Canva.

Which one is the best? It will depend on the purpose you need. Truth is that the high content demand that comes from social media and the insane grow of creators, has lead to this kind of graphic assistant to become into a necessity.

Both apps have their pros and cons, and at the end, which one to use will only depend on the expertise of the designer, and the future uses for the graphic you want to create.

and you, what’s your opinion on both apps?


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A couple of friends were curious about how I did my ghost picture for my recent project. Just in case you have no idea what I’m talking, I started a small photo-project to explore light and shadows and as usual, tell stories… long time I didn’t do it, right?

I tried to record it 2 times with Gnome’s desktop recorder but kept failing (I was an avid user of recordmydesktop), so finally on my 3rd attempt I used SimpleScreenRecorder which ended up being super easy to use, and not lagy at all. Since I got the recording on the 3rd time, this is not the picture I posted (probably better after so much damn practice, but who cares), so if you see differences between both, now you know the reason.

Here’s the TimeLapse video of the edit because I doubt you want to see 39mins of me cleaning sky and fabrics with a mouse, however, since I know people might get bored, below the video you will find a list of some of the parameters I used for the full edit.

After selecting the images that would help me archive the final output I started the editing. I used darktable for the pre-processing and get the main black/white images. For most images I used pretty much the same modules (a few adjusts here and there to exposure since was working with 100% natural light):

  • Monochrome Module: Just because I like to have a base sample of the monochrome version.
  • Filmic
    • Middle Gray Luminance: 9.13%
    • White Relative Exposure: 2.81 EV
    • Black Relative Exposure: -7.98 EV
    • Contrast: 1.574
    • Shadows & Highlights: 2.25%
  • Equalizer (Check Video)
  • And a bit of Highpass to help my old camera (Check Video)

Once that was done, copied the style to the rest of the pics and ended up with several images to play.

It’s mostly play with each image until you get the result you want. The GIMP process is hard to explain through steps, but there are a couple of tricks that I think are important to follow while doing this kind of edits:

  • Work with mask layers… If you use just the eraser, you will end up deleting things that you might need later. So use masks, own them… love them…
  • When come to fabric borders, use the curve and fine tune them easily.
  • Merging fabric isn’t easy and takes time. There’s no magic formula.

So for the editing part you will definitely will have to check the video and enjoy the 39min -to- 5min cut :)


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Hace mucho tiempo les mostré un vídeo sobre como hackear la Wii sin chip ni juego, en aquella ocasión solo tocamos el tema del software, pues hoy le toca el turno al hardware de esta popular consola.Sin mas preámbulo acá les dejo los vídeos (básicamente los tres vídeos muestran el mismo procedimiento).

Enlace al vídeo en Youtube

Enlace al vídeo en Youtube

Enlace al vídeo en Youtube

Adicionalmente les dejo un enlace a un tutorial de los amigos de wii.scenebeta.com, saludos…

Hace unos días hablaba con una amiga que trabaja como diseñador gráfico y me comentaba que mantenía instalado Windows en una partición de su disco para poder utilizar Photoshop ya que Gimp le parecía un poco complicado, debido a eso decidí hablarles hoy de Gimp100Podcast, un proyecto realizado por María Leandro (tatica) reconocida diseñadora y fotógrafa perteneciente a varias comunidades FLOSS.

Como su nombre lo indica Gimp100Podcast es una colección de 100 vídeos donde se explican paso a paso como funciona Gimp de una manera fácil de entender para usuarios de cualquier nivel.

Sin duda alguna son tutoriales imprescindibles si deseas aprender todo sobre Gimp, saludos…

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