Foss Fixins: Essential tools for reviving my stalled-out project

Foss Fixins: Essential tools for reviving my stalled-out project

Sometimes life gets in the way of working on passion projects. I have to admit that I’m easily distracted and the first to abandon one project for another. In the next six months I’ll be defining goals for myself so I can breath new life into an old project that’s been lying...
Affinity Photo's birthday, Windows, giveaways, discounts, iPad apps, free brushes, and UX tools

Affinity Photo’s birthday, Windows, giveaways, discounts, iPad apps, free brushes, and UX tools

Affinity is having a busy summer with lots of development and special offers to attract new users. Last week Affinity Photo celebrated turning “one”. With only one year in the digital-imaging arena, they have already claimed numerous awards and accolades. Happy birthday to you To celebrate their birthday, Affinity is offering 20%...
Two months of using Sketch App

Two months of using Sketch App

Creating visual prototypes for web has always been a challenging process with everyday design software. In my search for a new alternative, I came across Sketch. Sketch is software that’s very simple and singular in its ability. It makes a strong case for software with a solitary function. In a...
Krita funds 2016 Kickstarter and releases Krita 3.0 this week

Krita funds 2016 Kickstarter and releases Krita 3.0 this week

June is off to a big month for Krita. Earlier this week, they announced their Kickstarter exceeded funding with two additional stretch goals. As of Friday, June 3, there are four more days for the campaign and more stretch goals could be acquired by the end of their fundraising sprint. The...
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2016 Krita Kickstarter is all about the vector and then some

2016 Krita Kickstarter is all about the vector and then some

I’m a little late to the party with Krita’s new Kickstarter but that doesn’t mean that I’m not wildly excited about their new endeavor for 2016. The new fundraiser this month focuses on importing and creating vector art, making SVG their standard vector file type. Krita is also evolving their text tool so that it’s...
Major companies make their software free for everyone

Major companies make their software free for everyone

In March, both Google and Dwango announced they would free software collections by the end of the month. These industry giants decided to make their software free to use for everyone. Dwango even went one step further and is offering their award-winning animation software as open source for anyone to develop! Nik Collection Acquired by Google in 2012,...
Paid Software and Linux

Paid Software and Linux

  This week, the Affinity line (Designer and Photo) announced they’re releasing their award-winning Mac software on Windows later this year. It’s wonderful to see new tools getting into the hands of more people and bridging platforms. There has been impressive growth in the numbers of new apps over the past two years. Software that doesn’t...
An Affinity for WIndows

An Affinity for WIndows

Serif, maker of Affinity Photo and Designer, announced their commitment to creating Windows versions of their software this week. Windows users can go to the Affinity site to sign up for beta testing. Affinity has made a huge splash on the Mac OS, earning recognition in the design community and being listed as one of the...
Death of Adobe Offsetting

Death of Adobe Offsetting

Over two years ago, I started writing a monthly blog post about ending my dependence on Adobe software. As a visual artist, it was difficult to think about cutting the monolithic company out of my life. Adobe Offsetting was a way for me to chronicle my transitioning experience while also highlighting new tools and its developers. The blog was...
How I developed an infographic and didn't get MERS from a camel

How I developed an infographic and didn’t get MERS from a camel

Infographics are a tricky thing. A lot of work goes into looking at data and figuring out how best to tell your narrative visually. The best infographics draw in viewers, giving a strong overview of the info at a glance. Although important, getting your audience’s attention is just the first step. The trick is keeping...
2015 Adobe Offsetting: Year in review

2015 Adobe Offsetting: Year in review

So closes another year for Adobe Offsetting. Every month for the past two years I’ve given money to Free & Open Source Software (FOSS), kickstarters, online resources, and software companies instead of maintaining a subscription to Adobe’s Creative Cloud. I’ve focused my giving on FOSS as much as possible. Open source tears down the economic...
Adobe Offsetting: December 2015

Adobe Offsetting: December 2015

Working at the Society for Science & the Public made it easy this month for finding something good to support with my Adobe Offsetting dollars. This December, the Society is running an employee-backed campaign to get Science News magazine into classrooms. Five hundred dollars sponsors a high school with a year’s subscription to the magazine,...
Adobe Offsetting: November 2015

Adobe Offsetting: November 2015

Yesterday was a national holiday for the US and today is our biggest shopping day of the year, Black Friday. If you’re planning to spend some money today, consider buying Scott Petrovic’s new book, “Digital Painting With Krita 2.9.” I did for November’s Adobe Offsetting. You can purchase the book in paperback for $35.99 USD...
Getting to know Timothée Giet: Krita instructor extraodinaire

Getting to know Timothée Giet: Krita instructor extraodinaire

Earlier this week, I purchased the Secrets of Krita, a new series of training videos available on the Krita site. Buying the DVD is a great way to learn the basics of how to use Krita for digital painting while also supporting their further development. Lead developer of Krita, Boudewijn Rempt, is proud to add Secrets to...
Adobe Offsetting: October 2015

Adobe Offsetting: October 2015

Over the past two years, Krita has become a force to be reckoned with in the digital painting arena. Their ambitious developers have launched two successful Kickstarter campaigns and delivered numerous new features, bug fixes, and enhancements. Currently, they’re busy at work optimizing Krita’s speed, making it a direct competitor to Photoshop. For October, I decided purchase Krita’s new...
Affinity Photo FREE ten-day trial

Affinity Photo FREE ten-day trial

On the heels of the much anticipated release of Affinity Photo this summer, Affinity announced in late August that they’re now offering a free ten-day trial. This offer gives curious new users the chance to kick the tires before they purchase the program. Affinity Photo’s a photo editing/digital painting tool that’s similar to Adobe Photoshop...