Halftone textures are fantastic resources for creating retro print effects by simply overlaying the dot patterns over your solid colour artwork. I shared a pack of distressed halftone patterns last year, which featured a range of uniform halftone screens of various densities. This time, I’ve created a new series of vector textures with gradual changes in dot size, which help add subtle tones to your designs.
I almost forgot all about my annual tradition to write a birthday/anniversary post every April when my little blog gets another year older. 2015 marks 8 years of Spoon Graphics, so let’s take a look at how things have changed over the past 12 months. Last year I talked about the tweaks I’d made to my site to survive the apocalypse. I’m happy to report that those changes have made great improvements to my site’s growth, and things seem to be looking good for the future.
I have a photography themed Photoshop tutorial for you today, showing how to create a washed out matte photo effect that mimics the analog photography techniques of split toning. With just a few steps we can transform a photo into a moody image with unusual tones.
Art Deco is an iconic design style from the 1920s that was recently given a new lease of life thanks to the movie The Great Gatsby. Geometric, angular shapes and symmetry are some of the key features of the art deco style, which produce some beautiful graphic designs when used as backgrounds, frames and patterns. In today’s tutorial we’ll use Illustrator to create a detailed art deco pattern, then we’ll switch over to Photoshop to polish it up with shiny brass metal effects.
This week Access All Areas members are being given a brand new resource from Simon Birky Hartmann’s The Shop. This Ultimate Brown Texture Pack is the first of three volumes that will be donated to members over the upcoming months. Each pack contains 15 super high resolution texture files of brown paper bags with varying degrees of grain, creases and folds to give your designs a craft inspired vibe. At 5,090×7,000 pixels @ 600 dpi these professional quality textures have a high enough resolution for the largest of print designs.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything for sale at 99% off before, but Design Cuts have just released a new font bundle with this massive discount. For a limited time you can get your hands on 22 professional font families worth $2622 for just $29, giving you an unbelievable saving of over $2500! The fonts included are top quality too, they’re all best sellers at their full price, which is often more than the entire bundle. Each one comes with multiple weights, extensive language support and loads of contextual alternates, which sets them apart from the bog standard free fonts you can find on the web. To round off this fantastic deal, you also get extended licensing and free web fonts so you can safely use these fonts in all your design projects.