I have a brilliant collection of useful resources for my Access All Areas members today, courtesy of my friend Tom Chalky. This pack of 20 assorted paint textures come as high resolution PNG scans and Photoshop Brush format. They were made with ample amounts of paper, black acrylic paint, watercolor palettes, brushes, sponges, and a whole 7 days of creating, scanning and preparing this collection of beautifully detailed textures. The variety in style makes this collection a great all-in-one kit, there’s brilliant textures for use as backgrounds, detailed speckles that are perfect for weathering your artwork, and whispy edges that produce the best grunge effects.
Today we’re going to have some fun in Adobe Photoshop creating a cool sci-fi space scene with planets, moons, nebulas and colourful cosmic space dust. We’ll start by making a vast black universe full of tiny stars, then begin building up the scene with a large alien planet and its moon. To give the scene a cool sci-fi vibe, we’ll add a vibrant nebula then finish it off with some intense lighting effects.
In today’s Adobe Illustrator tutorial I’ll show you how to create a colorful landscape scene, similar to the style of those trendy illustrated travel posters I recently featured in a showcase. We’ll make the entire illustration out of simple vector shapes, then bring it to life with vibrant gradients to give the scene a tranquil sunset vibe. My example features an old wild west desert with mountains that extend to the horizon, but these same techniques could be used to create a landscape scene for any fictional or non-fictional place.
Access All Areas members have a unique premium design resource to download this week courtesy of Visual Impact. The Easy Puzzle Generator is a Smart PSD that turns any picture into a realistic jigsaw in seconds. Edit the Photoshop Smart Object to have your own image split into hundreds of individual pieces that join to form an almost completed puzzle with just a few left waiting to be put into place. This is an unusual, but extremely valuable tool to have saved for a design project where you might urgently need such an effect!
This cracking new font bundle from Design Cuts is a star buy for both beginners and design veterans. If you’re just starting out, the ability to acquire a large font library worth $1,721 for just $29 is a massive advantage. It will set you up with 20 top quality font families that include over 200 individual fonts in a range of different styles. If you’re an established designer who might have bought some of the previous font bundles I’ve recommended, this new collection still has loads to offer. Not only is the 98% discount hard to pass up, the bundle actually contains siblings and continuations of popular typefaces you might already own. For instance, the Wanderlust Collection contains 8 supporting fonts to the original Wanderlust font; Corporative Sans is the best-selling sibling of the smash-hit Corporative; and the popular Uniform font has now evolved into Uniform Rounded, giving you the perfect choices when picking complementary font pairs.
Everyone loves free fonts, but finding high quality typefaces within the sea of amateur display fonts can be quite a challenge. I’ve been searching the social profiles of designers and typographers directly to find the hidden gems that aren’t featured on the popular free font aggregators. I narrowed 170 fonts down to 60 after weeding out those that were restricted demos of premium fonts, those that required payment in the form of a tweet or email signup, and any that just didn’t pass my quality control test. The result is a collection of the best quality free fonts you probably don’t own, but should! These professional typefaces are a lifesaver for designers on a budget.