I have a new collection of free design resources to share with you this week, and these are MAGIC… Well not really, but kind of! If you’re an Adobe Illustrator fan I’m sure you love creating vector art. It can be scaled to any size and it’s easy to change the fill colour, unlike raster images. Unfortunately when it comes to textures, thousands of tiny vector paths and points can soon bog down your system, but what if there was a magical CPU friendly raster texture that was just as versatile as your favourite vector graphics? Introducing my free magic bitmap textures for Adobe Illustrator.
This week, Access All Areas members have a brilliant collection of vector graphics to download courtesy of Simon Birky Hartmann from The Shop. These eighteen vector line constructions have been reproduced from an illustration plate taken from a late 1800s book about gemstone cutting. They provide beautiful, and sometimes intricate, line work overlays for photos, but can also be centrepieces in their own right. The pack includes five versions of the gems; individual line segments, connected stroked shapes, clean compound shapes, lightly aged compound shapes, and heavily shapes compound shapes.
A huge new fonts bundle has just landed, and this one brings you some of the hottest fonts in the world right now. The Definitive Font Selection contains 20 of the most popular font families from a range of celebrated font foundries, providing you with their best releases in one showstopping bundle. Discount the $2142 total value by a massive 99% and you get this entire lineup of premium fonts for just $29, including the best licensing terms available. This collection brings you ultimate quality and variety for your projects and ensures you’ll be covered whether you need a reliable display font, clean sans serif, ornate script, whimsical hand-drawn fonts, or bold feature font.
Despite being one of the oldest forms of writing styles that the myriad of digital fonts and typefaces evolved from, artwork featuring Gothic and Blackletter calligraphy is now a rare find among the various lettering and typography styles that are popular today. However there’s still a number of talented scribes who produce beautiful work with pen and ink. In today’s inspiration showcase I present 45 examples of blackletter and gothic calligraphy from the masters of this discipline.
The latest premium download for Access All Areas members is a great design resource from Freepik to make use of during the festive period. This Christmas Flower & Wreath collection contains 7 vector illustrations in AI and EPS format, with a mix of single colour and full colour artworks. They make fantastic decorative elements for your Christmas related designs, although the individual flower graphic could also be used to create elegant designs all year round for weddings and rustic themed projects.
In today’s video tutorial we’re going to combine the powers of Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator to create a diamond embellished text effect. Illustrator will be used to produce the initial layout, with the help of a couple of third party scripts, then we’ll transfer the artwork over to Photoshop to add some finishing touches and really bring the effect to life.