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Showcase of Creative Print Designs with Hot Foil Stamping

Hot foil stamping is one of those super cool special print finishes that every designer wishes to use in their projects. It’s often combined with embossing to transfer metallic foil to the print stock with the use of a heated die, which leaves the designated portion of the design covered in a shiny reflective material. In today’s inspiration showcase I present 40 creative print design projects that make use of hot foil printing, including business cards, invitations, posters and packaging. See how foils in a variety of colours are used to highlight patterns and details within the artwork.

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Sickamore – A Loud & Proud Handmade Font for Premium Members

Access All Areas members have a fantastic new font to download this week, courtesy of Sam Parrett from Set Sail Studios. Sickamore is a loud and proud handmade brush font with a powerful and edgy style. It’s great for headers, logos and attention grabbing words or phrases. This is a font I’ve had in my personal collection for a while and has been a regular typeface choice for many of my own artworks, so I’m excited to team up with Sam and share it with my Access All Areas members.

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A Collection of Must-Have Tools to Create the Design Styles You Love

As commercial designers we often have to create various graphic styles on demand in all the projects we work on throughout the day. Being able to experiment with new looks keeps the job exciting, but it can be a challenge, especially when deadlines loom! Having a selection of tools at your disposal allows you to rise to those challenges and confidently explore new aesthetics within your work. If you want to expand your own toolkit with some of the best creative tools in the world, I highly recommend you check out the new bundle on offer at Design Cuts. It’s a collection of best selling design resource products that cover a range of themes, including pre-made illustrations, brushes, effects packs and graphics. At 98% off it’s incredible value at just $29; a fraction of the $1,478 regular price this compilation is worth. With full Extended Licensing included for each product, it’s ideal for creatives in the design industry.

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20 Free Black & White Photo Effect Actions for Adobe Photoshop

A simple black and white conversion is a pretty simple task, but there’s a range of additional tweaks that can generate beautiful tones and enhance the overall mood of the shot. Following on from my Free Color Grading Photoshop Actions a few months ago, today I’m happy to share my new collection of Black & White Photo Effect Actions for Adobe Photoshop. The set contains 20 presets which apply a range of stylish effects to your photos. It includes actions that mimic analog photography aesthetics from different print techniques and toning methods, along with some creative monochrome effects with various colour casts.

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10 Vector Cover Textures for Access All Areas Members

Access All Areas have a great set of vector textures to download this week, courtesy of Freepik. Known as Cover Textures, this is a collection of 10 different surface materials that have been vectorized to allow them to be scaled to any size, making them perfect for use as backgrounds and filling large areas within your designs. The set includes a mix of abstract textures along with regular materials like brick, wood and paper, all available in vector AI and EPS formats.

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Video Tutorial: Contour Map Effect with Photoshop & Illustrator

In today’s video tutorial we’re going to combine the powers of Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator to create a contour map effect, you know, the ones with loads of lines that show the topography of the landscape. We’ll use Photoshop’s filters to produce the basic contour map effect, then we’ll bring it into Illustrator to vectorize it, then customise the paths to add various line weights and styles.