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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The talented Lisa Glanz has teamed up with Design Cuts to launch a brand new resources collection, and it’s humongous! This All-In-One toolbox is a versatile collection of fonts, illustrations, textures, patterns, decorative elements and more, that have all been expertly hand crafted by Lisa herself. There’s everything you need to create beautiful designs with the whimsical style that Lisa has perfected. With over 450 items included this new product is fantastic value at $39, but Spoon Graphics readers can grab an extra special deal at 51% off during the first 24 hours with the $19 launch price!