I’ve been busy crafting a series of geometric pattern shapes for my latest free resource giveaway. These vectors are made of an array of circles, triangles and polygons that are neatly laid out into symmetrical compositions. They’re fun elements to work with when creating posters, album art or wallpaper, just like the artwork I created in my recent geometric collage tutorial. All 16 shapes come in vector AI and EPS format, each with a ‘Path’ and ‘Outlined’ version to give you the option of using them straight out of the box, or adjusting the stroke weight and style. PNG versions with transparent backgrounds are also included for fast usage in Adobe Photoshop and other image editing applications.
Access All Areas members have a new set of textures to download this week, courtesy of Fox & Bear. This collection of Modern Marble Ink Textures features 24 high resolution macro photographs of the effect created by coloured dye when dropped into water and creamer. The result is a beautiful display of gradients and colours, which form interesting backgrounds and overlays for your design projects.
This fresh new bundle from Design Cuts has been designed specifically for designers who want to kick start their freelance career. It’s an essential starter kit that will equip you with the knowledge of how to run a successful design business, including advice on project contracts, pricing your services, and finding clients, along with a healthy collection of premium quality tools you can rely on for years to come. It’s headed by the popular Drawn to Business strategy guide, which is complemented by a range of company proposal frameworks, mood board templates, resume layouts, numerous UI kits, and a variety of social media graphics packs. The regular value of all the contents totals at $4,202, but a massive 99% discount cuts the price tag to just $39. At less than the average designer’s hourly rate, this toolkit will bring you an enormous return on investment!
The double exposure effect has been extremely popular over recent years, and has been a featured topic before in my inspiration showcases. Originally the effect was produced using a photography technique where two images are exposed onto the same piece of film, but the style has since been digitally replicated by designers in Photoshop, as I explain in my recent double exposure effect tutorials. I’ve noticed the effect has also been adopted by illustrators who mimic the trendy double exposure style, but rather than use existing imagery, they skilfully recreate the effect by hand and combine multiple illustrations into one layout to form interesting compositions. In today’s showcase I featured 30 cleverly illustrated poster designs that have been hand drawn in the popular double exposure style.
Access All Areas members have a new graphic design resource to download this week thanks to the design template specialists at BrandPacks. The Healthy Mind Brochure Template Pack is a collection of ready-made print design files for Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop, including an A3 brochure, A5 flyer, DL card, tri-fold leaflet, A4 poster and business cards. The colourful and energetic design is based on a counselling service by default, but this flexible style can be quickly rebranded for any type of business. All the elements within the templates are editable and all stock images are included!
In this week’s video I’m going to run through a bunch of handy tips to help you develop a faster workflow. A lot of us use Adobe Photoshop on a daily basis, but no matter how much of a veteran you are, you can always learn new little tips that will make you think “How did I not know this before!”.