My wife and I are expecting a baby girl in a few months so our house is slowly filling up with everything cute and pink! Seeing the style of art used on the items we’ve collected for the nursery gave me a great idea for a beginner’s Illustrator tutorial, showing how stylish illustrations can be created using basic shapes and patterns. Follow this step by step Illustrator tutorial to create a series of simple vector illustrations, each one employing slightly more advanced techniques to eventually form a complete mobile of objects.
Simon Birky Hartmann is back with more awesome design resources for Access All Areas members. Premium members already have access to the best-selling Photocopy Noise textures from The Shop, and now two whole volumes of the popular Folded Paper textures are being made available for Access All Areas members to enjoy. These textures allow you to add fake folds to a poster design to make it look more genuine, each one is a whopping 600dpi to cater for even the largest of prints.
I’ve featured loads of free stationery mockup templates in the past, which allow you to quickly generate realistic previews of how your corporate ID designs will look when produced as a complete range of printed products, but when designing a brand it’s also important to develop a persona around the logo. It can be difficult to express the brand’s character in just a small design though, so today’s roundup of free resources focuses on mockups with a specific theme. These PSDs allow you to mock up your designs as usual, but with the addition of complementing items that really enhance certain styles and themes.
Access All Areas members are in for a treat this week! A fresh set of premium Photoshop Actions courtesy of FilterGrade is now available for members to download. This fantastic set contains 10 Vintage style Photoshop Actions alongside 5 Light Leak Actions to add classic tones to your images. Run each Action individually, or stack them to produce unique effects. The addition of a Play All feature makes it easy to test all the Actions at once, or mix the effects together with the help of neat groups and layer masks.
Just when you think you have enough fonts in your collection, along comes an irresistible deal that persuades you to make room for some more! I’m still enjoying playing with my new fonts from the Artistic Fonts Bundle I featured back in June, but this latest offer from Design Cuts really caught my attention with the focus on retro and vintage style typefaces. The new Inspirational Creative Font Collection includes 12 best-selling fonts, with extra elements and extended licensing at 92% off. How can you say “no” to that?!
Bristly brush strokes are great for creating distressed designs with a hand made appearance. I’ve posted plenty of Photoshop brushes in the past, but I haven’t shared much in the way of Illustrator brushes, until now! Download this free pack of 24 vector brushes for Illustrator. Each brush stroke can be used as either a standalone graphic in your designs or applied with the Brush or Pencil tool to add rough texturing to your artwork.