Textures are valuable design resources that can be used as backgrounds to your work or pasted in as overlays to add distressed tones. Anyone with a camera can collect texture resources, with even the latest smart phone cameras being more than capable of capturing high resolution details. It takes more than just a click of the shutter button to capture a great texture though, the most usable textures are the result of some Photoshop editing. In today’s post I share 3 important tips that will help transform your standard images into better textures resources.
Posts from 2014
Access All Areas members had a taste of Mats-Peter Forss’ Infographic Template Shop last month with his kind donation of a Vector Infographic Tools Kit for members. Mats is back again with more excellent resources for premium members, this time with a User Experience themed vector Infographic template kit featuring loads of individual resources including graphs, charts & icons.
No matter what you’re working on, you can be sure that almost every project will require an image to be removed from its background! Sometimes it’s a breeze when professionally lit studio shots are provided, but it can get a little tricky when detailed backgrounds come into play. In today’s post I give an overview of a range of cutting out techniques that I’ve learned over the years and offer advice on when each method is best used.
More vector goodies are being made available to Access All Areas members today, courtesy of Creatticon. This set of hand drawn ribbons contains 26 vector graphics of ribbons and banners in both solid and outline styles. They’re great when paired with some text to finish off a logo, jazz up a heading, or even to create tattoo style art. Being vector graphics means they can be scaled to any size, which makes them suitable for all kinds of applications.
A few weeks back I received an email from a reader who asked if I knew of any circular watercolour textures like those used to create trendy watercolour logos. I couldn’t find any on the web so I set out to create some freebies to share with you all. My sister actually did the hard work for me as she’s much more creative with a paintbrush. I scanned and processed her results and created this free pack of 25 watercolour circle textures, complete in high res 300dpi format for print and PNG versions with alpha transparency.
Access All Areas members are being treated to something really cool this week from Matt Borchert. The Rough Edges Automator is a fantastic time saving tool that allows you to instantly rough up your artwork to achieve everything from subtle print effects to years of erosion and decay. The Action has a range of settings to provide the best result, but most importantly all the modifications are non-destructive, meaning your original artwork will be preserved.