Creating an artistic poster is one of the most fun projects a designer can work on. It’s especially satisfying when you have your hard work professionally printed into a physical poster, but this can be quite costly. You don’t have to spend all that money to see how your design would look freshly printed and mounted though, there’s a range of PSD mockup templates that simulate your design being presented as a framed print, wrapped canvas or even an outdoor billboard. In this post I round up 20 free Photoshop mockup templates that I’ve personally tried and tested, all of them have a special layer or Smart Object to place your own artwork to have it automatically mocked up.
Earlier this year I posted a showcase of inspiring art & designs that made use of cool overprint effects, so today I thought I’d talk a little about the process of using overprint in creative ways in your own print design projects. Read on to find out what overprint is and how you can use this technique to produce colourful overlapping effects in your prints.
It has almost become a trend for artists and designers to reimagine movie posters to show off their own take on a design. There’s some fantastic examples out there ranging from series of minimal movie posters to redesigns of popular film posters with totally unusual styles. For today’s post I’ve put together a huge showcase of over 50 must see examples of alternative movie posters. Some of these are even better than the originals and offer some real inspiration for the kinds of personal projects you can do yourself.
T-shirt PSD templates are one of the most sought after types of mockup files, they allow you to preview how your latest illustration or apparel design would look after being freshly screen printed on a garment. I’ve tried and tested each file in this roundup to narrow the collection down to the best freebies available. Each PSD file comes with multiple layers that allow you to change the colour of the shirt and apply your own design to blend with the creases and folds.
Businesses from the great outdoors are a perfect match for the vintage logo trend because these were one of the cultures that initially pioneered this style of design. Companies associated with outdoor pursuits often have some kind of heritage behind them, which can be promoted in their logos and identities by using traditional design styles. This showcase of vintage outdoor logos features 40 designs all crafted using classic hand drawn techniques and feature common elements of trees, axes, mountains and animals.
Once style of typography that really inspires me is hand lettering that is manipulated to form a complete illustration. These hand crafted pieces of art blend typographic content with illustrated elements to reinforce a message. Being hand drawn means they’re full of character with plenty of irregularities and text that is squashed and stretched into place. This showcase features 30 beatiful examples of these inspiring hand lettering typography illustrations from various talented artists.