Last year I posted a roundup of the best Photoshop alternatives aimed at casual designers or hobbyists who wants to fulfill their creative passion, but don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on expensive industry standard software. I’m a big Illustrator fan myself and I post loads of Illustrator tutorials here on my blog, but it’s great to hear that a number of my fans actually transfer the design process over to cheaper vector editing programs. In today’s post I showcase 7 competitors to Illustrator that either include similar features or are capable of creating equally stunning artwork.
Just like Actions, Styles are little Photoshop files that contain preset configurations to instantly replicate a ready made effect with the click of a button. Styles are essentially preconfigured combinations of Photoshop Layer Styles, which makes them extremely popular for creating cool text effects. I’ve scoured the web and personally tested the best Styles I could find to bring you a collection of 20 free Photoshop styles to create stunning text effects.
Designers and Illustrators love to get crafty and create artwork by hand to achieve that unique organic effect. The irregular lines and natural texturing fills the artwork with character which sets it apart from common digital designs. This post features a collection of beautiful brand identities and typographic posters all carefully produced by hand with custom lettering. Are you a fan of this style? Also check out my showcases of motorcycle culture illustrations and hand drawn lettering poster designs.
No matter whether you’re presenting designs to a client or showcasing your latest work in your portfolio, taking the time to present your work can really boost its value and shows how the design works in its intended use. This collection of free PSD templates makes it easy to showcase your stationery & branding designs, business card and posters & leaflets in realistic settings as if they had been professionally printed and photographed.
I’ve always loved the illustration and patterns featured on playing cards and it’s obvious that other designers and illustrators do too, there’s some really inspiring takes on the classic deck of cards. In this post I’ve collected a showcase of over 25 amazing custom playing card designs featuring unique artwork. There’s some really awesome intricate illustrations of the four suits as well as some pretty clever modern design concepts.
You have three options when it comes to creating a trendy vintage style logo or insignia: Buy a premium script font, draw your own or use a free font. The free option sounds great but it can be difficult picking out quality typefaces from the hoards of cheesy display fonts that litter free font libraries. In this post I’ve compiled the best script and cursive fonts that would suit a vintage style logo. All these fonts are tried and tested and available for commercial use, making them perfect for both fun and client project use.