I’ve been having fun making a mess with my wife’s nail varnish to create some new free design resources for you to download. I brushed, dripped and splattered a whole bottle worth of varnish and scanned the results to create a variety of creative assets. There’s 42 graphics in total, ranging from brushed shapes, brush strokes, drippy circles and splashes, available as PNG images with transparent backgrounds, or within a PSD file that allows you to easily change the colour to suit your style.
I love running Photoshop Actions on my images to quickly spruce them up with subtle photo effects, but one thing I love even more is creating my own batch of Actions. It’s fun experimenting with combinations of adjustment layers to alter the appearance of an image with different contrast and colour casts, then it’s exciting to test out that series of alterations on a range of photos to see the results. My latest free collection I want to share with you is this set of color grading Photoshop Actions that quickly enhance the tones of your images. Choose from the 15 presets to apply a range of effects, from subtle washed out looks to high contrast vibrancy.
Of all the free design resources I’ve shared over the years, the ones I’ve used time and time again in my own artwork are my old spray paint Photoshop brushes from 2008. They have been really useful for erasing away portions of my designs with the grainy speckles to achieve the aged and distressed look. I’ve been having some fun with the rattle cans again to produce a whole new, bigger and better set of 20 high resolution spray paint Photoshop Brushes, now featuring splatters, drips and continuous sprays to provide a range of tools for you to vandalise your artwork!
Pixel Sorting is a form of glitch art that uses computer processing to resample an image to create interesting artwork. Until now, programming software was required to achieve this effect, but I’ve managed to create a Photoshop Action that realistically mimics the results. This Action actually allows you to apply and control the effect to a much greater degree than the original processing methods. Choose from a Hard or Soft result, then select the relevant Action to apply the pixel sorting effect to the highlights, midtones, shadows, or a custom area of your image.
Authentic linocut and woodcut illustrations require a variety of specialist tools, patience and skill, but there’s a way to have fun producing similar artwork styles but with the safety net of the Undo button. My free set of 25 brushes for Adobe Illustrator help you carve your own designs digitally while achieving the linocut and woodcut look. Choose from a range of brush shapes, including tapered strokes, texture fills, split brushes and edge shading to construct your illustrations with realistic techniques, but in less time and without the frustration of making a permanent mistake!
Some of my readers might know I ride my own custom bike and love the design style surrounding the motorcycle culture. I’ve been busy illustrating and constructing a bunch of vector graphics to create a free motorcycle themed logo template kit. It contains 4 retro/vintage style logo designs with editable text, which can be personalised for your own projects; 6 typographic illustrations of motorcycle helmets, again with customisable text; and a series of vector illustrations that can be used as assets in your own designs. Easily build logos, emblems, badges and t-shirt designs for custom garages, bike clubs and more!