Nostalgic visual effects that replicate old analogue film are usually seen in video format, but the same techniques can be applied to static images to give your photographs and design work a retro aesthetic. Dust, noise and colour distortions were originally unwanted problems associated with film, but now we purposely distress our artwork with those same imperfections to give clean digital designs a classic appearance. My new set of free resources contains 25 textures that combine bright colours and real dust speckles to simulate film grain and light leaks. They’re great for overlaying onto your images, or for use as backgrounds to form the foundation of a design.
Last week I shared a tutorial showing how to create a retro text style using Adobe Illustrator. I had lots of fun producing that effect, so I’ve been busy crafting a number of additional colour combinations to create a collection of 10 free retro text styles for you to download. Apply them to your text elements with just a single click to produce a variety of colourful titles with faux-3D, halftone texturing and subtle shading effects.
I’ve been having fun working on a brand new set of free Photoshop Actions to transform your photographs with various contrast and colour alterations. This collection of Cinematic Photoshop Actions contains 12 effects based on the colour grading aesthetics of popular movie genres, such as Horror, Western, Action, Romantic and more. The visual styles of these films are usually seen on the big screen, but we can replicate similar looks within still images with the help of these preset image adjustments.
My new collection of 10 free black grunge textures feature dark and grimy tones from the ashes of hell, which is really just a metaphor for my bathroom… Although I have to point out, my bathroom is not the kind of filth ridden place you would expect to find such surfaces (nor is it a fiery pit of desolation and eternal suffering), but after lots of adjustment and processing, these close-up photographs of marble tiles produce the kind of surfaces you could only expect to find in the depths of the underworld. These black grunge textures are the perfect asset for creating dark designs. Use them as backgrounds or within layer masks to distress your artwork with harsh effects.
I have a new collection of free design resources to share with you this week, and these are MAGIC… Well not really, but kind of! If you’re an Adobe Illustrator fan I’m sure you love creating vector art. It can be scaled to any size and it’s easy to change the fill colour, unlike raster images. Unfortunately when it comes to textures, thousands of tiny vector paths and points can soon bog down your system, but what if there was a magical CPU friendly raster texture that was just as versatile as your favourite vector graphics? Introducing my free magic bitmap textures for Adobe Illustrator.
I was breaking up a couple of wooden pallets recently, and whilst gazing upon the pile of scrap wood I was hit by a flash of inspiration to transform the planks into design resources for the world to use in their digital artwork! So I’ve been busy capturing, equalizing and processing the dirt and wood grain into a set of free vector textures for you to download. Use them as backgrounds to your designs, or paste them into an Opacity Mask in Adobe Illustrator to apply the grungy marks to any element for the popular distressed look.