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.
One of my most used design resources is a trusty collection of subtle grunge Photoshop brushes that I’ve had saved in my collection for years. Unfortunately that brush pack seems to have disappeared from the web and is no longer available to download, so I’ve been busy crafting my own replacement set of go-to tools, and of course I’m happy to share it with all my friends! Download my subtle grunge Photoshop brushes and add them to your collection for free. There’s 10 presets at a 2000×2000 resolution that add detailed grainy textures to your work. They’re really handy tools to have saved directly in Photoshop for whenever you need to add distressed effects to your designs.
I’ve been playing around with bright lights and camera lenses to produce a range of realistic vibrant bokeh images that can be used as backgrounds to your designs, or overlaid onto photographs to add realistic retro style light leak effects. This free set contains 30 high resolution JPGs, each with a unique spread of bokeh blurs in a variety of colours. Unlike the digitally crafted alternatives, these graphics have an extra level of authenticity with natural blends of hues and a touch of ISO grain.
A simple black and white conversion is a pretty simple task, but there’s a range of additional tweaks that can generate beautiful tones and enhance the overall mood of the shot. Following on from my Free Color Grading Photoshop Actions a few months ago, today I’m happy to share my new collection of Black & White Photo Effect Actions for Adobe Photoshop. The set contains 20 presets which apply a range of stylish effects to your photos. It includes actions that mimic analog photography aesthetics from different print techniques and toning methods, along with some creative monochrome effects with various colour casts.
I’ve been busy crafting a series of geometric pattern shapes for my latest free resource giveaway. These vectors are made of an array of circles, triangles and polygons that are neatly laid out into symmetrical compositions. They’re fun elements to work with when creating posters, album art or wallpaper, just like the artwork I created in my recent geometric collage tutorial. All 16 shapes come in vector AI and EPS format, each with a ‘Path’ and ‘Outlined’ version to give you the option of using them straight out of the box, or adjusting the stroke weight and style. PNG versions with transparent backgrounds are also included for fast usage in Adobe Photoshop and other image editing applications.