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.
I have a new collection of free textures for you to download today! These 10 concrete images have been processed to create a set of textures that work great as backgrounds or as overlays to distress your designs. They come in full 3000x2000px 300ppi versions, as well as 2000×2000 seamless tiles which will infinitely repeat to fill areas of any size. They range from light to moderate levels of grunge to provide subtle texturing that won’t overpower your artwork.
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!