My most popular tutorial of 2014 was my guide to creating a realistic money effect in Photoshop, which explained the steps to achieve an authentic engraved illustration style. The process is quite time consuming, so I figured it would be useful to follow it up with a ready made Photoshop Action that produces the effect automatically with just the click of a button. Choose from 3 levels of detail for your image, then the Action will transform your photo into a realistic engraved illustration.
Last month I shared a tutorial showing how to create a realistic painted effect in Photoshop which used some pretty simple techniques in Photoshop that could easily be enclosed in a ready made Action. Today’s freebie contains not only an Action to apply that painted effect in a single click, but also 3 more photo effects based on common artistic styles, such as watercolour, pencil sketches and inking.
I’ve been busy with my virtual knitting needles and crafted 4 free Christmas jumper patterns for your designs to wear this season. Each design is based on the popular ‘Fair Isle’ knitting style with lots of tiny red and white stitch-like graphics making up intricate festive patterns. The download contains patterns for both Illustrator & Photoshop, and includes vector swatches, seamless .PAT files and individual PNG images to make them usable in any Christmas themed project.
A couple of months ago I shared some rusty metal logo mockups which allowed you to place your logo designs onto distressed textures to create simulations of your artwork being painted onto real surfaces. I’ve been hunting for more cool textures to create another set of free resources, so today’s giveaway is a collection of 5 weathered wood logo mockups. Use them to realistically apply your logo onto an old, aged wooden background. They’re the perfect setting for outdoors or rustic themed designs.
It has been a while since I’ve shared any vector textures, so I made use of my trusty old sky lights once again to capture more of the awesome dirt, grime and bird poop that nature has kindly supplied for me to turn into design resources! Today’s freebie is a pack of 12 grunge textures in vector format. Use them to erode away your designs in Illustrator or apply them as detailed background for your artwork.
A few weeks back I received an email from a reader who asked if I knew of any circular watercolour textures like those used to create trendy watercolour logos. I couldn’t find any on the web so I set out to create some freebies to share with you all. My sister actually did the hard work for me as she’s much more creative with a paintbrush. I scanned and processed her results and created this free pack of 25 watercolour circle textures, complete in high res 300dpi format for print and PNG versions with alpha transparency.