Grungy textures are versatile resources that can be used as backgrounds and overlays in your designs to add dirty distressed effects. Broken photocopiers produce some of the best textures around, combining black and white tones with heavy grain which is perfect for retrofying your designs with aged looks. I’ll let you in on a little secret, these textures were actually created by abusing my scanner, but they contain all the characteristics of photocopy toner malfunctions.
I recently inherited a box of my Grandfather’s old possessions, which alongside his WW2 service books and a Great War Memorial Plaque for my great-great-uncle, also contains a number of postcards dated from the mid-1930s. As well as being treasured heirlooms, the aged paper textures of these postcards also make fantastic design resources! Download this pack of 24 free postcard textures to create authentic vintage effects for your artwork.
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.