I hope everyone’s 2016 is off to a great start so far. I thought I’d treat my readers and make this year’s first post a new free design resource for everyone to download! This collection of grain textures features 9 high resolution scans that help you add grungy distressed effects to your artwork. They’re actually made from scatterings of tea granules, which turn out to make great design resources as well as hot beverages! Each of the 9 textures has various levels of dispersion and is available in JPG and PNG format with transparency to allow you to find the best texture to work with your design.
A couple of months ago I shared a free pack of film burns for use when editing videos. A number of people seemed to find them useful, so today I’m back with another free collection of video resources! This pack of blue light flare transitions contains 14 short videos of bright flashes that help you create high-tech style transitions between your clips. Place them over your footage, then set the composite mode to Screen (or experiment with the other blending modes for different effects). Check out the preview video below to see them in action!
All the resources I’ve shared here on Spoon Graphics so far have been graphic design related, but today I have something a little different. I also quite enjoy a bit of videography in my spare time and this free set of film burns and transitions helps achieve some of the popular video editing styles with retro analog effects. The pack contains 30 video clips in 1080p 60fps format with colorful blurs that mimic light leaks when placed over your footage with the Screen composite mode in your favourite editing software. The clips range from 1 to 16 seconds to provide a mix of fast transitions and more prolonged overlays.
Blurred backgrounds have become a popular resource in the design community. They’re useful images to base your design on, providing a vibrant foundation to place a logo, typography and other elements to construct beautiful brochure covers, website headers and more! Rather than produce these blurred images digitally with gradients or a Gaussian blur, I used a macro camera lens to take completely out of focus photos of colourful objects to capture the organic tones and hues with authentic bokeh effects.
It has taken countless hours to render my latest free resource, so I hope my readers find some great uses for them in their design projects. These vintage style light bulb signs have been crafted using Photoshop’s 3D tools and combined with special lighting effects to create a full alphabet of letters that can be arranged to form complete words. Each letter has a wood effect background and realistic bulb graphics that give off a vibrant incandescent glow. They’re approximately 1000x1000px in size at 300dpi, so they’re perfect for use in both digital and print design projects.
In last week’s video tutorial I explained a bunch of techniques for creating letterpress style print effects in Photoshop and Illustrator. One of those techniques looked really great in Adobe Illustrator, so I thought I’d share a ready made version so you can instantly apply those cool ink stamp effects to your logos and typography illustrations with just a click of a button! This free download contains 4 free Graphic Styles for Adobe Illustrator that give your artwork the appearance of a hand made inked print.