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.
In last week’s vector illustration tutorial I used my free set of distressed halftone patterns to add cool screentone effects to my artwork in Photoshop, then I thought; Why not create a similar set of patterns but in vector format to allow the same distressed halftone effects to be added directly in Adobe Illustrator? So I’ve been working hard to create this new set of free halftone patterns in the same distressed styling, but this set makes use of Illustrator swatches to allow the effects to be scaled to any size, keeping your artwork 100% vector.
I’ve been admiring some beautiful illustrations and examining the techniques the artists use to add details to their work. One popular shading method I’ve noticed is particularly prominent in apparel design and illustrations with a retro vibe is the use of stippling, where fine vector textures are added to build up tones and shade in areas of darkness. After seeing how effective this technique is, I created my own set of Illustrator scatter brushes to provide myself and my readers the tools required to create this effect. Download this free pack of 8 stipple shading brushes to easily paint grungy details onto your artwork with Illustrator’s brush tool.
Halftone textures are fantastic resources for creating retro print effects by simply overlaying the dot patterns over your solid colour artwork. I shared a pack of distressed halftone patterns last year, which featured a range of uniform halftone screens of various densities. This time, I’ve created a new series of vector textures with gradual changes in dot size, which help add subtle tones to your designs.