This week, Access All Areas members have a new premium resource to download for Adobe Illustrator. These brilliant Wood Grain Brushes by The Artifex Forge help you add depth and texture to your illustrations with realistic wooden effects. They can be applied directly to vector paths or painted with Illustrator’s brush tool, so the colour and width can be adjusted as required. The pack comes with 13 wood grain Art Brushes and 5 cross-section style Scatter Brushes to produce tree ring effects, making it the perfect resource for creating outdoors themed designs and illustrations.
Access All Areas members have a great new resource to download this week courtesy of Mister Retro. Spot Wash Dirt is an easy-to-use Photoshop plug-in that creates professional quality weathering effects to make your images rough, gritty and dirty. A special ‘Lite’ version has been constructed for Spoon Graphics premium members, with 10 paper textures and 6 exclusive wash textures that don’t exist in the regular product. Install the Windows or Mac version of the plug-in to have a range of effects settings at your fingertips through a comprehensive interface.
I have a brilliant collection of useful resources for my Access All Areas members today, courtesy of my friend Tom Chalky. This pack of 20 assorted paint textures come as high resolution PNG scans and Photoshop Brush format. They were made with ample amounts of paper, black acrylic paint, watercolor palettes, brushes, sponges, and a whole 7 days of creating, scanning and preparing this collection of beautifully detailed textures. The variety in style makes this collection a great all-in-one kit, there’s brilliant textures for use as backgrounds, detailed speckles that are perfect for weathering your artwork, and whispy edges that produce the best grunge effects.
Access All Areas members have a unique premium design resource to download this week courtesy of Visual Impact. The Easy Puzzle Generator is a Smart PSD that turns any picture into a realistic jigsaw in seconds. Edit the Photoshop Smart Object to have your own image split into hundreds of individual pieces that join to form an almost completed puzzle with just a few left waiting to be put into place. This is an unusual, but extremely valuable tool to have saved for a design project where you might urgently need such an effect!
There’s a brand new collection of design resources available for Access All Areas members today courtesy of Layerform. Retrohat is a set of 26 Graphic Styles for Adobe Illustrator that allow you to instantly add retro text effects to your artwork within a matter of seconds. Simply highlight your text, choose the Retro Graphic Style that you wish to apply, and voila! You have an amazing, yet fast retro text effect that is ready to go!
Dustin from RetroSupply has produced 3 packs of Illustrator Brushes specifically for Access All Areas members using exclusive brushes that aren’t available anywhere else, not even in the RetroSupply store! They’re from the DryGoods, VectorHero & VectorSketch lines of products, which allow you to create artwork based on mid century advertising using chalk art or graphic pens & pencils. Each set contains 7 brushes that have been authentically created from real 1950s source materials to replicate the classic illustration styles.