My latest collection of textures has undergone some extensive processing to produce a set of versatile resources that can be used across a wide range of projects. A series of photographs of rust were first equalised to bring out the tiny details, then smoothed to produce an array of speckles with a choice of heavy to light texturing. The hard edges of typical texture files can limit their use, so these speckle textures all smoothly fade out with no abrupt lines. Then, to allow for maximum compatibility and ease-of-use, two sets of PNG files were exported with white and transparent backgrounds.
Stippling is a classic technique to add shading and colour to an illustration. Depending on the density of the dots, stippling can be used to fill areas or create gradient effects that fade out, while adding interesting stylistic and texturing effects to your work. Traditionally, stippling would be produced by manually placing each and every dot with the nib of a pen, but with this free pack of Photoshop brushes, you can quickly paint thousands of dots across your artwork. With these 8 brush tips featuring varying dot spread and densities, you can easily apply a light scattering or a heavy fill with no repetitive pattern.
Many of the Photoshop Brush packs I’ve created have just been configured as single-click brushes to stamp a texture into your artwork. Recently I’ve been experimenting with more advanced brush settings that allow the brush to be painted with, using continuous motions and varying pressure with a pen tablet. My new set of Grain Shader Brushes for Adobe Photoshop makes it easy to add shading and texturing to your illustrations. Choose from 10 brush presets with different levels of grain, then build up the texture and tone exactly where you want it within your artwork.
Add cool retro style print effects to your artwork with this free collection of super-high resolution Halftone Texture Photoshop Brushes. Each brush features a unique array of halftone dots that gradually change in size to produce subtle variations of tone. There’s 10 brushes in the set, ranging from light tones made with widely spaced tiny dots, through to densely packed groups of heavy dot patterns. Applying these textures over solid colour backgrounds instantly adds subtle details and gives your artwork an old newsprint or comic book style appearance.
Easily apply bold hand-drawn effects to your illustrations with my free pack of Marker Pen Brushes for Adobe Illustrator. Authentically sourced from real pens, these 24 brushes provide a variety of nib styles and sizes, ranging from thin outlining strokes to thick and messy scribbles. With just a single click you can give your clean and crisp vector paths the appearance of a handmade doodle with the subtle irregularities produced by ink bleeding into the paper.
I’ve covered the surreal appearance of false-color infrared photography a few times on Spoon Graphics in tutorials, videos and a showcase of beautiful examples. Authentic infrared photos are captured using infrared film, or digitally using an infrared lens, but the overall style and aesthetic can also be simulated with some tweaks to a normal photograph in Adobe Photoshop. Instantly apply a variety of IR colour effects to your images with my free collection of Photoshop Actions. There are 8 Actions to choose from, each resulting in a unique inverted colour effect.