I used to love drawing my own treasure maps as a boy, especially the tea-staining stage which transformed my doodled piece of white paper into an antique parchment. I’ve been reliving that childhood experience by producing a toolkit for Adobe Illustrator which helps you construct your own treasure map digitally, using a range of vector assets to plot a route to buried treasure on a fantasy island. Download my free Treasure Map Maker to create fun artwork for party invitations, storybook imagery, wall art and more. It includes vector graphics, brushes and patterns that can be quickly combined to build a fictional landscape.
Subtle grunge textures are one of my favourite types of design resources. They’re great for adding interesting details to what would otherwise be plain and flat colours within your artwork, which helps give your design a more tactile appearance. I’ve shared a couple of iterations of subtle grunge resources over the years in a range of formats, including Photoshop Brushes and seamless textures. Today I have a brand new collection of subtle grunge brushes for Adobe Photoshop to share, which have been produced from totally new surface textures. There’s 14 brushes in total, each with a unique spread and density of gritty details, allowing you to choose just the right amount of grime to add to your designs.
I had lots of fun producing my free pirate themed vector graphics pack a few months ago. Recently I’ve been indulging in western movies, which inspired me to create a variety of assets for a Wild West graphics pack to share with Spoon Graphics readers. Use these ready-made illustrations and editable logo templates to quickly produce cowboy themed design material, such as invitations, brand emblems, t-shirt designs and more!
I recently came across a neat design on Pinterest which featured a cool background pattern made of distorted lines, which inspired me to experiment with some similar abstract stripe effects of my own. The result is this collection of 10 free graphics that you can use as backgrounds for your artwork and designs. Each one features a busy composition of wavy lines, much like the distortion from a photocopier or scanner. The files come in vector and PNG format, so you can use them in all kinds of design applications.
Adorn your digital designs with elegant flowers and bouquets with this collection of 10 free floral graphics. These vintage illustrations have been sourced, scanned and processed into PNG images with transparent backgrounds for quick and easy use within your artwork. Use them to decorate prints such as greeting cards and wedding invitation, or layer up the flowers to produce trendy ‘floral typography’ pieces by interweaving type with the help of a layer mask in Photoshop.
Hot foil stamping is a special finish that gives printed material such as business cards or packaging a feeling of quality and luxury. Common foils include silver, gold and the more psychedelic holographic foils that reflect a full spectrum of colours. These extravagant foils are applied at the print stage by industrial machines, but designers are starting to simulate the appearance in their digital artwork to add artificial foil effects to designs that are viewed on screens. I’ve been busy creating a free set of textures that you can use to produce holographic foil effects in your own designs. Use them with Clipping Masks to give your text and other design elements a vivid, shimmering, iridescent appearance.