I’ve given away plenty of free Photoshop Actions here on Spoon Graphics, but so far I haven’t shown as much love to Lightroom. Adobe Lightroom is becoming increasingly popular as the go-to photo processing tool. Just like with Photoshop Actions, you can save a series of adjustments as a preset, which can be used to instantly apply cool effects to your images with just a single click. Download this free collection of 12 Cinematic Lightroom Presets to transform your photographs with various contrast and colour alterations. They’re all based on the colour grading aesthetics of popular movie genres, such as Horror, Western, Action, Romantic and more. The visual styles of these films are usually seen on the big screen, but we can replicate similar looks within still images with the help of these preset image adjustments.
I’ve been sending myself dotty creating my latest free design resources for you to download! Hours upon hours have been spent tediously placing hundreds of circular dots to produce a selection of pattern swatches you can use to easily add interesting backgrounds to your designs. Available in vector AI & EPS formats; PNG images with and without transparent backgrounds; and a Photoshop Pattern library, they’re conveniently ready for use in a variety of design applications.
Install my free collection of Photoshop Dry Brushes to have a variety of bristly brush strokes within reach for all your design projects. Made with real paint, each brush features an authentic texture with wispy lines and rough edges, making them perfect for creating realistic painted effects, or distressing your artwork by applying the brushes within a layer mask. With over 53 brushes to choose from, you have a wide choice of natural brush effects, from thick daubs to dry smears.
I recently discovered a fantastic collection of Daguerreotype photographs from the mid-1800s in the public domain, which I’ve transformed into the perfect tools for producing vintage photo effects. I picked the most deteriorated images from over 800 scans and photoshopped out the main subject to leave just the texture of the tarnished metal plate. They are all over 2500px in size with a high resolution of 300ppi and feature a variety of natural stains, scratches and scuffs that will give your modern digital images the authentic appearance of an antique photograph.
Give your illustrations an old etched or engraved appearance with my new collection of 30 free brushes for Adobe Illustrator. These brushes feature a variety of hand-drawn line patterns in horizontal, vertical, diagonal and cross-hatched orientations that can be used to apply shading to your digital drawings. After being scanned from hand-made pen strokes, they were then processed into Illustrator brushes that seamlessly repeat along paths of any length without stretching or deforming.
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.