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.
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!