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.
In my video tutorial last week I made use of my old pack of light leak overlays. I’ve used those graphics in loads of my own photos over the years, so I took some time to produce a fresh batch in a totally new style. This new pack of Free Light Leak Overlays contains 80 high-res overlay images of light flares and bokeh effects in a variety of shapes, colours and layouts. Made using a camera, a torch and coloured film, these effects are made naturally, which adds an extra level of authenticity compared to digitally created light leak effects.
Add colourful effects and backgrounds to your designs with this free collection of watercolour brushes for Adobe Photoshop. Each brush is a scan of real watercolour paint in a range of natural strokes, saved as easily accessible brush presets that can be saved within Photoshop’s Brush tool. Also included are 14 full-colour JPEG images with vibrant watercolour texturing.
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.