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.
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.
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.
In my latest video tutorial I covered 5 ways you can generate film grain effects in Photoshop. One of my tips was to use an actual film grain texture as an overlay, which achieves a much more authentic result than the uniformity of the built-in noise filters. I’ve been busy making a mess on my scanner to produce a range of film dust effect textures using the dust, fibres and speckles from an old burlap sack. The natural scattering of particles produce a great image that can be used to add dirty effects to your work. Choose from 30 texture images, each with a unique amount and spread of dust to distress your artwork and simulate aged photograph prints.