Free Resources and Inspiration For Photoshop, Illustrator and Fireworks

From beginners to pros, we all could use a little hand.
That´s what this blog is about.

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domingo, 31 de outubro de 2010

Add Radial Gradient in Text

This is a tip good for poster art. Add a radial gradient in bold text to spice things up.

If you’re tired of using borders and bevels, try this.

Start off with your text on canvas however you want. Choose a very bold font, I used Impact as it is most common.

Random Free Vectors – Part 7: Flowers

Time for another free vector pack folks.

These vector flowers are available in AI, EPS, and SVG for your designing pleasure.

I never get to use shapes like these, but I like making them, so hopefully some of you can put them to good use.

{by Bittbox}

sábado, 30 de outubro de 2010

Awesome Light Effects in Fireworks inspired by the James White's O series

I'm sure that pretty much everyone of you guys loves the art of James White, at least, we here over at abduzeedo do.


Then, a few days ago we featured on the Wallpaper of the Week an image created by him entitled The O Series, he has even created a tutorial showing how to create that effect in Photoshop.


As I'm a huge fan of James, I've decided to do the tutorial and reproduce his style, this time however using Fireworks.

Edmar Cisneros on the Behance Network

Basic Info:
      Location – Distrito Federal, Mexico
      Twitter - @zerj21

Creative Fields:
      Photo Manipulation
      Graphic Design

      Edmar Cisneros is a Graphic Designer from Mexico City currently working as a freelancer.

{by Behance}

sexta-feira, 29 de outubro de 2010

Twist and Fade Effect in Fireworks

This tutorial demonstrates how to make use of the Command option to convert simple images to swirling, fading, dazzling graphics.

Playing around with the four properties (steps, spacing, rotation and opacity) brings out the creativity in you!


quarta-feira, 27 de outubro de 2010

Free Fireworks Border Styles

After you download the borders, you can change the various attributes such as color, width, etc., in the properties window. 

Learn how to create simple borders & frames for pages or images in Fireworks MX 2004 here.

How to Create Perfect Radial Shapes in Illustrator

One of our latest design packs that we just released contained 50 different styles of radial shapes. We received a good amount of feedback and questions on how we created them.

In this tutorial, I will walk you through the creation process on how to effectively recreate some perfect radial shapes.

Once you have completed this tutorial. I am sure you will be creating some amazing radial shapes to include in your designs.


terça-feira, 26 de outubro de 2010

Create Border Styles in Fireworks

Learn how to create simple borders & frames for pages or images in Fireworks MX 2004.

Fireworks MX has a range of stroke categories. You can change the stroke attributes of the Pen, Pencil, and Brush tools so that when you draw a vector object it takes up the new stroke attributes.

I have used some of these stroke categories to create colorful borders/frames and saved them as styles.

270+ High-Res Rough and Grungey Photoshop Brushes

Photoshop brushes are an excellent resource for roughing up your designs for that distressed and weathered look, unfortunately many brush sets on the web are a little small in size, making them useless for large format designs.

This collection of hand picked brushes feature various spraypaint, splatters, watercolour brushes and grungey textures all of which are of exceptionally high resolution, making them crucial additions to any designer’s toolbox.

segunda-feira, 25 de outubro de 2010

Old paper effect in Fireworks

Before I begin with this tutorial, I would like to thank photoshoplady.

While going through Photoshop lady tutorials, I came across ‘old paper effect’ created in Photoshop, which inspired me to create the same in Fireworks and thought of sharing it with you all.

{by Imajine}

Free Photosop Brushes – List from

You'll find links to all kinds of amazing free Photoshop brushes below. Stephanie of Obsidian Dawn has kindly put together her top 10 Photoshop brush tips to help you get the most out of your Photoshop brushes.

Also have a look through our growing collection of
High Resolution Photoshop Brushes. If you print something at 200 or 300 dpi then you'll need graphics that can be sized accordingly, and that's where high resolution brushes excel.

Have fun exploring!

Functionality of Adobe Fireworks in your Design Workflow

Many web designers work exclusively with the Adobe Creative Suite to get work done.

Adobe Photoshop is the most common tool for graphics creation and manipulation along with Illustrator for freehand drawings.

Fireworks doesn’t get as much of the attention, but this doesn’t mean the software is also useless.

In fact Fireworks can be used hand-in-hand with Photoshop to create seamless mockup designs, wireframes, interface icons and so much more.

We’ll be taking a look into how you can incorporate Adobe Fireworks seamlessly into your design workflow.

Dirty Green Concrete: Texture Pack

Here are 7 free, high-resolution dirty concrete textures for use in your upcoming commercial or personal projects.

The images are in JPG format and sized at 2592x 1944px at 300dpi so it’s good for both print design and web design projects.

The textures can be used both for personal and commercial use, however please don’t redistribute the texture pack without proper permission from Design Instruct.

domingo, 24 de outubro de 2010

Five easy steps to create a barcode in Fireworks

This tutorial will show you how to create a barcode for any purpose.

Make an emotional scene in Photoshop

In this manipulation tutorial I will show you how to make an emotional scene in Photoshoph.

Making this kind of artworks is not very difficult in my opinion, you just need to be creative.

Maybe the hardest part when you make this kind of manipulations is choosing the right stock images.

{by PsdBox}

Dot Matrix Effect

In this resurrection post for the Rapid Fire tutorial series, we make use of Adobe® Fireworks®’s Grid Fill Texture to apply a dot matrix effect to any vector element.
Begin with a vector or text element of your choice.

For this tutorial, let’s download a world map vector EPS by Studio 7 Designs on Vecteezy and import it onto the canvas (Ctrl+R).

Illustrator Live Trace

A reader raised the question why I don’t use the Live Trace instead of tracing the sketch with the Pen tool.

It’s simply because the lines of my sketch aren’t ‘clean’ enough to make it work with Live Trace. The outcome depends a lot on your orignal, as you can see here in these experiments.

Not that you can’t do magic tricks with this tool, of course you can.

If I traced my pencil drawing first with a thin black marker and scanned this version of the image, it might have been perfect to use Live Trace instead.

I simply wanted to show how the Pen tool works and how I draw most of my illustrations, that was the point of the movie.

{by Veerle}

sábado, 23 de outubro de 2010

35 Fresh Icon Sets for Web Designers and Developers

Overlooking the importance of icons in web designing is a noobish activity as they not only enhance the elegance of website but they also make it more user-friendly providing easy navigation through different content of a website.

Finding free high-quality icons a from sea of icon resources available is very difficult and time consuming task but don’t worry, as today we have collected 35 fresh free icon sets for designers and developers and tried to save you some time.

Illustrator Tutorial: How To Make 3D Vector Vintage Stars

I’m going to walk you through a technique to create vintage looking 3d stars in Illustrator.

You guessed it, 100% vector.

By the time we’re done, there will be 0 (zero) effects, or filters. You will have a very useful vintage star vector on your artboard, and a new skill to go with it.

With vector art gaining ground every day because of its long-term value and versatility, new vector art styles are constantly emerging. I’ve seen quite a few of these 3D style shapes that seem to ‘pop’ out at you being used in many different applications. As always, it’s not quite as hard as you would think. You might just need a little shove in the right direction.

Ok, let’s make one ourselves!

{by Bittbox}

Creating Sparkle in Fireworks

This tutorial is for beginners using Adobe Fireworks.

It’s an easy technique that can add finishing touches to your design.

Mega List of Free Custom Vector Shapes for Adobe Photoshop - Part I

I am in love with vector shapes right now.

I think they are so handy to have around when you are building a site.

The way that you can stretch vectors without creating jaggy edges, makes them incredibly useful. Most of the time I just land up breaking them apart to use a curve that I like.

I also love using them for as badges or buttons on web sites.

I have collected a huge selection of free custom Photoshop shapes. If you download every single one of these, there are probably close to 15,000 free Adobe Photoshop shapes.

There are more to come in Part II.


quinta-feira, 21 de outubro de 2010

Creating Fading Light Vectors in Fireworks

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create some cool effects with fading light linear vectors in Fireworks.

It’s really easy to do and takes just a few minutes.

Create fading lights using vectors, then convert these vectors into bitmaps, and learn to use effects from Fireworks CS3.

Photoshop: The “Pixelated” Brush Problem

This question has come in through various channels recently, so I thought I’d do a write up on a quick fix.

If you’ve ever wondered why your brushes look “pixelated,” there’s a perfectly good explanation.

Photoshop isn’t broken, you aren’t missing a setting, and you probably got here because you like keyboard shortcuts.

{by Bittbox}