Free Resources and Inspiration For Photoshop, Illustrator and Fireworks

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quinta-feira, 28 de abril de 2011

Rapid Fire #6: Sticky Notes

Sticky notes are little pieces of bright-colored paper with an adhesive strip on the back, allowing you to jot down reminders, checklists, or *gasp* passwords and post them onto a surface.

This Adobe® Fireworks® tutorial will show you how to recreate them digitally, with a certain degree of realism, for your own design projects.

{by BrownBatteryStudios}


Photoshop Jungle Style Effect

This Free Set contains some of the cute Photoshop Jungle styles to apply on your desired Layer.

{by Free4Illustrator}


quarta-feira, 27 de abril de 2011

+40 best icons packs that webdesigners should have

If you are a webdesigner you have certainly understood what I tried to explain to you! And you should know that every week, several websites publish great and useful icons packs. Then, why do you continue loosing precious time, creating new icons for each of your all new web designs projects? Start to work with the different graphic elements, it’s quick easy and mostly FREE!

For your next project look at this selection of the best perfect icons packs I found on the Web. If you know other download icons links, please post them into the comments.

{by 2ExpertsDesign}


Manipulate Smoke to Create Hyper-Real Images

Learn to apply the Warp Tool effectively and a few other tricks to make smoke look like a skull.

This technique has a variety of outcomes and works well with water, clouds and a whole bunch of other stuff.

This is probably more for intermediate users, as I guide you through the process well, but not every Warp Grid point handle move.

Let’s get started!

{by PsdTuts}


terça-feira, 26 de abril de 2011

Free Vectors - 15 Grunge Vectors

Hello all, I’m back!

So this is my first blog post as a married man! :) Feels pretty much the same!

Anywho, today I’ve got some very cool grunge vectors for yall. These were all made from various texture photos I’ve taken. These can be used for all types of things, from creating a cool grunge background, to creating grunge and worn effects on text. I actually used a couple of these to help create the grunge set of half-tone vectors I posted recently.

There are 15 total in the pack, and I’m including a preview below.


{by ThinkDesignBlog}


Logo Design Process For FITUCCI

In this article I will guide you through my design process of creating the logo for Fitucci, offering insights into not only the thought process behind creating the logo but also the creation of the logo itself.

{by JustCreativeDesign}


segunda-feira, 25 de abril de 2011

WG Baroque Ornaments

Inspiration derives from photographies I made in these days in some churches of Naples.

All brushes have been at first handdrawn, then scanned and finalized by using the pen tool.

Enjoy it!

{by Brusheezy}


Free Hi Resolution Wood Textures

Now that I’m on a new server, and I’m done venting, how about some free stuff. 

I took the camera for a trip around the neighborhood and captured some wood textures that I hope everyone will enjoy. They’re all 2500px wide, and I tried to get a pretty good variety.

{by Bittbox}


sábado, 23 de abril de 2011

People Silhouette

Another huge set of free vector People Silhouette set.

This time it is unique clip art of just a  common people witch you can find in everyday life, men & women, university students and teachers, cook & waiter, fireman, farmer, clown & cowboy, policeman, man in batman suit,  musician, builders, footballer, engineer, porter.

{by AllSilhouettes}

How to Create a Cubist Masterpiece in Illustrator

Cubism is one of the most outstanding movements in abstract art. Geometric shapes, vivid colors, simple figures, and textures are all distinctive features of this style.

Let’s try to recreate the cubist painting in Illustrator inspired by works of Pablo Picasso – after learning some simple techniques you’ll be able to easily paint your own cubist composition.

{by VectorTuts}


terça-feira, 19 de abril de 2011

Free PSD files from Media Militia

Free Photoshop layered files with cool designs for T-Shirts.

{by MediaMilitia}


Fireworks Patterns

Draw a vector on the canvas. In the Properties window click on the Fill category and select Pattern, a range of patterns appear. Select one of these and your vector gets filled with this pattern.

When you enlarge the vector the pattern gets pixilated, so avoid resizing the vector, instead draw the exact size of the vector and then fill it with the pattern.

You can also create custom patterns and add it to the Fireworks pattern list.

{by EntheosWeb}


domingo, 17 de abril de 2011

Photoshop Brushes at Designersbrush

Lots of free and cool Photoshop brushes at Designersbrush.

{by DesignerBrush}


Cool Typography with the Blend Tool in Illustrator

I have written some Illustrator tutorials in which I've used the Blend Tool to create swirls and other shapes, but I have never used it to create a text effect. Then we received this email suggestion from one of our readers quite a few months ago asking us how to create that effect. I really like the text effect and decided to give it a try.

So in this tutorial I will show you how to create a text effect using the Blend Tool in Illustrator and then we will use Photoshop for some final retouches to make the effect more subtle.

The technique is very simple and it won't take more than 30 minutes to achieve the same effect.

{by Abduzeedo}


quinta-feira, 14 de abril de 2011

Giacom brand identity design

Giacom is a leading provider of Internet services to the private and public sector in the UK, Europe and beyond.

Giacom’s portfolio of services includes scalable Internet hosting and outsourced message filtering/archiving systems.

Discover the design benefits of using simple mind-maps by downloading a free chapter from my book – Logo Design Love: From Pencil to PDF (1MB download size).

{by DavidAirey}


Free Illustrator Brushes: Ink/Watercolor

I’ve got another set of Illustrator brushes for everyone. I previously released these shapes as vectors, but decided to go ahead and make a brush library out of them.

I hope you can put them to good use.

Screenshot after the jump.

{by BittBox}


quarta-feira, 13 de abril de 2011

Ultimate Web 2.0 Layer Styles

Photoshop Layer Styles are the easiest way to speed up the design process. I found that my previous article - Ultimate Web 2.0 Gradients v3.0 was a lot helpful to many.

Coming to the Layer Styles, I found a lot of styles on the Web to download but none of them were of the today’s trend of Web 2.0. So here is a set of 131 Photoshop Layer Styles I created in .ASL ( Photoshop Layer Style ) format.

As explained in the below image, I feel this set of Layer Styles could be the fastest way to create Web Elements like Buttons, headers, Content Backgrounds and a lot other stuff…

Feel free to use these cool set of Layer Styles anywhere but please don’t forget to share this link too…

{by DezinerFolio}


The Power (and ease) of Patterns in Illustrator

In my last post I gave away some seamless vector patterns, and one in this post.

Many of you have questioned how to put these to use, and the answer is: Lots of ways. I’m going to illuminate a few different ways to take a seamless vector pattern and put it to use. And believe me, these are not the only ways.

Hopefully you can take these tips and find some unique uses for your own personal designs.

{by Bittbox}


terça-feira, 12 de abril de 2011

Do You Make These Classic Photoshop Mistakes?

As you learn the ins and outs of Photoshop, you’ll definitely make some mistakes, but from those mishaps we learn new and better ways to improve our workflow.

For those who are still in the learning process, here are a few classic Photoshop mistakes that you can easily correct:

{by LightStalking}


Stock Vectors >> Tribal Vectors

This and many others Tribal Tattoos can be found at VectorPortal under category “Tribal Vectors.”

{by VectorPortal}


quinta-feira, 7 de abril de 2011

Rapid Fire #5: Image Editing Tricks Part II

We conclude our two-part Rapid Fire special with a technique that will save you from manual-erase horrors that come with placing one photo over another.

Using vector shapes and the Multiply blend mode in Adobe® Fireworks® allows us to create adjustable superimpositions and preserve the shadows of the superimposed image.

This works best with photos of objects with a flat white background, standard among stock photos.

{by BrownBatteryStudios}


Plasma Brushes for Photoshop

Set of 9 large plasma brushes for Photoshop CS by DarkDesign

{by Brusheezy}


quarta-feira, 6 de abril de 2011

Free Texture Tuesday: Urban Decay

Happy Tuesday everyone. 

I forgot to get my trash to the curb, but I didn’t forget Free Texture Tuesday! 

These textures are part of a set I made for Advanced Photoshop Magazine a while back. I think there are some really nice images in this set, so I hope you can give me some feedback in the comments, or retweet to share with friends. 

(You can click on the images and get the full size ones from Flickr)

{by Bittbox}

terça-feira, 5 de abril de 2011

Free Transparent & Vector Web Icon Set

We're again back with another cool Vector based Transparent Icon set for the Web.

This is a bit different from the other ones...

The download files includes 3 backgrounds and you can place these on any of your own choices too.



  • 100% Vector PSD [shape based]
  • Transparent Icons [suits any light background color/image]
  • Apple Gloss/Pillow emboss style

{by DezinerFolio}

segunda-feira, 4 de abril de 2011

Free Photoshop Layer Styles from John Woods - Silver Bevel

Silver Bevel Layer Styles:

These free layer styles are for Photoshop 7, Photoshop CS, and Photoshop Elements 2.0 (or higher).

The layer styles were created by John Woods who has offered them freely to the Photoshop community.

Click the link below to download the .zip file, then see the instructions below for loading the styles into Photoshop. Follow the links to additional pages for even more layer styles.

If you find these files useful, I would appreciate a link back to this site [].


{by GraphicsSoft.About}

40+ Striking Adobe Fireworks Tutorials

Now Adobe Fireworks is getting famous then before, because this growing prototyping tool for designers, many web designers find different techniques, experiments and learn how to work with various characteristics of Adobe Fireworks to interest up tedious pictures and make them into works of arts, in these of all listed tutorials many ways to get more inspirational stuff for design industry, If you’re interested in improving your skills with Fireworks, here are some of the best tutorials available.

{by TutorialLounge}

domingo, 3 de abril de 2011

Take Vector Paths from Photoshop into Illustrator

Many times in the past I had found that I wanted to take a vector path from Photoshop (CS) and somehow get it to Illustrator for further use.

There are lots of great and free Photoshop custom shapes out there, many of which might be more useful to you in Illustrator, if that’s what you prefer. That’s what Illustrator is for, right? Vectors.

{by BittBox}

9 eCommerce Vector Icons

Well well well, our friend Carlos in another burst of generosity have provide us 9 simple but stylish eCommerce related vector icons.

Hope you like them “snappers” (as he said to us lol.)

{by Snap2Objects}

sábado, 2 de abril de 2011

Free High Resolution Photoshop Brushes

Why would you need Photoshop brushes in high resolution?

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. They were meant to be used in documents where the size would be much more substantial than just a web page element or a simple background.

So download some of these exquisite free brushes and create something stunning in high res right now!

{by PhotoshopSupport}

Free Textures » Metal Textures

Some free metal textures from many textures you can find at MadMediaMonkey website.

{by MadMediaMonkey}

terça-feira, 29 de março de 2011

20 Amazing Digital Artists to Follow on Behance

Anyone with an interest in design, illustration or digital art knows the Behance Network is the place to go to find all kinds of amazing artworks.

This roundup pulls together a collection of the site’s most popular and a few of my personal favorite artists and designers, who each produce high quality and awe-inspiring work.

Having the latest projects from these artists appear in your news stream is sure to keep your creative fire burning.

{by SpoonGraphics}

Complex Circular Design Techniques

Creating intricate circular designs and patterns may look difficult because the shapes can be very complicated, but you will be surprised at just how easy making these shapes can be.

I will go over some neat tricks, tools, techniques, and settings that will have you pumping out perfect circular designs in no time using Illustrator.

{by Bittbox}

domingo, 27 de março de 2011

Over 550 Photoshop Brush Packs Free for Commercial Use

This article was originally posted on August 26, 2008. This is one of our two most popular posts of all time on the blog so we wanted to go through it and make sure it was still up to date.

There have been some changes, a handful of people had changed their licenses and some were gone all together. There are also quite a few new additions that we hope you’ll find useful.

As a side note, we no longer know how many packs are included so we can’t guarantee the 550+ number.

{by Arbent}