Category: Resources

Free textures: Bokeh

Bokeh is the way a camera lens renders out-of-focus points of light. Bokeh textures can make for beautiful backgrounds and a simple way to add a little interest to your design layouts.

Bokeh textures

Out of focus light (Bokeh) can make beautiful highlight elements in your design layout

This free pack of ten Bokeh textures will give you a great start to your collection. Each texture in the pack is approximately 6.5 x 5 inches at 300dpi.

Create a shiny globe in Photoshop

In this tutorial at PSDTuts, you’ll learn how to create a shiny globe using the 3D features of Photoshop CS4 Extended. This will cover basic information about 3D layers and texture maps.

Globe tutorial

Learn how to use texture mapping and Photoshop's 3D tools in this tutorial

While you’re probably not running across the need to create Earth globes in your every day workflow, the tutorial will give you the knowledge of using a few of Photoshop’s powerful tools that you probably don’t even think about.

Free vector art: Leaves

Adding leaves (particularly green ones) appears to be a trend that has held on for quite a while. If you’re looking to add a little “green” to your logo design, here are a few resources to download to make your job a little easier.

Free pile of leaves

Grab your free vector leaf artwork

While the linked artwork is all free, be sure to check for any license-restrictions on the individual download pages.

Free textures: Old paper

Having a large collection of textures on hand can be a huge time-saver, and add a nice touch to a design. I have tons of them on an external hard drive, all of which were obtained either by shooting with my camera, or downloading for free off the Web.

Old Paper Textures

High resolution old paper textures

GraphicMania has a nice collection of Old Paper textures to help get our collection started.

Free Photoshop brushes: Decay

Decay Photoshop brushes

This collection of six brushes adds a little decay to your image

I came across this fantastic set of brushes at BlendFu and immediately downloaded it. Decay features six large and highly detailed brushes to add a little rust, cracking and decay to your background image.

Free fonts: 50 spooky horror fonts

It’s a little early to start searching for horribly frightening Halloween fonts, but if you grab them now, you won’t have to search for them later this year when you’re in a hurry to put together the office Halloween party flyer that you will no-doubt be stuck doing yet again!

Horror fonts

At the very least, bookmark this collection of spooky horror fonts

Check out Hongkiat’s collection of 50+ Free High Quality Gothic & Horror Fonts.

Free textures: UrbanDirty

UrbanDirty textures

UrbanDirty offers a truck-load of dirty, grungy textures

There are plenty of places on the Web to find great high-resolution textures – particularly grungy ones. But few sites offer as many in one place as UrbanDirty. Over 700 spectacular, grungy, dirty, absolutely sick high-res textures – all free to use for your design projects.

Free font: Batman Forever

Batman Forever font

UrbanFonts has a huge collection of free fonts in dozens of categories. One of those categories is Famous Fonts, where you can find Batman Forever (pictured above). Granted, this isn’t the type of font one uses every day, it will most likely find a use once or twice – thus making it worthy of download. Be sure to check out the rest of the Famous Fonts.

Free textures: Grunge bricks

Caleb Kimbrough has released his latest set of free high-resolution textures. Five beautiful grungy looking brick walls are available for download here.

Brick Wall Texture

Bricks by Caleb Kimbrough at Flickr

Each image is of very high quality, and measures in at 3888 x 2592 pixels. Don’t forget to honor the Creative Commons license and attribute the images to the author if you use them.

Special symbols keyboard shortcut chart

Special Symbols Keyboard Shortcuts Chart

Download the Special Symbols Keyboard Shortcuts Chart in PDF format

Ever find yourself trying to remember the keyboard shortcut for a funky symbol like ‡ (dagger) or ∞ (infinity), or perhaps the elusive ¡ or ¿ for Spanish text? There are a ton of special characters included in many fonts that you can use if you could only remember the keyboard shortcut to access them.

Download the special symbols keyboard shortcut chart and print it out to keep near your computer for quick reference. The 600k PDF chart is 5 x 7 inches in size.