Category: Resources

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.

Free Font: Ballpark

Free font: Ballpark

Ballpark font for your sports-themed designs

Among the 600-plus fonts that FontSquirrel offers, free for commercial use, Ballpark is one of those fonts that you don’t use often, but you’re glad you have it when you need it.

FontSquirrel is one of my favorite font resource sites, and I highly recommend bookmarking it for future font searches.

iPad GUI elements in a layered PSD file

Apple iPad GUI Elements

Apple iPad GUI Elements in a layered Photoshop file

Teehan+lax has made available a layered Photoshop file containing all the iPad GUI elements you could possibly need. The file is built using vectors, so it’s all still fully editable. If you need to mock up something quickly for a client, this layered Photoshop file will certainly do the trick.

You can download the 24MB layered Photoshop file here.

And if you have the need for an iPhone version, grab the 9MB layered Photoshop file here.

Free font: Jane Austen

Jane Austen font

Jane Austen: A unique and readable calligraphic font


When you’re on the hunt for unique and readable fonts, one of the most difficult to find is calligraphic/script fonts. They’re usually too scripty, not scripty enough, or flat-out ugly. Jane Austen might be the answer to your prayers.