There are fonts you use every day, then there are those priceless ones you only bust out for a special occasion. Outlaw is one of those fonts you may only use once, but you’ll be happy you have it when you do. Outlaw features a fantastic grunge appearance on a western-style font. The author of the font, Billy Argel, is particularly good at creating grunge fonts – so be sure to check out his other fonts available on DaFont.
Zen Textures offers a plethora of free textures for downloading and use in your designs. Among the categories of textures are: rocks, stone, bokeh, rust, wood, cardboard, and concrete.
Yet another free texture site worthy of bookmarking!
Worn Lines is a fantastic grunge stripe set of high-resolution Photoshop brushes that makes adding a little flair to your background images simple.
Worn Lines, a 20MB download, includes ten 2,500 x 2,500 pixel brushes, and is available from QBrushes. Be sure to check out the multitude of great brushes available while you’re there.
A small collection of four high-resolution (2,300 x 3,400 pixels) images of a wood door I shot at the Japanese Gardens in Golden Gate Park while I was in San Francisco.
I had no real need for them at the time, but I loved the weathered texture and the metal accents. Feel free to use these images for commercial or private use, they are released under the Creative Commons Attribution license.
You can download the weathered wood textures on my Flickr page.
Textures are the backbone of so many designs, they can really add flair to your layout, and save you hours of time looking for a substitute design, or shooting your own photos. Lost & Taken has so many great textures available that it would take hours to list them all.
Re-Stained Paper is just one of many awesome texture packs available for download. The Re-Stained Paper textures measure approximately 2,200 x 3,200 pixels in size, and are free to use for personal or commercial work.
If you have the need for them, you’re more than welcome to use these high-resolution photos of the most spectacular ice cream sundae I’ve ever had in my life in any way you see fit. If you use it on a website, I would love a credit link back to the Flickr page. I received several email requests for the image after it appeared in my design inspiration post last week.
The images are released under the Creative Commons Attribution license, and the original size download is approximately 3264 x 2448 pixels – plenty large enough for commercial printing.
On a recent vacation with my wife, I snapped nearly 1,000 photos – most of which will be of absolutely no interest to you whatsoever. But I did manage to (for some strange reason) collect 46 photos of signs in San Francisco, as well as a few from Alcatraz island.
Feel free to download and use these images in your work if you have a use for them. If you use them on the Web I would appreciate a link back to this article, but it isn’t a requirement.
All the images are stored on Flickr, and are approximately 3,400 x 2,300 pixels at 72dpi (approximately 11.5 x 7.5 inches at 300dpi), so they’ll work for commercial print if you so desire. Just click the photo you wish to download, then click the “All Sizes” button above the photo to choose the size image you want.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Green Leaves: 36 beautiful green leaves
- Foliage Vectors: Viny (is that a word?) leafy strings
- Ecology Vector 4: A plethora of leaves and “Green” initiative icons
- Flower Tree: A tree full of (barely) leaves
- Leafy Pod: A simple leaf collage
- Vector Floral Elements: A huge collection of leaves and other floral objects
- Abstract Tree: A simple artsy tree of leaves
- Leaf Silhouettes: 80 silhouettes – make ’em green yourself
- Nature: A little grass to keep the leaves company
While the linked artwork is all free, be sure to check for any license-restrictions on the individual download pages.