You’ve probably seen quite a few Photoshop tutorials showing you how to create a chrome text effect. In this tutorial you’ll learn how to go a step further and create a colored chrome text effect. I’m not much for text effects in my own designs, but this does look fairly cool.
For the Photoshop brush freak, Painted Borders by env1ro offers 9 great brushes at a huge 1200 pixels each. As the name implies, they make for a great effect around the edges of a poster or brochure cover against a colored background. You can download Painted Borders here.
Caleb Kimbrough has quite a vast collection of beautiful textures available on Flickr that’s definitely worth checking out. In the latest upload, we have five awesome grunge frames. The textures are available under the CreativeCommons Attribution license, meaning you are free to use them as long as you attribute the work to the authoer, usually with a link back to the photo page.
Be sure to check out Caleb’s Photostream for more great textures.
Life was much easier back in the days when everyone used Points and Picas for measurements in the design field. Has anyone ever been told to provide an ad 6 59/64 wide? For years I’ve used this fraction-to-decimal chart, keeping it tacked to the wall next to my monitor for quick reference.
You can download the free fraction-to-decimal chart here.
The League of Movable Type has released Junction, a beautiful sans serif typeface with an old-style serif look to it. Junction is an OpenType font with upper and lower case letters, punctuation and numbers; and is free to use for personal and commercial projects.
A while back I told you about some free smoke textures you could download and use in your Photoshop designs. But if those textures didn’t quite fit your needs, perhaps you would be better off creating your own texture backgrounds. QBrushes has an awesome set of 21 free smoke brushes for use in Photoshop. Using them on top of color backgrounds and messing with the layer settings can yield some pretty cool results!