I recently had the need to use a nice clean image of a smartphone. I began searching through the numerous images found via Google and eventually came across this freely available layered Photoshop file of a BlackBerry – just what I was looking for from a user over at DeviantArt. The 6.2 MB download expands to a 15 MB PSD image containing, well, a ton of layers – allowing you to customize the heck out of it.
CreativeNerds has put together 14 very cool spiral brushes for Photoshop geeks free for download. I’m a big fan of Photoshop brushes, and this set could be extremely useful to add depth to background images and techy artwork.
ThinkDesign has 15 red vinyl textures in high-resolution available free for download. They make great backgrounds for ads, brochures or multi-media presentations. The single download is approximately 54MB.
Vectips has a quick tutorial showing you how to create gradient strokes on your type in Adobe Illustrator. This super simple technique use the Appearance panel and effects to create editable gradient strokes in Illustrator. As a bonus, you can add transparency for a very cool effect as seen above.
Quicksand, a free sans-serif typeface from Andrew Paglinawan, is a full typeface set consisting of light, book, bold and dashed versions. Quicksand is available in this thread in the Typophile forums, and is totally free.
Bittbox has released their latest Free Texture Tuesday collection, titled Scratches Five very nice high-resolution textures are available for download. I’m a big fan of textures for use in my designs. They make excellent background images and overlays.
MyFonts is offering a free download of Zag Regular and Zag Bold, part of Fontfabric’s Zag font family in OpenType format. You will need to set-up an account with MyFonts to download the fonts, but it’s a beautiful font and worth the effort!