Rather than searching far and wide for the right background texture for your next creative project, considering using Photoshop brushes to create your own. DESIGNM.AG has put together a list of 500+ Photoshop brushes for creating textures that make it easy.
10Steps has put together a list of 40 high-quality layered Photoshop files that you can download from various sources. While all of the files are of stunning quality, the real value in these files is seeing how they’re constructed by looking at all the individual layers & settings. It’s a great way to learn new techniques. I really liked the DVD Plastic Case by Manicho, in particular.
HighResolutionTextures.com has released four free cardboard textures for use in your next personal or commercial project (CreativeCommons Attribution License). There are plenty of other textures available on the site, so be sure you check them out, and subscribe to the RSS feed to be notified when more become available.
I may have mentioned DesignersToolbox before, but I can’t say enough how handy their resources for designers are. In particular, the free envelope size and die line charts. 12 basic envelope styles, with all the different standard sizes for each style listed out – for a total of well over 100 different size envelopes. Along with each size, a link to the .eps die line you can use for your projects is provided.
Free icon collections are nothing new, darn near everyone offers a few icons here and there for download. But rarely does a collection the size of Silk come along, let alone for free. Mark James’ wildly popular Silk icon collection has grown from just over 300 icons in 2005, to over 1,000 now. With the release of version 1.3 of Silk, James is now calling the set “complete.” The Silk icon collection (16×16 pixel, .png format) can be downloaded for free, but comes attached with the CreativeCommons Attribution License, meaning you must credit James with a link on your site if you use them.
Bernd Montag has updated Sansation, a beautiful sans-serif font he released late last year on dafont.com. The font comes in three weights; regular, light and bold. An italic version appears to be on its way.
The complete set of 50 passenger/pedestrian symbols developed by the AIGA is available for download, free of charge, in EPS format. You can download individual symbols, or the whole set from the AIGA Web site. This system of 50 symbols was developed for use at the crossroads of modern life: in airports and other transportation hubs, as well as large international events. Produced through a collaboration between the AIGA and the U.S. Department of Transportation, they are an example of how public-minded designers can address a universal communication need.
In an effort to promote their stock photography, Crestock offers a Daily Free Stock Photo from their Web site. This isn’t just a Web-sized image, these are full resolution, high-quality images you can download in a variety of sizes. A new image is available each day, but once the new image is posted, the image from the previous day is gone forever, so you have to remember to grab it. Crestock has an RSS Feed for the free images to show you which image they’re giving away each day, or you can just add it to your start tabs in your Web browser. All you need to do is register with Crestock to download these images. I’ve been downloading these images for quite some time, and have used several of them for print projects, as well as this site. I like Crestock because the images they provide seem to be more colorful and creatively shot than many stock photo suppliers. They’re one of the first places I search at when I need an image for a client project.