Bittbox has posted the latest Free Texture Tuesday offering. Paint Splatters, a group of high resolution textures available for download now. You can grab textures from all over the Web, but Bittbox consistently offers very nice textures, which are high resolution enough to use in most all print work. In particular, I like the black-only paint texture (the last preview image on the page) in this weeks download. Don’t forget to check back at Bittbox each Tuesday for a new set of textures.
The Smeltery is offering Megalopolis Extra free for download. Megalopolis is an OpenType font featuring extended language support as well as alternate characters, ligatures and more. You’re free to use the font in personal or commercial work. I really like the extra “ornamental” characters in this font – you can view a full specimen sheet on the site in PDF format. Thanks to the Smeltery for sharing this font, as well as all the other freebie fonts on their site!
PSDTuts is offering an exclusive set of 15 Weathered Wood Brushes for download. The brushes, created by Room122, are all high resolution (2500 x 2500 pixels), perfect for use as backgrounds on large print design projects, as well as Web work.
In my ever-present quest for more Photoshop brushes, I’ve come across a list of 50 free Photoshop brush sets from SixRevisions. The sets focus on modern design trends such as vintage, retro, swirls, and of course, grunge. Be sure to read the fine-print from the individual download pages, as some require attribution or have a non-commercial license.
Jay over at Bittbox has just announced that he will be giving away five high resolution textures (3,000 x 2,000 pixels) every Tuesday of the year, absolutely free! The first series of textures is available for download now in the Freebies section at Bittbox. Don’t forget to check back every Tuesday for the next series of images.
I recently provided a link to some great watercolor brushes for use in Adobe Illustrator. Today, I’ve found another set of brushes, this time for Adobe Photoshop. SpoonGraphics has graciously provided this excellent super high resolution set of watercolor brushes, absolutely free. And keep an eye on SpoonGraphics, brush set 2 in on the way.
Every once in a while, a truly useful piece of free vector art pops-up on the Web. VectorTuts has made available one of those must-have downloads in the form of Firefox and Safari Web browser windows, complete with buttons, location bar, scroll bars and other browser assets. The browser windows and elements are perfect for using as mock-ups for presentations, as well as dropping screenshots into for showing off your Web designs in your portfolio. You can also grab a set of really nice watercolor brushes for Adobe Illustrator while you’re there. Both the browser windows and the watercolor brushes are free of charge, and can be used in personal or commercial projects. You can download them exclusively from VectorTuts.
23rd Street is a free font from Jay Hilgert over at Bittbox. It’s a pretty clean font as far as handwritten style fonts go – he definitely didn’t go overboard with it – making it quite useful for the right project. You’ll notice that I typed out 23rd Street in the image above. That’s because this is a demo font, and as such does not offer numbers as part of the character set, only upper and lowercase A-Z. Still, it’s a nice font, and the price is right!
With grunge/textured designs being popular, SixRevisions thought it would be worthwhile to provide some free textures that you can use in your designs. The Rough Textures set consists of 15 free, high resolution rough textures (2,500px x 1,950px dimensions – 8.5 x 6.5 at 300dpi) taken from rock and stone formations on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.
Whenever the need arises to make a natural element white or whiter (such as in portraits of people), it’s tempting to set the foreground color to white and reach for the brush tool. This works if applied with care, but it’s easier to achieve a more realistic effect using other Photoshop tools. Here, a small amount of whitening applied to the model’s teeth and eyes will lift the whole image. PhotoshopSupport has a quick tutorial on how to whiten the eyes and teeth of your subject in Photoshop.