Category: Resources

50 Free plaid-pattern swatches for Illustrator

ColorBurned is offering 50 plaid-patterned swatches for Adobe Illustrator users, free to download. Plaid patterns can have countless uses for fashion design or textiles, graphic or web design, package design and more. What makes this set so great is that each seamless vector pattern has been converted to a swatch. Swatches are great because of the flexibility that they provide. You can perform a number of transformations on them including scale and rotate without affecting the shape of the object they are applied to. A brief tutorial on how to install swatches into Adobe Illustrator is included. Scroll down below all the preview images for the download link.

200+ free grunge Photoshop brushes

The Grunge look is all the rage right now, so don’t miss out on this huge collection of free grunge brushes for Adobe Photoshop at YouTheDesigner. Many of these brushes are of very high resolution, making them perfect for Web and print design work.

Add sparks to your Photoshop image

Adding a little spark to your image is simple with Grinder Sparks, a free high-resolution Photoshop brush set from Nathan Brown at Room122. I love Photoshop brushes because they’re so versatile, and I can see that this brush collection offers many possibilities. The 8 brushes in the set are all of high quality, and large enough for most print resolution uses.

Create a hand-held fan effect from your favorite image

PanosFX Fan is a complex Photoshop action that will create a hand-held fan using any landscape oriented image. The action creates 20 slats, making use of semi-transparent layers and a number of decorative elements. I used the small image to the right to create the final image you see above. The action not only gives you a straight on view of the fan, but two perspective options as well. The results are fantastic, which is no surprise considering how many great Photoshop Actions PanosFX has to offer.

60 Free texture images for your next Web design project

DESIGNM.AG has put together a list of fantastic texture images available from Stock.xchng. The free textures are categorized as follows:

  • Wood
  • Grass
  • Sand
  • Paper
  • Canvas
  • Leather
  • Metal
  • Satin/Silk
  • Walls
  • Others

Each preview image in the list links directly to the download page on Stock.xchng where you can grab the image. It should be noted that many, but not all, of the images are only suitable for Web design as far as resolution goes. Thanks to DESIGNM.AG for putting together a great list!