Top-notch Photoshop tutorials sites offer 30 beautiful illustration tutorials for Adobe Photoshop users. While you may not have the need to create a shiny green apple any time soon, the techniques used in all of these tutorials will surely give you a better grasp of what is possible.
The folks over at aiVault have a great intro tutorial on Adobe Illustrator’s Gradient Mesh tool. The Gradient Mesh tool is used to create a single multicolored object on which colors can flow in different directions , the color transitions achieved are smooth running from one color to another.
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.
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.
Looking for world maps in vector format? Look no further than this collection of free vector world maps from WebResourcesDepot! Several different styles of maps are included on the list, from standard line-art to stylized version as seen above.
YouTheDesigner recently released a new set of envelope icons in vector format, free for download and use in your commercial projects. The collection is of superb quality and detail, and because they’re Illustrator files, easily editable to suit your needs.
DESIGNM.AG has put together a list of fantastic texture images available from Stock.xchng. The free textures are categorized as follows:
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!
Tutorial9 offers up this simple Moonshine text effect tutorial. All that is required to create this elegant effect are four easy layer style settings. If you’re in a lazy mood, they even offer the Photoshop layer style as a download for one-click application of the effect.
I’ve written a tutorial on how to create scanlines across your images before, but I found another great tutorial on using the scanline effect on text and wanted to share it. PSDLearning offers a tutorial that shows you how to easily create a nifty scanline text effect in Photoshop. The tutorial is easy to follow and uses only a user-created pattern and layer effects to create some really nice results.