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!
Jumsoft has expanded their Goodies bundle, a collection of applications and designs available from company’s Web site free of charge. The company added ten Keynote motion backgrounds to the vastly popular collection. The animated backgrounds are extremely easy to use, as users can simply drag and drop them onto their presentations as any other movie or picture. You can download the latest Keynote Motion Backgrounds collection (88MB), as well as a number of other free goodies for other iWork apps.
Photoshop Brushes are an easy way to spice up your designs. Grab them, place them and you’re done. Fudgegraphics has a collection of sticky tape brushes and textures to enhance your latest Photoshop design. The Brush collection is a single, 25.3MB file, containing 15 brushes averaging over 2,000 pixels in size. The Texture collection is a 39MB ZIP file containing 15 PNG files of the same images as the brush set. You can download Sticky Tape absolutely free from Fudgegraphics.
If you have a long text document to format and aren’t quite familiar with setting up Style Sheets in Adobe InDesign, this free pre-made Style Sheet template is just for you. The template is based on an OpenType mix of two fonts fonts (Meta Serif/Sans Pro), but can easily be changed to another pair of fonts. Besides directly using modifying the styles, exploring the file will give you some great ideas of how to achieve different looks through the use of paragraph and character styles. The download includes the following styles and more:
- Semantically named paragraph and character styles
- 3 subheading levels, with and without automatic numbering
- Bullet and numbered lists in 2 levels
- Paragraph with and without indents
- Drop cap paragraph
- Table style
- Text box styles
- Text formatting styles
- Footnote layout
The article from InDesigning.net explains how to load and use the styles in your InDesign document, as well as provides a PDF file showing off the styles in a sample document. The document was created in InDesign CS4, and is quite handy because it saves you the time of setting up a style sheet from scratch – allowing you to simply edit an existing one.
Among the many quality fonts available for free from Fontex.org is Amerika. I really like the curves of this font. Amerika contains a serif, sans-serif and alternates version in the download. Fontex is beautifully designed and easy to navigate, so be sure to check out all the other fonts available on the site.
One thing a designer can never have enough of is fonts. As I look in my Suitcase Fusion 2 database, I see that I have over 4,100 fonts – one of which I just added this morning. BlackJack is a beautifully designed script font by Typadelic, and available for free from FontSquirrel. While you’re there, be sure to check out the growing list of excellent fonts available.
You know what they say: “Spring showers bring awesome textures to everyone… and flowers – for free!” The latest Bittbox Free Texture Tuesday selection available is Rainy Day, five beautiful high-resolution raindrop textures available for download, and ready to use in your next Photoshop project.
While the true usefulness of screensavers can be debated (screen burn-in for the most part is a thing of the past), there’s no debating that they’re just plain fun to look at.
Econ uses the icons in your Applications folder to create a nifty screensaver of the icons flying through space. The video above is rather choppy, but the actual screensaver is quite fluid, and looks awesome on a large screen.
Many times I find myself having to mock-up designs on various items such as bags, DVD covers, coffee mugs, and other various gift items for clients. Having an archive full of blank photos of such items goes a long way in making the task easier. (more…)
FontFabric has made a delicious font called MOD available for download which you’re free to use in your personal and commercial work. At first glance, the font doesn’t appear to be all that attractive – particularly when it’s just against a white background. But the font really shines when you use it as a mask on a photograph. It’s also perfect for creating a subtle text headline against a richly colored backdrop.