Destroying your designs can sometimes be more satisfying than creating it in the first place. Like you guys, I’m always searching for good Photoshop brushes to use to distress or destroy my artwork. In January, our friends at Lost and Taken created a phenomenal set of grungy film textures. I instantly fell in love with these textures. They are awesome when it comes to adding a bit of grunge to your designs but I also realized the potential for some really great Photoshop brushes. Thankfully, the guys at Lost and Taken agreed to allow me to create a set of 27 High Resolution Grungy Film Photoshop Brushes from those textures and release them to you guys on this site. Enjoy them! They should be a lot of fun to play with.
Recently I re-released a set of popular paint brush style Illustrator brushes on this site. After doing so, it didn’t take long before requests for more brushes in that style started pouring in. I love feedback from my readers so I was happy to produce more brushes in that style. So today, I am releasing a set of 33 paint brush style Illustrator brushes for you guys to use in your designs for free. I hope you enjoy them! And don’t forget, I love feedback so feel free to comment and let me know what you think about this set of brushes.
In Photoshop there are several ways to simulate a painted canvas look in your designs. All methods have their pros and cons but neither are very great at simulating the brush strokes created when an actual paint brush hits the canvas. The best method involves reproducing a canvas and brush texture and applying it to a Photoshop brush. So last week I designed a set of brushes that works very well at simulating this effect and published it on one of my favorite sites; Smashing Magazine.
I love Photoshop brushes, they are very effective tools to help add texture, rough up, or distress your designs. I’ve been looking for a nice set of high resolution Photoshop brushes to help achieve this effect for quite some time; and while there are a ton of really nice Photoshop brush sets out there on other sites, I just wasn’t able to find a set that was exactly what I was looking for. That’s why I went ahead and created a set of 53 High Resolution Photoshop Paint Brushes on my own. These brushes are not only good for roughing up or distressing your designs, but these Photoshop brushes are also great if you just need to reproduce a paint brush effect. So if you are like me and are looking for that perfect set of Photoshop brushes, download this set of brushes and give them a try. I think that you will like them.
This set of 85 Illustrator paint brushes is a remake of some brushes that I previously released on this site. Since releasing these brushes, I’ve received quite a few emails from people who have had some difficulty opening or downloading them. The reason for this is that they were not contained within a zip file, nor were they saved for legacy versions of Illustrator. So instead of updating the files one by one, I decided to combine all 4 sets into one and save them back as an Illustrator brush file and then re-release them to you guys. Enjoy!
I’ve been feeling a bit patriotic lately so I decided to have a bit of fun and release a set of patriotic brushes and swatches with a “stars & stripes” theme. I will be honest with you; this set isn’t all that innovative. There really aren’t very many ways to display star and stripe patterns. That’s why most political and patriotic designs look practically the same; with a few notable exceptions. I released this set because I think it can save you guys a little time the next time you have to create a patriotic design.
Included in this set are 2 files; an Illustrator Swatch file and an Illustrator Brush file, both of which are compatible with Illustrator CS and above. I hope you all enjoy! Go America! YAH!
A few months back I released four sets of water color Illustrator brushes [ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 ]. Those sets quickly became some of the coolest and most popular freebies on this site. It actually took quite a bit of trial and error to get those sets to look the way I wanted, but in the process I created a few extra sets that I decided not to release at the time. After some thought however, I decided to revisit those brush sets and see if they were worth releasing. As it turns out, they were actually pretty cool because these brushes were created using a different technique than the others; they actually have a few advantages over the other sets. For instance, the other sets work really well on white backgrounds but not as well on darker ones. This set, in contrast, works really well on white backgrounds as well as darker ones.
I have always been fascinated with lens flares. Recently, I started using Knoll Light Factory, an amazing Photoshop plug-in used to create all sorts of realistic-looking lens flare effects. Prior to Knoll Light Factory, I had to create lens flares on my own or, god forbid, use Photoshop’s default lens flare plug-in. After playing around with it for a little while I decided to create a set of high resolution lens flare brushes for Photoshop to give away to you guys.
If you have ever tried to create arrows in Illustrator you probably know that there are a lot of ways it can be done. If you’ve ever explored some of the menus in Illustrator you probably have noticed quite a few options that allow you to create arrows rather quickly. The problem is that each option has some pros and cons. For instance, if you need a quick arrow, you can create one from scratch using basic shapes. This is pretty easy to do but if you need a lot of them it can become rather inefficient. Another way to do it is to do so by adding effects to paths. You can do this by going to Effects > Stylize > Add Arrowheads. This is a fairly decent way of adding arrowheads to lines but this too can be time-consuming and cumbersome if you are adding arrowheads to lots of lines in an illustration.
You may also have noticed a couple of art brush sets that ship with Illustrator. These work great unless you need your arrows to have corners tiles. As you may have noticed, art brushes don’t do corners that well. Pattern brushes however can. That’s why I decided to create a set of 10 arrowhead pattern brushes for Illustrator. These brushes will enable you to quickly draw arrows in Illustrator with very few draw backs. I hope you enjoy them and can use them in your designs.