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53 Impressive Polka Dot Pattern Swatches

As simple as they are, polka dot patterns are very effective design elements.  Not too long ago I released a set of asymmetrical polka dot patterns but today I decided to create a more symmetrical set of polka dots for you guys to download and use in your designs for free.

Polka dot patterns are perfect for stationary, children’s design, package design or fashion design and can even be used to overlay on top of your artwork in Photoshop to add some texture.

I really hope you enjoy these patterns and don’t forget to Float, Digg, Stumble and Tweet this post!

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100 Wonderful Water Color Illustrator Brushes

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.

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20 High Resolution Photoshop Lens Flare Brushes

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.

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10 Arrowhead Brushes for Illustrator

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.

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55 Seamless Line & Crosshatch Swatches

The first graphic design software I ever learned was Macromedia Fireworks. For those of you familiar with the software you may be aware of the many tileable vertical, horizontal, diagonal and crosshatch patterns that ship with the software. These patterns were great; they allowed me to quickly create graphical mockups without having to spend a lot of time trying to get background tiles to line up properly. When I began branching out to other design programs such as Illustrator or Photoshop however, I quickly noticed how those patterns were missing. I spent a lot time frustrated in those early days trying to figure out how to create repeating backgrounds. Most of the time, I simply gave up and went with a design without those elements.

That’s why today I am releasing a set of 55 seamless lines & crosshatch swatches for Adobe Illustrator.  Just because it took me a little while to figure out how to design these elements, doesn’t mean that you guys should go without them as well.  So feel free to use these patterns in both your personal and professional work.  They are perfect for just about any type of design and I tried to include a variety of patterns with lines of varying width and direction.

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25 Seamless Polka Dot Pattern Swatches

This week I have another cool set of vector freebies for you. Lately, I have been doing a lot of experimentation with seamless patterns. I have found that pattern design is both fun and challenging so this week I put together a set of 25 seamless polka dot pattern swatches for you guys.

Feel free to use these patterns in any number of ways including invitations for baby showers, birthdays, package design, website design or any other project that you are working on.

Click on the following link for a quick tutorial on how to install and work with pattern swatches in Illustrator.

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50 Krazy Kaleidoscope Doodad Vectors

If you’ve looked at my gallery, you may have noticed my fascination with kaleidoscopes. I think they’re amazing to look at and I’ve been experimenting for some time in Illustrator trying to come up with the best way to replicate that effect. Lately, I’ve had some success with this so I decided to post the resulting vectors on my site and of course give them away for free.

Included in this set are 50 high quality vector kaleidoscope shapes.  You can use these shapes in any way you like either as a logo, as part of a design you’re using, as a brush or pattern; maybe even as part of a tattoo.  I hope you guys enjoy this set and find a place for them in your work.

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17 Free Water Color Blob Brushes for Photoshop & Illustrator

Last week I was working on a design project for a website I was working on and created a nice set of water color Photoshop brushes in the process. I’ve been swamped with freelance projects lately so I decided to give this set of brushes away because I haven’t had as much time to work on freebies as I usually do.

After I created the set of Photoshop brushes, I decided to go ahead and
create another identical set of brushes for Illustrator as well.
Anyhow, I hope you enjoy these sets and I look forward to seeing what
you guys make with them!

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25 Woven Plaid Swatches

Earlier this week I posted a set of 50 Plaid Pattern Swatches. As I explained in that post, plaid patterns have countless uses for fashion design or textiles, graphic or web design, package design and more. What makes this set different from the last set however is the simulated twill texture that I applied to it. Applying that texture took a little extra time so instead of creating 50 swatches like I did last time, this time, I only created 25. What makes swatches so great is 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. You can find a detailed tutorial on how to install and work with pattern swatches here.