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The best sites to find free design resources

The best sites to find free design resources

Finding free design resources these days is pretty easy, but finding quality free design resources is anything but.

That is, unless you know where to look.

I used to simply Google terms like “free t-shirt mockups” or “free photography filters” and work my way through the results until I found what I was looking for. The problem was that I would often find far more low quality resources than I would high quality, and filtering through them all could be quite time consuming.

After years of doing this, I started to notice that actually, most of the best stuff I found was on the same group of sites. These sites I now regularly turn to first, before Google, or anywhere else, and I’d highly recommend adding them to your bookmarks.

5 free 1980s metallic text effects for Illustrator

5 free 1980s metallic text effects for Illustrator

If the last few months are anything to go by, it would appear that one of this year’s biggest design trends is shaping up to be taking inspiration from the 80s. Bright geometric patterns, splashes of hot pink, and even lens flares are all making a comeback.

So to are big, bold, metallic text effects, which back then, you would often see on TV show title sequences and movie posters.

How to create dynamic tags in Illustrator

How to create dynamic tags in Illustrator

When creating preview images for my products, I often use at least one image to demonstrate how a potential customer’s design would look before and after using my product.

For these before and after shots, I use tags to show which image is which.

5 free light leak Actions for Photoshop

5 free light leak Actions for Photoshop

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been experimenting with retro photo effects and more specifically, light leaks, which are a fun and effective way of giving your images a realistic retro feel.

Although fun to play around with, creating light leaks can be quite time consuming, so I’ve decided to put together a free set of Actions that enables you to add light leaks to your images with a single click.

Now it’ll take you no time at all to add some retro character to your images.

How to paste into a layer mask in Photoshop

How to paste into a layer mask in Photoshop

When a Layer Mask is added to a layer in Photoshop, it essentially places an invisible canvas over the top of it that allows you to control the transparency of the layer in specific areas.

Typically, this is done by using the Brush Tool to paint areas of the mask black, grey, or white. Which color you use determines the opacity of the pixels in that area of the layer. Black equals 0% opacity and white equals 100% opacity.

However, using the Brush Tool isn’t the only way to create a mask. You can also paste onto a Layer Mask’s canvas, which will create a mask using the tones of the image you choose to paste.

This is a great non-destructive technique for adding texture directly to a layer where you want the background to show through.

How to copy layers from one Photoshop document to another

How to copy layers from one Photoshop document to another

Unfortunately, copying layers from one Photoshop document to another isn’t quite as straightforward as copy and paste.

However, it can be done very easily, in a way that not only allows you to copy the layers but also position them consistently on the canvas.

How to do multiple undos in Photoshop

How to do multiple undos in Photoshop

In most desktop applications, the Undo command (Cmd+Z) will allow you to “undo” any number of changes you’ve made whilst editing your document. However, in Photoshop, Cmd+Z toggles between Undo and Redo, meaning you can effectively only “undo” the very last change you made.

How to make a copy of a Photoshop document with one click

How to make a copy of a Photoshop document with one click

Recently, I worked on a project in Photoshop where I had to create several variations of the same design. To help save time, I created a document that I could use as a template. That way, whenever I needed to create a new variation, I could simply make a copy of the template and use that to build upon.

There’s a number of ways to make copies of documents in Photoshop, but the particular method I used during this project, and the one I’m going to show you today, requires just a single click.

How to turn textures into tileable patterns in Photoshop

How to turn textures into tileable patterns in Photoshop

If you have a texture that you would like to use as a website background or a texture that isn’t quite large enough for the format you’re designing for, knowing how to turn that texture into a tileable pattern is extremely useful.

Today, I’m going to show you how using a simple tried and tested technique.

How to create halftone textures in Photoshop

How to create halftone textures in Photoshop

Halftone textures are great for giving your designs a retro feel. They’re also really easy to make once you know how.

In today’s tutorial I’m going to show you a technique that will enable you to create halftone versions of existing textures in just a matter of seconds. It doesn’t matter whether the texture derived from a photograph, scanned image, or you’ve made it yourself using a set of Photoshop brushes, this technique will produce great results every time.