Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Free Download - Nautical Flags

I fancied making a nautical themed scrapbook layout, so made a set of large nautical signalling flags (letters A-Z).  You can grab the set here (it's a Photoshop PSD file) and each letter is on it's own layer.  There is also a grungier, aged aged version here.

Feel free to use them for any purpose, just don't post them on your own site.  Thanks and enjoy! :)

I'll update this post with a PDF and zip with individual PNG files soon.

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Notable sites for pattern lovers (FREE!)

An example pattern from Colourlovers
I recently discovered a few site which I thought were a brilliant idea and worth a mention to anyone who likes to make or collect digital backgrounds/free digital scrapbooking papers for printing.

The first site is STRIPE GENERATOR and you can use it to make your own perfect, custom striped patterns.  Easy peasy!

Also by the same team comes TARTANMAKER.  Both sites allow you to add and remove colours and adjust various parameters (such as shadow, angle, width...) all with an intuitive slider system.  Once you're finished you can download your pattern and if you wish, can create an account to save your patterns on the site.

Another pattern generator site that I've bookmarked is JAPONIZER.  As the name suggests, this site will let you customise traditional Japanese patterns, again all seamlessly tileable.  Ignore the large DOWNLOAD button on the page (it's an ad!), just hit JAPONIZE once you've finished tweaking your design to download it.

The final site I'd like to recommend is one I just discovered today.  COLOURLOVERS allows you to customise a massive array of shapes, colours, and abstract designs and save them to share with the community.  You can download any patterns you like at the right hand side of the "Browse Patterns" pages.  I'd recommend downloading the preview size, then you can tile it in your graphics software.  There are lots of other cool features to this site, such as swathes of colour swatch palettes for inspiration as well as various social networking features and trend lists.

UPDATE (19/3/12):  I just came across another fantastic online seamless pattern generator called Pattern Cooler.

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Free Download - Photoshop Aged Photo Effects Photoshop Actions

I've created a set of 4 Photoshop actions that give photos various aged effects.  The results will vary depending on your original image.  Different image colour, contrast, brightness, saturation and tone will all produce different results, so just experiment!

The actions are provided for free, with no limitations other than asking that you DO NOT repost on your site.  A link back to this blog post is welcome if you wish to let your visitors know about the set.

Thank you and ENJOY!
Click on the thumbnails to see larger example images.

The stock photo is by Soultga at SXC.hu.
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