November 11, 2006
More rockin’ Photoshop brushes
- Calling itself "The largest Photoshop brush resource on the Internet," PSBrushes.net just might have what you’re looking for. [Via]
- After a little hiatus while switching to the new (ex-Macromedia) infrastructure, the Photoshop area on the Adobe Exchange is back to posting new brushes, actions, styles, and more.
- If you’re looking to add some kaPOW to an image, peep this small collection of burst brushes.
- For more on brushing, see PhotoshopSupport.com’s comprehensive list of resources, including GetBrushes.com.
September 10, 2006
And speaking of brushes…
August 11, 2006
Groovy Photoshop brushes & rendering techniques
July 17, 2006
The Joy of Text
Being kind of textually fixated these days, I thought I’d share some good type-related resources I’ve encountered lately:
- Russell Brown has created a video that demonstrates the 12 Photoshop text tips I posted earlier (plus four more).
- Veerle shows off how to create some handsome lettering effects using Illustrator art brushes & the dark, mysterious Appearance palette.
- The Playground showcases various artists creating complete, downloadable letter sets using everything from banana peels to world leaders to… well, you’ll see. [Via]
- Erik Spiekermann, author (among many other things) of the classic handbook Stop Stealing Sheep, gives PingMag an interesting interview, covering everything from the creation of corporate typefaces to the development of a new screen font for Nokia. Erik has also started his own blog.
- Design Melt Down surveys cool typography on the Web, while IHT charts the creation and rise of Georgia.
- CreativePro.com offers for a variety of tips for finding & previewing fonts online, converting fonts to OpenType, previewing Web fonts, and more.
- Emigre’s Typetease lets you set whatever characters you’d like using their online catalog–everything from the chunky O Brother, Where Art Thou face to the piratical Sabbath Black.
- Chank Diesel makes all kinds of good fonts, including numerous cool free ones. (Dig Newcastle!)
- DAIRY is a font of sorts–just one that spells out your text using milk crates.
- Is there really a Cyrillic “Ж” in the Declaration of Independence? Apparently so. (Why doesn’t English a character half so badass?)
- In For All Seasons, Andreas Müller sets type in beautiful motion. (Don’t let the need to download the file put you off; the full-screen effect works nicely.)
- House Industries makes a font comprised of trendy silhouettes. (See also silhouettes from Tech Vector.)
- [Updates: Colin Smith demonstrates how to make Superman-ly text in Photoshop, and Todd Dominey points out the very cool Cargo stencil font.]
July 01, 2006
Legos + Jackson Pollock
- Having logged an insane number of hours playing with Legos as a kid, I loved seeing this tutorial on how to create Lego Photoshop brushes. You can check out the tips on using the Photoshop brush engine, or you can jump directly to downloading the brushes. [Via]
- JacksonPollock.org * offers a fun little drawing tool, good for biting the master’s style. [Via] This kind of simple, playful tool makes me want to combine the innovation happening online with desktop creative tools. How can we make extending Photoshop as simple as creating a SWF? Hmm… (For other Flash drawing tools, see TYPEDRAWiNG and Click Three Points.)
* There’s some controversy here, as these guys, ah, colorfully assert that the Pollock site rips off their work. (Heads-up via Jon Williams.)
April 29, 2006
Hipsters, robots, lightning, & more
[Never mind that beeping sound; the blog is backing up to unload some good bits that’ve been buffering.]
March 18, 2006
The Best Distress in the West
If the shiny, happy, fresh-scrubbed “Web 2.0 look” is starting to look a little clichéd to you, check out The Academics of Worn from Airbag Industries’ Greg Storey. Greg talks about ways to leverage the shapes, typefaces, and colors of the past, and he links to Cameron Moll’s popular series of tutorials, That Wicked Worn Look. Besides sharing tips & PSD source files, Cameron also links to additional discussions and a a wealth of examples.
For more, see also these:
- Keith Bowman offers a great set of distressing Photoshop brushes & retro color palettes. I used the brushes quite a bit in redesigning this blog.
- The Mr. Retro series of filters makes it easy to weather your images.
- FontShop features a tutorial on giving your type the beaten-up stamp look. (Going the other direction, they also feature info on those bloopy Web 2.0 fonts.)
- [Update: CreativePro.com has added a nice, fast tutorial on aging an image, courtesy of Layers Magazine.