And in this post, ladies and gentleman, I proudly bring you
Free Photoshop Brushes Set: Chevron Stripes!
And – almost free Background pack – Chevron Stripes (again)!
How did it come to this? Well, inspiration moves in mysterious ways.
First, I created Chevron Stripes Brushes (thanks to Annette W. who gave me an idea. Thanks Annette!).
Then I played with them… yada-yada-yada one thing led to another and next thing you know, I had 5, then 10 and finally 15 various Chevron stripes backgrounds. Gosh, I had fun! Any you know what they say, the best thing you do in life, you do by having fun. This is why they turned out so well. If you don’t believe me, see for yourself :)
So, in the end of story we’ve got:
This set contains 15 HiRes Chevron Stripes backgrounds – JPG files
3600×3600 pix, 12″x12″ at 300 dpi – print ready!
And these backgrounds (papers) are perfect for any graphic design project, including:
* scrapbook projects
* web page design projects
* video design projects
* graphic design projects
* any other visual art project
* Chevron Stripes Photoshop brushes included in the pack
* Commercial use allowed (use it in your commercial projects, sell whatever you make with them)
All that for $4.99.
And time limited FREE offer!
- by time limited I mean these brushes will be available for free for the next 5 days,
- now it’s 14th so fell free to get them until 18th of February 2012
- after 18th of February 2012 these will only come as a Free Bonus to Chevron Stripes Background Pack
Have a nice day :)
Valentine’s Day Photoshop brushes – Last minute to make that card :))
This set contains:
* 21 brush at 2000px
* 21 brush at 1000px
* 21 transparent PNG file
- Commercial license
- PC/Mac Compatible
- compatible with Photoshop 7.0, CS, CS2, CS3, CS4 and CS5
“Download paper backgrounds.” What a dull heading. I mean, surely, this post contains some pretty cool paper backgrounds for download, but …
… I wanted to name it something else. I wanted to name it: “Some Thoughts on Happiness and “Shanghai-shoes”.
Now, the free paper backgrounds download link is just down below. You will see the “Download Paper Backgrounds” button somewhere near the end of this article. Pretty big button, can’t really miss it. So, if you’d like to skip my funny article, go ahead, just download the paper backgrounds I hope you will enjoy them. For the rest of you who’d like to read this totally cool article, well, read on …
Ok, for those two of you who stayed and are willing to bare with me through this totally cool article – thank you for staying. I should give you something as a reward. Actually, you know what?! I will give you something. Here is the link to another paper backgrounds set and, as a reward for bearing with me, these are yours. This what you get and they don’t. Ha!
What am I doing? Where was I? Ah, the Shanghai-shoes and the precious emotion of happiness. The inspiration came to me as I walked thorough the field of grass in my front yard. I stopped at some point. Looked down at my **Shanghai-shoes (please read the explanation below) and the grass and the flowers. And, for some reason, I just felt happy. I had to take a picture of that. So, in the header you can see the image of happiness. Maybe it was not your first thought when you looked at it, but, well, that’s how I perceive happiness.
And the happiness is the meaning of life. (That’s if you ask me. Let me know if you have a better idea on our purpose here :))
OK. That’s it. I hope I managed to transmit the message of happiness. It was nothing else, just a sunny day, some green grass and a flower. That’s all it took for me to detect happiness somewhere within my chest. Pretty amazing, if you ask me.
Anyways, here is the free paper backgrounds download, I hope you will like them and enjoy them and make some pretty cool stuff with them.
Now, there is one more thing I wanted to share with you.
And, then finally, I bundled these two sets into one HUGE GIGA Photoshop brushes set and called it, well 1600+ Photoshop brushes GIGA SET. So, I figured, if you are into graphic design or scrapbooking, you will want to take a look at this monster (1600+ Photoshop brushes GIGA SET)
OK. Now, that’s really it. I hope you liked the post, the downloads and well talk soon!
About the term “Shanghai shoes“
**Please note that the term “Shanghai-shoes” is copyrighted as I came up with it ;). Maybe. Or at least I never heard of Shanghai-shoes before so, in my mind, I came up with it ;)
But you can use that term, ok. Just don’t tell anyone else about it. Let’s make it a secret code of ours “Shanghai-shoes”, have you ever been to Shanghai, by the way? I haven’t. I’d rather go to Norway if you ask me. Not that there is anything wrong with Shanghai, of course. It’s just that I am more of a “Norway” type. OK. So much about the “Shanghai shoes”. Talk soon and – feel the happiness, it sits there in your chest waiting for you to notice it. :)
And, today, ladies and gentleman, I present you with 4 FREE Photoshop backgrounds for your commercial and non-commercial projects! Now these are really HUGE. We’re talking 3600px bx 3600px at 300dpi so you can make large printouts with them if you want.
Here is a detail of one of them at 100%. Bamboo background.
These should fit perfectly for your design, scrapbooking papers or photo books design projects (even commercial ones). Basically, they’re fit for any kind of design project you might have in mind.
OK. I hope you like these. That’s it for the time being.
Have fun creating!
And if you are after the final solution for your Photoshop brushes collection, I think I’ve got it.
Just click here: http://www.graphics-illustrations.com/800-photoshop-brushes-mega-set
Here goes another Photoshop tutorial.
Mirta’s birthday was few days ago, so I prepared a funny collage birthday card for her. And, because she likes animals, (especially cats) I decided to add photo of Mr. Alphons (my trusty cat) to her birthday card.
Mirta was also my model back in times when I had my own photo studio (that’s why I do so many Photoshop brushes for Photographers) I took this photo of her three years ago.
In this example I used many of my brushes: free and premium versions. Free Photoshop brushes can be found at GreenBulbGang.Com and premium versions are available for purchase in my Graphics-Illustrations.Com Shop! Backgrounds are also available in the shop.
Ok. So here are the ingredients for this recipe: :)
And here is what we will have by the end of our tutorial:
OK, guys! Roll-up your sleeves because here we go! Here is how I made this card:
0. I collected all ingredients :) (images and graphics which are to be included to design). I prepared some Photoshop brushes, backgrounds and photos to get ready to roll, started a new file (ours was 2400px x 2400px) at some printing resolution, say, 300dpi.
1. So, as a first step. I imported photo of Peacco (Meacco Peacco a.k.a. Mr. Alphons), this photo can be a photo of your friend, family, pet or anyone else … now select “channels”.
2. Select the channel with the highest contrast, in my case that was Red one. Copy that channel.
3. Use Level Adjustment in order to get even more contrast channel – remember: you should work on copied Red channel!
4. Now use the Burn tool to darken the photo (Mr. Alphons in this case)
5. Using the Dodge tool clear all the grays and blacks around the photo (Mr. Alphons in this case)
The image should be clear now.
6. Now draw a selection around with the using path pen tool, be precise (more than I was)
and go to the Paths Menu (the image looks darker now because you copied the Red channel, remember? :))
7. In the Paths Menu, choose “Make a selection” option in order to create selection from Path
8. Now click again on Channels – and then on your copied channel. In my case that’s the red channel copy.
9. Fill the selection with Black color and correct the imperfections by using simple brush and black color around the silhouette.
10. Now click on Load channel as selection icon below.
11. Go back to the Layers. (You can copy your image layer if you want to – I did.) Add a Layer Mask
12. And the selection will be automatically “erased”.
13. While you are using select tool, click to open a menu and select “Refine Edge”
14. Now soften an edges a little bit
15. Now open a background image and simply drag a layer to the background image.
16. Using this technique cut another photo and drag the layer over the background.
17. now, add a layer mask and with simple brush strokes (Photoshop brushes set available here) create some imperfections over the image.
18. Repeat this on another photo too
19. Add a layer above the background and add some “Hearts” Photoshop brushes in white color.
20. Blur the hearts a little
21. Add another layer and add new Photoshop brushes, in this case I used ones from the set I created for Smashing Magazine, you can download them here
22. I added another background layer simply with dragging an layer above the background layer
23. I changed the layer mode to “Hard Light”
24. Then I added another layer and applied Dotted Arrows, Photoshop brushes set available here
25. Again, just like in 17. and 18., add a layer mask and using a simple brush strokes (Photoshop brushes set available here) add a “grunge” style to the design
26. Repeat the same as in 25.
27. Add another layer, and use new brushes (I used “Stickers” Photoshop brushes set available here)
28. Add another layer below the “sticker” you just added and draw a circle using elliptical selection, fill in the circle with the color of your choice, and change the layer mode. I changed it into “Color Dodge”.
29. Add more brushes from “Sticker” set on the same layer
30. Add another layer and again, add new brush – this time “Kisses” Photoshop brushes set available here
31. You can add more layers and more brushes – it is up to you. I’ve added “Doodle Birdies” Photoshop brushes set available here and “Talk Bubbles” Photoshop brushes set available here…
32. In case you were wondering, here is what the graphic looks like at 100% zoom.
and here’s the final collage:
OK, gang! I hope you like our little graphic we made today. I hope you will enjoy my Photoshop brushes!
And, in the end, here is the complete, layered PSD file (8×8 inches at 300 dpi – 2400×2400 pix) all you have to do, is insert image(s) of someone you love to replace Mirta (you can keep image of Mr. Alphons if you want!)
Don’t know about you but I like to recycle. I strongly believe that we could recycle at least 80% of the stuff instead of throwing them away every day.
So, here’s a little preview what I’ve done with, for instance, old glass jars, mostly from my favorite products by Saclà Italia :)
The image below shows, for instance, glass jars filled with soil and plants. I got my hubby to drill in some holes and put them on the wall. They are hanging on the driftwood I collect (what? you don’t collect driftwood? of course you do! everyone does that …) every spring. So, finally, here is what my bathroom wall looks like today, everything recycled:
Image below: sample of colored glass jar hanging on some old cable – the candle holder:
Handmade pencil shelf (detail from the wall in my room), combination of glass jars and driftwood
Here’s what the wall in my working room looks like:
As you can see, I am using glass jars as simple candle holders too… I color them, decorate them with leaves or stripes… or whatever I can recycle. Finally, I print out a paper candle shades and put them around the jars:
As you probably guessed, to create candle shades, I use my Photoshop brushes.
So, if you like these candle shades, this is the place to get them!
I hope you will maybe find some of these ideas inspirational and maybe you will find some stuff at home that doesn’t need to be thrown away but can be used to create a decoration or something useful for your household.
Have fun creating,
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Most of you already know how indispensable Photoshop brushes are when it comes to web and graphic design.
Examples of their use are everywhere. In this post I will show you how I used them to modify the original WordPress theme of this site and create something completely different.
Of course, for all modifications I used my own PREMIUM Photoshop brushes that are also available for sale in my little Photoshop brushes shop.
First I changed the background and here is what Photoshop brushes did I use and where:
Grunge Stars, Custom and Splatters – Lite edition Photoshop brushes sets are available for FREE if you join GreenBulbGang.Com community.
Find these brushes in Graphics-Illustrations.Com Shop:
- Swirls Floral Photoshop Brushes set (42+42) Second Edition + 42 PNG files
- Photoshop Brushes – Floral Shapes (37)
Also, to create the background I used the following:
Stickers, Lite edition Photoshop brushes set is available for FREE if you join GreenBulbGang.Com community.
Find these brushes in Graphics-Illustrations.Com Shop:
And here is how I used them to create banners:
So, to create banners I used:
As you can see, Photoshop brushes come really handy when you need to do web graphics.
I’d say, really really handy.
Of course, if you are into web or graphic design, or if you are planning to get into it, or just staring up, I would recommend one all-round, HUGE Photoshop brushes package and yes, that’s 800+ MEGA SET Photoshop Brushes I’m talking about!
These come with Commercial License, in a form of digital download, so you get to use them immediately right after the purchase.
Hello, my dear Photoshop brushes and DiY addicts!
Valentine’s day is near and now is the right time to get ready and prepare some nice surprises for the ones we love. We all know that the best gifts are the ones that we prepare by ourselves. So, for today I prepared a little DiY tutorial on how to make a Valentine’s day envelope. Envelope is not a gift by itself but a self-made envelope with a nice message inside to accompany it, well, that’s something completely different. Your beloved one will love you for this.
First of all, to make a proper Valentine’s day envelope, you will need a proper paper with some cool Valentine’s day design theme.
Sponsor of this article (and that would be me) recommends some of the High Quality Photoshop brushes by Graphics-Illustrations.Com .
I guess that “Valentine’s (21+21) Second Edition + 21 PNG files” would be the best choice for the occasion.
OK. Once you selected the brushes you will use for design and printed the envelope paper it’s time to make an envelope.
I took these photos to show you how to do it:
Fold the paper it in a way shown above.
Now fold the top flaps, and create square shapes from triangles.
Flop the inside corners outwards and fold the middle triangle shape upwards.
Double fold the upper edge and then tuck the outer half of it inside the pocket.
Picture 9. shows tucked folded part from pic 7. and 8. Now fold left and right sides inwards.
Fold the bottom corners towards the center, fold and tuck bottom into envelope opening.
And that’s it.
And, finally, here is the video on how to do it:
Oh yes, If you want to use my envelope designs download them here:
Have fun creating and make someone happy on this Valentine’s day!
(Now you know how to say “Hi, friends!” in Italian. That’s just in case you plan to visit Italy this summer ;-) )
So! As always, today again it is a great pleasure for me to announce yet another great graphic by our, already well known friend – Gordeeeee!
Here is what Gordeee said:
“… Here is my possibly quickest graphic yet with use of your crack wall over the face etc. I like to use that ‘medium’ especially flaked paint. I’m always looking for some on old doors with my camera (sony DSC). Everything except the statue and roses are manufactured by me even the clock (i did that some months ago).
(Attached) is the cracked wall I used and just cloned it, turned it….and so on.It’s all been done before but i like doing it. The text is psalm 19v17 onward.”
Well, Gordeeee, what can I say? It’s beautiful! I like your style and I am sure most of the visitors and GBG members will agree on that one.
Here is the Cracked Wall Photoshop texture that was used in Gordeee graphic. Feel free to download it. I am sure many of you will now be tempted to try and do some cool graphics too :) If you want, send me the graphic you made and I will publish it too.
The T. Texture post and download links are here (this and much much more when you sign up for GBG eZine):
- Texture Thursday with Cracked Walls textures
Also, I want to use this opportunity to say “Thanks Erin!” for talking nicely about my site on your blog. Here is what Erin (http://misserinsscraps.blogspot.com/) said:
You have be registered and the site can be a bit tricky to navigate, but it is so worth it. Besides the freebies she offers (brushes and more!) she also has a lot of good things to read. A very creative lady and I love her site!”
I love your blog too Erin!
Love ya all! Ciao Amici!
Of course, my usual recommendations:
1. Please see Graphics-Illustrations.Com Genuine 800+ Photoshop Brushes MEGA SET! info page –>
2. And don’t forget to visit my friends at Xara!
April is just around the corner (few hours away actually) and now it is the perfect time to publish April Desktop Calendar Wallpaper.
So, I though I’d keep it in Easter spirit with those little bunnies and I hope you’ll like it.
Wallpapers are available in four sizes:
In this wallpaper, I used Photoshop brushes set Funny Bunnies that came within the GBG newsletter for FREE.You can join GBG and get the Funny Bunnies for free!
I also used the grunge background form 2 pack graphics: old grunge paper images 3 set from my shop.
If you liked the wallpapers, just wait to see what my little shop hides behind :)
Guys! For those of you who are on Facebook, join me on Graphics-Illustrations Facebook page. And if you have some work (related to photoshop brushes, vectors, graphics or illustrations) that you’d like to show to the world – just upload it to Graphics-Illustrations Facebook page! See ya there :))
Again, Gordeee from from “near Canterbury Kent the garden of England” shared with us with more great designs. Thank you Gordeee! You always give us more examples that demonstrate the power of Photoshop brushes.
This time, Gordee prepared Damask patterns using Floral Ornaments Art Nouveau (30+30) Photoshop brushes set.
And the final product, bookmarks cards from Gordeee. Damask patterns are used in combination with Retro Swirls Photoshop Brushes Set (18):
Thank you Goreee, again, for sharing your great talent with us.
Keep them coming! Au revoir!
Yes, it’s getting closer. And we are all getting more and more exciting. This is a special time of the year when we do special things for our special ones.
And in those special times we have special requirements for our designs and scrap books. Cause they need to be special too.
So, I prepared a special package for all of you, my special guests, a special package with a simple name:
Christmas – New Year Backgrounds
What will those do to you?
They will make your life a whole lot easier because those will save your time so you will be able to make your Christmas designs and scrap books much faster and you’ll have much more fun creating new stuff with them.
So, here they are, and they come really really cheap when, at the same time, they offer so much benefits. They are, as I said a great time saver, they are in big resolutions, 3600px by 3600px at 300dpi which should be enough for bigger prints too. Of course, you can always decrease the size or use just a part of them for web purposes.
Yes, the price is $3.99 so just before you run over to the checkout maybe you’d like to browse through the rest of my little shop and see what else is there to help you out on your productivity quest and I bet’ya you’ll find loads for productivity boosters there.
And of course there’s one FREE Christmas – New Year Background that comes with Commercial Use: 1500x1500pix (300dpi) – 5x5inch
So, stay well and have loads of fun!
The movie trailer narrator deep voice: “Once upon a time. In a place. There were backgrounds. Scaaarrry backgrounds. There were 5 of them. One would be afraid just looking at them. Parents would hide their children in front of them. But those were righteous backgrounds and only bad people had reason to be afraid. And those backgrounds were downloaded time and again … and people were asking for more and more backgrounds. And then, one day, Silvia made another set. 5 brand new backgrounds … and here they are“
Halloween Backgrounds II – the final revenge of the righteous ones
On your favorite blog, scarier than ever:
And, as always, here is a freebie!
(subscription free download available for next 5 days!) – download is now available after joining GBG :)
So, love them, enjoy them and don’t be afraid – of anything! :) Just make sure you’re ready – for the Halloween!
I did not have to wait for too long to hear from you guys. The response I got from designers and artists who use my brushes in their work was great. But, don’t let that discourage you, send me your works, or links to your works where you used my brushes and will feature them here on this blog (remember 3000+ visitors daily).
So, the first artist of the day, ladies and gentleman, is Kathi! Kathy used Swirls Floral brushes set (42 brushes) in her paper design:
Kathi sells her designs at Funky Playground Designs, and these indeed are beautiful designs.
I’m always happy to hear how designers are using my brushes for their designs. I’m even happier when I learn that they successfully sell their designs. Not because they make money with it, but because selling means recognition. When they sell their staff it is a recognition. A proof that they’re good at what they do. And the fact that my brushes helped them achieve that, that’s makes me even more happy!
Not to mention how happy these designers are when their work gets recognized :)
So, stay well, in my next post I will write about another great artist that successfully applies Photoshop brushes in their work. In the meantime, check for more Photoshop brushes and other design resources, I’m sure you’ll find interesting stuff for your future designs.
And … don’t forget about the most important thing: Have fun creating!
OK. Maybe they’re not THAT collosal but, they’re definitely useful, applicable and good. After all, I even took the effort to make animation here so that you can see what you’re downloading – upfront. They’re pattern, decorative and tasty.
Try them, yummie (Photoshop CS3 patterns)!
Sorry, 5 days subscription free download offer expired. However, you can still get those! Join GBG and enjoy this free Photoshop patterns + more than 1500 other free downloads. Please read about our free download policy and join our GBG for more free downloads. Thanks!
These are just a glimpse and merely an announcement to what will be published on Friday, 22th of January 2010 – right here! So, just be patient and in two years you will see how it was worth!
I was just kidding, some new stuff is coming this Friday, 25th of January 2008. Or maybe tomorrow
Note: after downloading and unpacking, Photoshop patterns should be placed in C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS3\Presets\Patterns folder
If you need any help on how to use them – ask me.
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Let it surprise you:
- while doing it with someone,
- while waiting in the Bank,
- while driving in the subway
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So you can ask someone to call him at the moment he hands out the wedding rings at the ceremony’s peak moment causing him to shake uncontrollably and even have his eyes pop-out! Just imagine the hilarious reaction from the auditorium!!!
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Abstract fonts – free download
How to create ripped and torn edges
How to create crumpled paper
Displacement map technique
Or, you can download crumpled paper with torn edges background –> HERE <–