Archive for December, 2008

Dark Matters: Free January 09 Wallpaper

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Every month I give you a new Calendar Wallpaper. The idea behind the monthly calendar wallpaper series is that you don’t have to open a program to find out what day/date it is. Just look at your desktop et voila. Furthermore the wallpapers should inspire you. Looking at the same image over and over again is not very stimulating. Hence having a new wallpaper every month should get your creative juices flowing. This month’s design is called “Dark Matters”. Oh and before I forget: Happy New Year to all of you! + Continue Reading

Messy Watercolours: Free Hi-Res Photoshop Brushes

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I love making Hi-Res Photoshop Brushes and giving them away, free for personal and commercial use. In order to reach a bigger audience I have decided to release the Messy Watercolours Brushes in conjunction with Smashing Magazine. With over 100k subscribers it is the perfect blog. The set has been split into two parts. Part 1 is released on Smashing Magazine. There are 12 high resolution brushes between 2156px and 2294px.

Part 2 contains 18 brushes and is available from fudgegraphics. These brushes are between 2136px and 2500px. Please continue reading to get to the download links. + Continue Reading

Seasons: Free Christmas Print

Let me start of with wishing you all a very jolly Christmas. Today is the traditional Christmas present day. Though I don’t have a tree nor wrapping paper I still want to give you a present to celebrate the festive season. Rather than giving away another set of Photoshop brushes or textures I decided to make something more special: a “free” print design. I would have loved to send you all a finished print, but my financial means did not allow this. Instead you have the possibility to download the hi-res pdf (A3, 300dpi) of the print design entitled “Seasons”. Grab it and take it to your local print shop or simply use your home printer. You can choose between a blue or brown version (or both). I hope you like the present and don’t worry, I don’t expect anything in resturn. Happy Holidays!

Blue Seasons

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Never Love Again Wallpaper released on FYC

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I have released my latest wallpaper exclusively on Fuel Your Creativity. Adelle Charles, founder of FYC, kindly asked me to contribute to her blog and I was more than happy to comply. I absolutely love giving away free stuff. The wallpaper is entitled “Never Love Again” which is a reference to a song by one of my favourite bands: Cherbourg. It comes in 3 different colour schemes (green, blue and red) and is available in these resolutions: 1920×1200 (suitable for 1440×900), 1600×1200 and 1280×1024. + Continue Reading

Visual Guide to Layer Blending Modes in Photoshop

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The most essential feature in Photoshop is the ability to work with layers. Mastering the blending modes is key for every designer/graphic artist. There are quite a few articles on the web explaining how the different blending modes work. That is all very nice and interesting, however they always only show one example. From experience I know that the blending modes depend very much on the images you use. Hence I decided to showcase the different blending modes in action using 3 different images as overlay. You’ll notice the differences. + Continue Reading

Tutorial: How to make retro/futuristic curves in 10 Steps

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As promised when releasing the December 08 Calendar Wallpaper I’ve written a tutorial on how to make it. This is my first ever tutorial and I hope you’ll like it. If there’s anything which is not clear please ask. I’m here to help. In order to achieve the space like scenery with the glowing lines we will use Illustrator and Photoshop. You’ll learn how to add subtle effects using textures and different blending modes. So here we go. + Continue Reading

Featured: Colorcubic Studio

Colorcubic is the vision of founding partners Christy Lai and Michael John. The design studio is based in Portland, OR, United States. I did not find any more information on them. Ah well, just look at their beautiful design and get inspired. What I like most about the art is that each piece is different and yet they manage to keep a consistent syle (if that makes any sense). For even more inspiration visit Colorcubic on Behance and Flickr.

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