Archive for December, 2009

Beautiful Day: Free January 2010 Calendar Wallpaper

This post is part of the free calendar wallpaper series. Each month I create a new wallpaper featuring the current calendar. Looking at the same image over and over again is not very stimulating. Hence having a new desktop background each month should help getting your creative juices flowing. January 2010 Calendar Wallpaper is entitled “Beautiful Day” and has been created entirely in Photoshop. I hope you enjoy it and I wish you all the best for the new year! + Continue Reading

11 Free Scaffolding Grunge Vectors & How-To

This set of 11 Free Scaffolding Grunge Vectors was specifically created with large print designs in mind, but they can be used in web projects too. It’s a common technique to slightly destroy large type in ads and other print campaigns. Using vectors for this purpose is ideal as they can be scaled to any size without loss of quality. All vectors were made using images of scaffolding which were then traced in Illustrator. I’ve also included a short tutorial on how to make the most of these excellent freebies to grunge up type.
Don’t stop there though. Let your imagination wander and get creative. As always these freebies are free for use in both personal and commercial projects. + Continue Reading

Happy Holidays

I want to wish you all happy holidays and a great start in 2010. Furthermore this is a great opportunity for me to say thanks to you for all your support over the last year. You are incredible and I couldn’t have done it without you. While I started my freelance career after graduating in summer I did not write as much as I hoped. I can promise you however that this will change in 2010. I will use these festive days to come up with new ideas for freebies and tutorials.
So once again: Thanks for always being supportive and I hope you have a lovely time with your friends and family!

24 Astoundingly Beautiful HDR Images of Wildlife

HDR stands for high dynamic range imaging. The HDR method basically involves making up an image from several different photographs of the same thing, all taken with different exposures. Photoshop or similar image editing software is then used to combine the photos to form one image, creating a greater dynamic range of luminances, which means starker contrasts between light and dark and much more vibrant colours.

HDR enhances natural colours and light levels, so it’s often hard for the viewer to tell that the HDR method has been employed. Some photographers, however, push things further to create completely distorted visual realities. It’s clear from the 24 photos below that HDR and wildlife photography is a winning combination, as the technique is capable of doing justice to the spectacular array of colours found in nature. + Continue Reading