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As a designer, sometimes it’s difficult to get started on a new project. Maybe You will need to scour the web for inspiration, or doodle on a notepad to hopefully get some ideas. That’s when you need to look through collections of freebies.
Fortunately, enhancing your web design doesn’t have to cost a small fortune or take a lot of time. Here are 10 Awesome Freebies for Designers that can help enhance your web presence today.
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200 vector icons are fantastic for use on all manner of sites. With subjects ranging from science to entertaining, the vast scope of the icons means that you’re bound to find something useful.
This vector icon pack includes 200 vector shapes, meaning you can scale them up as much as you like and they’ll stay sharp. Each file includes AI, EPS, PSD and JPG files. They’re good for use on both personal and professional projects.
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CORP is a clean and versatile theme that’s absolutely packed with features. The simple grid layout provides an ideal frame to hang your content on, it’s ideal for corporations that need an online presence in a hurry, or as a starting point for any business whose brand image projects organization.
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Flat design is all the rage, and trend-conscious clients are beginning to ask for redesigns to meet the current fad for all things flat. Here is a set of free almost-flat social icons which is designed to embrace flat design without surrendering to it completely, the set is a great way to iron out your current design.
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Here is a set of 46 hand-drawn frame and ribbon vectors. Scribbled onto a page and then digitized, the liberated borders look like they were drawn in the heyday of UPA cartoons; I half expect to see Mr. Magoo, or Gerald McBoing Boing, come wandering across the page.
Add a light watercolor wash and combine them with a heavily scrolling script typeface and they’d make a lovely, and personal feeling, addition to any wedding stationery.
5) Colorful Grunge Textures
This set of 25 Colorful Grunge Textures is perfect for use as overlay textures on your photos. The pack contains 25 .jpg textures at 5000 by 5000px saved at 300ppi. The textures are compatible with all photo editors that support layers (Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, GIMP, Pixelmator etc.), both PC and Mac.
6) Modus Versus PSD Template
Modus Versus is a free multi-purpose PSD template, designed on the 1170 grid system. Excellent for use with responsive frameworks like the popular Twitter Bootstrap, it could form the basis of a good corporate site. It would be an ideal choice for a marketing or professional services company, or you could pick it apart and use elements of it in other projects.
7) Flat UI Kit
Flat design is more of a rejection of 3D artifice than it is a style, which fits so perfectly into the contemporary landscape that it’s already hard to envisage a time when it wasn’t de rigueur. To help you take the leap into flat design WebDesignerDepot put together this great freebie: A free flat UI kit.
8) Bluetron icons
This is a set of 40 fantastic icons called Bluetron. They are available as PNG files (256 x 256px). You can use them for free for both personal and commercial purposes. The icons were designed by Waqas Ahmed who’s the founder and blogger of The Art Times and Lead Designer at Iconic Graphics.
9) Ultimate Social Icon Set
This is a social icon set which contains all the latest icons needed for you social needs! It includes a total of 75 icons, provided in three sizes: 16×16, 32×32 and 64×64. The file is free for personal and commercial use.
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This one is a Photoshop pattern file (.PAT) which contains 40 beautiful textures that you can apply to your designs. A detailed step by step instruction is provided inside the file to help you use them. You can use these as textures for your websites or any background.
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Brochures are usually a marketer’s weapon of choice. They would contain images and text designed to attract a potential buyer into making a purchase. They contain valuable product or service information and are disseminated in places with high foot traffic. A marketing tool like brochures would also work as part of a sales kit. Creative individuals can probably think of other ways to utilize brochures.
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“Skull” is Colombian digital artist Santiago Betancur Salazar’s last project. Salazar has his own website, which exhibits his fabulous works with different styles. The reason why he presents his “Skull” here is he loves skull, so he shares his works.
Photos belows generally show Salazar’s working process with “Skull” by Photoshop. Skull itself is terrific enough, and Salazar created this “Skull” with creepy grey metal effects. The exquisite vein and muscle details prove Salazar’s skills and attitude. No matter seeing from the front or from the profile, Salazar’s Skull is naturally mixed together with its background, a grey metal skull emerging from its gray tenacious and unbreakable background.
This digital painting was created by Germany creative director or illustrator Martin Grohs. Actually it is a wallpaper, titled as “Dissolution”. It portrays one vision, one space-lady with melting space suit disappearing before a hot exploding plant. These all reflect the theme “what you take from the earth, you must give back, that is nature’s way.”
This wallpaper was made to celebrate 25 years of photoshop. The greatness of photoshop is it can present imagination to us or we can just have imaginations. While one fantastic uniqueness of this wallpaper is that it is dynamic, which shows audience a gradual progress of dissolution. Space-lady’s changing space suit, the color-changing space and the plant embody the theme of dissolution, presenting a coming explosion. And at the end of the process ,the word “dissolution” perfectly appears on the screen. This is really a piece of super-inspiring work.
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Posters are great avenues to showcase one’s creativity. They allow artists to express themselves in countless ways. Posters are designed to be both eye-catching and convey information. The followings will show you some sophisticated artworks printed on quality posters which can admire yourself.
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On this tutorial we will make a Poe and Pluton cartoon portrait, using custom brushes created by ourselves
Open a new document of 1800px high and 1200px wide. First, we will set up what will be the brush that we are going to use to draw the general lines, from the Brush Selector pick the brush no.30, Hard Round, and set its opacity to 75% and Flow to 35%.
Now, on the Brush Presets menu (F5), make the following settings, check the Shape Dynamics and Transfer boxes, and adjust Spacing to 1%. You can see the final shape of the Brush.
Create a new layer “Poe”, and leave its default setting. With the Brush we created, start drawing the face, neck and shoulders, adjust the size to get thicker strokes on the garb, and thinner strokes for the face, hair, and neck. Draw flowing strokes, without taking much care on the detail, afterwards use the Erase Tool to remove the unwanted parts of the strokes. Also use the Erase Tool to create the eye’s brights.
Next, on a new layer “Body & Pluton”, start drawing the Poe’s lower body and Pluton. On the picture you can see that the strokes just establish the main forms, using stains instead of precise lines. Again, use the Erase Tool to remove certain areas as Pluton’s eyes and Poe’s fingers.
We will add an extra layer “Lower Body”, where we will paint the area between Poe and Pluton. After, this will be useful for split the two elements and avoid to mix them together. Notice the erased area beside the Pluton’s head.
Now, let’s start to create our custom watercolor brush. Use a new layer to paint two brush strokes as shown, using the Soft Round Brush. Notice that they aren’t symmetrical, this will be better for the final result. Next, go to Edit > Define Brush, we can name it “watercolor”, now it is ready on the Brush List for being used.
Next, on the Brush Presets (F5), start setting the following adjustments, check the Shape Dynamics box, and adjust Spacing to 1%.
Check the Scattering box and adjust its settings as shown. The same with the Transfer option. You can see how the brush shape changes on the display.
Finally check the Dual Brush box and select the brush number 45 with the following settings. Now we have our watercolor brush ready for be used.
Pick the Smudge Tool, and with the watercolor brush, smudge the painted layers we created before. Adjust the Strength to get different results.
Create a new layer “Details” and with a Hard Round Brush paint the fine details as cat’s whiskers and some loose hairs. Next, with the Smudge Tool, and a Soft Round Brush selected, drag some portions of black to create more cat fur, with a small brush size selected.
Now, we will create another textured brush. Using the brush number 30 as a base, apply the following settings on the Space Dynamics and Scattering sliders.
Following with the Transfer and Dual Box adjustments.
Picking the Eraser Tool, and the brush we just create selected, erase some edges of Poe’s suit to imitate a dry brush watercolor effect.
Next, create a new layer “Pluton’s Eyes”, and on it draw the necessary brush strokes to draw the eye’s pupil, yes, remember that it only has one…and the eye’s shadows. With white color, paint the tusk and the eye’s brights.
For the Poe’s face shadows, select the brush number 30 and adjust it as shown.
For the Poe’s face shadows, create a new layer “Poe Face Shadows”, set its Blending Mode to Normal and 60% opacity. Start painting the shadows as cheeks, chin, eye sockets, etc. Overlap more than one brush stroke to achieve darker tones.
Let’s start with the background, create a new layer “Background Color”, just bellow of the layer we created before. On it, with the Gradient Tool, select a brownish tone and make a gradient from bottom to upper zone as shown.
Next, to start making the lights, create a new layer “Highlights”, with the brush we created on step 16, select white color, and start painting the lights, I chose a cenital light, so it impacts on the upper areas of volumes as shown.
To add some vignetting on the background, go to Filters > Lens Correction, and on the Custom tab you will find out the Vignette Amount slider, a quantity of -40 will be ok.
To create the paper texture, we will add a real paper image. Create a new layer “Paper Texture”, set its Blending Mode to Multiply and 30% Opacity. Next, Copy and Paste the paper image on that layer.
Next, we will add an spotlight just behind Poe. Create a new layer “Spotlight”, set its Blending Mode to Lighten and 50% Opacity. With the Elliptical Marquee Tool, create a circle, place it behind the Poe’s shoulders and fill it with withe color, next go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Bluer, and blur its edges. To avoid that the white overlap to Poe, create a Layer Mask and hide the unwanted areas.
Continuing adding textures, create a new layer “Ink Stain”, set its Blending Mode to Lighten and 80% Opacity. On it, place one of the ink textures you will find on the assets as shown.
More textures…Create a new layer “Aged Texture”, set its Blending Mode to Soft Light, and 80% Opacity. On it place again one of the ink textures from the assets to give an aged finish to the image. Notice that all textures are placed bellow Poe & Pluton’s layers, to keep them clean on other plane.
Now the image is almost finished, create a new Group and put in it all the layers. Next save the document as .JPG, open it, and place this file on top.
With the Dodge Tool, light up a bit some areas to create more contrast. The watercolor brush will be a good choice to do that.
Again, let’s add some more vignetting, go to Filters > Lens Correction, and adjust the Amount slider to -30.
Finally, to add some noise to the image, create a new layer “Noise”, set its Blending Mode to Multiply, and fill it (Shift + F5) with white color. Next, go to Filters > Noise > Add Noise, a quantity between 8 and 10 will work.
And this is the final result
There are many icons on the internet. However, you may find very difficult to look for a high quality one. Sometimes, to enable your design to have better expression, speech icons are very useful.
This nice set of speech icons is deisgned by Vecteezy. It contains numbers of speech icons which can allow you to apply to different scenarios. More importantly, it is completely free for your use. You can download the icons enhance your web presence today. The iconset is in psd, ai and eps for your ease of use.