Dot Pattern Art Brush in Adobe Illustrator is a illustrated tutorial on creating a brush

Spoongraphics wrote this roundup of free ornamental, floral, swirly and curly graphics on the web

Vector Illustration: 60+ Illustrator Tutorials, Tips and Best Practices is what it says it is. There are some great tutorials in this list and I must admit to not yet checking them all out.

Tutorial Blog has featured Color Manipulation in Illustrator

Over on WebResources depot there is a listing of 64 Beautiful And Free Nature Brush Sets And Vectors

On the DZine Blog there are 27 Best Photoshop Web Layout Design Tutorials to Design Decent Web Layouts

Smashing Magazine ran a texture competition and when announcing the results have said “You can use all textures we present in the gallery for both private and commercial projects for free, without any restrictions whatsoever. ”

Lost/Taken is a high quality free texture site which provides some great images that you can legally use as permission is given to use them in any of your projects, both personal and commercial. The textures that caught my eye and I downloaded for testing were all 3072px x 2048px

Both Photoshop and Illustrator enable you to record a series of actions that you may constantly repeat. After recording these steps you can play them back over other other images. They are extremely useful for any task that you have to do over and over again. These 124 Free Photoshop Actions to Boost Your Designs will give you an idea of what is possible

You can download the keyboard shortcuts from the links in Increase your productivity – Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Dreamweaver keyboard shortcuts as it contains all the keyboard shortcuts for Adobe Photoshop CS3, CS2, CS, 7, Adobe Illustrator CS3, CS2 and Adobe Dreamweaver CS3, both Windows and Mac versions.

Bittbox has released some free ink/water Illustrator brushes and has done a round up of 16 Incredibly Detailed, Useful (and free) Dingbat Fonts

How to Create Line Brushes in Illustrator demonstrates the process of creating different types of brushes

All about views and the art board in Illustrator explains the various viewing options in Illustrator

“Free Transform” Tool Distorting paths into perspective using Adobe Illustrator’s “Free Transform” tool

This tutorial shows you how crop in Illustrator and work with Crop Area

Obsidian Dawn has produced a tutorial that shows you how to create a seamless texture in Photoshop.

Introduction to Live Paint by Stian Bakkane is a quick introduction and covers the basics of the Live Paint tool in Illustrator.

Matt Davies has posted a tutorial on how to use The Twirl Tool Create Quality Twirls in 3 Steps using Illustrator.

Bittbox has a new Illustrator tutorial online too. Rock-Solid Alignment using Anchor Points It is a good tutorial as I have always used the “Smart Guides” feature to snap objects together.

Bittbox also has another brush making tip in Illustrator using Colorization

Also from Bittbox there are some free vector foliage shapes to download.

Design fruit also has some great  free foliage brushes for Photoshop

Obsidian Dawn has released a set of Special Effects Photoshop brushes as they are made up of various special effects which make them look different as you paint or draw with them. Effects include grungy type effects, overlapping circles, glowing dots, splotches, glitters, etc.
If you are a Photoshop beginner Stephanie Shimerdla has also provided a tutorial for beginners on How to Install Photoshop Brushes

While on the subject of Photoshop brushes I found these grunge brushes over on Brusheeze has also created some more free Photoshop brush sets and textures to download.

The Photoshop Roadmap have published a list of 100 Awesome High Resolution Photoshop Brushes

Adobe has posted a free sample chapter from Adobe CS3 Classroom in a Book  “Lesson 8 – Typographic Design With Photoshop

Briar press is a great resource for enthusiasts of the letterpress or anyone interested in book arts.  The Museum section covers the main presses and their history with  200 antique letterpresses and other print shop machines on display. If you are not a letterpress buff and get a bit bamboozled by printing terms there is a glossary and an overview of print history.

The site houses a forum and a directory of links to associations, museums and websites that relate to the topic of letterpress and/or the history of printing.

The section that will attract many people is Cuts and caps. For those non print buffs – those ornate letters that often start a chapter in old books – or the decorative graphic at the end of a chapter are referred to as cuts and caps. Originally cuts and caps were cast in metal.

Briar press is now converted a good number of these to digital files that may be downloaded and used in projects. These are not bit mapped images but vector-based postscript files which means they can be re-sized crisply. You can import these files into a program like  Adobe Illustrator and tinker to your hearts content.

Obsidian Dawn has released another free brush set for Photoshop. This time it is a selection of dripping paint. I am one of those you can never have too many brushes people so check out the site. Also included is a brief tutorial/tip on how to rotate the orientation of brush strokes.

Stephanie Shimerdla of Obsidian Dawn has recently released some more great Photoshop Grundgy and Dirty brushes and some patterns which you can download for free.They come in either brushes or seamless patterns.

When ever you download free brushes from the net it is important to read conditions the creator has released them under so check out the terms of use. In the case of brushes and patterns from Obsidian Dawn, Stephanie Shimerdla asks for a link back to her site.

The site also houses some good Photoshop tutorials. For students in textiles if you have not encountered Obsidian Dawn before check out her Lace Photoshop brushes and her seamless Lace patterns. Another brush set designed by Stephanie Shimerdla is her paisley brushes. Poke around there is alot of free stuff on her site just remember to give credit where credit is due if you use them.


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