Crosshatch Pattern Brushes

I've been experimenting with some new Crosshatch Pattern Brushes for Photoshop CC. These are different than normal Photoshop brushes because they paint a seamless pattern, with no overlapping effect. Good for shading lettering, logos, and even illustrations.

You can use these brushes with a tablet or a mouse. But if you use a drawing tablet, you get control of your brush size with the pen pressure.

These brushes have only been tested in Photoshop CC. I don't plan to make them backwards compatible for older versions of Photoshop, but it's possible they may work in CS5 or CS6.

To download the brushes, sign up for my email newsletter. You will gat access to them as part of Graphic Design Launch Kit (More than 40 free downloads!)

Free Vector T-Shirt Template + T-Shirt Design Workshop Preview

Today I have a free download of a vector t-shirt template for you!

This template includes full size (front & back) drawings of a men's large t-shirt, perfect for sizing your art for screen printing. There is also an area to specify ink colors. You can download the free vector t-shirt template here.

Preview from T-Shirt Design Workshop 2 {Lecture 24} showing how to set up your spec sheet in Adobe Illustrator:

If you are interested in designing t-shirts, have a look at my T-Shirt Design Workshop 2 - because you should never stop learning!

~Ray Dombroski

Free Textures over the Weekend

Hi there!

This past weekend, I sent out a free download of 15 Paper Textures for all subscribers to TheVectorLab's email newsletter.

If you missed the email, you can still get them as part of Graphic Design Launch Kit, by signing up for my newsletter.

A collection of 15 stained, crinkled, and distressed paper images. These are pixel-based (not vector) high resolution jpeg files: 2400 x 3500 pixels. Great for backgrounds. Use these by placing them in Photoshop or Illustrator as a multiply, screen, overlay, or darken layer on top of your design to create a natural distressed look.

If you want to convert these textures to Photoshop Brushes, it's easy:

Make Waves [Free Download]

Today's free download is a Photoshop file that will automate the process of making waves in your photos, graphics, and typography.

Here's one example with some palm trees:

Here's another example with some type:

[watercolor effect created with AquaColour: Bleeds Photoshop Brushes]

You can download the Make Waves Photoshop effect here.

Instructions included inside the Photoshop file. Just double-click on the layer thumbnail to open the smart object. Paste in your own photo or design and save the smart object. Go back to the original file. Voila! Your design will have an instant wavy effect!

~Ray Dombroski

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~Ray Dombroski

A Tropical Holiday [Free Download for Photoshop]


Last week's free download was a collection of Free Snowflake Brushes for Photoshop. These were wildly popular.

But what if your idea of "Happy Holidays" is lounging in a sunny tropical place, far away from the cold and snow? Well, I've got you covered!

Today's free download is a Palm Tree graphic with texture generated using the Bad Photocopy Texture Template.

Plus there are 5 new Bad Photocopy Textured Snowflakes (much higher resolution than last week's snowflakes). These are in Photoshop PSD and Photoshop Brush format. You even get the image below in a layered PSD file just in case you want to use the type, stripes, or other elements in your own designs!

Go here to download the free Palm Tree and the New Snowflakes!

~Ray Dombroski

Did I mention:

Textured Snowflake Photoshop Brushes


Do you need to make designs for this holiday season? How about greeting cards or invitations to holiday parties?

Today's free download may just help you in your process. It's a collection of 24 textured snowflake brushes for Photoshop!

(By the way, the texture for these brushes was generated using the Bad Photocopy Texture Template. If you haven't seen how this template works, be sure to check out the link at the bottom of this email.)

But first, go here to download the brushes:

After you download the snowflakes, have a closeup look at the brushes and also the layered PSD file. This will give you a good idea of the authentic textures you can get with the Bad Photocopy Texture Template!

This template is extremely useful (and fast!) for making vintage textures for all kinds of designs.

If you didn't see this week's new video showing how the template works (and how you can use it to make great colored and layered vintage designs), follow this link. (Look for the blue video)