Photoshop Tutorial – Colouring Quick Tip

There are many, many brushes available for Photoshop, and combining brushes with Photoshop’s layer modes can create some stunning colouring effects.

For this quick tip in colouring in Photoshop you will need brushes that have shading – solid shapes will not work with this method.

Using just a few colours and different layer modes you can create art with subtle shade differences, and the variances are almost endless – this is a great way to learn how the layer modes work, you can adjust, readjust and adjust again until you achieve the desired effects.

Colouring Quick Tip for PS

Free Textures – Brick and Rubble

I was wandering around my building site of a garden last week, camera in hand, and took some shots of the rubble laying around. They turned out to be quite decent textures, so I am offering the set of six as a free download.

There are no restrictions on the use of these textures, apart from the obvious courtesy: if you publish them anywhere else, please link back to here and don’t claim them as your own.

I hope you can use them and enjoy them.

Brick & Rubble Textures

Autumn Colours Textures Free Download

I dabble in photo manipulation a little, and I have been disappointed lately to discover that I cannot find textures that are just autumn colours, with no grain or images. So I decided to create some and offer them as a free download.

I hope you can use them and enjoy them.

Click on image to download the .zip file containing 4 textures.

Autumn Colours Textures

Wild Mothers and Babies: Beautiful Photography

We can, at times, be quite horrified by the way wild animals treat their young. If there is a disability or the offspring is weak in any way, it is usually either abandoned and left to die or actually killed by the mother. In the wild only the fittest survive.

However, for those that are born strong and healthy, we humans could learn a lot from mothers in the wild. They provide food and schooling, along with play and comfort. There is nothing like a mother’s love!

Here we bring you some beautiful images of wild mothers with their babies, along with a short synopsis of the life cycle of each species featured.

Wild Mothers and Babies

Halloween Digital Art

Halloween is celebrated in a lot of countries around the world, and has many traditions and folklore tales attached to it.

Witches, pumpkins, black cats, zombies, graveyards and things that go bump in the night are some of the images that immediately make us recognise an image as being Halloween-related.

Halloween is short for All Hallows Evening, and it was originally a pagan festival that heralded the end of summer, that originated in the United Kingdom – particularly Ireland and Scotland.

The children’s game of trick or treating also originated in Britain in medieval times, but it was originally called ‘guising’, where children would perform a trick (singing, reciting poetry, etc.) to earn their treat.

On this All Hallows Evening, I am bringing you a collection of outstanding digital art representing Halloween. Here you will find many different genres – photomanipulation, digital drawing, illustration, etc., and some varying styles, including cute, dark and sketchy. The one thing they all have in common is the skill of the artist.

Halloween Digital Art

Free Forest Gradients for Photoshop

Today I am offering this set of gradients using colours inspired by the forest. There are 15 gradients in this free set.

I hope you have a use for them and can enjoy them.

Click on the image to download the .grd file.

Forest Gradients

Vintage Effect Photoshop Tutorial

In this tutorial we will be using some adjustment layers in Photoshop to create a vintage effect on a modern photo.

After Step 4, if you don’t wish to continue or don’t have the time to, you can download the .psd file and apply it to your image. As the effects are presented in the individual adjustment layers, you can tweak them as necessary for the image you are working on.

Also, for the curves layer I have created a Curves preset which you can also download. The download link for the Curves preset is available in Step 8, and the .psd download link can be found at the bottom of the page.

Vintage Effect Photoshop Tutorial

Free Calligraphy Fonts

Here is a collection of fonts in the style of calligraphy. All fonts are free, but please check out the license before using for anything other than personal use.

Many years ago I learnt some calligraphy, and this collection reflects the styles of lettering that I was taught, and is presented in 3 sections: Script, Gothic and Celtic.

Calligraphy Fonts