Watercolor Vector Styles for Adobe Illustrator and other Vector Graphics Apps

During the redesign of my site, I didn’t want you to miss out on the great things I see and recommend for my clients, students, and interested parties.

As you know, although I teach how to make some amazing graphics, sometimes I feel that incorporating pre-created work and altering it for your own design uses, or using them straight out is a time-saver. For the practical designer, this is a great place to start and work.

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While perusing their offerings, I saw these BEAUTIFUL Watercolor Vector Styles that can be applied to any stroke or brush in Illustrator to make completely unexpected art. Thought you guys might be interested, so take a look at them HERE!

If you value your time, you can’t make these yourself for the $15 they’re charging!

Watercolor Vector Lab - DesignBundles

Nik Collection – Photoshop Plugins FREE to Everyone!

Today, Google announced that their excellent Photoshop Plugin “The Nik Collection” is going to be free to everybody.

This excellent collection includes: Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, Viveza, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro and Dfine – professional level controls to refine your images. I’ve been using it for several years (along with some other plugin sets) for efficient control over my effects, sharpening, noise removal and more.

For those of us who use Photoshop on a regular basis, getting this (previously $149) plugin for FREE is a boon!

Check out their post at: https://plus.google.com/+NikCollection/posts/AFGsG2Di7EK

27 Useful Design Tips

For my design and typography students, here’s a really nice blog with some tips and ideas to improve your feel for good design, good use of typography, and maybe provide some inspiration.

http://digitalsynopsis.com/design/beautiful-illustrated-graphic-designer-tips/

Adobe Offers CS2 FREE

Last week, Adobe did something unprecedented for them. They set up a website from which you can download any or ALL of the the Adobe CS2 Creative Suite for Windows and/or Mac. The site includes valid serial numbers, and is a valid Adobe site.

Just so you know, these programs may not run on your newest computer or operating system. Here’re the Adobe CS2 System Requirements:

  • Mac OS X v.10.2.8–v.10.3.8. PowerPC® G4 or G5 processor
  • Microsoft® Windows® 2000/Windows XP. Intel® Pentium® III or 4 processor

If you can use these programs, you can snag them here:
http://www.adobe.com/downloads/cs2_downloads/index.html

No telling how long Adobe’s going to keep this page up, so get it while you can!

Really Great Open Source ClipArt Library

Free – and Open Source Clip Art. Not only are they free in the public domain and usable for any purpose whatsoever, but there’s also a cool collaborative environment in which you can make your own alterations and share them. A great graphics resource, and an excellent way to get involved in the practical design of these images.

http://openclipart.org/