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[Ask BB] Saving Brushes, Object-Expand, Raster Effects Settings and more

by Jay Hilgert
on February 26, 2009

This is my first Question/Answer post here at BittBox, and I plan on doing this more often. All of these questions came in from twitter, so if you have a Photoshop or Illy question you need answered, you can leave a comment here, or send me a tweet. I’ll save all the questions that come in and try to answer as many as I can. To kick things off I have some answers below, just remember, I can’t answer every single question that comes in because of 2 fundamental reasons: 1) I may not know the answer, or 2) I may not understand what you were asking. Ok, lets try to de-mystify Illy and PS a little, shall we? Thanks for everyone who send in the tweets :)

[Ask BB] Masking, Object-Expand, Antialiasing and more

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Free Texture Tuesday: Oil Stains

by Caleb Kimbrough
on February 24, 2009

Here’s an interesting fact: each year, Americans spill over 9 million gallons of gasoline, which is the equivalent of an oil supertanker. I’ve captured about a quart of that gasoline for the textures today. This oil may not have been used to power a car, but perhaps you can offer it some redemption by finding some good uses for it in your designs.

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Free Texture Tuesday: Oil Stains
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Exclusive Freebie: Custom Designious Vector Pack – Voted on by YOU!

by Jay Hilgert
on February 19, 2009

Now this is what I call democracy at work. A week or two ago, Alex and I opened up our ears and let the votes roll in about what kind of vectors you wanted the most. Originally, we were going to choose just one genre for the vector pack, but instead, we decided a ‘variety pack’ was in order. So here they are folks, the exclusive vector pack from Designious that you all voted for. The pack includes everything you see below but here’s a quick list: buildings, cute animals, floral, seamless retro patterns, seamless boroque patterns, and musical instruments. A big thanks goes out to Alex and the Designious team for their generous contribution to the community, and props on some mad vector skills :) Don’t forget to leave Alex some feedback in the comments!

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Exclusive Freebie: Custom Designious Vector Pack

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Free Hi-Res Photoshop Brushes: Romantic Disasters

by Jay Hilgert
on February 18, 2009

I’ve got another High Resolution Set of Brushes for everyone! I call them “Romantic Disasters,” but you can call them whatever you like. My last set of brushes, Destroyed Heraldry was pretty popular among the comments that came in, so I decided to do a similar set with a different theme, not to mention we just saw Valentine’s day come and go. Hope you like ’em :) I’ve got CS1, CS3, CS4 and High-Res PNGs for non-Photoshoppers. There are 10 brushes in the set, and they’re 2500px.

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Free Hi-Res Photoshop Brushes: Romantic Disasters

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Free Texture Tuesday: Stone

by Caleb Kimbrough
on February 17, 2009

Ahhh stone textures, the staple of every good texture diet. Layer them, tile them, map them, they are as versatile as can be. Hopefully you can find some good uses for the ones below. Enjoy!

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Free Texture Tuesday: Stone
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Free Vectors: VectorLab Sample Pack

by Jay Hilgert
on February 11, 2009

I’ve got a great freebie for everyone today. A new stock vector site, TheVectorLab.com would like to spread some love to the design community with a sample vector pack. Vectorlab is a great new site with a growing collection of high quality stock vectors for designers. Even better, you can apply as a contributor and earn a 60% commission on the vector art you sell. Yet another great way to put your creativity to good use during a recession. Even Even Better: TheVectorLab donates 5% of their proceeds to St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital. :)

Free Vectors: VectorLab Sample Pack

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BittBox Helping Break the News on CNN/MSNBC

by Jay Hilgert
on February 9, 2009

This is a rather unusual post, but a few emails have come in pointing out some BittBox stuffs being used to break the news. It’s kinda neat seeing people put this stuff to good use, and an example of just how far-reaching sharing resources online can go.

BittBox Helping Break the News on CNN/MSNBC

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Free Stuff: Custom Designious Vector Pack – Tell Us What You Need?

by Jay Hilgert
on February 3, 2009

I’ve got an awesome contest this week, a contest where everbody is a winner. Alex, my cohort over at Designious.com is going to read all of your comments and design a custom vector pack, according to what the majority of you want. All you have to do is let us know what vector pack you would enjoy, Alex will make it, and it will be given away to everyone as an exclusive freebie here at BittBox. Remember, you aren’t choosing one of the current Designious vector packs, Alex is going to make a NEW one!, You can be as creative as you like in your suggestions, so let’s hear it. What kind of vector pack do you want the most?

Free Stuff: Vector Packs

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Congratulations to the Swift3d v5 Winners!

by Jay Hilgert
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Congratulations to the 3 randomly selected winners of a shiny new copy of Swift3D v5 from Electric Rain. We had 2 Robs in this group of winners, so congrats to Rob, Rob, and Kimberly. I hope you all enjoy the software. I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank Electric Rain for their generous contribution to the design community, and and a big thanks to everyone who participated.

Free Stuff: 3 Copies of Swift3D V5 Up for Grabs, Comment to Win

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