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?
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.
What could possibly be more useful than a good wrinkled paper texture? Not much. Paper textures seem to be used consistently across most forms of digital art, from graphic design to photography to web design. If you make something awesome with these textures, why not share it with us in the comments or Flickr pool? We’d love to see them.
Last month I published a set of Photoshop brushes called “Destroyed Heraldry” and there were a lot of requests for me to explain how I made them. So here it is, the destroyed heraldry tutorial. It is actually a lot simpler than you might think. It shouldn’t take long, so lets get started…
Its time for some more free stuff everyone, and I have a nice little giveaway for you! The kind folks over at Electric Rain have offered up 3 more copies of Swift3D V5 ($249 value each) to 3 lucky BittBox commenters. If you’re not familiar with Swift3D, it’s a very powerful 3D modeling/animation software that makes it super easy and fast to create stunning 3D animations and import them directly into Flash without writing a single line of code.
The other day I released a set of 11 Old and Grungy Film Textures on Lost and Taken that were accepted quite well, so I thought I’d do an encore release here on Bittbox. Just like the previous post, these textures were created using public domain images that were taken in the mid 19th century using the Daguerreotype method. I simply removed the subject matter from the images in Photoshop to leave only the textures of the old film. Hope you like ’em!
We’ve all probably browsed through lists of great desktop walpapers, but I thought it would be fun to actually see some of your desktops for real. I’ve done workspaceround-ups before, and now we get to peer even closer into some of our collegues’ digital environments. Every artist is different, and as you can tell below….so are their desktops. I asked people on twitter to send me screenshots of their computer desktops and below is the majority of what hit the inbox. I’ll start with mine, below (main monitor only).
I wanted to do some sort of roundabout dedication to our new incoming President with this week’s textures, but I didn’t want to do something too boring. It’s no secret Barack Obama is a smoker considering how widely publicized it’s been. He will join only three other presidents who were smokers: Warren Harding, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Lyndon Baines Johnson. Here’s to you, Mr. President!
This one was hard to title, but it’s just a quick workflow tip to save you time. Instead of having to type in demensions and DPI every time you create a new document, you can use a series of keyboard shortcuts to force Photoshop to make a carbon copy of the current document settings. Have a watch :)
I’ve got another high resolution Photoshop brush set for everyone’s downloading pleasure! I call these “Destroyed Heraldry,” and they were super fun to make. All of them are super-hi-res (most are 2500px). I spent a lot of time on each one individually, and they are a combnation of over 3 different types of media, and multiple layering effects to get to the end result.