Hand-drawn graphic design: common elements

It’s easy to create a hand-drawn look and feel in your designs using free resources from around the web. Graphic designers use a few common elements to achieve this effect. Here is a look at the most common

Hipster chalkboard look and feel

Let’s explore what goes into a chalkboard look and feel. There are a few simple elements that appear in nearly every chalkboard design. We’ve collected them here as a handy reference.

Free beach photos – high resolution, public domain

Here are some public domain photos of the beach. There are some photos of waves, beach chairs, sand, palm trees and more beach-themed photos. 100% free, no credit required under the Public Domain (CC0) license. Waves at

Clone yourself: Apps to put more than one of the same person in one photo

Have you ever seen those photos that feature the same person twice in a picture? That’s a result of putting multiple photos together. The photographer takes multiple pictures of a scene while they get the same person

More Instagram-style Filters as Photoshop Actions

Here are some more filters in the style of Instagram (or Hipstamatic, etc.) as Photoshop Actions. If you missed the first round, be sure to check them out. Even if you’re new to Photoshop, you should be

Parse Photoshop PSD files using Ruby

LayerVault has just open-sourced a library they have created to read Photoshop PSD files in Ruby. It allows you to parse the whole Photoshop document, inspect individual layers, even output a flattened image. Check out their post

Free placeholder and dummy images for designs

Have you ever needed placeholder images for a design and found yourself wasting time searching for images that won’t even be used? Good news — there are websites that allow you to create placeholder images on the fly.

How to make bumpy circles, flowers, splats and rounded stars in Illustrator

Here are a few quick tips about how to create some easy circle shapes in Illustrator. Plain circles can be boring, so these embellishments can help to make things more exciting if needed.

Browser Logo Icons – Flat Vector EPS for Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and more…

Here’s a collection of icons for the most popular browsers in EPS Vector format.

Super Simple UI Kit [PSD File]

This is the first of hopefully many original freebies from Design Pieces. It’s a Super Simple UI Kit, which can be adapted to any project.