Freebie Friday: All That Glitters is Gold
Who else is currently obsessing over gold? I’ve been a silver kind of girl for most of my life, but recently gold has really struck my fancy. This new found love of gold has given me inspiration to make a new mockup pack! (split into 3 mini packs, because Etsy only lets you upload 20MB or smaller files) Since I love this pack so much, I thought that I would share one of the files with you for free! Who doesn’t love free stuff, am I right?
How To Use a PSD Mockup
If you’re reading this post and somehow missed the last one, let me start by saying that I have released a Lettering Display Mockup Pack that can be edited in Photoshop. You can find it here, $10 for 4 files. Whether you choose to download these mockups or others similar to it, you might be wondering how to use them. Sure, they sound easy on paper – but if you’re not familiar with Photoshop, they might be a bit tricky to get the hang of at first. If this sounds like you, then read on.
My First Mockup Pack
If you’re reading my blog, you probably are aware that I’m trying to start up a creative business. Designing and lettering give me so much joy that I would love for it to be something I can do as frequently as possible. (I’m not delusional. I know this kind of business takes a long time to work up into a full time job – but everyone has to start somewhere.) I have two aspects to my business: digital and physical. The physical side includes things like custom art pieces, prints, envelope/card design, etc. The digital side includes things like resume/cover letter design, web and graphic/logo work, and mockups and other Photoshop resources. I have a pretty good background in Photoshop, so it only makes sense to make it a little easier on designers that don’t.
Personal Project: Digital Art
There are two sides to my love of digital art – my commercial and sharing-friendly side (the side that I tell my friends about and promote to everyone I can) and my “deep dark hidden” secret side (the side that’s too hard to explain to people who don’t get it, so I just do it for myself and for fun and for all the friends I’ve made through it). This post is about that second side.
Don’t be alarmed. What you are about to read are tales of a Photoshop junkie. I have spent five years making graphics like this, and if there were a way to make money off of it, I would. I have spent hundreds of hours creating art in Photoshop, and this is what it amounts to.
In this tutorial, you will learn how to take a black and white image and turn it into a realistic looking colored one. The process is pretty similar to a digital coloring book. I find it to be quite relaxing and a great way to get creative with color.
Adobe After Effects: An Under Appreciated Program
Let’s be clear here – by “an under appreciated program,” I mean specifically by me. I am nothing short of an Adobe fangirl. I have spent too many hours to count playing around in Photoshop, creating logos in Illustrator, coding websites in Dreamweaver, designing page layouts in InDesign, and editing videos in Premiere. So why is it that I’m just now discovering all of the amazing and fun things you can do with After Effects? Let me take you on a journey of my past week.