Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Merry Christmas! Your presents are below...

FREEBIE ALERT!

Here's some Christmas cheer! I whipped up a batch of brand new Christmas ornaments, (20 of them, in fact) all at 300 ppi and on transparent backgrounds in png format so that any graphics program can open, and use them. They're free for commercial as well as personal use. Please be sure to read the ReadMe file inside the zip package for more details. Have fun creating, and have a great Christmas and a very happy New Year everybody!!


Click on winzip icon below to download. Enjoy! :)


Friday, 9 December 2011

Put some glow into your Christmas designs!

Here's a quick and dirty (i.e. 'easy and fast'!) tutorial for making your Christmas designs really glow this year. It can be done in any graphics program, so grab your weapon of choice, and let's go!

It requires a basic knowledge already of your graphics program, such as adding drop shadows, changing their color and blurring them because that's all we're going to be doing (told you it'd be quick and dirty!).

Step 1: Grab any image you like of anything with a Christmas theme: a tree, an angel, a Christmas decoration - anything with a Christmassy feel. The only proviso is that it MUST have a transparent background already such as a picture tube, a Photoshop brush, a png file etc. otherwise you'll be deleting the background out first, but that's another tutorial!

Step 2: We're going to add a drop-shadow to your image, but first we need to change the color to: R:252 G:181 B:56. This will give your shadow (i.e. the glow) a nice golden tone, as you can see below in my image, however the ultimate color can be anything you like, a red, green and so on, but don't hit the OK button on your shadow just yet...

Sep 3: BEFORE you actually add the shadow to your image, we must change the blur to a higher setting (in Paint Shop Pro I've gone with a blur setting of 50) and give it an opacity setting of around 50-75% - or just play around with the controls until you see something you're happy with.

Here's what I started with (note even though this image is shown on a white background, it was used on a transparent background while I working on it):



The end result. As you can see, I've added a black layer beneath the tree and added a Christmas message below. I chose black (yes, I know it's not a very Christmassy color!) because the glow effect looks more dramatic on darker colors. If you'd like a copy of the Christmas tree to use in anyway you wish (i.e. commercial use is fine) click on the little zip icon below, with my compliments. Merry Christmas!


Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Just published a whole new bunch of cute stuff for the junior geek! :)

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