One of my favorites weekend morning activities is fooling around in Photoshop. From time to time I find myself lured by one or more interesting effects. This time it was grungy, well worn (thought not worn out) hang tags. It actually started when I stumbled across a Photoshop tutorial on how to create a well worn ace of spades playing card. This tutorial is a popular and one can view results of the tutorials students in various locations on the web:
View Kevin Chu’s Result
View Lara’s Result
View My Result
Where would the fun be if I didn’t provide my .psd. One never knows when something other than “SALE” might come in handy.
Who doesn’t need spare change from time to time. Starting right now you can mine your own coin with my Photoshop Bitcoin file. There are two designs to choose from, or edit my file and create your own coin design.
Grab Some Coin
Bitcoin is an open source peer-to-peer electronic money and payment network introduced in 2009 by pseudonymous developer “Satoshi Nakamoto”. Bitcoin has been called a cryptocurrency because it uses cryptography to secure transactions. Digitally signed payment messages are broadcast to and verified by a decentralized network of computers all over the world. Specialized computers use a proof-of-work system to prevent people from copying and spending the same bitcoin multiple times, a problem for digital currencies known as double-spending. The operators of these computers, known as “miners”, are rewarded with transaction fees and newly minted bitcoins.
A couple years ago I developed a website for an intriguing woman; Marsha Hankins. I Am Standing in the Light was the site and on its contact page, as I often like to do, I inserted a photo to help illustrate the page. The photo was a Photoshopped representation of a freeway sign, and more importantly to a new and exciting location.
As luck would have it, I found myself in need of another freeway sign graphic and could not find anything that would suite my purpose in the stock photography houses I prefer to frequent. There was nothing left to do but create my own.
Download and enjoy the possibilities with this layered Photoshop file.
Download Freeway Signage
My Sister Judi occasionally leans on me for help with her graphic arts projects. Today I was asked to solve her Corel Draw issues and send over a flyer that she could use to advertise her upcoming camp-out.
Corel Draw is a great program and can be a lot of fun. Judi had the file so convoluted that starting from scratch was my only option. I fired up Photoshop; waaay more fun that Corel Draw. Using a background I found online on somebody’s free backgrounds blog, the end result is nothing real special, but might help jump start your own Christmas flyer project.
I recently was engaged to create a ribbon seal commemorating a companies twenty years in business. Photoshop to the rescue. While I was at it I decided to make my layered and annotated file available to others who may need a commemorative ribbon seal, but maybe not specifically twenty years.
Check out how it looks on the Medlin Equipment Inc. website