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20 Amazing Star Wars themed Illustrations

This weeks post is a showcase of  the infamous world wide phenomenon star wars. Luckily a lot of designers are also huge fans of star wars, so we was able put together an inspirational post to get your creativity flowing of some of the very best Star Wars inspired designs and illustration. I hope you […]


Rough paint strokes smudges free Photoshop brushes set

This is another one of our great Photoshop brushes completely free to use in your designs. The theme for this brush set is a rough paint stroke. They are all large scale Photoshop brushes perfect if your design project is print design or digital based. This is a great set of brushes, which where really pleased to add to our inventory of great Photoshop brushes.

Please feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section below, and any suggestions you have for future brushes you would like us to produce.

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The design resources distributed on Creative Nerds may be used in commercial and personal design projects, but may not be redistributed or modified for resell. Any further question or queries don’t hesitate to contact us.

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48 free vector winter nature icons

Our very first big freebie of the year, and a great free vector set to start off the year with. The icon set is a winter nature themed set of icons. The pack includes in total 48 icons from penguins to winter snowflakes. There’s a broad range of winter themed icons to use across your design work. Each icon comes in both SVG and PNG file formats to be used for digital themed projects, or even print work.

A special thanks to the great folks over at Free Pik, for putting together this free exclusive freebie to download for free.

A special thanks to the team over at Free Pik who have kindly crafted together this spectacular free Icon for Creative Nerds readers. Please download the icon set, and tell us what you think in the comments section.  Please do also check out Free Piks website. 

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The design resources distributed on Creative Nerds may be used in commercial and personal design projects, but may not be redistributed or modified for resell. Any further question or queries don’t hesitate to contact us.


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Vibrant colorful fish free seamless vector pattern

This is a  vibrant colorful fish seamless vector pattern available in multiple different colors to choose from, for what best suits the style of your project. All the vector elements used to construct this pattern are elements from our wild life animal icon set, which you can also download for free.

I hope you like the pattern set, and any future suggestion for any for patterns you would like us to produce are always welcomed in the comments section.

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The design resources distributed on Creative Nerds may be used in commercial and personal design projects, but may not be redistributed or modified for resell. Any further question or queries don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Best of the web for Design and Web Development December 2017

Happy new year. This is the final monthly roundup from form 2017. I’m sure with the festive holiday season you may not have been on the web, as much as usual no worries we got you covered. We have rounded up as usual the very best Photoshop and Illustrator tutorials from December. We have featured some great tutorials on creating unique text effects using Photoshop and Illustrator. We have included some great articles about dealing with stress as a designer or developer, which I thought where fascinating reads as its something that is extremely common but rarely ever discussed.

I hope you enjoy the articles and tutorials featured in the roundup, and would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.


In today’s Adobe Photoshop tutorial we’re going to create a furry text effect by combining a real fur texture image with type, then we’ll use a clever Photoshop Brush trick to eliminate the hard edges from the type to give it a fuzzy appearance with lots of tiny hairs. My example uses the fur of a tabby cat, but you can use the same process with any animal pattern, such as Cheetahs, Zebras and Tigers for a cool safari themed type style.


In this tutorial, we will create a magical fairy photo manipulation in Photoshop. We will use a girl photo and turn it into a beautiful “Fair in Lamp”

Cool looking sparklers light text effectPhotoshop tutorial. You will learn how to create a sparkler typography using any font type and text that you want.sparkles

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to turn a photo of a person into pixel art as a fictional arcade gamecharacter from the early 90s.



In the following Illustrator tutorial you will learn how to create a detailed candy pattern brush and how to cleverly use it to create a sweet text effect.sweet

In the following Illustrator tutorial you will learn how to create a detailed candy pattern brush and how to cleverly use it to create a sweet text effect.starwars

Get warm, stay toasty, it’s cold out there! Play with texture in this knitted text effect tutorial.


In the following Illustrator tutorial you will learn how to create a detailed candy pattern brush and how to cleverly use it to create a sweet text

Web and Design articles

You may have heard quite a bit of talk about a CSS feature called Grid this year. If you are someone who cringes when you hear the words CSS and grid in the same sentence, then I highly suggest you check out this new CSS module called CSS Grid.


I’ve been cruising the reddit listings recently and without much searching I found a staggering amount of “jQuery is outdated”, “jQuery isn’t relevant”, “I think jQuery is dying out”, “…forget about jQuery. It isn’t good for anything anymore”, “jQuery hasn’t been relevant for years in my opinion, it’s best to avoid a “career” that requires it”!


You’ve been doing too much for too long. And it’s broken you. You’re burned out. You’re done.


The Spec was a little bit technical, but it was by far the most enjoyed specification I had ever read. If you’re a more advanced developer, bookmarkit for future references.cssgrid

for you. It takes some of the academic research on stress and applies it to the challenges designers face every day. Read on for tips on how to feel better, get on with other people, and most of all do better work.



Premium Members: 13 Spray paint Photoshop brushes

This is another great Photoshop brush set for our Creative Nerds Premium members. This premium resource is 18 authentic pencil hashes to add to your designs a really flexible Photoshop brush set that can be applied to your design projects, and used in a variety of different ways.

If you are interested in becoming a Creative Nerds Premium membership feel free to sign up by clicking here. You will be granted access to a library of tons of high quality design resources for a year, as well as new resources which are added to Creative Nerds Premium through out your membership period.


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Merry Christmas and a happy new year 2018

Thanks everyone who has downloaded one of our resources or shared a post, or simply just read one of our posts. Where truly grateful for the loyal readership, and great community we have on Creative Nerds. Without your support none of this would be even remotely possible.

In 2018 expect even better design resources and more great blog posts. Where working incredibly hard on Creative Nerds Premium, and we have some great premium resources lined up to be published over the forthcoming months. If you’re not a member don’t forget to sign up. It’s a great way to support the blog, and in return we will give you some sweet premium design resources.

Finally enjoy the holiday period. Merry Christmas and I hope 2018 will be a prosperous year for you all.


How to mask (cut out) object or people from images using Photoshop

In this Photoshop tutorial we will be covering an essential Photoshop technique on how to mask images within Photoshop. This technique is certainly a very useful one that any designer, or photographer should learn, as  its a really handy technique which I personally use all time for extracting  an object or people from one photography to another. It takes less than few minutes to learn the technique that you can then use all the time.

Tutorial Details

  • Program: Photoshop
  • Time estimation: Under 3 minutes
  • Difficulty: Beginner



The best design blog posts from 2017

Throughout the year of 2017 we have published over 100+ posts. It’s so easy to get in lost in all the posts we have published throughout the year from design screencasts to Photoshop brushes. This post we are reflecting on 2017 by looking back on some of our personal favorite posts we published. Hopefully included in this round up is a few hidden gems, or maybe blog posts you may have missed the first time it was originally published.

I hope you enjoy the post, and would love to hear what your favorite posts we have published on Creative Nerds in 2017. Thanks for being part of the journey, and we look forward to putting the same post together in 2018.

This free watercolor brush was a pleasure to craft together. This a great brush I’m proud to add to our collection of great free Photoshop brushes. This large scale brush is the perfect way to add an authentic watercolor paint spray effect to your design projects or artwork.

USB flash drives, they are now everywhere, slowly replacing compact disks. In this tutorial, I will show you how to draw an USB flash drive in Illustrator. The end result looks great, along the way your also pick up some nifty illustrator techniques you can apply to your future design work.

This is a tremendous icon set that features 80 unique animal characters from a star fish to bear a wide variety of beautiful icons your really enjoy incorporating into your design projects. The set of icons includes both a SVG vector file format of each icon, as well as a PNG of each icon too. This one of the best free animal icons sets please do feel free to download, and as always your feedback is immensely appreciated.

Behind every great movie should stand an iconic movie poster design that will be forever remembered and certainly a way for the consumer to want to watch the movie. I very often see some phenomenal fan made interpretations of movie poster designs that quite often don’t get showcased, or the recognition they deserve.

This free texture set was captured from the ocean of the one the surrounding Greek islands Corfu. The set in total includes two free textures to choose from to use in your design projects each texture is 3000px by 2000px perfect for large resolution based design projects.

A logo is a fundamental part of any brand. It’s what makes a company or even a product memorable and leaves a lasting impression. A great logo also separates you from the crowd of thousands of different logos already out there. The most troublesome part when it comes to a logo design is knowing where to start. What’s the best techniques to use? How do you find the right colour scheme? There’s so many question’s you want answered when it comes to producing a good logo design.

In this Photoshop tutorial I will be showing you how to to create a popular photo effects. A bokeh background using Photoshop. The tutorial end result take’s less than a few minutes to archive. The technique it self is widely used as background in print design, web design etc. It’s the perfect way to add a vibrant background to your designs.

This was a pleasure to craft together, and an awesome addition to our texture category an authentic free paint splatter texture. The texture is 2500px by 2500px a nice large scale texture to use in personal and commercial design projects.

To celebrate the festive valentines season the great team over at Free Pik have produced 48 valentines day icons exclusive to Creative Nerds. The set of icons includes a range of various different icons from diamond rings to chocolate. This is a tremendous set of free icons you’ll truly enjoy using in your design projects. Any feedback your can provide on the icon set would be highly appreciated.

Photoshop actions are a huge time saver in the photo editing process, especially when you need to apply the same image adjustments to multiple photos. This allows you to apply the same photo effect to multiple images in seconds, shaving hours off the editing time you would usually spend in the editing process within Photoshop.

In this short Photoshop tutorial where be showing you step by step how to create an ever so popular halftone background effect in a matter of seconds. This is a great effect that you can apply to your designs time and time again. Its certainly a technique worth having in your back pocket. The tutorial is the in form of a screencast, so should make it really easy to follow along and grasp the technique.

In this roundup where looking at popular photo effects that are commonly used by professional photographers from HDR to Lomo. We have found free Photoshop actions that can be applied to your designs or photography’s within a matter of seconds. This is a huge time saver rather than going through process of manually applying these effects to your designs or photography’s, especially in the scenario when you want to apply effect multiple times to different photography’s.

This is a unique arcade retro style icon set. The set of icon includes 48 icons, but each in two variations an outline version and a coloured version. The set comes in both SVG and PNG version, so can be opened in any design editing application of your choosing, also the perfect format for any type of digital design project or even print artwork.

This is the start of an new series  of monochrome seamless vector patterns we will be releasing on Creative Nerds over the next several months, so watch this space. This is a very nice monochrome pattern available in 5 different colour schemes to cherry pick from. The pattern set is perfect to be used in a variety of different design projects. I could envision this working really well if applied to your UI projects as a background, or even incorporated into print design.

This pack of free Lightroom presets includes 5 different presets that will instantly give your photos a matte effect. The matte or film look is very trendy right now and can be used with portraits, landscapes, nature photos, travel photos, and more. This pack includes presets of different strengths and styles. You’re sure to find a look that works well with your own photos. You can save yourself plenty of time in the photo editing process by making use of these presets. These presets are courtesy of Loaded Landscapes, and they are compatible with Lightroom 4, 5, 6, and CC. They can be used with JPG and RAW files.


An authentic watercolour splashes texture, which is a great hi-resolution size of 2000px by 2000px in size. The textures perfect for any type of project print or digital based designs. The texture is one where really proud to add as a texture to our texture category section, and one I hope you really enjoy using in your own down projects.

Posters are surprisingly a concept that has been around for decades. The evolution of poster designs has been phenomenal the quality and concept of a good poster gets better as time progresses. Posters have played a key part in the marketing and promotion of movies, and really makes a first strong positive impact for any film a well designed poster.

Low poly illustrations is a design trend, which is really starting to pick up some great momentum. Its design style which originated from video game development, but now been widely adopted into illustrations and poster designs. The beautiful geometric shapes combined  together from  a beautiful eye popping design.

The vector set includes 48 fantastic character fantasy illustration a wide variety of various types different of characters from wizards to robots to 3 headed dragons almost every fantasy character you could possible think of.


Long shadow free wooden icon set

A long shadow wooden social media icons set, which includes 11 icons for 11 popular social media websites. The icon set comes in both EPS and AI vector file formats to be used in range of different design projects from business card design to being used in the footer of a webpage. A good set of social icons your enjoy using in your design projects.

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The design resources distributed on Creative Nerds may be used in commercial and personal design projects, but may not be redistributed or modified for resell. Any further question or queries don’t hesitate to contact us.