The Graphic Designer’s Resource Kit
March 29, 2016 - Uncategorized
There are a lot of tools and assets you can use to kick up your design standards or speed up your work. Take the guesswork out of choosing what you need in order to create and present graphic content that’s not only fantastically polished but also on trend with this content-filled resource pack from digital assets on Envato Marketm!
We’ll start with fonts that are usable in a variety of programs and contexts. Here’s an assortment of display and creative styles perfect for web and print use alike.
A bold, quite readable font, Porter is perfect for a variety of typographic needs. A font like this works wonderfully in a corporate design setting.
Goku is an elegant font is a bit of a throwback in its style. It’s a perfect fit for magazine covers, web page headers, and more.
Bold and angular, MOAM is a sans-serif that brings architecture to mind. Whether in regular, slim, or engraved style, MOAM remains fairly simple, with a few surprises in its letterforms (see the styling of the “W” below).
A strong, condensed sans-serif, Robinson isn’t just a typeface that’s perfect for poster designs, having been inspired by vintage newspaper titles, but it also features 18 styles, from regular to rough to corroded and more!
A wonderful alternative to the usual suspects for streamlined sans-serifs, Pine has some fun rounded features while remaining monospaced. It’s a wonderful typeface for branding projects, posters, and more!
A bold, branding font, Sovereign won me over for inclusion in this resource pack for the fantastic curve of its “S” and the way it flows into the other, well-crafted letters.
What would this list be without some hand-drawn fonts? August is just that, perfect for note cards, wedding stationery, and more!
Falco, a fantastic addition to bold display fonts and branding content, really shines where its inline styles are concerned. See below for just one of the ways Falco really makes a mark.
Anastasya Confession is a beautifully designed script font that features not only letterforms that flow into each other wonderfully, but also additional ligatures within the glyph set to really make typographic designs pop!
This list would be quite incomplete if it didn’t include a selection of fantastic vintage-inspired fonts. With this font bundle, you get just that: three fantastic fonts ready for packaging, t-shirts, and more! This font bundle may be just a starting point for you and your design needs.
Adobe Illustrator Assets
Starting in the realm of all things vector, let’s break down several categories for must-have digital assets.
Brushes are fantastic for adding a fun touch to vector objects or allow designers to create and draw within Adobe Illustrator. From art brushes to pattern brushes, the uses for brushes are numerous when creating print and web media. Below, I’ve collected three sets (featuring nearly 300 brushes) of useful brushes that will step up most every graphic designer’s game.
Featuring 104 custom brushes, this vector brush set is the perfect addition to your Brushes panel when creating textured, vintage-style graphics within Adobe Illustrator.
Whether you’re creating poster images or labeling for a brewery, having a comprehensive set of laurel wreath brushes and similarly styled vector brushes is a must for the graphic designer’s resource kit.
This set of art brushes kicks up the hand-drawn look several notches. From ink to charcoal to acrylic and more, this set offers a huge compilation of real-media style brushes in vector form. Easily transform icon sets from a flat style to a hand-drawn model or create new work in a sketched style quickly.
Actions allow you to record your process and save it to be applied to content again and again. Having actions at the ready for design trends or a design process that’s often asked for from a client means you get to spend more time designing creatively versus doing the same thing over and over. Check out four fantastic Illustrator actions collected below!
Speed up your time working on icon sets or creating graphic banners with a quick and easy Adobe Illustrator action for creating long shadows! Various length and angles are included in the asset as well, making this a must-have resource.
A great action set for logos, icons, infographics, and more, this 3D extruder action pack not only speeds up your design process, but does so in a beautifully designed way.
Make the most of your pattern-making time and speed up the process with this pattern-making action! Perfect for a quick background or an additional asset in a graphic pack, this action will allow you to create a wide variety of pattern types from a single image.
When time is not on your side or you want a place from which to build a more complex design, text effect actions are here for you! In this case, vintage-styled text effects, eight in all, can transform any text, font, or even vector shape into one of the fantastic styles seen below!
There’s little more satisfying than simply opening a Graphic Style set and applying a completed effect with a simple click of a button. Speed up your design process and keep on trend with these five Graphic Styles listed below!
Kick your infographic design up a notch with this simple and visually pleasing 3D city and map generator. Transform any vector shape into a 3D map piece and choose from over 200 additional assets included in the resource to complete your map, or use the assets as a jumping-off point for more personalized content.
Whether you’re designing wedding invitations, party flyers, or stationery, chalkboard text and vector styles will speed up your design process and keep you on trend.
Instantly transform any text or vector object into a watercolor-themed design with the click of a button thanks to this Graphic Style pack. Save on file space and time while creating poster designs, stationery, or an assortment of wedding graphics.
Create luxurious text and vector object designs with this gold-themed Graphic Style. Perfect for home decor, posters, and stationery, this Graphic Style set boasts 32 different gold styles along with an additional set of patterns to complement the aesthetic of the set.
Whether you need a quick logo for a mock-up product or a style to serve as a jumping-off point, having a large set of logo styles on hand makes for quick work. From candy packaging to mobile games and more, there are 80 different styles included in this pack, giving users the most bang for their buck.
From icon sets to infographic packs, having an on-hand resource for all design needs is a must for many designers, especially when you’re working with a short deadline or in need of an asset to supplement a small budget. Check out four graphic packs that are sure to be an asset to your needs below!
Whether you’re putting the finishing touches on a web design or in need of some icons for a flyer, having a large set of ready-made simple line icons in your arsenal will not only complete your project simply and easily, but also allow you to unify the aesthetic quickly.
Simplicity is never out of style. Having a huge set of flat icons ready for infographics, posters, and more means you have that portion of your design work already solved. These ones are easily editable with color changes, so you can mix and match icons since they’re already the same design style, having been crafted and collected before your project began.
Speaking of speeding up your design process, when creating mockups for branding or showcasing a product, you may need a quick and easy logo design at the ready. With this logo design creation kit, you have elements ready to mix and match, giving your presentations a quick boost.
Infographic creation can take a huge chunk of time, and when a client needs a large report filtered down into digestible graphics or you want to quickly illustrate a point for a website, having a large bundle of infographic assets at the ready will not only cut down on your headaches, but also mean happier clients who are looking for a professional product on the fly.
Now it’s time for our final category of Adobe Illustrator assets: textures. Whether you need to limit your color use or want to add a retro touch, vector textures can complete an image as well as cut down on the time you’re creating extra bits for an illustration, poster design, and more. Check out three fantastic possibilities for your texture needs below!
With over 300 grunge patterns included, you’ll find retro-looking graphics are a breeze when using a ready-made set of patterns within your design work. Consider adding them to an icon set to create a simple and quick variation, or using the patterns as object overlays with various blending modes in order to apply a different style to an already existing design.
One of my favorite styles of adding texture to a vector image is through the use of engraved patterns. Consider the multitude of patterns on paper money or printed images within an old book. Cut your time down making vintage creations with an engraved pattern set, and transport your icon set into the past quickly and easily.
When you need to limit the amount of colors used within an image or when you want another fantastic retro look, halftone is there for you. While Adobe Illustrator has some halftone patterns in its default pattern files, it’s definitely incomplete. Combine dots, lines, and textures included in the pack for a variety of screen-printed style imagery in your graphic design work!
Adobe Photoshop Assets
Our third and final section breaks down several categories for Adobe Photoshop Assets. Many of those listed will give you an alternative asset set to the vector list above while some others are specific to Photoshop, being something you can really only create and use in raster form. Check it out and enjoy!
Brushes in Adobe Photoshop are a must. From various effects to textures, brushes can speed up the process of creating and designing an event flyer or any project, really, allowing you to focus more on concept and less on execution. Check out three fun brush options below!
What event flyer or band poster would be complete without lighting effects? What about product mock-ups or movie posters? Sure, you could make such light effects by hand, but having a large set of brushes at the ready means you spend more time designing and less time fighting with materials or illustrating something by hand.
Additionally, brushes like these can go beyond their intended use and be used for a variety of painting needs outside the realm of graphic design! Please note that the image below only shows a small section of the bundle’s offerings, which include over 600 effects and other assets.
With handmade content so popular in graphic design today, having a huge kit of brushes and elements at the ready within Adobe Photoshop is a must for many designers. Check out the set below, which makes all sorts of web content, stationery design, poster design work and more a quick study in transforming digital content into a handmade-looking creation, whether you’re familiar with watercolors or not.
Much like the vector assets above, vintage and retro styles are still well in use in graphic design (what’s old is new). Whether you’re looking to add noise, scratch marks, or even a distressed paper look to your final design, this bundle of brushes has your back.
What better way to speed up the process of design than to make use of a pre-recorded action in order to transform a layer and its contents from a simple design into something fantastically rendered? Below you’ll find six action sets ready to speed up your design process.
Similar to some of the Adobe Illustrator content seen above, these vintage text effects quickly transform your text from a flat line of text into one of 10 three-dimensional styles, perfect for poster designs or whatever your advertising needs may be.
This action transforms a stock photo into a dream-like watercolor styled image quickly and easily. It, and actions like it, make for quick social media banners or backgrounds, event flyers, business cards, and more.
As the image below says, this action instantly transforms images and text into 3D content. It’s simple and easy, and is optimized for older versions of Photoshop. This design style, which is usually done in vector format when it looks this good, is now accessible with a quick click of the button. Imagine its use for a variety of web graphics or advertising content.
You’re running against the clock, have a fist full of stock images, and need them to look as though you had the budget for a professionally lit shoot: photo editing bundle to the rescue! This bundle of effects features 30 fantastic professional styles that will easily fire up a social media campaign, blog content, editorial spreads, and more.
Combining two images into an ethereal double exposure shot is made incredibly easy with this action. From promotional flyers to editorial use, effects like these can be a fantastic asset to your resource kit.
One of the most popular actions of the current year, this effect is a fantastic asset to posters for events and movies, or for the action-packed packaging design of a video game. Layer multiple effects to expand the effect creating something fun and unique. When your resource kit includes quick, go-to actions like this one, you’ve made quick work for trending effects that clients may be after for their projects.
Most of the styles collected below are shown as text effects, but they can be applied to an assortment of shapes and paths. Having a few sets of go-to layer styles speeds up your work process, allowing for graphic trends to be replicated quickly so you spend more time creating and conceptualizing and less time figuring out how to create embossed text in a client’s advertising campaign.
This set is huge, collecting 100 special effect styles together, making them quick and easy for you to access while creating a variety of web and print content. Whether you need metallic text for an event promo or candy-like text for a blog layout, you’re ready with a pre-made bundle.
Like the vector-based Graphic Style above, this Layer Style allows you to make quick work of creating gilded hand-drawn creations for home decor, stationery, and more!
This layer style pack is quite the twofer, giving you both embossed and pressed styles for text and icons in a style that looks as if it’s vector-based while remaining entirely rasterized. Perfect for displaying logos or creating branding mock-ups, this layer style is elegant and makes quick work of presenting content within your portfolio or in a client presentation.
In contrast with the numerous vintage design styles throughout this list, these 3D text effects are perfect for showcasing new, fresh design without trying to mimic the design styles of yesteryear. Another wonderful way to present logos and branding content within a portfolio or presentation, this layer style set features five different styles and bonus materials, allowing for more value for money spent on design resources.
One of the advantages of working in raster-based imagery is having access to high-quality photographic content. Mock-ups and scene generators allow you to present your own work or the products of your clients in a professional way on a much smaller budget than by organizing photo shoots or creating product samples yourself. Spend more time designing and enjoy these fantastic mock-up bundles below!
In this case you can create a variety of top-down scenes perfect for website designs, blog content, and more.
Show off t-shirt designs in your portfolio or give your client a variety of options for seeing your design work in action with this bundle of t-shirt mock-up images. I like this set for being a bit more editorial than the usual stock images you’ll find for creating comps of your work.
You have a variety of choices for product mock-ups. We could be here all day running through possibilities from cosmetics to food packaging. Whether you’re showing possibilities to a client for their branding or showing off comps of your own work in a portfolio, product mock-up sets like the one below give viewers something to connect with when looking at pages of graphic design.
Whether you’re running a print-on-demand service or showing off your latest poster design, being able to show your work finished and framed without having to set up a scene yourself can be a huge asset to your design business.
Perhaps you don’t have the space to create such a scene or you lack the funding for a good DSLR camera in order to capture it. Framed work mock-ups like this one give you what you need in order to show off your creations without cutting into your work hours heavily.
You’re hard at work on a book cover design for a client and want to give them options with a bit of a punch: a photorealistic book mock-up is ready for you. You can find a variety of book types (standard novel, coffee table book, a square book, and more) at the ready for your customizing needs. Consider having such assets at the ready in a variety of sizes within your graphic designer’s resource kit.
A must-have for any graphic designer is a branding-identity mock-up (or two, or three). These allow you to showcase your work for various clients, creating logos, business cards, letterheads, and more. They also allow your clients to connect with your logo options in an elegant and corporate-ready presentation.
This set offers up a one-two punch for showcasing rough work in your portfolio or when sharing with a client. Consider how handy it would be to run through your digital sketches in a hand-made format in your website’s gallery or on an Instagram account. I chose this asset in particular for its elegance and options for customizing your content into a simple scene.
This one is perfect for catalogs, magazines, brochures, and more. Many a graphic designer has to spend time laying out content in Adobe InDesign, and what better way to show it off in their portfolio or share it with their client than through a mock-up such as the one seen below.
Show off poster designs or use such an image for an advertising or even social media campaign. Mock-ups like this allow users to connect with the work in a tangible way. They can understand the size of your design as well as connect with the person in the image holding the poster up.
You’ll also find other options featuring different models or no models at all. In this pack, you have a lot of size and orientation options, even if the model is the same throughout the entire resource file.
Finally, we get to raster-based texture packs. There are a lot of options out there, and below I’ve selected three assets that I find useful based on their trendiness as well as usability for a graphic designer and their general day-to-day needs.
This bundle features several space images, in high resolution, ready for print and web media. Consider them a fantastic background to present typographic content or something to add to icon designs in order to stay on trend with galaxy-themed content. Backgrounds like these can also be combined with some of the actions listed above in order to create fun, complex imagery.
Whether you’re aiming to use paper textures as a background for your design needs or to be applied to existing graphics, paper textures can give a variety of imagery a retro look. Combine these textures with some of the content above, such as real-media style brushes, to create digitally created graphics with a traditional media style.
These textures are perfect for presenting product mock-ups, business cards, or using as textures for typographic designs or icon designs.
This resource kit aims to highlight current design trends and some must-have assets for every graphic designer. Chances are we’ve missed some Envato Market items that you think would be an excellent asset to any graphic designer’s toolbox. Share those links in the comment section below, and let this kit be a jumping-off point for building your ultimate digital asset set.
Source: Design – Tuts