40+ Best Photoshop Actions of 2018

Adobe Photoshop Actions are a great feature of the app, allowing you to create a process or workflow, record how it worked, and then easily repeat the process again for other photographs or design elements. Today we’ve collected some of the best Photoshop actions out there, for photographers and graphic designers alike. They cost just a few dollars but give you an incredibly powerful toolkit to easily repeat complex and intricate processes. Vector Art Photoshop Action This unique Photoshop action will instantly turn your photographs into scalable vector art and illustrations. The PS action literally turns your images into vector graphics that you can scale and use with various print designs. It comes with 15 different variations of the action along with 10 backgrounds and 10 color presets. Price: Envato Elements Subscription Comic Oil Paint Photoshop Actions If you’re a fan of oil paintings, this Photoshop action will come in Read the full article…

80s Fonts: A Retro Typographic Trend (+ Examples)

Everything about my childhood seems to be cool again. The Netflix hit Stranger Things seriously evokes feelings of the 1980s, people are buying classic Nintendo game consoles again, and everything 80s is totally rad, even when it comes to design projects. And what makes that 80s connection quickly? It’s typography. This decade definitely had a pretty distinct feel. We’re taking a look at the 80s retro font trend with plenty of great typographic options for your projects. Iconic 80s Fonts & Typography There are some typefaces that just scream the 1980s. The type treatment for Stranger Things is reminiscent of popular Stephen King book covers from the era. But that’s not the only style that feels very 80s. Block style-lettering with elaborate details is also a common visual type treatment of the era. Stranger Things Ruben Thinking Miami (Vice) Many of the popular styles of the 1980s are derived from Read the full article…

Overwatch ‘Pink Mercy’ sale raises $12M for breast cancer research

It can be hard sometimes to grok the scale of the gaming community, but the occasional charity event not only demonstrates the hugeness of the industry but also its diversity and willingness to shell out for a good cause. Today Blizzard announced that an Overwatch charity campaign raised an impressive $12.7 million for breast cancer research in just two weeks. Overwatch is an extremely popular team-based shooter game that has made an impression not just with its solid gameplay, but its striking and inclusive character design. This sensitivity to the ever-widening demographics of gaming led them to conceive of this charity campaign back in May. Players could for a limited time purchase a special “skin,” or 3D model, for the character Mercy — she’s the most powerful healer in the lineup, so the choice makes sense, even though the statuesque blonde isn’t exactly their most interesting character work. (A Pink Read the full article…

PlayVS CEO Delane Parnell to talk high school esports at Disrupt SF

The gaming world is evolving at a rapid clip. No longer is the idea of the lonely gamer a reality. Twitch and Discord have brought gamers together and given everyone the opportunity to see just how talented some of these young players are. Meanwhile, publishers and esports organizations have built out an infrastructure. But there is plenty left to do, and PlayVS founder and CEO Delane Parnell is well aware of this. We’re amped to announce that Parnell is joining us at TC Disrupt SF in September to talk about how high school esports could pave the way for even more growth in this industry. PlayVS is a startup that has partnered with the NFHS to bring esports to the high school level, providing infrastructure around scheduling, refs, rules and state tournaments. Not only does this allow high school students to get extracurricular experience doing what they love (playing video Read the full article…

5 legal terms every designer needs to know

Whether your thing is graphic design, web design or 3D art , you need to protect yourself. To prevent your work from triggering legal action, artists of all types (and freelancers in particular) need to get their heads around some pretty tricky legal jargon. This can feel overwhelming, so we’ve broken it down into the five key terms every artist should look out for. 01. Innocent infringement Innocent Infringement is when someone copying your work can claim they did not know they were infringing. This means they had no idea that the work was copyrighted, or had no means of contacting the owner of the work (An orphan work, in legalese). You can try to avoid this by adding ‘Copyright © [year of first publication of the work] [copyright owner’s name]. All rights reserved.’ to your print or render. 02. Derivative work A derivative work is work based on an existing Read the full article…

5 free Star Wars fonts

When it comes to making an impact with fonts, Star Wars knows what it’s doing. Before we even see spaceships and lightsabers, we’re treated to multiple fonts that set the scene and build up excitement. For devotees of the sci-fi films, the hunt for free fonts of the styles used in these opening shots has driven them to distraction. What is the Star Wars font? This question isn’t a simple as you might think. Over the years, the styles have been tweaked and polished by directors, much to the indignation of fans. Every Star Wars film opens with the familiar line ‘A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…’ written in a cool blue typeface. (Or purple or turquoise – your nostalgia mileage may vary.) The lettering for this outer space ‘once upon a time’ was originally created by hand, so short of tracing a screenshot, you’re not Read the full article…

What is a Design System, Why It is Important and What to Include

You’re reading What is a Design System, Why It is Important and What to Include, originally posted on Designmodo. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook, Google+! What is a design system, why is it important and what do you include in one? Over the last few years, design systems have become a popular, hot topic among designers. If you’re just joining this awesome bandwagon, welcome! Many … Read the full article…

The Culling 2 Launches Tomorrow

The Culling 2, a Battle Royale game with a focus on ballistics and brutal melee combat, will launch tomorrow on PS4, Xbox One and PC. The Culling 2’s quick turnaround comes as a surprise, as it was only announced last month by developer Xaviant. The official Steam page and official Twitter account for The Culling 2 confirm it will go live on PS4, Xbox One and PC at 10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT on July 10. Read the full article…

EA Buys Bungie Co-Founder’s Studio Industrial Toys

Electronic Arts announced today that it has acquired Industrial Toys, a developer known for the mobile titles Midnight Star and Midnight Star: Renegade. Industrial Toys was started by Alex Seropian, the co-founder and former CEO of Bungie Studios, and former executive at Disney Interactive. Seropian founded Industrial Toys in 2012, announcing their first game Midnight Star later that same year. “Creating breakthrough games takes passionate developers and incredible creativity, and each time we’ve worked with the Industrial Toys team, we’ve been inspired by their unique approach,” said Samantha Ryan, Senior Vice President of EA’s Worldwide Studios. “We’re thrilled to have them join our studio organization, pursue new ideas together and bring amazing new games to our players.” Read the full article…