Free For All: Design and Photography Freebies
InDesign Table Styles
Normally, the StockInDesign service sells InDesign templates and other InDesign-related resources. But to build their Twitter following, they've released a set of 10 free table styles you can use in InDesign CS4 and later. These styles are definitely worth adding to your toolbox, but...
When you visit the page describing the styles you won't find a "download" button — actually, you might, but that's part of ad banner for someone else's product; don't click it. Instead, look toward the bottom of the page for the button labeled "Pay with a Tweet." While the table styles, contained within a 10-page INDD InDesign document, are in fact free, you get the download link only after you've tweeted about them.
Note that the InDesign document containing the styles uses two free fonts, Caviar Dreams and Droid Sans, both available for download in the next section of this article.
Free Sans Serif Fonts
Lately this column has pointed you toward a lot with free Photoshop brushes — tons of them, in fact. This month I wanted to get back to everyone's other favorite freebie, fonts.
Caviar Dreams (4 Styles)
Droid Sans (2 Styles)
Carbon (2 Styles)
Strenuous (2 Styles)
4th and Inches
Letterpress Photoshop Layer Styles
Never fear, Photoshop-o-philes: I haven't forgotten you! Check out this set of Photoshop layer styles. Load the ASL styles into Photoshop's Styles panel via the Load Styles command on the Styles panel's flyout menu, and you'll be making letterpress (a.k.a. intaglio or impressed) type and shapes in no time! Download the ASL styles file and an example image here.
Essential Color Reference Infographics
We all know that the combination of red and yellow is a trigger in the human subconscious for hunger — just look at the brand colors of McDonald's, Burger King, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, and many other fast food chains. But did you know that the Japanese also associate yellow with illness, or that yellow is a color of mourning for Eastern Europeans?
What colors adorn the websites of the top brands in the world? How do those colors affect the psychology of the sites' visitors? I found a trio of highly detailed infographics that offer volumes of insight into any creative professional's color choices — whether for local or worldwide projects.
Note that these infographics are typically quite tall, with lots of information in them. The thumbnails you see above are only small portions of the entire infographics.
What can I find free for you? Want free fonts? Photoshop brushes? How about online applications that do this or that for free? Tell me in the comments what you'd like to see in future installments of Free for All, and I'll do my best bloodhound impression to track it down for you.
Please note: Free for All will often link to resources hosted on external Web sites outside of the control of CreativePro.com. At any time those Web sites may close down, change their site or permalink structures, remove content, or take other actions that may render one or more of the above links invalid. As such neither Pariah S. Burke nor CreativePro.com can guarantee the availability of the third-party resources linked to in Free for All.
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