4vector.com is back once again with a fresh new list of 21 poster mockups that will completely blow your mind! For those of you who have no idea what a “mockup” is – think of it as a digital prototype of your final design before printing it out on paper (or whatever medium it is that you’re using). You would ask, why go through the trouble of designing the poster and then placing it into these prototypes instead of printing them out?
It’s simple: 1) You will get a better idea of how your final design would actually look, and if your designer’s instinct is telling you to change the colour or font, you can edit it right away without wasting papers and ink, hence 2) you save money and the environment!
Besides, you can also use these free PSD layouts to showcase your artwork professionally on your portfolio or even Behance / Dribbble too 😉
1. 3 Real Photo Poster Mockups
Looking for a way to showcase your artwork to clients? Check out this complimentary set of photorealistic poster mockups! The layers are fully editable and compatible with Photoshop CS5, CS6, and CC. If you like their free version, you can also get their premium version that comes with 5 additional high quality mockups.
The Adobe team wishes you a delightful holiday season and a 2017 filled with creative inspiration. Here’s a free template to create your own seasonal greeting and spread some holiday cheer.
It’s easy to design an artful holiday greeting with a template from Adobe Stock. Templates can be opened directly inside Adobe Photoshop CC or Illustrator CC, so you’ll always have your favorite creative tools at hand. To get started in Photoshop CC, download this free template and save it to your CC Libraries or desktop.
Click here for the simple steps to create this festive holiday card.
Using Photoshop for your artwork is the way of the future! Not only can you remove mistakes with a simple hotkey, but you also don’t have to worry about the mess that is associated with real world watercolor. No longer do you require paper, water and colors. With Photoshop, everything is done with the power of computing. If you are a digital artist and are looking for your next masterpiece, consider using some of these great free watercolor design assets.
Installing Photoshop brushes and textures is a breeze. You can simply drag the ABR file onto your Photoshop window to install one brush. For a collection, head to edit>Presets>Preset Manager, select brushes and then add brushes by hitting the load button!
Click here to view and download the 14 watercolor bundles.
By The WebdesignerDepot Staff
All the time freelance web designers spend in coffee shops was bound to rub off sooner or later; whether it’s the hipster style aesthetic, or the dramatic scale they allow us to work on, everybody loves chalk art on blackboards.
Lettering experts have been incorporating this style in their work for a couple of years, and now you can too, absolutely free of charge.
This exclusive free download has been designed by vectoropenstock.com. It includes 100+ chalk designs, featuring badges, ribbons and labels, coffee and bakery emblems, love emblems, inspirational badges, and infographic elements.
The files are supplied as vectors (.ai) so you can resize them however you please without losing quality. What’s more they’re free for personal and commercial use. Click here to read and download.
November 27, 2015
Need to spice up your holiday designs? Check out these 12 amazing free Christmas fonts!
Much like Christmas sweaters, many Christmas fonts are notoriously tacky. However, that’s not to say there aren’t some great Christmas fonts out there. Let’s take a look at a few of the best Christmas fonts online.
Quick Note: While all of these fonts are free for personal use, the commercial limitations vary from font to font. Before you include these fonts in your next project, be sure to check the commercial limitations.
Santa’s Sleigh is a simple font that can be used to quickly convey information. The font is perfect for titles and lower thirds.
July 31, 2012
Discovering After Effects is a totally free training series that will get you up to speed and working with After Effects in little to no time. This series covers the basics up through advanced techniques that will help you become proficient in Adobe After Effects and look like a rock star to your clients and employers.
This training is offered completely free of charge, because we feel that everyone in video and film production should have a working knowledge of After Effects. Someone in our past taught us After Effects and we believe in paying it forward.
Discovering After Effects Introduction
Lesson 01 – The After Effects Interface
A brief walkthrough of the After Effects interface and how to use it.
Lesson 02 – Layers and Effects Controls
In this tutorial we go over how layers and effects work in After Effects.
Lesson 03 – Keyframes, Animation and Time Remapping
This tutorial covers keyframes, how to animate in After Effects and how Time Remapping works.
Lesson 04 – Masks
How to create and use masks in After Effects.
Lesson 05 – Mattes
How to create and use mattes in After Effects.
Lesson 06 – PreComping
What is nesting or precomping? Why is it important? Check out this tutorial to see why.
Lesson 07 – Parenting
Parenting is a powerful and important function of After Effects, learn how parenting works here.
Lesson 08 – Motion Tracking
Learn all about Tracking and Stabilization in this tutorial.
Lesson 09 – After Effects for Editors
I don’t make motion graphics or visual effects, how does After Effects benefit me? Find out here.
Lesson 10 – Expressions and Beyond
Expressions are powerful and can literally save hours of time, learn how to use them here.
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January 21, 2012
In this post we’ve rounded up 10 of the best websites for getting ideas and inspiration for your next project. Highlighting the best in video editing, production and broadcast design, these sites are constantly being updated with the most interesting work in the industry.
For those interested in broadcast design and motion graphics, this is a must bookmark site. Tons of CGI based commercials and demo reels, as well as music videos and experimental shorts. Showcasing some of the best work being done today, MotionGraphics.nu is a curated collection of interesting and high-quality videos.
Like MotionGraphics.nu, Motionspire showcases top work in communication design and graphics. One of the highlights of this site is it’s simple layout and easy search functionality. Find videos in popular categories (stop motion, typography and visual effects to name a few) or dig back in the archives to find past favorites. Motionspire is updated often and like the name implies, it’s a great source of motion graphics inspiration!
With the vast amount of videos uploaded each day online, finding the best videos can be like looking for a needle in a haystack. “Devour sifts out the best videos and posts the well-curated collection every weekday,” from across the web. From rising YouTube stars, quirky music videos and hilarious commercials, Devour serves up interesting content that’s great for video production and editing inspiration. You can also follow Devour on Facebook or Twitter to get all the latest.
For those serious about getting the latest ideas and creative inspiration there’s Shots.net. Shots highlights cutting edge television commercials and online video campaigns, as well as provides in-depth behind the scenes coverage of commercial production and director interviews. Geared toward ad agencies, Shots is a subscription-based service that includes full access to the site as well as DVDs and magazines. With over 6,000 archived commercial spots, find out who directed, shot and cut some of the world’s most cutting edge commercials.
Creativity Online highlights the very best of advertising, marketing and entertainment. From television commercials to viral videos and online interactive projects, the site showcases the most creative projects happening today, and the behind-the-scenes production work. Creativity Online is more than just a gallery of work…interviews and industry news keep readers abreast of the latest developments. See what some of the best and brightest are creating!
|Best Ads on TV|
Although the site features the best advertisements across many platforms (online, print, outdoor) the highlight here is the television adverts. Updated weekly, the site features unique commercials and provides full credits for each of the productions (director, producer, agency and more). Get editing and graphic design inspiration, and stay abreast of some of the most interesting ads to hit the market.
|The Cool Hunter|
Popular site, The Cool Hunter, showcases what’s “cool, thoughtful, innovative and original” in both culture and design. Among the topics covered on the site is “advertising” and the videos featured on the site definitely live up to that. Check out trendy television commercials and unique viral videos…great for getting creative ideas for your video projects.
Motionographer serves up a daily dose of inspiration with their featured videos and commercials, as well as stories highlighting the most talented designers and firms in the business. Learn about the creative process behind innovative projects, including full credits and in some cases a list of software and equipment used in the production and post. Sign up for their daily digest and get the newest content delivered for free regularly!
|Motion Graphics Served|
MotionServed.com is a collection of high quality motion graphics projects, part of the Behance Creative Network. Curated and updated often, Motion Graphics Served dishes out the best in animation, CGI and digital animation. Music videos, title sequences and broadcast commercials make up the majority of the work showcased. While you’re on the site, check out the Job Board to learn about current industry-related job openings around the world.
Most video professionals are familiar with Vimeo, but we’d be remiss to exclude it from our list of sites for motion graphics and video editing inspiration. With most of the content on the site available in HD, Vimeo highlights some of the best work being done in independent film and video production. Vimeo staff curate the “videos we like” feature on the site’s homepage…an always interesting selection of unique videos, perfect for gaining ideas and inspiration.
August 29, 2011
Remember when your heart sank just a little when you realized the Pink Panther movie wasn’t a cartoon?
Then, only a few years later, seeing Edward Gorey’s eerily fantastic opening to “Mystery!” capped with Vincent Price’s name on a headstone had your head spinning at the thought of the kind of stories those etchings could tell…if only the show was based on those illustrations.
Well, we want to see more of that. So watch and remember and create. And if you’ve got something to contribute, send it along.
A compendium and leading web resource of film and television title design from around the world. We honor the artists who design excellent title sequences. We discuss and display their work with a desire to foster more of it, via stills and video links, interviews, creator notes, and user comments.
Featuring opening title design for film and television from Croatia, New Zealand, Serbia, Russia, the United States, Brazil, England, France, India, Japan, Italy, Chile, Mexico, Yugoslavia and Egypt.
April 1, 2011
by VideoMaker, Contributing Editor Jim Stinson
When you light a set or location, you’re not just cranking out lumens to get a good f-stop. You’re painting the scene with light, and a powerful painting tool in your kit is the cookie. Cookies are big cards with patterns carved out of them and placed in front of lights to throw shadows on walls and other surfaces. (If you care where the odd name “cookie” comes from, consult the adjacent sidebar — though it won’t help very much.) Cookies are easy to make and use, and they’re more fun than a barrel of people, so let’s see what they can do for you.
Cookies are large (at least 24″ square) cards or boards — sort of like big lighting flags with patterns cut out of them. By placing them between a spotlight and its target, you can throw distinct silhouettes like leaves or window blinds. You can create tinted patterns by fronting any cookie with a colored gel. Cookies are typically made of metal, cardboard, or, as we’ll recommend, thin plywood or foamcore board. As we’ll also see, we can often use some dimensional objects as cookies.
What Cookies Do At their simplest, cookies can spruce up a dull surface by varying the light washed across it. This is useful for the background walls often visible during interviews with talking heads. It can also add snap to a plain gray curtain backing a studio set.
Many special-purpose cookies work great for softening the background. By placing them quite close to their lights, their silhouette shadows are too soft to reveal any pattern. Instead, they produce a subtly variegated wash across the background. If you need a dedicated wall-breaker-upper, a design like Figure 1 works well if you make the holes small and irregular, and place the cookie close to its light source. For location lighting, strong color washes can look hokey, but you can slip a light blue or amber gel over the spotlight behind the cookie to cool or warm a bland background.
Cookies often suggest things that are outside the frame (remember: if it’s not in the frame, you can imply that it exists). Very common patterns include Venetian blinds (Figure 2 — we’ll explain why the blind cutout is raked) or the mullions of bare, small-paned windows. Leaves or leafless tree branches (Figure 3) are also common. Incidentally, the all-purpose mottled cookie shown in Figure 1 also works well for leaves when you place it farther away from its light source, to create more distinct shadows.
When suggesting off-screen objects with cookies, you can often strengthen the effect with colored gels. For example, a pale green gel used with a leaf cookie can help sell the illusion that the scene is in a sunlit forest.
Though you can cut cookies out of sheet metal or cardboard, you’ll find that plywood and foamcore board are easier to work with.
For quick and simple construction, use a sheet of half-inch foamcore board — the kind with rigid Styrofoam sandwiched between sheets of paper. Choose a board that’s black on both sides, to control bounce from the light source. Look for boards two feet square or larger. The bigger the board, the farther away from the light it can be placed and the bigger (and simpler) the cuts you’ll need to make to create a pattern.
Now, draw the silhouette you want on the board. I like to use a classic Xacto knife, but any matte knife or box cutter will serve. Cut against a throw-away board so that you can make deep knife passes that slice cleanly through the foamcore.
Remember: the light will shine through the holes, so the part you don’t cut will throw the shadow. This sounds obvious, but I once got confused and cut the shape of a tree out of my board, which of course, projected a white silhouette instead of a black one. All cookies should have generous opaque borders to prevent light spill. Note the thick border around the bare tree in Figure 3a. If you’re working in stiffer plywood, you could make an open-sided cookie, as in Figure 3b, for extra versatility.
If you think you’ll use a cookie repeatedly, you may want to make it out of 3/16 plywood instead of foamcore. (Quarter-inch ply is stiffer but heavier — take your choice.) A power scroll saw works well enough, but I prefer the high-performance rotary tool that uses a drill-type saw and operates like a router (such as a Dremel tool, or a Black and Decker RTX, for example), for close control over the finer details.
To deploy a cookie effectively, you’ll need a century stand or similar stand-and-clamp to hold the sheet in position, plus a spotlight to shine through it. The light source should be a spot, because it produces a hard-edged beam that creates good shadows. (I like a unit with a lens, for even better control.) Four-way barn doors are a must, to keep the light from spilling around the edges of the cookie and ruining the effect.
Now you see why the cookie has to be at least two feet square. To get a well-defined shadow, you need to place it well out in front of the light source. Move it in and out to create just the edges you want; then barn door the spot to keep the light within the cookie area. If necessary, widen the light masking by adding free-standing flags.
To adjust the overall intensity of your silhouette, move lamp and cookie nearer to the background or farther away. (It’s difficult to dim a halogen spotlight without warming up its color temperature.)
Now about that rake on the Venetian blind cookie. If you try to create this effect with a square-cut outline, you have to turn the cookie at an angle. This makes it much harder to keep light from spilling around it, and the near end of the shadow will be softer than the far end because it’s closer to the light source. By building the diagonals into the cutout, you can place the cookie at right angles to the light.
If you think the bare tree cookie (Figures 3 and 3b) is tricky to cut and handle, you’re right. Instead, I get the same effect by carrying a fan of dead branches from an actual shrub and clamping them up in front of the spotlight with a C-stand. It works great and I can simulate a windy day by moving it slightly during the shots.
Branches complete with leaves work even better. Just clamp ’em up, aim a fan at them, and check that realistic rustle on the background. BTW, I think this effect works better when the leaves are close to the light and their edges are very soft.
Perhaps the ultimate moving cookie is the fire hula skirt: a curtain of skinny strips hung in front of an orange-gelled light and moved slowly by a crew member to create a flickering effect. In the past, we’ve suggested thumb-tacking newspaper strips to a stick, but I find that thin but opaque cloth can be rolled up and reused when needed (
Figure 4). Finally, don’t forget that cookies don’t have to be realistic. In studio situations, you may want a frankly stylized look to project on a background–for example, try a vaguely urban roof line silhouette (Figure 5). Placed above and in front of a gray curtain, this cookie can work very well. However, if you’re going to do this often in your studio, consider investing in one of the ellipsoidal spots-with-gobo described in the accompanying sidebar.
What’s in a Word?
“Cookie” is short for “cucalorus,” a word so obscure that Google turns up only the information that its origin is not, in fact, Greek, and that it may or may not be named for a character in a fairy tale (um, okay). Cookies are sometimes classed as a subset of “gobo,” a theatrical term for silhouettes used to throw shadows and/or color patterns.
Widely employed at plays, rock concerts, and clubs, true gobos are usually placed inside lights of a type rarely used in movies (ellipsoidal spotlights, a.k.a “lekos”). Freestanding cookie-type gobos are also used sometimes in stage applications.
Some claim that the word gobo derives from “go-between;” but there’s no evidence for this, and anyway, if that were the case, why wouldn’t the short form be “gobi?”
Contributing Editor Jim Stinson is the author of the book Video Communication and Production.
Whether you are lighting an interview or a scene for a movie, the background light must always be considered. How much light should you use? How many shadows need to be created? Should you apply a simple splash of color or something with more texture? When making these decisions it’s handy to have a variety of cookies to choose from.
A cookie, short for “cucoloris,” is a large board with a pattern or shape cut out of it. It’s placed in front of a spot light in order to throw a textured shadow or a silhouette onto the background. These shadows and silhouettes can include tree branches, blinds, or something a little more abstract. Cookies can bring additional ambiance to your scene and are not only easy to use, but also fairly easy to make.
To make your own cookie all you need is a large board, at least 24″ square and preferably 1/2-inch foam core board, though thin plywood, sheet metal or cardboard would work also. To help control the bounce from the light source, choose a board that is black on both sides. Next, use a sharp edge, such as an Xacto knife or box cutter, to cut out the pattern of your choice. Drawing your pattern on the board prior to cutting may help as a guide. Remember, if your desired effect is a silhouette, cut out the area around the shape, not the shape itself.
Cookies are a basic lighting accessory that will allow you to vary your lighting design. By learning how to make your own cookies you can create endless design possibilities while being able to be more adventurous with your choices.