Today we'd like to share with you guys an awesome new product launch announcement that we think you'll love. COLOURlovers Seamless Studio is a desktop Mac/PC app that makes it super simple to design great-looking vector patterns for all kinds of design projects. The app contains many new features including the ability to build custom shape libraries to use in patterns, import vector shapes, draw custom wavy, sawtooth, straight, dashed & dotted lines, upload pattern templates directly to COLOURlovers to share with the community, and export infinitely scalable SVGs, which can be opened in Illustrator and other programs. Not sold yet? Check out these awesome patterns others have built with it: The kind folks over at COLOURlovers have given us 5 licenses of the app to give away to you here today. For your chance to win, simply RT this post. Winners will be announced here in exactly one week. Happy Sunday!
It's time to announce our five lucky winners for the UFeedMeBack Giveaway! In case you didn't catch the last post on UFMB here's a quick recap of who/what they are: UFeedMeBack is a straightforward consulting tool that gives it's members (invite only) access to request feedback from well-known designers (feedbackers) who are willing to share some of their wisdom with the goal of helping others in the design community who are eager to learn and grow. So we had 28 comments, after asking the random number generator to give me five numbers I came up with these winners: 1. Millard 2. Richard de Ruijter 3. YuliusstaR 4. Nick Fratter 5. SIMON from ScCDesign Here is what I need you guys (the winners) to do. I need you to send me an email at nathan[@]abduzeedo.com so that I can connect you with UFMB and get you the $20 in credits you've won. As for everyone else, please feel free to stay connected to UFeedMeBack by applying for their service here.
So...who/what is UFeedMeBack? UFeedMeBack is a straightforward consulting tool that gives it's members (invite only) access to request feedback from well-known designers (feedbackers) who are willing to share some of their wisdom with the goal of helping others in the design community who are eager to learn and grow. Pretty cool idea, right? I thought so... I think it's been a few months ago now that UFeedMeBack (UFMB) contacted me about doing a giveaway as a way of introducing their new service to the Abduzeedo community. My first thought was that they've got a really cool idea and a not so catchy name. Nevertheless, because I know how helpful it can be to have someone to bounce ideas off of - especially someone who's opinion you respect - I got really excited about introducing this service to you guys. And just to be clear, yes, this is a sponsored post. However, all the opinions I express here are mine and the goal is to get some thoughts and comments from you guys too...as well as give away $20 worth of credits to 5 commenters so you can test the service out for yourselves. So how does UFMB work? Once you've signed up you'll want to get started by setting up your profile and submitting a design to get feedback on. Then you get to choose the feedbackers that you want to give access to your design. Once your design is uploaded the feedbacker(s) you've chosen can view it and make comments like this... Their comments will show up below your submitted design for you to view and discuss like this... Once you've received some constructive criticism from the UFMB expert who took on your design, you're able to make changes and resubmit. Each submission costs $2 - plus whatever the feedbacker charges. I've been told that the recommendation from UFMB to it's feedbackers is to charge 10% of their hourly consulting rate...so you can expect something around $10-$15 per submission. Who are the feedbackers? Here is a list I received of all the feedbackers currently on the site. Of course, the goal is to constantly be attracting big names in the design world - so I'd expect this list to grow with time. Nick La - @nickla (creator of webdesignerwall - bestwebgallery - themify ) Adelle Charles - @adellecharles Josh Brewer - @jbrewer (designer at twitter) Yaron Schoen - @yarcom Rogie King - @rogie Tyler Galpin - @TylerGalpin Robin Raszka - @robinraszka Sean Farrell - @brand_clay Josh Hemsley - @JoshHemsley Jeff Broderick - @brdrck Ismael Burciaga - @ismaelburciaga Andy Budd - @andybudd Andy Rutledge - @andyrutledge Iris Sousa - @irisedasousa Gedy Rivera - @gedyrivera Matthew Smith - @squaredeye - Creative director at Zaarly Sarah Parmenter - @sazzy - Speaker & Owner of You Know Who Design Andrew Cornett - @amotion Designer at Kickstarter Drew Wilson - @drewwilson Everaldo Coelho - @_everaldo currently working at Apple Lea Alcantara - @lealea Vin Thomas - @VinThomas How do you participate? It's pretty simple. All you need to do is go to www.ufeedmeback.com and apply for the service, which is free. After reading this post and checking out their site, leave a comment below with your thoughts and/or questions. We'll then use a random number generator to choose five commenters and award them one invite each and $20 worth of credit to give the service a test run. Looking forward to your thoughts!
A few weeks ago we held a design contest sponsored by Filter Forge with the prize being a free copy of their software up for grabs to the top three contestants. However, just in case you didn't catch that first post, here's a brief explanation of who/what Filter Forge is: Filter Forge is a high-end graphic software allowing you to create visual effects, enhance photos, generate textures, and process images. It features 7500+ free ready-to-use realistic and abstract textures and effects, and a powerful visual editor to create custom ones. Filter Forge can operate as a standalone application or as a plug-in for Photoshop and compatible hosts, under Windows or Mac OS X. So, without further ado, here are your Filter Forge contest winners: Jerry Maninang Gaggo Ponti DOTY (email address, didn't send name) If you are one of the above three winners I will be sending your email addresses to Filter Forge today so that they can send you the serial numbers that validate the trial software you downloaded! Congratulations! Additionally, I'd like to mention that Filter Forge has some new free patterns that everyone can download. They recently released "Freepack 6" which contains nine seamless patters. I've include some samples below. [Download here]
A few weeks ago, we made an interview with Radim Malinic, an illustrator and graphic designer based in London, England. Now he's back this week with a Book Giveaway for his Book #Three, a collection of commercial and experimental work done by Radim during the last couple years. The interview with Radim Malinic / Brand Nu can be viewed via this link http://abduzeedo.com/interview-radim-malinic-aka-brand-nu. We have 5 "Book #Three" to giveaway. To participate is very simple, just leave a comment in the comment box below with a valid email so we can contact you. Update: The Winners are JMerrill, Femi, Cruz Barcelona, Sonic21 and Franz Jeitz. Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everybody for participating. I'll contact the winners and we'll send your Book #Three from Radim Malinic To get more information about the Book Three, you can click on this link Brandnu.co.uk/Book-Buy . Several self-initiated experiments, unpublished elsewhere, which show the passion and excitement that Brand Nu applies to seeking new techniques to add to his ever expanding creative arsenal.About the Book Three Book #THREE by Brand Nu from Brand Nu on Vimeo. About Radim Malinic Radim Malinic / Brand Nu is an award winning art director, illustrator and graphic designer based in London, England. Under the name of Brand Nu he works with leading household brands as well as upcoming business, playing a crucial part in the formation of brand language, product advertising, print illustrations and web solutions. Radim Malinic has firmly established himself over the last few years as one of the most successful and prolific commercial illustrators working today. His award winning work is renowned worldwide for its innovation, passion and attention to intricate detail. For more information on Radim Malinic, check out his website BrandNu.co.uk or follow him on Twitter @brand_nu. You can also check out his personal website at RadimMalinic.co.uk and the website of this studio Black Sands at Black-Sands.co.uk.
Hey everyone! More good news from Filter Forge; after the great response and high participation we got on their last contest a few months back, they've decided to run another one here to celebrate the launch of their new 3.0 beta. If you didn't catch it last time, here's the rundown on the Filter Forge software: Filter Forge is a high-end graphic software allowing you to create visual effects, enhance photos, generate textures, and process images. It features 7500+ free ready-to-use realistic and abstract textures and effects, and a powerful visual editor to create custom ones. Filter Forge can operate as a standalone application or as a plug-in for Photoshop and compatible hosts, under Windows or Mac OS X. So what does the launch of their new 3.0 beta mean for you guys? Two things... 1. If you participate in this contest you could win a free copy of the commercial version of Filter Forge 2.0 now, and a nice discount on the 3.0 software when it goes commercial. 2. You can download the free 3.0 beta and regardless of whether or not you win this contest, submit a "bug report" to Filter Forge and they'll give you the commercial version of 3.0 for FREE when it's released. [details here] Contest Guidelines Similarly to our last contest, you'll be using the Filter Forge software to create your own custom filter(s) and/or use one of the 7500 filters that come with their software to create an original piece of your own. You may submit up to 5 filter examples, but you must include a before and after image for each filter you use. The top three submissions will be awarded a free license for their downloaded Filter Forge software, a value of $399! How to Participate A free fully-functional 30-day trial version of Filter Forge 3.0 beta is available on their website. CLICK HERE to download that free trial so you can use it to create your submission according to the guidelines above. Send your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 17th (This Firday!) with "Filter Forge Contest" in the subject line to participate. Some Awesome Examples From The Filter Forge Gallery: Snake scales created with Filter Forge. Modeled in Hexagon, textures created with Filter Forge. Modeled in Hexagon, textures created with Filter Forge. Recommendations The Filter Forge Watercolor filter is so realistic that it's scary. It is soooooooo GREAT! Trust me, you definitely need to check this out. — Russell Brown, Senior Creative Director, Adobe Inc. www.russellbrown.com Filter Forge's amazing node based editor has been invaluable in giving us the power to create textures that make the most of today's real-time pixel shaders. — Karl Wickens, Visual Effects Lead Artist, Electronic Arts www.ea.com This is really a fantastic piece of software, I highly recommend everyone checking it out if you're into pattern/texture map creation. — Neil Blevins, Technical Director, Feature Films www.neilblevins.com Filter Forge is – by quite a margin – the most powerful plug-in we've looked at here. That's because it's a tool for creating plug-ins, both generative texture-creation tools and effect filters. — Neil Bennett, Digital Arts www.digitalartsonline.co.uk Filter Forge is an incredibly powerful new Photoshop Plugin. It's simply amazing. It gives you the power to create your own filters (you must run them from inside Filter Forge though) without any programming knowledge at all. — Enrique Flouret www.photoshoproadmap.com
The T-Shirt industry is grossing at such an incredible rate these last few years. Everyone would love to get through the mysteries behind this business full of richness and opportunities. Jeff Finley, the man behind Go Media, recently launched his ebook Thread's Not Dead. An ebook about the essential strategy from the success and failures of some of the best in the t-shirt design scene We have 5 ebooks Thread's Not Dead to giveaway. To participate is very simple, just leave a comment in the comment box below with a valid email so we can contact you. Update: The Winners are Finestshirts, Ciprian Manolache, Istone012, Jwtdesign and Levon Cross. Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everybody for participating. I'll contact the winners and we'll send your Thread's Not Dead Ebook! To get more information about Thread's Not Dead, you can visit ThreadsNotDead.com . Design, freelancing, band merchandise, personal branding, marketing, sales, printing & production, retail, e-commerce, and moreKey topics of Thread's Not Dead About Jeff Finley Jeff Finley is a designer and co-owner of Go Media. An Ohio native, he has a background in illustration and cg animation and has a passion for business, marketing, social media, and building communities around brands. He's been designing professionally since 2004 and got his start working with punk rock bands and indie clothing brands. Jeff was one of the original members of the t-shirt design community Emptees and won t-shirt of the year in 2007. In addition to designing shirts for major label bands like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana, and even Britney Spears, he has designed and consulted with several indie apparel brands like Declaration, Disciple, Cure Apparel, Paint the Stars and more. He's also founder of Weapons of Mass Creation Fest in Cleveland, Ohio in United States. For more information about Jeff Finley, you can visit JeffFinley.org , also check out the website of Go Media at GoMedia.us or simply follow him on Twitter @jeff_finley . This upcoming June, Jeff Finley will be throwing the Weapons of Mass Creation Fest, a grassroots arts, design and music event. For more information, make sure to check out WMCFest.com .
A couple weeks ago, we've featured an amazing case study by Peter Jaworowski Mirage Case Study This week, Peter and in collaboration with Abduzeedo decided to make a poster giveaway for you guys. We have 5 Stay Alive posters to giveaway. To participate is very simple, just leave a comment in the comment box below with a valid email so we can contact you. Update: The Winners are Sergio Santos, Sskikos, Sir Chauncey, LAlex and Graph_pl. Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everybody for participating. I'll contact the winners and we'll send you your Stay Alive poster in the mail! So you can also download the Peter's free Stay Alive Layered PSD, just head over his website at Arsthanea.com/psd . We believe that sharing knowledge is important - that's why we've decided to give you one of our works in layered PSD format so you can take a look inside, get inspired and learn from it. Peter Jaworowski About Stay Alive Stay Alive is an image created back in 2007 as a self promotion project. Everything was brought to life using Adobe Photoshop, stock photography and matte painting. About Peter Jaworowski Peter is a partner and design director of Warsaw, Poland based creative agency Ars Thanea. Peter had the pleasure to work with some of the biggest worldwide brands like Nike, Discovery Channel, Ubisoft, Nokia, Visa, Nissan and more. For more information about Peter Jaworowski and Ars Thanea, you can visit Arsthanea.com , check out his Behance or simply follow him on Twitter @thehejz .
In 2006 Fabio started Abduzeedo with the idea of backing up his files in the cloud after an ugly robbery where all his equipment, and work, were stolen. He never thought it would grow or expand from the online world. Luckily his predictions were wrong. Now after almost five years we are entering in the realms of the printing world with the releasing of our first book, the Abduzeedo Inspiration Guide for Designers. The idea of publishing a book goes back a few years...I mean, who hasn't had that idea? But the dream started to come true in a raining evening in San Francisco where I was invited to attend a cocktail. It was at that cocktail that I met Rebecca Gulick from PeachPit (who would later become my editor). I shared my book idea with her and she really liked it. The book includes interviews with Cris Vector, Chuck Anderson, Erik Johansson, Justin Maller, James White, Karl Kawnsy, and Nik Ainley and features work by Adrian Romero , Aiven (Yvan Feusi), Alex Varanese, Alexander Lataille , Anako, Ari Weinkle, Benjamin Low, Carlos Lerma, Diego L Rodriguez , EL Nombre, Ed Lopez, Erik Schumacher , Evan Bohringer , Felix Ajenjo, Floris Hermsen , Gaetan Weltzer , Genaro DeSia Coppola, Guilherme Marconi, Horacio Lorente, Jeff Huang, Karan Singh, Mart Biemans , Michaelo, Neil Hanvey, Nicolas Monin-Baroille, Olli-Pekka Jauhiainen, Perttu Murto, Pete Harrison (AEIKO), Przemek Nawrocki, Rob Shields , Sergei Vlasov, Simon Duhamel, Sorin Bechira, and Ollipekka Lauhiainen. Brazilian designer Fábio Sasso, who has wildly popular design blog Abduzeedo, has created the definitive guide to design. This book features interviews with designers and offers tutorials on various design styles, an extension of what he does with his site abduzeedo.com. Each chapter addresses a particular style, e.g., Vintage, Neo-surrealism, Retro 80s, Light Effects, Collage, Vector, and starts off with an explanation about the style and techniques that go into that style. Next, the Abduzeedo Design Guide shows images from different visual artists illustrating each style. Fábio interviews a master of each style, such as, in the case of 80s, James White. Then he wraps up the chapter with a tutorial showing the elements and techniques for creating that style in Photoshop. Meant for beginning to intermediate designers as well as more experienced designers looking for inspiration, the book focuses on styles that can be applied both to web or print. We'd like to give a big thanks to everyone who helped make this dream a solid reality: the crew over at PeachPit, the Abduzeedo team for setting aside time and dedication to both the blog and the book, and finally you guys, the readers, without all your support throughout these almost five years none of this would have even been an option. Thank you. Giveaway Rules Here comes the good part! We're giving away a copy of the Abduzeedo Book to two lucky winners! All you have to do to participate is leave a comment on this post mentioning ideas you may have for the next book or things you'd like to see in it, and tweet about the giveaway. We'll announce the winners here next week so don't forget to check back. Good luck!The book is also available to buy on Barnes & Noble and Amazon for you impatient few ;)
The VisualFreaks are in for the long run, providing art-packs of unique elements that designers can use for their art-work. As a special gift for the Abduzeedo reader the creative team put together a little giveaway VisualFreaks is a high-end project started by a group of graphic designers. The group formed by Sorin Bechira , Erik Erdokozi, Ovidiu Bejan and Paul Pâslea felt like there is room for an alternative for the currently available stock and, therefore, decided that art can be packed and delivered to suit your needs. The VisualFreaks are in for the long run, providing art-packs of unique elements that designers can use for their art-work. Why do you call yourself Visual Freaks? We like to call ourselves freaks. The Freaks. And we deal with visual stuff so that makes us VisualFreaks.Working together made us want to do more. From the desire to do things a little bit different we decided to put out there an alternative for the available design stock. We are not many but we do stand for a lot. We are Sorin, Erik, Paul and Ovi. Sorin Bechira The Freak Master uses his x-ray vision to oversee the other fellow freaks. Another usage for its supernatural power is to see the final result before it actually happens and thus make it happen. Erik Erdokozi The Wood Freak carves into the structure. Even though you may find the sound of his doing somewhat distracting, it never stops until the result is just perfect, in its redefined essence. Ovidiu Bejan The Classical Freak gently models our surroundings and tirelessly transforms them to suit even the most critical eyes. Paul Pâ?lea A Freak Freak Freak, a 3D Freak. His points of view are mostly three dimensional spheres. Lights are reflected because he wants to, textures come to life because he makes them move; his creations will soon make your 3D glasses obsolete. Work Samples Giveaway As a special gift for the Abduzeedo Reader the Team of Visual Freaks put together an small art pack containing a mixture of elements from different artpacks on their site. To download click on the link Download the Giveaway Contact email: email@example.com website: http://visualfreaks.com twitter: http://twitter.com/visualfreaks facebook: http://www.facebook.com/VisualFreaks behance: http://www.behance.net/visualfreaks flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/visualfreaks/ vimeo: http://vimeo.com/visualfreaks
Hey guys, for this month I did a Graffiti inspired pack. Basically it's a couple of vector icons and ABDZ in graffiti letters (thinking hard about developing a special font like this). So, tell me what you think about it, please download it and use it as you want to. Download the files CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD ALL FILES Content Spray Cans Wheat Paste Graffiti
Hey guys, since I've started blogging on Abduzeedo I thought I should share with you some cool freebies. So since it's summer here in Brazil I made a pack with some figures related to this season, use it as you wish :) Download the files CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD ALL FILES Content Surfboards Sun Glasses Drinks
Since Disney's remake of Tron hit the cinemas, the design scene is geeking for more space-effects. Thanks to the guys over at Visualfreaks.com you can design your own Tron poster now: Get the free artpack here VisualFreaks is a high-end project started by a group of graphic designers. The group formed by Sorin Bechira , Erik Erdokozi, Ovidiu Bejan and Paul Pâslea felt like there is room for an alternative for the currently available stock and, therefore, decided that art can be packed and delivered to suit your needs. The VisualFreaks are in for the long run, providing art-packs of unique elements that designers can use for their art-work. They have already launched two art-packs: Organic CG Artpack and FineCut CG Artpack. The launch series will continue with a motion pack: LifeFlow. Each pack has a distinct theme and its own personality. Each pack talks about something different in an unparalleled way. Organic CG is a visual interpretation of life and all living matter whilst FineCut CG artpack talks about building new worlds. http://www.facebook.com/VisualFreaks http://twitter.com/VisualFreaks Free Tron Art Pack VisualFreaks prepared an mini Artpack exclusive for Abduzeedo. Download the free Tron Artpack Download the Wallpaper Resolutions: 1920x1200px 1600x1200px 1680x1050px 1440x900px 1280x960px 1280x800px 1024x768px
It's been a great week here on Abduzeedo with lots of Christmas Giveaways to celebrate the Holidays as well as the Fourth Anniversary of the blog. We have two more giveaways this week, and today's comes from a printing company we've featured a few times before - Uprinting.com. How to participate in the giveaway At 6pm EST today (Thursday), I will be posting the below image to the Abduzeedo facebook page. The rules are simple, the first 10 to COMMENT "Abduzeedo" (reasonable typos accepted) on the image will get a free copy of the poster below, or have the option to get their own design printed. Again, this will go pretty fast so I'll be extra careful to be precise on the time. 6pm EST - on the dot! About Uprinting.com For over 25 years, UPrinting has been a trusted leader in online printing, featuring its signature easy-to-use website and the famous Free File Review, a complimentary proofing service which requires no upfront payment. UPrinting offers convenient marketing support services such as design, lists, and direct mailing to help grow small and medium-size businesses nationwide. Powered by brand new fully automated in-house Komori presses and CREO direct-to-plate, we offer faster turnaround with minimal human error and lower overhead cost. This allows us to provide customers with consistently high-quality printing at the lowest possible prices. Reminder... We are still running yesterday's deal on Pixelmator Software. It's 50% off for anyone who buys through AbductedDeals :)
So yesterday's giveaway went great. In fact, it was so popular that some flaws in how we were judging the winners of the giveaway came to the surface very quickly (we're in the process of making sure everyone from yesterday is taken care of). So today we'd like to make one change that should clear everything up for today's Pixelmator Christmas Giveaway. Commenting. At 1pm EST today (Wednesday), I will be posting the below image to the Abduzeedo facebook page. The rules are simple, the first 5 to COMMENT "Abduzeedo" (reasonable typos accepted) on the image will get a free copy of the Pixelmator software. This will go even faster than yesterday's contest so I'll be extra careful to be precise on the time. 1pm EST - on the dot!
Wow, what a response! I'm not sure I've ever seen an image explode with tags on Facebook like that! And I'm sure everyone who is still frantically tagging and commenting, trying to figure everything is wondering who the winners are… So here we go, these are the winners: Winners of $500 codemyconcept gift cards and t-shirts 1. Paul McDonough 2. Hugo Oliveira 3. Abrar Ahmad 4. Ben Albers 5. Alex Gurghis 6. Kyle W Martin 7. Aarikamarino (**need your email**) 8. Kelly Baker 9. Jonathan Dolan 10. John Wilson Winners of $500 codemyconcept gift cards 1. Andy Shin 2. Gieljan Vantyghem 3. Frankie Frank 4. Ahmed Ziab 5. Jessica Emberson 6. Victor Samaue 7. Fabe Rnhrt 8. Angelo Ferreira 9. Jonathan Mitchum 10. Rory Geraghty Winners of Wordpress packages from codemyconcept's new project, custompsds.com 1. Brennan Matthews Griffith 2. Tuxu Arts **Note: Winners will receive a message today on facebook telling them how to collect on their winnings** And a prize for everyone…. 50% off any five page project in 2011! Is it free? No, but we gave away as much as possible. With this deal, you can get a half off on any five page project you might have in the coming year, and support your favorite source of inspiration in the process :) So what's happening with tomorrow's giveaway? At 1pm EST tomorrow (Wednesday), I will be posting the below image to the Abduzeedo facebook page. The rules are simple, the first 5 to tag the image with their name will get a free copy of the pixelmator software. This will go even fast than today's contest so I'll be extra careful to be precise on the time. 1pm EST - on the dot! UPDATE: WE WILL NOT BE USING TAGGING TOMORROW. YOU MUST COMMENT! FIRST 5 COMMENTS OF "ABDUZEEDO" WILL WIN.
Earlier today, our Inkd.com giveaway was over so fast, I'm not sure everyone who might have wanted to participate had the chance. So in the hopes of making things a little more fair this time around I thought I'd announce all the details tonight and then post the giveaway tomorrow morning. If you're not already familiar with them, CodeMyConcept is the self proclaimed "best PSD to HTML service on the planet". They don't just specialize in providing superb PSD to HTML and CMS implementations, but they also put a high priority in building good relationships with every freelancer and designer that works with them. And after my dealings with them over the last few weeks to set up this giveaway, I can honestly say that I feel like that's spot on. They have been awesome, constantly asking to provide more and more value to you guys, FOR FREE! So how can you get in on the giveaway? At 10am EST tomorrow morning (Tuesday), I will be posting the below image to the Abduzeedo facebook page. The rules are simple, the first 10 to tag the image with their name will get a $500 gift card for use on codemyconcept.com and a codemyconcept.com t-shirt. The next 10 will also get a $500 gift card, and the next two will receive one free wordpress package each from CMC's new project, custompsds.com. Winners will be announced via a blog post shortly after as well as a special gift for all who participated.