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1 Year’s Membership at SpoonGraphics (950+ Design Items) Just $7

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Who this deal is for:

 Web designers Graphic designers Scrapbookers Print designers

The Best Resources
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“I’ve sourced some the world’s best design resources for my members area, giving you unbeatable value and items that you’ll actually use in your design projects. At just $7 for everything, this is my biggest deal ever.”

- Chris Spooner

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105 Detailed, Scalable Vectors

Chris has sourced some of the best vectors in the world from top foundries including Designious, Go Media and FanExtra. This 100+ collection include a variety of beautiful, totally scalable designs that will really level up your work.

Vintage Vector Frames (8 Vectors)

Vintage Vector Frames (8 Vectors)

Female Shopper Characters (8 Vectors)

Female Shopper Characters (8 Vectors)

Mythical Creatures (6 Vectors)

Mythical Creatures (6 Vectors)

Vintage Tattoo Designs (5 Vectors)

Vintage Tattoo Designs (5 Vectors)

Seamless Patterns Vectors (10 Vectors)

Seamless Patterns Vectors (10 Vectors)

Illustrated Ornamental Vectors (7 Vectors)

Illustrated Ornamental Vectors (7 Vectors)

Wings Vectors (11 Vectors)

Wings Vectors (11 Vectors)

Heraldry Vector Pack (25 Vectors)

Heraldry Vector Pack (25 Vectors)

Hand Drawn Skulls Pack (20 Vectors)

Hand Drawn Skulls Pack (20 Vectors)

Cute Jungle Animals (6 Vectors)

Cute Jungle Animals (6 Vectors)

7 Effective WordPress Themes:

Chris has a talent for creating incredibly functional, effective WordPress themes. His library of themes have been downloaded thousands of times, and today you can access every single theme as part of our deal. Whether you’re looking to give your personal blog a facelift or give your design work a great looking home, there’s sure to be a theme to fit your needs.

Chris Spooner WordPress Theme

Retrospective WordPress Theme

Chris Spooner WordPress Theme

Sticky WordPress Theme

Chris Spooner WordPress Theme

Particle WordPress Theme

Chris Spooner WordPress Theme

Grid WordPress Theme

Chris Spooner WordPress Theme

Portfolio WordPress Theme

Chris Spooner WordPress Theme

Ticket Stub WordPress Theme

Chris Spooner WordPress Theme

Typo WordPress Theme

62 Beautiful, High-Resolution Textures

Textures are a crucial resource to add realism to your designs. All the textures in this deal are super high resolution, which makes them perfectly usable in both your print and web projects. Don’t waste your time downloading flat, lifeless textures. Grab these professional packs, including designs from the world’s top foundries such as Lost and Taken.

Chris Spooner Textures

5 Authentic Vintage Textures

Chris Spooner Textures

6 Layered Grunge Textures

Chris Spooner Textures

7 Grainy Wood Textures

Chris Spooner Textures

12 Super High Res Grungy Paper Textures

Chris Spooner Textures

12 Nebula Grunge Textures

Chris Spooner Textures

20 High Res Light Grunge Textures


52 High Res Photoshop Brushes

Photoshop Brushes allow you to distress and rough up your designs. Erode away your digital artwork to leave an aged and weathered effect. Every set contains a series of unique and detailed brush options.

Chris Spooner Brushes

10 Ink Brushes

Chris Spooner Brushes

10 Large Scale Paper Texture Brushes

Chris Spooner Brushes

17 Watercolor Brushes

Chris Spooner Brushes

15 Stained News Print Brushes

100+ Tutorial Source Files:

Chris’s tutorials have been read by millions of designers and are considered among the best in the world. SpoonGraphics members have the ability to download complete layered source files for all of Chris’s Illustrator & Photoshop tutorials. See how each design is put together and easily replicate effects or layer styles.

Chris Spooner Tutorial Source Files

How To Create an Abstract Geometric Poster Design

Chris Spooner Tutorial Source Files

Create a Raw Horror Movie Poster Design in Photoshop

Chris Spooner Tutorial Source Files

Create a Dark & Grungy Digital Art Piece in Photoshop

Chris Spooner Tutorial Source Files

How To Create a Cosmic Abstract Shards Poster Design

Chris Spooner Tutorial Source Files

Create a Rolling Stones Inspired Tongue Illustration

Chris Spooner Tutorial Source Files

How To Create The Expendables Skull Poster Art

Chris Spooner Tutorial Source Files

How To Create an Awesome Vector Skate Deck Design

Chris Spooner Tutorial Source Files

How to Create a Retro Sci-Fi Computer Game Poster

9 Professional Mockup Templates

Mockup templates are brilliant tools for previewing how your design will look when it’s turned into a real life product. These professional mockup packs allow you to easily paste your designs onto t-shirts and other objects. With mockup templates from the likes of Go Media you can’t go wrong.

Chris Spooner Brushes

3 Pro Mockup Templates

Chris Spooner Brushes

6 T-Shirt Mockup Templates


600+ Custom Icons and UI Elements

Icons and buttons are core element of any web or interface design. Save time and maintain consistency throughout your designs with these collections of ready made icons and user interface elements. Just one of these packs would normally cost you at least $20. Get them all, plus every other resource on this page as part of today’s bundle for just $7.

Chris Spooner Brushes

Exotico Comprehensive UI Kit

Chris Spooner Brushes

Web Buttons UI Kit

Chris Spooner Brushes

204 Icons (from Moi Icon Pack)

Chris Spooner Brushes

204 Icons (Origami Icon Pack)


Professional Business Card Template

This beautiful business card template is the perfect way to help grow your design brand. Start approaching potential clients with confidence using this slick design.

Chris Spooner Brushes

Simply Professional Business Card Template

Customize Decorative Vector Designs to Create an Intense Tribal Queen

WHAT WE’RE CREATING:

In today’s tutorial you’ll be learning how to use some of the great resources available as part of our current deal:

1 Year’s Membership at SpoonGraphics (950+ Design Items) Just $7

We’ll be using the Illustrated Ornamental Vectors pack to turn a regular image of a woman into an intense, tribal queen composition. There’s a ton of great techniques to learn in this lesson, and if you’ve already grabbed this week’s deal, this is the perfect chance to put your new library of items to good use.

Let’s get started!

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Step 1

Create a new canvas in Photoshop and import this image of the model on to the working area:

Model Image – faestock

Step 2

In this step we are going to create a tattoo along the jawline using the vectors pack taken from this week’s deal:

1 Year’s Membership at SpoonGraphics (950+ Design Items) Just $7

1) Open the vectors in illustrator. To identify each design identically, we have numbered each design by which it will be represented in the rest of the tut. Then select the design 1, then open the layers pallet and hide the color gradient of the vector. (We will be doing this for the rest of the tutorial, as we only need the line design of the vector.).

3) Now import the vector design on to the working canvas in Photoshop and place it as shown.

4) Now similarly using the designs “3,4,5,6” complete the jawline design as shown.

5) Now merge all the vector layers into a single layer. Then set the blending mode of the layer to Overlay and reduce the Opacity of the layer to 25%.

6) Duplicate the design and flip it horizontally. Then move it towards the right jaw and place it as shown. Erase the design overlapping on the hair and neck.

Step 3

In this design we are going to create a design pattern above the eyebrows.

1) Import the vector “4” on to the working canvas and place the vector over both eyebrows as shown.

2) Now import the vector “6” and place it by the previously placed vector as shown.

3) Then duplicate the vector6 and place it on the other eyebrow.

Step 4

In this step we will be creating a new vector design using the vector1 for the forehead center design.

1) Import the vector1 on to the working canvas and place it on the forehead as shown and set its blending mode to Overlay.

2) Now duplicate the vector1 layer and flip it horizontally in the same place and be amazed with the amazing new design.

Step 5

In this step we will work in detail on creating a custom design using the vector 3.

1) Import the vector 3 design on to Photoshop. Then duplicate it and flip the layer horizontally to create a new shape.

2) Now by using the Eraser tool (E) erase the unwanted design extending at the bottom as shown.

3) Now flip the design vertically. Then erase the unwanted lines within the design as shown, to make the design look clean and precise.

4) Now place the design at the glabella as shown and set its blending mode to Overlay.

5) Now by using the designs 3 and 4 complete the nose tattoo.

Step 6

In this step we are going to create the back and neck tattoo.

1) Import the vector 7 and place it on the back and transform it as shown on the back using the Move Tool (V).

2) Then set the blending mode of the back tattoo layer to overlay.

3) Now place the vector 4 on the neck as shown. Then erase the unwanted design overlapping on the hair.

Step 7

In this step we will be creating the shoulder tattoo using the vector 4.

1) Import the vector 4 on to the working canvas and place it on the shoulder as shown.

2) Now duplicate the vector4 layer and flip it horizontally to form a new design.

3) Merge the vector layers and set the blending mode to Overlay and erase the design past the shoulder.

Step 8

In this step we are going to make the eyes glow.

1) Create a new layer above the model layer and paint sky blue over the eyes as shown.

2) Then set the blending mode of the layer to Overlay. This will popup the eyes and makes them look magical.

Step 9

In this step we are going to perform a small makeover on the eyes of the model to make them look more dramatic.

1) Paint the color #591c1b around the eyes as shown. (Use digital pen tablet to get better result.).

2) Now set the blending mode to overlay to blend with the skin.

Step 10

In this step we are going to color correct the whole scene to blend together.

1) Create a new layer on the top of the layer pallet and paint the black bokeh along the corners of the scene.

2) Now create a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer at the top of layers pallet and set the Saturation level to -51.

3) Now by using the Exposure adjustment layer set the Gamma correction level to 0.82.

Step 11

In this step we are going to create a gold headband on the model.

1) Import the image of the gold band and place it on the forehead as shown. Then by using the eraser tool erase the unwanted part of the headband overlapping the hair.

Headband – lilystox

2) Now create a Curves adjustment layer to the headband and set the RGB curves as shown.

3) Now create a shadow layer under the headband and add a Gaussian blur of Radius 4.7px.

4) Now by using the Move tool (V) transform the headband to make it look rounded to fit perfectly with the forehead of the model.

Step 12

In this step we are going to cover the center design of the headband using a gold texture.

1) Place the gold texture on the center design of the headband as shown.

Gold Texture – sxc.hu

2) Now by using the curves adjustment layer set the RGB curves of the texture as shown.

Step 13

In this step we are going to create a custom shape for the headband center design.

1) Place the vector 6 on the headband as shown at the center.

2) Now duplicate the vector and flip it horizontally to form our new center design.

3) Merge both the vector layers into a single layer and then duplicate the layer and set their blending mode to Overlay.

4) Now group the layers into a single folder and add an Exposure adjustment layer to the folder and set the Gamma correction level to 0.65.

Step 14

In this step we are going to add texture to the scene.

1) Place the image of the old paper texture on the top of layers pallet and set the blending mode to overlay.

Old Paper 1 – sxc.hu

2) Then similarly add another old paper texture to the scene add set its blending mode to Multiply and reduce its Opacity to 39%.

Old Paper 2 – sxc.hu

AND WE’RE DONE

You can view your final outcome below. We hope that you enjoyed this tutorial and would love to hear your feedback on the techniques and outcome.

If you haven’t checked it out yet, be sure to take a look at this week’s deal. The vector pack you’ve just worked with is just a TINY sample of over 950 items available to SpoonGraphics members. You can see the full membership benefits here:

1 Year’s Membership at SpoonGraphics (950+ Design Items) Just $7

Be sure to grab it while you still can though, as the deal will expire in a few days time.

Enjoy this tutorial? You’ll love this week’s deal:

Take Your Photos Back in Time With an Authentic Vintage Effect

WHAT WE’RE CREATING:

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to convert your regular photos into an authentic vintage outcome. We’ll look at a variety of aging effects, from texture application, to the necessary adjustments you’ll need to age your photos in a realistic way.

Let’s get started

devilwoman

Follow along with this tutorial: Download the freebie + source file

This tutorial is accompanied by a fantastic freebie pack, taken from this week’s deal, offering you a 1 year membership at SpoonGraphics for just $7.

To give you a sample of the 950+ items on offer, we’re giving away a free high-res ink brush set. Enter your email below to download the brush set, as well as the Photoshop source file for this tutorial, so you can follow along easily.

Step 1:

Start by downloading this lovely image of a vintage car:

Vintage Car Photo

This will be our base photo.

Now download the free high-res ink brush set using the form at the top of this page. You’ll need these brushes throughout the tutorial.

Step 2:

To start giving this image a more aged feel, we need to apply a couple of adjustment layers.

Start with a photo filter adjustment layer, using the following settings:

Photo Filter Adjustment Layer Settings:

Filter: Sepia
Density: 100%
Preserve Luminosity: Yes

Then apply a Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer:

Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer Settings:

Hue: 0
Saturation: -30
Lightness: 0

Step 3:

Let’s start to mess up the image to give a more dated effect.

Create a new layer called ‘noise’ and fill your canvas with black.

Then go to filter>noise>add noise.

Noise Filter Settings:

Amount: 20%
Distribution: Uniform
Monochromatic: Yes

Then set this layer’s blend mode to ‘screen’. This will hide the black parts of your noise layer, and just give a subtle noise effect over your original photo:

Step 4:

Now, we’ll add a filter that isn’t often used by designers; the dust & scratches filter.

Duplicate your original photo layer and move this to the top of all your layers in your layers palette.

Go to image>adjustments>desaturate.

Apply a smart filter to this layer, so we can edit it non-destructively. Then go to filter>noise>dust and scratches. Use the following settings:

Dust & Scratches Filter Settings:

Radius: 50 px
Threshold: 50 levels

Now reduce this layer’s opacity to 70% and change it’s blend mode to ‘multiply':

Duplicate your current dust and scratches layer. Then edit the filter, which we’re able to do as it was applied as a smart filter.

Reduce the ‘radius’ to 10 pixels, and keep the threshold at 50 levels.

Then change the layer blend mode from ‘multiply’ to ‘overlay’ and reduce the opacity from 70% to 20%.

Step 5:

Download today’s freebie, which is a fantastic high-res Ink Brush Set, taken from our current SpoonGraphics 1 Year Membership deal.

You can download the freebie using the form near the top of this page, or via our central freebies area.

Sample a color from the image you’re working with. I sampled a nice brown/cream color (af9478).

Then apply a variety of the brushes over your canvas using large brushes from the set, at around 75% opacity.

Reduce this layer’s opacity to 50% and change it’s blend mode to ‘multiply’.

Step 6:

Create a new layer called ‘border’.

Open up your brushes panel and select one of the 10 ink brushes available in your freebie pack.

On the ‘brush tip shape’ settings area, you’ll see two black dots on each side of the brush cross hair (shown in the red circle).

If you drag these inwards, you can make your selected brush more narrow.

This is just what we want, as we’ll be creating a narrow border effect around our image:

Ensure that your selected narrow brush is black, and then paint in a border effect around the edges of your canvas.

Keep changing the angle of your brush as necessary to fit to the edges of this canvas area.

Then change this layer’s blend mode to ‘multiply’ and the opacity to 80%.

Step 7:

Create a new layer with a ‘multiply’ blend mode and around 15% opacity.

Apply a couple more markings using the ink brush set. Use a brown color to give a dirty effect:

Step 8:

We need to rough up our image a little more as it feels too clean currently. Bringing out the shadows more will obscure some parts of the image and make it look more worn, old and dirty.

Start by applying a black/white adjustment layer (use the default settings).

Set this layer’s blend mode to ‘linear light’ and reduce it’s opacity to 30%.

Then apply an Exposure Adjustment Layer, settings below:

Exposure Adjustment Layer Settings:

Exposure: -1.00
Offset: 0.0000
Gamma Correction: 1.00
Layer blend mode: Overlay
Layer opacity: 15%

Here’s the result:

Step 9:

Download this Worn Paper Texture Image and paste it into your canvas.

Desaturate the texture and resize it as so:

Now change this layer’s blend mode to ‘soft light':

Step 10:

Download this great old stamp image. Extract it and paste it into the top right of your canvas:

Reduce the saturation of this layer using a hue/saturation adjustment:

AND WE’RE DONE

I really hope that you enjoyed this short tutorial. This vintage effect can be applied to almost any photo, and is really versatile. Have fun with it, and enjoy your freebies pack.

Enjoy this tutorial? You’ll love this week’s deal:

1 Year’s Membership at SpoonGraphics (950+ Design Items) Just $7

  • 52 Photoshop Brushes
  • 105 Vectors
  • 408 Icons + UI Elements
  • 62 Textures
  • 9 Mockup Templates
  • 100+ Source Files
  • 7 WordPress Themes
  • 1 Business Card Template
  • 1 Year of Updates

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49 Comments & Reviews

  1. Spoon graphics is possibly my favorite graphic design blog. His membership program has some awesome benefits, and this deal is incredible.

    Off to a wonderful start!

    • Tom Ross says:

      Thanks so much Ben. We love SpoonGraphics too; in fact I go way back with Chris as we’re both design bloggers. This deal is a real one off, and I agree, the value on offer is incredible.

      We appreciate the support.

  2. Chris, I love your design blogs! You are a true inspiration to me! Thank you so much for all of the awesome deals you offer your followers, loyal and visitors. You never cease to amaze me, and I am always excited to see what you post next!

    Thank you again for the awesome deal!
    Teresa W.

    • Tom Ross says:

      Thanks for commenting Teresa. Look out for some great tutorials coming soon that will show you how to use the resources in this deal.

  3. Tina Morgan says:
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    I’m so excited! Chris, you’re one of my favorite designers! Can’t wait to dig in to all of these resources!

    • Tom Ross says:

      Enjoy the deal Tina! Chris is one of my favorite all time designers too. That’s why we wanted to work with him :).

      Be sure to let us know if you create something cool with your new resources, we’d love to take a look.

  4. Ben Brush says:
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    Awesome, Awesome, Awesome!

  5. Urvee desai says:

    Awesummmmm!
    Thanks sooo much!!!

  6. Matt Slightam says:

    It’s great to see so many people loving the first deal! As with the pre-launch I’m really looking forward to seeing any artwork put together by the DC community! Please do send it in :)

  7. Helmi Mastuki says:
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    Wow, what an offer! I can see a bright future for design cuts!

  8. vincent chan says:
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    awesome deal thanks design cuts :D

    • Tom Ross says:

      Thanks for purchasing this deal Vincent. Remember, the most important thing is that you actually get good use from your new items. We hope you’ll check out our design training coming next week that will show you some great techniques for using your new resources. :)

  9. Chrissy Le says:
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    Signed up! Great Deal!

  10. Great concept and very palatable marketing. I’m in!

  11. Matt Slightam says:

    Thanks Johnathan, we hope you enjoy using the resources in the deal! :)

  12. Morgan Andreas says:
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    Amazing deal purchase ? Check !

    I look forward to receiving all the updates and fun throughout the year ! Thanks Design Cuts & Spoongraphics!

    Ps. How will I know where and when to download new stuff?

    • Tom Ross says:

      Hey Morgan, we’re so glad you enjoyed this first deal.

      Chris adds new items to his members area throughout the year, so once you’re signed up over there, you’ll have access to the 950+ items shown on this page, as well as all new items added over the next year. One good way not to miss Chris’s updates is to subscribe to his newsletter at: http://blog.spoongraphics.co.uk/, as he announces new member releases there.

      In terms of Design Cuts, we will run a new deal once every two weeks. We’re deliberately holding back on the quantity of deals, because we care more about the quality. We want every deal to be awesome, and never settle for anything average.

  13. Wow, this is a steal. Great deal! Thanks!

  14. quentin says:

    thanks guys, awesome tuts. really enjoy it. love u

  15. Disa Nkgowe says:

    Such a great tut! I’m designing my own design blog and you and Chris are such an inspiration!

  16. Disa Nkgowe says:

    Thank for yet another great tut. This site and chris’ are such an inspiration!

    • Tom Ross says:

      Thanks so much Disa! Our aim is to get the community inspired, fired up and creating awesome work. We hope you continue to enjoy the site.

  17. Matt Slightam says:

    Thanks Disa! It’s great to see the DC community getting so much out of the tuts!

  18. satya avinash kumar says:

    I would really appreciate if you can get a deal from teamtreehouse and trainsimple

  19. arbi says:

    amazing :)

  20. DARSONVILLE Mireille says:

    Thank you for this great tutorial I tried without Illustrator and other vectors.
    My composition:
    http://www.chez-mireilled.com/article-composition-reine-tribale-avec-photoshop-120534631.html

    • Tom Ross says:

      Fantastic work Mireille! I really like your variation.

      Nice to see your detailing on the headband too.

      One thing – I think the highlights on her face are a little too much, kind of blown out. I’d tone that down a bit, and it should look more realistic.

      Thanks for sharing :).

  21. Mireille D says:

    Ok Tom
    I corrected by changing the blending mode of a paper texture.
    Thank you for the advice, it is actually better!

  22. zisis says:

    Hello

    Is there a limitation to the downloads sources, like downloads limitations, daily downloads etc. or we get full access to all 950 items with $7?

    zisis

    • Tom Ross says:

      Hi Zisis, thanks for the question. There are no download limits at all. You can download all 950+ items as many times as you want during your year’s membership, PLUS new items are added each month for you to enjoy. I hope this helps.

      • zisis says:

        Hi Tom

        Yes your answer real helps. I will join this deal, sounds great.
        Also join to your list for future deals. Keep up this great price and high value at the future deals.

        • Tom Ross says:

          Fantastic, I hope you enjoy your new library of items! Every deal we run is going to be value-packed, as we’re all about quality over quantity. Look out for the next one soon.

  23. Fredrik A. Kaada says:
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    This deal is just awesome! 5/5 * Highly recommended :)

    • Tom Ross says:

      Thanks so much Fredrik. We’re so glad you were able to grab your discount before it expired. Now it’s time to go create something awesome with your new items! :)

  24. Philip Stinger says:

    Your membership looks like a great deal however I am working with Corel Photo Shop. Are your vector files compatable? I have found that many downloads are only compatable with Adobe Photo shop.

    • Tom Ross says:

      Hi Philip. Thanks for the question. The files should work fine in Corel Paint Shop. I dropped you an email about this though.

  25. Cory Bardwell says:

    Bummed I missed out. My work network wouldn’t allow it to go through and then it was gone :(

  26. Jenny Lens says:

    Step 10: paint the “Black bokeh”? Bokeh is a photography term describing light hitting the lens, usually resulting in geometric shapes. I’m greatly simplifying it, but what do you mean? I don’t see any bokehs in this image.

    • Jenny Lens says:

      PS Also, the Move tool transforms? Most use the Free Transform–> Warp to shape an image to another; the graphic to her shoulder for example. Sometimes I’m resizing and instead of hitting the Shift key, I hit the control/cmd key (I set my control to behave like my command key) and start transforming. Bad habit of mine, fingers forger where they should be.

      Otherwise, AH-mazing tutorial!!!! Your attention to detail is superb. Very cool tutorial. Thank you ;-)

  27. All I can say is WOW:

    Obviously I came on the scene a while after the first deal! What a kick off for Design Cuts.

    BTW, I met Design Cuts through Chris Spooner. I originally got confused and thought that Design Cuts was his ;). He got me straightened out when I wrote to him.

    Chris is a good guy. I follow him on Twitter and share his posts with my membership!

    Such a pleasure to deal with you ALL. YOU ALL make everything fun.

    Happy Holidays to all Design Cutters EVERYWHERE!!!

    Roz Fruchtman

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