Wednesday, September 19, 2012
As I mentioned in my last post, I wanted to redesign my design website and this blog, so I had to make some new design elements. It was grueling terrible work (not!) and now I want to start sharing them with you. Today I am posting for download six high-resolution bird silhouettes. In the "ad" above I used gorgeous papers from 2 Lil' Owls to add texture and color to my birds.
If you are interested to know how I created these silhouettes it is pretty simple but can be time-consuming. Some of them I hand-selected in Photoshop from vintage bird prints from The Graphics Fairy, others I selected from some vintage bird scans I did. Then I made the birds black and brought them into Inkscape and turned them into vector files. Then I was able to make them large resolution pngs for sharing.
If you want to add texture, drag your favorite texture on top of the bird and then group it. Ctrl-T (free transform) the texture to fit your bird. I also like to add a drop-shadow to the bird layer. Then save as a png file if you want the background transparent. If you just flatten and save as a jpg your background will be white.
You can see I used some of them in my header.
I hope you enjoy these little birds as much as I have. And like all of the CoffeeShop freebies on this blog, they come with a free commercial license so you can use them however you want, no attribution necessary (but always appreciated of course!). Please don't repackage and sell "as is". Keep them free as a bird. ;-)
Download the free CoffeeShop Songbirds 1 set! You can also download it here. NOTE: These birds are not actions but rather simple png files that you can open in an image-editing program.
Do you want to download my favorite CoffeeShop Actions or Design Elements in one convenient zipped file AND help support this blog? Just click here for my action pack or here for a download of some of my most popular design elements, storyboards, and textures.