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The best design blog posts from 2017

Throughout the year of 2017 we have published over 100+ posts. It’s so easy to get in lost in all the posts we have published throughout the year from design screencasts to Photoshop brushes. This post we are reflecting on 2017 by looking back on some of our personal favorite posts we published. Hopefully included in this round up is a few hidden gems, or maybe blog posts you may have missed the first time it was originally published.

I hope you enjoy the post, and would love to hear what your favorite posts we have published on Creative Nerds in 2017. Thanks for being part of the journey, and we look forward to putting the same post together in 2018.

Watercolor paint spray free Photoshop brush set

This free watercolor brush was a pleasure to craft together. This a great brush I’m proud to add to our collection of great free Photoshop brushes. This large scale brush is the perfect way to add an authentic watercolor paint spray effect to your design projects or artwork.

How to create a an USB flash drive using illustrator

USB flash drives, they are now everywhere, slowly replacing compact disks. In this tutorial, I will show you how to draw an USB flash drive in Illustrator. The end result looks great, along the way your also pick up some nifty illustrator techniques you can apply to your future design work.

80 free wildlife icons the best ever animal icon set

This is a tremendous icon set that features 80 unique animal characters from a star fish to bear a wide variety of beautiful icons your really enjoy incorporating into your design projects. The set of icons includes both a SVG vector file format of each icon, as well as a PNG of each icon too. This one of the best free animal icons sets please do feel free to download, and as always your feedback is immensely appreciated.

20 epic movie poster illustration designs

Behind every great movie should stand an iconic movie poster design that will be forever remembered and certainly a way for the consumer to want to watch the movie. I very often see some phenomenal fan made interpretations of movie poster designs that quite often don’t get showcased, or the recognition they deserve.

Corfu blue ocean free water texture set

This free texture set was captured from the ocean of the one the surrounding Greek islands Corfu. The set in total includes two free textures to choose from to use in your design projects each texture is 3000px by 2000px perfect for large resolution based design projects.

50+ Tutorials for learning how to create logo in illustrator

A logo is a fundamental part of any brand. It’s what makes a company or even a product memorable and leaves a lasting impression. A great logo also separates you from the crowd of thousands of different logos already out there. The most troublesome part when it comes to a logo design is knowing where to start. What’s the best techniques to use? How do you find the right colour scheme? There’s so many question’s you want answered when it comes to producing a good logo design.

How to create a bokeh background using Photoshop

In this Photoshop tutorial I will be showing you how to to create a popular photo effects. A bokeh background using Photoshop. The tutorial end result take’s less than a few minutes to archive. The technique it self is widely used as background in print design, web design etc. It’s the perfect way to add a vibrant background to your designs.

Authentic paint splatter free texture

This was a pleasure to craft together, and an awesome addition to our texture category an authentic free paint splatter texture. The texture is 2500px by 2500px a nice large scale texture to use in personal and commercial design projects.

48 cute Valentines day icon set a must download

To celebrate the festive valentines season the great team over at Free Pik have produced 48 valentines day icons exclusive to Creative Nerds. The set of icons includes a range of various different icons from diamond rings to chocolate. This is a tremendous set of free icons you’ll truly enjoy using in your design projects. Any feedback your can provide on the icon set would be highly appreciated.

100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

Photoshop actions are a huge time saver in the photo editing process, especially when you need to apply the same image adjustments to multiple photos. This allows you to apply the same photo effect to multiple images in seconds, shaving hours off the editing time you would usually spend in the editing process within Photoshop.

How to create a halftone background effect in Photoshop

In this short Photoshop tutorial where be showing you step by step how to create an ever so popular halftone background effect in a matter of seconds. This is a great effect that you can apply to your designs time and time again. Its certainly a technique worth having in your back pocket. The tutorial is the in form of a screencast, so should make it really easy to follow along and grasp the technique.

20 Popular photo effects you can recreate using free Photoshop actions

In this roundup where looking at popular photo effects that are commonly used by professional photographers from HDR to Lomo. We have found free Photoshop actions that can be applied to your designs or photography’s within a matter of seconds. This is a huge time saver rather than going through process of manually applying these effects to your designs or photography’s, especially in the scenario when you want to apply effect multiple times to different photography’s.

96 Free Retro Arcade icon set

This is a unique arcade retro style icon set. The set of icon includes 48 icons, but each in two variations an outline version and a coloured version. The set comes in both SVG and PNG version, so can be opened in any design editing application of your choosing, also the perfect format for any type of digital design project or even print artwork.

Clean simple monochrome free vector pattern

This is the start of an new series of monochrome seamless vector patterns we will be releasing on Creative Nerds over the next several months, so watch this space. This is a very nice monochrome pattern available in 5 different colour schemes to cherry pick from. The pattern set is perfect to be used in a variety of different design projects. I could envision this working really well if applied to your UI projects as a background, or even incorporated into print design.

Matte collection of 5 free Lightroom presets set

This pack of free Lightroom presets includes 5 different presets that will instantly give your photos a matte effect. The matte or film look is very trendy right now and can be used with portraits, landscapes, nature photos, travel photos, and more. This pack includes presets of different strengths and styles. You’re sure to find a look that works well with your own photos. You can save yourself plenty of time in the photo editing process by making use of these presets. These presets are courtesy of Loaded Landscapes, and they are compatible with Lightroom 4, 5, 6, and CC. They can be used with JPG and RAW files.

Watercolor splashes hi-res free paint texture


An authentic watercolour splashes texture, which is a great hi-resolution size of 2000px by 2000px in size. The textures perfect for any type of project print or digital based designs. The texture is one where really proud to add as a texture to our texture category section, and one I hope you really enjoy using in your own down projects.

20 Photoshop tutorials for creating movie posters

Posters are surprisingly a concept that has been around for decades. The evolution of poster designs has been phenomenal the quality and concept of a good poster gets better as time progresses. Posters have played a key part in the marketing and promotion of movies, and really makes a first strong positive impact for any film a well designed poster.

20 Beautiful examples of Low Poly design illustrations

Low poly illustrations is a design trend, which is really starting to pick up some great momentum. Its design style which originated from video game development, but now been widely adopted into illustrations and poster designs. The beautiful geometric shapes combined together from a beautiful eye popping design.

48 free Fantastic fantasy character illustrations vector set

The vector set includes 48 fantastic character fantasy illustration a wide variety of various types different of characters from wizards to robots to 3 headed dragons almost every fantasy character you could possible think of.

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