Articles by Dirk Metzmacher

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Icons Galore – 48 Beautiful and Unusual Icon Sets Free for Commercial Use

May 29th, 2013
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Icons Galore – 48 Beautiful and Unusual Icon Sets Free for Commercial Use

iconset1 The smallest, yet very important part of a graphical user interface is the icon. We have curated a large collection of hundreds of symbols in 50 sets. Only two sets are limited to private usage only, the rest is free for commercial use. From minimalistic and flat to photo-realistic and three-dimensional, any shape and color is represented. In...

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Maximum Quality: 44 Free Fonts for Creative Designers

May 22nd, 2013
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Maximum Quality: 44 Free Fonts for Creative Designers

font1 We did it again. We curated more than 40 high-grade fonts for your designing pleasure. Each one is equipped with additional info as to whether the font is private and commercially usable and in which format it will be delivered. Most fonts contain special characters from several languages, but as our audience is international, we...

Design

40 Entertaining Infographics Plus Some Tips On Creating Your Own Using Photoshop

March 4th, 2013
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40 Entertaining Infographics Plus Some Tips On Creating Your Own Using Photoshop

Photo Credits: Lauren Manning via photopin cc

Infographics are popular. They help reduce complex coherences to simplified illustrations. Information gets visualized. The best infographics are self-explanatory, needing almost no text at all. A picture is worth a thousand words, they say. And it's true. In this collection, we share with you 40 entertaining infographics on popular topics...

Design

40 Matte Paintings To Push You To Real Photoshop Artistry

February 25th, 2013
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40 Matte Paintings To Push You To Real Photoshop Artistry

matte1 Traditionally, matte paintings stem from the movie industry. Used as extensions of a film setting, they provide more depth to the whole scene and removing the limitations of a studio location. Today, with green and blue screen techiques, these paintings are still in heavy use, while - certainly - digitally created backgrounds took over the heritage from their...

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There Is No Getting Round These 40 Inescapable Fonts In 2013

December 6th, 2012
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There Is No Getting Round These 40 Inescapable Fonts In 2013

We are sure that you will not even try to live without the following collection of inescapable fonts in 2013. All these fonts carry more than the basic character set, though mileage will vary. German readers will find all the special characters, others have to check by themselves. We have included the information, whether the creators of...

Design

40 Amazing Tutorials For Illustrators And Photoshoppers

November 8th, 2012
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40 Amazing Tutorials For Illustrators And Photoshoppers

The following roundup of high-grade and elaborate Illustrator tutorials will not only satisfy the fans of vector-graphics. It is also bound to inspire the Photoshop artist. This is because a lot of the effects shown can be achieved using Photoshop as well, though in slightly different ways. You will definitely have your aha-moments here. The spectrum ranges...

Inspiration

40 Must-See Portfolio-Websites Of Photographers, Illustrators and Photoshop-Artists

October 22nd, 2012
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40 Must-See Portfolio-Websites Of Photographers, Illustrators and Photoshop-Artists

Portfolios can be a great way to prove how multifaceted an artist is. But this is only true while it is true for the artist and for the website. You might be a superb photographer, but if your website is not representing these skills you might have a hard time acquiring clients this way. Today we show...

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Inspiration Blast: 40 Elaborately Designed Photoshop Wallpapers

October 15th, 2012
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Inspiration Blast: 40 Elaborately Designed Photoshop Wallpapers

The easiest way to decorate your boring computer desktop is with creative wallpapers. It only takes a few clicks to beautify even the dullest workspace. In the following collection you will find little pieces of art, hand-crafted by talented Photoshoppers from around the world. The wallpapers are colorful, elaborately designed and unique at the same time. As...

Design

Productivity-Powerhouse: 40 Perfect Photoshop-Actions To Speed Up Your Workflow

October 8th, 2012
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Productivity-Powerhouse: 40 Perfect Photoshop-Actions To Speed Up Your Workflow

Adobe Photoshop offers a very simple option to record a sequence of commands in the form of so-called Actions. These Actions can be stored and distributed. That way we have the possibility to use command-sequences other Photoshop artists developed and execute them on mouse click. Actions can speed up your workflow and even push your work to...

Design

Creativity-Powerhouse: 40 Free and Unusual Brush Sets for Adobe Photoshop

October 1st, 2012
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Creativity-Powerhouse: 40 Free and Unusual Brush Sets for Adobe Photoshop

One of the many strengths of Photoshop is its extensibility. Especially the brushes-section can be easily packed with hundreds and hundreds of different styles. Today we sort the wheat from the chaff and present you 40 high-grade sets that have the potential to unleash your creativity to whole new levels. All the brushes can be used free...

Design

Photoshop Plugins: 3D and Beauty

March 15th, 2010
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Photoshop Plugins: 3D and Beauty

Over the last years Adobe Photoshop’s developers have been integrating some powerful 3D tools. Many of them require you to import a model from a 3D software or to gain profound knowledge of the software and its terminology. If you wish to move forward a little faster, then take a look at the following plugins.

Design

Free Grunge Styles and Resources

February 19th, 2010
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Free Grunge Styles and Resources

Today we are glad to release five grunge styles for Adobe Photoshop. These styles were designed by the german Photoshop artist Dirk Metzmacher and released especially for Noupe and its readers, including resources for textures, fonts and brushes. You can load styles with the style palette. In case this window isn’t open yet, go to Window > Styles in the menu. Click on the...