Interview with Nimbus Themes’ Contest Winner Miles Linklater

Last week, Nimbus Themes closed our first-ever giveaway contest. We are happy to announce that Miles Linklater of 24pt. Helvetica was the lucky winner of a 1-year ALL ACCESS Nimbus membership. This gives him access to all our WordPress themes and those to come in the next year, along with a year’s worth of updates and support.

We had the opportunity to get to know Mr. Linklater and his work, and we would like to showcase a bit for you today. Miles’ story is a great example of how to combine one’s interests and skill set into a satisfying profession. How’d he do it? Read on for more…

Free Boat Stock Photography: Bundle No. 2

Continuing in our free stock photography series, this photo bundle is all about boating and life at the marina. While Evan and I dream of someday having a sailboat, a trip down to the marina when visiting his hometown provides us with a little snapshot of the seafaring culture, and that’s enough to go on for now. The thought of days spent reading books, toes dipped into pristine water with the catamaran bobbing somewhere in the Caribbean doesn’t sound like a half bad retirement (that is, of course, sans the insane depreciation, continual upkeep and maintenance, cabin fever that’s bound to happen sooner or later, isolation and creepy pirates). 😉

Free Stock Photography Bundle No. 1: Prairie

Photography was a passion of mine long before getting into the design world. When we started the company, our first purchase was a Nikon D300, and we took it everywhere, snapping images of the shoreline in the Redwoods, cows munching in a field, pheasant hunts on the prairie in middle America with my family. We even started a street style photography blog while living in Portland – one of our first forays into the blogging world. I found it easy to snap the images, not so easy to approach random strangers and ask them to hold still and SMILE! while I clicked away. So instead, we moved onto nature and still life photography.

Handdrawn Doodle Brushes for Photoshop

These handdrawn doodle brushes for Photoshop are AWESOME!!! They’re fun, hi-resolution, and can be used to create a lot of different designs. Import them into Illustrator for additional manipulation. Download free Photoshop brushes below, and use them however you please. There are nearly 30 brushes in the set to give you a lot of ammo to work with when using them in your next design.

I <3 handdrawn graphics… it lends a crafty, personal touch to the Internet–always a good thing!

Free Seamless Illustrator Pattern: Damask

This free seamless Illustrator pattern is of an antique Victorian damask pattern available for you to download. If you’re a Photoshop nut, we’ve also included the Photoshop pattern file for you to use there too. Damask is a very popular type of Victorian pattern and is characterized by repeating floral designs, creating a mesmerizing effect.

Free Retro Nature PS & AI Pattern Pack

3 free retro nature patterns for Photoshop and Illustrator.

Two of the patterns are adapted from vintage fabric pieces, and the other is just something I made up in Illustrator. Illustrator, as you might suspect, is a great program for creating illustrations. You can do a lot with minimal effort, and it’s easy to add patterns, textures, gradients, 3D elements, and other special effects to get a unique look. Try playing around with patterns in Illustrator, even if you are just going to bring them into Photoshop. The highlight to this is that if you start out with a pattern in Illustrator and then take it into Photoshop, you can scale the image size in Photoshop and define it as a pattern so you get perfectly clear resolution no matter what size the pattern. You also have a lot more freedom to easily manipulate things in Illustrator.

Cool Background Image: Colorful Spectrum

On the eve of this new year, we thought it would be appropriate to share a festive, abstract colorful spectrum background image. The spectrum background was created in Photoshop using the noise, motion, and box blur filters, with some gradient overlays and blending applied as well. It’s a pretty neat effect for a background image. The background would look great as a background banner image for your site, in photo manipulations, and anything else you can think of. The file is a .png (was produced in 16-bit color) and is 1248 x 1200 pixels.

10 Free Photoshop Actions You Can’t Live Without

Photoshop actions are a great way to add some spice to stock photography or your own photos and designs, and free Photoshop actions are even better! While it’s always important to incorporate your own artistic flair into your designs, actions are good for getting those creative juices flowing. They let you see an image in a different light, making even the most mundane photos into works of art.