A couple of nice texture freebies

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From The CoffeeShop Blog

Edited to add: a second one from The CoffeeShop Blog:

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From Spoon Graphics

One in time for St. Patrick’s Day and the other looks useful for postwork effects.

Also, if you’re on the hunt for new fonts, HG Designs has a couple of posts on freebies (some commercial restrictions will apply) here and here.

I have been very lazy with free stuff and rendering. I think it’s the weather. About this time of year, I am really, really tired of winter. Not that winter cares, as we’re due for a few more inches of snow today. 😐

Vector Graphics Tip

I was chatting with a friend the other day and we were discussing graphics and file formats in Paint Shop Pro — which she uses exclusively — and I was surprised to learn she didn’t know it’s possible to convert .ai files to .pdf and read them in PSP as well as PS.

Yup; just change the .ai file extension to .pdf and you’re good to go. The .pdf file acts pretty much like an .eps file, so it’s possible to scale it up or down without a loss of quality.

Not all .ai files can be converted to .pdf, but most of them will work.