Photoshop, Illustrator FREE or Shareware, or Commercial. But Mostly FREE.

GTH blog additions November 2017.  Keep those cards and letters rollin’ in! JJJJ

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Photoshop Illustrator FREE or Shareware, or Commercial. But Mostly FREE. IMPORTANT: I use the term “scripts” to mean: Brushes Vectors Ebooks Fonts GFX Gradients Patterns Plugins Shapes Styles Tutorials filters files utilities backgrounds presets Banner, Flowers, Animal, Design, Colorful, Abstract, Patterns etc.etc.

So if you see “Scripts” that usually means something you can use and download and use (without programming). It’s a catch word for all the things you can use really

If you are looking specifically for ILLUSTRATOR, search the blog by that word and you’ll find a good size collection specifically for Illustrator efforts. Most of the sites listed will have Illustrator and other graphics materials listed somewhere within the links

Also– if you can/want/feel like it, make a donation to the site you download from

I have NO business connection with any of these sites. It’s just part of the list of URL’s I’ve collected for 10 plus years

Also–Some of the sites may be “404” or “not found”.  by entering the address from the http to the dot com and ignore what’s after the dot com

You Will Find some 404’s or “not found” (web sites disappear) on Get The Hook!

I keep them for power users who may want to search a truncated (shortened) URL address.  Try searching without any address after the dot com Usually you can get to the home page and go from there.

If it’s still not appearing I keep the un-clickable addresses as search terms. Serious searchers might get a lead to a topic.  Thanks. JJJJ

Keep in mind these are not necessarily NEW. This is on purpose. You can pull a lot of info and ideas from them

(> my annotations after the arrowhead)
300+ Free Hi-Res grunge textures you’ve never seen before! Design. >What it says
350+ Brushes, Textures, and Fonts: Massive Hand Drawn Roundup | Design Reviver > PHOTOSHOP/ADOBE/OTHER PHOTO PROGRAMS ALL FILES Actions Plugins Brushes Text Textures Scripts
Fred ImageMagick Scripts > HUGH collection of everything a beginner could want.  You Experts, combine some of these filters for original looks. Many downloadable scripts with examples
Photoshop Filters-AmphiSoft Filters > Retouch method and examples

Photo Retouch Retouch Yellow Skin
Most Blatant Uses of Photoshop in Magazines Ads – YourCover
>retouching before and after – Google Search
>retouching examples-illustrates subtle tricks- very good
PhotoshopDisasters > Photoshop various   Photoshop Tutorials and Resource > PHOTOSHOP ADOBE OTHER PHOTO PROGRAMS ALL FILES French Language and English
bounce flash for the built in popup flash on Nikon Canon Pentax > Photoshop Tutorials Tips Tricks Sites Art info
Adobe Photoshop Help > Esoteric material for the cell biology picture taking crowd
>Browsing Photoshop Actions on deviantART

GTH blog additions 11-’17
100 amazing Adobe Illustrator tutorials
By Creative Bloq Staff May 09, 2017 Digital art
OK site . Personal observation from experience: Watch that your own style/creativity is not mushed into someone who’s already been in that place, done that kind of thing. Otherwise this is a widely popular BLOG for artists up there with Deviantart. I prefer the unknown sites and blogs, “artists” …whatever… and going in person to places and seeing a different way without a screen absorbing and manipulating whats really there in front of me.
Crop Circle Photoshop Brushes > All kinds of brushes
Curvemeister Downloads Free CURVES and Tutorials > Excellent site for those who use CURVES in their digital manipulation
Digg – Photoshop Create fake Crop Circles > Sadly, this site is not showing the crop circle brushes, however there are many other useable ideas for designers. Select the HOME button
Directory of plugins for illustrator. >Many
Graphic Identity Tutorials How to Install Photoshop Brush Set > Tut and links and ideas
Grunge Style In Modern Web Design Graphics Smashing Magazine > Tut and downloads
How to Manage Plug-Ins in Photoshop with Shortcuts > From ABOUT.COM has links and tuts
Jay Arraich Photoshop Tips – 7 Art History Brush > Many downloadable things, scripts with examples
Layers Magazine – The How-To Magazine for Everything Adobe. >Layers
Photo-Based Art – ACTIONS, Photo-Art Photoshop ACTIONS The Mother of a (…) > Many downloadable Adobe actions, etc. etc., scripts with examples. More
photoshop – Rapidshare files
photoshop actions – Google Image Search > Search “Illustrator” for Many downloadable scripts with examples
Photoshop actions 124+ Free Photoshop Actions to Boost Your Designs > I particularly like the PANOS actions. Check out his web site. Nice person and approachable by email
Photoshop Brushes 150+ High Quality Free Photoshop Brushes
Photoshop File Extensions > Photoshop various
– Google Search > Organization search for PS tools etc…17297.17297.0.22883.….0…1c..23.psy-ab..1.0.0.XUNSMefyPDo&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_qf.&bvm=bv.49967636,d.dmg&fp=236d0654f508f65e&biw=606&bih=541
Organizing graphic design files and folders – > How to best organize just about anything. Many of the links are broken , so try just the name ending in dot com. Some of the links are commercial, HP has some material but if you dig into this site you can find a lot of PS and AI material
Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts > Many downloadable scripts with examples
Photoshop lighting > Tuts. Commercial site with some examples and videos
Planet Photoshop > Everything PS and AI. Freebees,tuts etc.etc
Russell Brown. Cool Links > Many downloadable scripts with examples
stock.xchng – the leading free stock photography site > Tuts. Many downloadable scripts with examples
The Plugin Site – Free Photoshop-compatible Plugins > One of my favorites and a must for the beginning (and expert) PS and AI user. (Might fill a Terabyte drive 🙂 )
The Plugin Site – Products > Associated with above. Many downloadable scripts with examples
The Russell Brown Show > Tuts. Many
The very best Photoshop tips tricks » Photoshop Ninja – Expert Photo (…) > Many
1000s of Free Photoshop Plugins Filters MegaList Graphic Design Bl (…) > What it says
Huge List of Adobe Illustrator Plugins Filters Tools. > What it says
Photoshop » downTURK Kalite indir – Best downloads > I like this site. Really hokey Eastern European graphics
Plug in organizer > Tech material about hex, extensions, and working with a plugin organizer. Plugin commander was free for the lite version. No info on current versions but the site has always been responsive to the real internet where free was the normal
Plugins — ImageJ Documentation >
IMAGE J. Great free program. Used mainly by “scientists” and has a science feel to it. I use it and it has a fairly steep learning curve and isn’t as “pretty” as the commercial stuff, but, it has a lot of power and should be looked at if only for it’s “feel” and ideas. Everything about the program starts at this site
Steve Desktop Photography – Plug-Ins – FF Galleries Collections > Commercial and free stuff
The 9 Free Things Every Site (or Lens!) Should Do > Search this site (it’s kind of blog site) for PS and AI freebees
The Photoshop Roadmap Blog > Many downloadable scripts with examples
The Plugin Site – Download Center > Form for requesting Downloads and list of free scripts
The Plugin Site – Free Photoshop-compatible Plugins
Tools for Managing your Filter Collection and Tips for Installing Filters… > About dot com tuts and tips. More links
Top 80 Photoshop Tools and Resources – Top 100 Directory > Retouch method and examples. Lots More Links
Before an after Portfolio > MUST SEE. How the professionals process an image. With roll-over ability that shows individual layers piled on one at a time. Great site for learning

Links and learning{moz:distributionID}:{moz:locale}:{moz:official
>Photoshop various Google search. Retouching. Check Glenn Feron’s site
Category » Discussion « @ Richard Jeffery Photography Photoshop Contests Are you Worthy™ tutorial > Photoshop BEST Archives Individual SITES Photoshop
Adobe Family Blog 041808 > Links and information
Alien Skin Software, LLC > Commercial site. A Favorite software of mine. Trials and maybe some free downloads if you search the site and links
British Journal of Photography – professional photography news, camera (…) > Ideas
ChainStyle Photoshop Resources > Free downloads, tuts and links
Digital Camera Reviews and Digital Photography Techniques > Ideas
Digital Camera Sensor Sizes How it Influences Your Photography > Great site. Information on how the sensor size of digital cameras affect the output. Tuts and links > commercial site for camera sales
Edges Fx Plugin – Mehdi – Plugins Photoshop > Free stuff. Lots
Flaming Pear Software > Ideas and scripts. Some of the examples can be downloadedfree from other sites
Links from the
National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) > All kinds of free and commercial Adobe scripts
Omar Radwan – Consultant, Designer, Artist, Musician, Photographer, and (…) > I Happen to like Omar. He’s been around a long time on the internet. He’ll respond to questions. Links and ideas
Photography Digital Camera Reviews, Learn Photography, Photo Galleries (…) > What is says
RoughCut Font Collection > FREE huge collection of fonts
Search for photoshop anthology > Free PS book on PDF
STUDIO7DESIGNS Current Trends and Design News Blog » 101 Design resour (…) > Photoshop FREE (???) PlugIns Actions Brushes other Presets
FreePhotoshop – Adobe Photoshop plugins and filters reviews > Now, so less freebut check the site links
How to install plug-ins in Photoshop > ALL KINDS of links to FREE scripts
MeeSoft > Good effects Free and cheap shareware
muhtevağitim, ödev ve inanç portalı > Photoshop Tutorials Sites Art info. Mystery site. Has some downloads from a foreign site. I don’t know if it’s a warez thing or not. Worth a try. Scroll down to the PS section
30 Beautiful Photoshop Text Effect Tutorials – Six Revisions
30 Great Free Paper Backgrounds and Textures > Free Effects
Adobe – Design Center Using Flash for the first time. > Adobe Tuts
Adobe Photoshop – Every Tool Explained – Free PDF Ebooks Download > What is says
Adobe Photoshop Actions and Scripts – Download free actions and scripts
Download PhotoEchoes 2.0 – PhotoEchoes is a digital Kaleidoscope. > Free downloads, links, scripts
> Free ACTIONS. Good site
> Free Photoshop – Illustrator Resources, Ebooks, Borders in stencil. Check Home page for more
Free Photoshop Plugins – Adobe Photoshop Plugins DIRECTORY Photoshop. > What it says
Free Photoshop Shapes Downloads – Mega List of Free Custom Vector Shapes
G4 – Feature – Make Crop Circles in Photoshop > If you get this Flash to load making crop circle designs can be interesting. You can use text, pix etc.
Graffiti Fonts – Graffiti Fonts > Wild Style! Takes me back to my days bombing in the railroad yard. Free Graf fonts
Photoshop Needed > Many links.In French. Brushes (somewhat blue)
Photoshop Photo Effects Chiseled Images Crop Circles Tutorial > FREE Tut. This is one of the only “crop circle” type tuts I have found. There’s others, I just haven’t found them
Photoshop Tips Trashing the Preferences File > Old site but if you want to go retro with your designs…
PHOTOSHOP TOOLBOX – 80+ Photoshop Tools and Resources > Photoshop various. What is says plus many other script links
11amDesign Tutorials and Articles – Add a Realistic Crop Circle To You (…) > Couldn’t get this to load. May be not working
Absolute cross tutorials > Many effects tuts. Text Effects. Photo Editing & Effects. Tools & Basics
Adobe Photoshop Brushes, Free Brushes, Photoshop Presets Photoshop CS3 (…) > What it says
Bowling Pins – Photoshop Tutorial > How to make a bowling pin. Works for me I’m usually in a alley or gutter anyway 🙂
CHECK THESE CS2 Tutorials > Might want to check for updates. Commercial sites however links can sometimes suprise you.
Troubleshooting and Solving Problems with Photoshop > Many Help Links. Free
> Fractals in real time. Free Fractals…
5 Great Background Masking Techniques in Photoshop. > Software Tutorials. Masking is difficult. Tuts here. There are scripts and utilities for masking, however working it in the program is the best way to learn before using the shortcut scripts.
53 Killer Photoshop Illustrator Effects and Tutorials. > What it says
Adobe Forums – Many Problems with Photoshop. > Adobe Site
Amara Software™ – Flash Player compatible Animation Software > commercial. Inexpensive software. Check current home page for discounts. Some free tuts and links. (long time internet site)
> FYI. Most all Adobe info is online. If you deep search you will find e-books and PDF’s Free. Amazon and other book sellers let you look at the index. Get your ideas for searches from there
Animated GIF Archive – Animations – 4th_July ® > Animations for days. Many. Links. Check home page for more
Beckham Digital > Good links and Tuts
color conversion (RGB CMYK Greyscale)
Create Adobe® PDF Online. > Might work(!?), Resources for Creative Professionals > Sign up for FREE. Free stuff. Links
Disco Ball > Free. Who wouldn’t want a free mirror ball? Home page has Links. Many
Freebyte Guide to…Free Graphics Software, Images, Clipart, etc > FREE. Lots of free scripts
good source Tutorials Smashing Magazine > Search needed by topic. Large site. Lots of variety here
Graphic Identity» Graphic Design Articles Free Design Box > Illustrator tuts and fonts The shared resource for creative design > Huge link collection to FREE scripts

***Send me the answer to this: How can I draw online and share it real-time with others?
How to Create a Transparent Background in Photoshop > Tut. Links. Check Home page for more

How to Design in CMYK While in RGB Mode in Photoshop on Technorati > Apparently an Adult content Tutorial (but I didn’t look…)
How to Eliminate the Lines Around a Transparent GIF in Photoshop > Tut. and a good one
How To Suck Less at Photoshop > Many links. Blog by Gina Trapani who is a Professional in the field. (of Adobe, not sucking at Photoshop)
How To Whiten Teeth And Eyes – Retouching Portraits. > Dude, teeth are tough to do right. Good tut
Jay Arraich’s Photoshop Tips > Links to free things
PHOTOSHOP 911 Text on a path or circle > Good TUTs
Photoshop newbie – Tech Support Forums – > dig here for links to tuts and scripts. Check the homepage search for specifics
Photoshop Ninja – Expert Photoshop tips and tricks > ***IMPORTANT. beginners and experts alike don’t understand SCRATCH DISKS! It is important to have this set up properly on your computer. Unless you are a comp hard drive/memory expert or work in some celestial weird zone (cloud) you need a scratch disk. They are not fun, just necessary. READ THIS!
Photoshop Tutorials Adobe Photoshop Plugins > Many links. Scripts. Paid and free
Photoshop Tutorials videos > Tuts and many links to scripts
Photoshop Workflow > Good info here about FLOW. Links
Planet PDF – Reducing PDF File Size > Tut on pdf. Good especially if you send your work finished via PDF. Old site. Check for updated info
Rap Diamonds, bling in Photoshop > What it says
> Introduction to designing for material (shirts etc.) Pretty much all here for whatever site you use. Check your commercial printers mechanicals (requirements) before STARTING a design. Trust me on this one, you’ll save a lot of time knowing/working correctly from the start
Script Graffiti fonts > FREE fonts forever…
SitePoint New Articles, Fresh Thinking for Web Developers and Designe. > FYI
SnapFiles – software reviews, download freeware and free trial program > Warez. Might be worth a search
Software to create Flash Animations – Flash Buttons – Flash Effects > What it says. Free and Paid. Many links
The ultimate photoshop resource list part 3 actions. > Free. Scroll down for links to part 1 and 2. Many brushes and patterns and links
The world’s biggest post about Photoshop (PSDs, textures, tutorials. > OK. If they say so…
Varian Dreamview DreamTools Toys > Nice list of free and paid utilities for design. Monitor B/W calibrator (somewhat rare) Links within the different categories
Video Tutorial How to install and use photoshop actions > What it says
Your Guide to Adobe Bridge Importing
Photoshop Working with CMYK Ink Density > Photoshop various. Bridge info. Links Photoshop Contests Are you Worthy™ home page > Retouch method and examples Always a good site. Links. Scripts. Ideas. Many
Celebrity Retouching 10 Reasons to Revise Your Reality > Should be required reading for every schoolgirl. Links. Ideas and how it’s done > Old site but well known. Free software and utilities. Not so much for graphics

***Last but not least for now, one of my favorite sites for demonstration and artistic design (and straight retoughing) is from Glenn Feron. Let the portfolio load and mouse over the finished pictures to see what he had to work with at first.
Glenn Feron – The Art of Retouching > One of my FAVORITE “don’t believe anything you see” sites. Glenn is very approachable and a nice person. He responds to questions. Be certain to mouse over the examples 🙂


Here’s some additional sites as I find them in my travels:


MAC everything for photography and Mac computer performance guide. ARTICLES. Review this if you use a mac. Good site.


Background, Banner, Flowers, Animal, Design, Colorful, Abstract, Patterns


Start here for an overview.  Many, many links and scripts.  OLD site but with a Good collection of basic and advanced links.


What colors work with what other colors. Links and examples.


Vector drawing programs


Keystrokes, tips and speeding up Photoshop (and other programs) with graphic examples.  These are sites you can review as your skills require and your creative ability expands.


Some advanced ideas and a nice link to Eastern European Vector exhibit


The new Adobe® Exchange is a Creative Suite extension marketplace. Free and otherwise illustrator and creative suite plug-ins, scripts and other extensions. This lets you search for all manner of Adobe related scripts.


All kinds of techniques and free scripts.  This is a nice site to page through for ideas on color, composition, font manipulation etc. etc.


FREE vector images (many) and PS Brushes (many).


All kinds of free cheat sheets tools, filters, scripts etc


Free Photoshop and Illustrator. Free Adobe. Lots of Bells and Whistles for free sign-up.


The HOME page:

This list is linked and click-able:



Print Process



InDesign, Quark

PDF Files


Web Design

This is a site with tuts.


Start at this web address (above) and select the subject from the right side of the page. Click that link. Subjects are listed (below).

Photoshop Tutorials:

Flare Text Effect
Hue and Saturation Control
Layer Blending
Pixelation Effect
Smart Objects
TV Scanline Effect
Abstraction with Perspective Transform
Smearing Glow Text Effect
Smearing Glow Effect in Abstractions
Futuristic Abstractions
Futuristic Abstractions II
Grunge I
Grunge II
Grunge III
Grunge IV
Photographic Abstraction I
Photographic Abstraction II
Grunge Text Effect Tutorial I (HD VIDEO)
Grunge Text Effect Tutorial II (HD VIDEO)
Grunge Text Effect Tutorial III (HD VIDEO)
Particle Beam Tutorial I (HD VIDEO)
Particle Beam Tutorial II (HD VIDEO)
Particle Beam Tutorial IV (HD VIDEO)
Particle Beam Tutorial III (HD VIDEO)
Photo Retouching Tutorial I (HD VIDEO)
Photo Retouching Tutorial II (HD VIDEO)
Photo Retouching Tutorial III (HD VIDEO)
Case Study //: Blossom Storm
Case Study //: Leviathan
Case Study //: Afterburner Commence
Luxury Gold Text Effect
Advanced Make Up Tutorial


Clipping Mask (updated for CS4)
Dashed Lines (updated for CS4)
Color & Shape Blending Tool (updated for CS4)
Envelope Distort
Global Color Swatches
Placing Images
Rounded Corners
Transform Again (IMPROVED)
Crop Marks (updated for CS4)
Type on a Path
Type Wrap (updated for CS4)
Artboard Tool (CS4+)
Transform Again (HD VIDEO)
Using math calculations in Illustrator (HD VIDEO)
Art Board Tool Tutorial (HD VIDEO)
Angled Guides in Illustrator and more…(HD VIDEO)
Spiral Tool Tutorial (HD VIDEO)
Great Typographic Controls in Illustrator (HD VIDEO)
Getting Illustrator files print ready

Web Design Tutorials

XHTML Basics

This is a good how-to site that uses text lessons.  Recommended for getting some 411 on the topics listed above.


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Featured on Spreadshirt: Bowling Glam Design in the Marketplace for personalized shirts, hoodies etc and schwag. Everything we do in the art department is original and very little is retouched from canned photos and drawings. I am trying to present to you an alternative to the everyday and mundane. I hope you like it and the designs I constantly change as new ideas, scenes, the people scene of bowling changes.
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