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Free Realistic Gravel Patterns for Photoshop and Elements

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Today I have to share Realistic Gravel seamless tiling patterns. Patterns will be delivered with .pat extension and as JPEG files. Patterns are useful for the Web and Print design. The license is free for personal and commercial projects as and everything else listed in freebies section and on my site Photoshop Plus > Free.

Patterns in this package are created using The Best Photoshop PluginFilter Forge. There are and so many other cool things that you can do using Filter Forge and Photoshop.


Here is a useful link for Photoshop newbies: How to Manage and Work with Presets in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.

What is included in the package Package contains set of 5 different seamless tiling patterns with the following dimensions: 512x512px.

Preview of all patterns included in the package




Transparency Grid for SVG and PNG Files in Adobe Bridge

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One of the frequently requested features among Adobe Bridge users is the transparency grid which is indicating that the file has a transparent background. Starting with the update on 16 July 2018, Adobe Bridge is showing transparency grid (checkerboard) in thumbnail view/preview for PNG and SVG files. Ensure that you are running version 8.1.0.383 or update Bridge via Creative Cloud application.

Turn on transparency grid You may need to update the Creative Cloud application to see an update available. You may also need to restart the computer to see changes after installing the update.

Ensure that Show Transparency Grid in Preferences > Thumbnails tab is checked. You can also click on Options for thumbnail quality and preview generation button and select Show Transparency Grid.

Preserve transparency in Output workspace If you want to preserve transparency in Output workspace then go to Preferences > Output tab and check Preserve Transparency for Images. Another way to do turn th…

How to Set Fixed Position for Design Elements in Adobe XD

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One of the new features in June 2018 update of Adobe XD is named fixed elements. This feature allows you to set a fixed position for elements like header and footer. Fixed position means that elements will be always at the same position on the screen and always visible while scrolling up/down to preview page. Usually fixed position of elements is used to provide quick access to most important features/links like the menu, logosearch boxphone number, link to the shopping cart page and so on.

In this tutorial, I will explain to you how to set a fixed position for an element in Adobe XD and what to pay attention if you want that element always visible on screen when someone is previewing scrolling pages in your prototype. This feature works for Desktop preview but also and for online preview when you share your prototype.

Steps to set fixed position for elements It is fairly easy to set fixed elements in Design mode. Before proceeding with the steps it will be useful to organize con…

Free Photoshop Action to Create Collage From Single Image With up to 12 Pieces

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Today I have to share Photoshop action which is creating a collage from a single image. Collages from a single image are very popular and can be used for banners, flyers, social media posts and so on...

The final effect is fully customizable, provided action should be a starting point to create a collage from a single image.


The license is free for personal and commercial projects as and everything else listed in freebies section and on my site Photoshop Plus > Free.

Video tutorial Here is a video with instructions on how to load, play action and how to customize the final result. If you have any additional question please do not hesitate to leave comments.


Transcript Hi guys, in this tutorial I will explain to you how to use Collage 12 Pieces action for Adobe Photoshop.

You can download this action for free from my blog DesignEasy.

The first step is to run Photoshop and to open any image. Display Actions panel from Window > Actions. Click on Actions panel menu > choose Load…

Calculations in Adobe XD: Let Software Do Math for You!

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With June 2018 update for Adobe XD CC, we have some new and existing features like support for overlays, fixed elements, private sharing and so on. One of the less attractive but extremely useful features is named calculations. This feature is already present in InDesign, Muse, and Illustrator and now implemented in XD.

What are calculations and how to use them Calculations allow users to ask XD to do simple math in Property fields. For example: if the rectangle is 270 pixels and you want to reduce the width to 1/3 then simply type /3 after numbers in the property field and XD will do the math for you and reduce the width of selected rectangle based on the result of the calculation. Great! But what about height? Things are even better of what you expect. It is possible to lock aspect ratio what will force XD to do the math for both: width and height based on math operator and number entered in one of the property fields.

To ask XD to do simple math do the following:

Select object or g…

Why, When and How to Use Delete Cropped Pixels Option for The Crop Tool in Adobe Photoshop

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One of the most common tasks with digital images is to crop them. In Adobe Photoshop we are usually using the Crop tool to accomplish that task. One of the Crop tool options in the Options bar is Delete Cropped Pixels which instructs Photoshop to permanently delete pixels outside of the crop area.

Why use Delete Cropped Pixels Crop tool option Delete Cropped Pixels allows you to permanently delete pixels on the image which are outside of crop area while using the Crop tool. Ensure that Delete Cropped Pixels is checked when you are certain which pixels from the image to keep and which to permanently discard.

When to not use Delete Cropped Pixels Do not check Delete Cropped Pixels when you need flexibility to re-crop image or when your project may need to show some other portion of the image.

What is the advantage of Delete Cropped Pixels turned off (unchecked) The advantage of Delete Cropped Pixels turned off is that you will crop the image in a non-destructive manner or in other word…

Free Radial Mosaic Tiles Patterns for Photoshop and Elements

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Today I have to share Radial Mosaic Tiles seamless tiling patterns. Patterns will be delivered with .pat extension and as JPEG files. Patterns are useful for the Web and Print design. The license is free for personal and commercial projects as and everything else listed in freebies section and on my site Photoshop Plus > Free.

Patterns in this package are created using The Best Photoshop PluginFilter Forge. There are and so many other cool things that you can do using Filter Forge and Photoshop.


Here is a useful link for Photoshop newbies: How to Manage and Work with Presets in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.

What is included in the package Package contains set of 5 different seamless tiling patterns with the following dimensions: 512x512px.

Preview of all patterns included in the package