freebie: cu 3D items

Good morning!

So I finally subscribed to Photoshop CC (and Lightroom) with Adobe’s $9.99 a month program and I LOVE it (still haven’t uninstalled CS6 yet, keeping that on the computer just in case…but I’m not sure what the ‘just in case’ is LOL).  The things CC can do are amazing.  Just the guides alone made me fall in love with it (the pink lines you see as you’re positioning objects), plus the fact that with every single new update they add to photoshop, I get it.  No more buying the next version every year….they just send out the updates and I use it as long as I’m subscribed.

I wanted to sit down last night and take a little time to figure out how the 3D aspect of the program works.  So I found THIS TUTORIAL and got to work.  It was easy to follow along with, until I got to the end where he had you change the IBL lighting…I didn’t quite do that part right so I skipped that and just rendered what I had.  I tried it with text and then with custom shapes, which you’ll find below.  Not sure what happened on the first 3D item I tried, the word Love, but there’s a white line on the inside of the L and on the E, but aside from that it’s a very usable piece of word art.  The line of hearts I did on my second try came out much better.

You can grab the word LOVE and the heart line below for free…no commercial use license is needed so you can use these however you’d like ;-)

Just click the LOVE image once, it will open on it’s own page with a white background (don’t worry, it’s a transparent png and you’ll see that after you download it and open it) and then right click and save it to your computer.  After you do that, click the ‘back’ button on your browser to come back and grab hearts…






If anyone has played around with the 3D option in Photoshop and knows of any other good starter tutorials, feel free to link me up to them in the comments section.  I’ll be searching around for more tutorials to try again today, I think I’m hooked on the 3D option!  If you’ve done any 3D renders yourself, link me up to an image of what you’ve created in the comments as well, I’d love to see it!

Enjoy :D

freebie: cu overlays

Here’s two different overlays in png format, 300 dpi and sized 12″x12″

Feel free to use these however you’d like, no commercial license is needed


Click each image once for it to enlarge, then right click and save it to your computer…. (be sure to click the ‘back’ button on your browser to come back to this page to download them both.)





Sharing: links to free drop shadow styles and tutorials

There’s a few really nice drop shadow styles out there for free and I wanted to link you guys up to some of those that I’ve found as well as some great tutorials :)


Free styles:

Drop Shadow Styles HERE from Mommyish

(you have to log in and check out but the shadow styles from Mommyish are still free…totally worth it…also check out all the other freebies they have HERE)

Drop Shadow Styles HERE from Megan Turnidge (plus tutorial)

Drop Shadow Styles HERE from Studio Flergs

Drop Shadow Styles for Elements users HERE from Scrappers Workshop


Puppet warp and shadows tutorial HERE from Mommyish

Create realistic shadows tutorial HERE from Sahlin Studio

The cast shadow tutorial HERE from Something Blue

Drop shadow tutorial HERE from One Little Bird

Drop shadows with the warp tool tutorial HERE from Studio Flergs

Warp or liquefy shadows tutorials HERE from The Daily Digi



NOTE: if you’d like to snag the icons for the styles I used in this post (to use in your kit previews and things like that), just click them once then right click and save to your computer.

freebie: cu splatter photo mask

This is in png format and 300dpi

Feel free to use this however you’d like as a photo mask, no commercial license is needed

If you’re not sure how to use a clipping mask, check out this tutorial HERE

Download info below previews:


EXAMPLE in use with a photo of my Great Dane, Earl and Jack The Fat Cat ;-)

(example image below and photo are copyrighted and can not be used…)



(pssst…for any photography fans, the gear used for the photo of my dog and cat above was the Canon 6D (full frame) and Canon 50mm 1.4)


And now for the FREE photo mask!



Click the photo mask above for full size, then right click and save to your computer! :D