The best free Photoshop resources

Our colleagues at Digital Arts have trawled the web to bring you the best free resources for Adobe Photoshop that every designer should own.

Pattern haven Brusheezy tinyurl.com/ca2cxg features user ratings to help you choose from the hundreds of options, while Free Photoshop Patterns tinyurl.com/baux8p claims to be the world’s largest site from free patterns, and you can download multiple pattern sets with a single click.

Finally, pattern maestro Squidfingers tinyurl.com/566yvs has over 150 patterns, all suited to web and Photoshop work, free to browse and download.

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Wallpaper-style and damask patterns by Jen Furlotte, at Pixels & Icecream.

Free Photoshop cheat sheets

Mastering Photoshop takes time — and usually, you need a nifty shortcut or hard-to-remember feature in order to speed through your work. So it’s a relief that there are vast numbers of downloadable Photoshop cheat sheets. These handy tools will boost your Photoshop skills and help you carve through projects in less time.

All Graphic Design features 27 downloadable cheat sheets, tinyurl.com/9hd2y6, for every version of Photoshop, including CS4, and include shortcut guides, pen and path tips, toolbox references and even how to master the Lasso tool.

Specky Boy tinyurl.com/5otlbp has 17 downloadable cheat sheet cards covering brush use and shortcuts for all versions of Photoshop back to version 7.

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Samples of Photoshop cheat sheets.

Free Photoshop plug-ins

Plug-ins are the biggest enhancements you can add to Photoshop, unlocking powerful features that can help boost your creative work. Some plug-ins are one-trick-ponies, such as those for creating TV scanlines or an image mosaic, while others deliver a suite of tools aimed at a particular arena, such as text effects.

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