I’ve been committed to spending some serious digital real estate around here talking about how we can all be our own super heroes in work and in life. When I thought about a gift for my lovely readers, a reminder seemed apt. So how about some free downloads?
And of course, don’t forget to tell us how you kicked ass in 2013 by sending a note to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re posting the best ones on New Year’s Day.
I’m so excited to finally spend some time with Katniss and Gale and Peeta again this week. Of course, I’m also excited to meet Finnick and Beetee and Johanna too. Tomorrow can’t really come soon enough, so if you feel the same, here’s some fun backgrounds to download to your devices.
A few months back, the astonishingly talented Natalie Willoughby sent me the sweetest email asking if she could create something for BGC readers and we agreed that Katniss was a kick-ass choice. Her Catching Fire inspired design is the perfect fit for this week.
Can I also just quickly say how happy I am that we now have Thursday night showings at regular hours? Working stiffs like me still love midnight premieres, but I hate them on Friday mornings. So yay to my tickets for 8:30 tomorrow night.
If you’re a creative of any kind, just keep this in mind when times get rough.
The Doctor has two hearts. Double the heart beats. Double the heart breaks. Double the pitter patter. But of course, it also means double the love. Who doesn’t want double the love?
Get your downloadable freebie for your iPhone or Android phone after the jump, double lovers!
Did you wait until the last minute to figure out what to buy your love this Valentine’s Day? Don’t worry. I’ve done it too. Instead of running out to Hallmark, try this green and keen solution: (Links to download are below!)
It’s really quite simple. Here’s what you do:
1. Steal your lover’s computer. (If you share one, this is so much easier.)
2. Download one of these wallpapers:
3. Change the desktop background to design of your choice. I recommend using the “Hey Lover” one for receipts for gifts that are in the mail, printable gift certificates… and nudey pics. (If that’s your thing.) I recommend the Lovey Dovey background for concert tickets, vacation packages and other special events.
4. Move the aforementioned file around so it’s in the right place. If you’re on a PC, you can just plop it in the right spot. On the Mac, it’s kind of fun to have the file minimized on the dash.
Then hand the computer back to your loved one. Tell them how much they need to clean their keyboard and just as they are about to get defensive about it - watch their face turn into a squeeing fangirl. Now you’ll look like a thoughtful winner instead of a forgetful wanker. Congrats.
Finding a custom iPhone background that is your style and isn’t totally distracting from the useful layout of your iPhone can be tough. So, instead of endlessly googling, I got to work and made a template.
This is my “hello! spring” background and I think it does two great things:
1. It adds a bit of texture to my phone’s layout
2. It welcomes me with a helpful Hello!
This was super easy to make, so here’s how I did it. First, let me just say that you will need Photoshop to use this free file, so if you don’t have it, find someone who does. You might also seek out some good free fonts to use. I like to check Type Depot every once and a while because they post some really great free fonts every month or so. They just recently posted "Banda" which would be a great replacement font for the one I used above.
Alright, moving on!
First, download my helpful PSD template here. The file is 320 x 480 and starts at 300 dpi. However, once you’ve made all your changes, we’ll make it the appropriate resolution for the iPhone.
Next, use the layers within the file to make the desired changes. Here you’ll be able to change the color of the stripes, add more stripes. You’ll also be able to change the text and font. And I’ve also made the background color its own layer so you can change that up too. It might be fun to use some cool brushes on the background layer to give it a bit more texture. There are some really awesome, totally free brushes available on the brusheezy.com if you need some inspiration.
Then, once you’ve made all your desired changes, you’ll need to make a version that will work on the retina display. To do this, go to: File > Save for Web & Devices. Once you’re there, change the desired file preset to JPEG in the top right hand corner. Next up the quality to 100 and check the “Optimized” box too. It should look something like this, before you hit save:
Now you can save!
Finally, either email the file to yourself or sync it up with iTunes. The file should appear in your camera app and you should be able to make it your wallpaper from there.
This free file
Free fonts from Type Depot or the like
Total cost of this project: Free