Design Assets for Summer

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Summer is well underway, but there is plenty more sun and fun to be had. In this collection of design assets, we embrace all that summer has to offer—from the frantic, activity-packed frenzy that traveling often is; to enjoying the tastes of picnics and barbecues; to taking time to relax from life and even from summer itself.

Travel

It’s not that you NEED proof you went somewhere, but it’s nice to have a little reminder. This seamless pattern ($12) sports vintage travel passport stamps and recalls a time when travel was a rare treat and way more glamorous!

Want to feel like you’re a kid at camp again? Minus the bugs, the outdoor toilets, and having to build a fire to cook over, these campground badge logos ($9) will transport you to your little camping oasis in the woods.

Your summer travel memories need to drip with summery color hues. Deviant Art user xXNekoanimeXx has put together a nice little color palette (free) that could easily be converted to a color theme. Use either InDesign’s Color Theme tool or Adobe Capture to create a theme and even an .ase file for use in all your Adobe apps.

Being on summer vacation doesn’t mean you can slow down on your social media posts. This InDesign template from Adobe Stock ($20) gives you 27 fully-editable 1080 x 1080 designs to show off your best life on Instagram and more.

Eat and Drink

The icons in this pattern might be flat, but they’re still poppin’! The 4 seamless patterns ($8) feature that great summer event—the cookout—with different color backgrounds and all in vector format.

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire… but why not get you a brush that can do both? These 22 Photoshop brushes ($11) feature smoke and include styles to create the look of fire, so you’ll be set whether you’re creating BBQ smoke or a bonfire on the beach.

Make your summer designs extra juicy with this watercolor pack. The pastel-packed collection ($17) includes over 40 transparent PNG files—including frames, elements, and seamless patterns—adorned with fruity splashes of color.

Invite all the cool kids to the pool party or picnic with this set of sunny cards. The Illustrator artwork (Adobe Stock download credits) features a citrusy color palette and sports handwritten fonts and vector patterns.

Play

If you’re stuck presenting for clients this summer, try sneaking in a fun-in-the-sun-filled theme to your next Keynote project. The template (Envato Elements membership) includes title slides, custom infographics, and over 150 total slides in five color schemes.

The heat of summer makes me want to enjoy a latte in the A/C, but apparently some people like to enjoy outdoor activities. This fun set of vector artwork ($12) features tennis, hiking, scuba, rock climbing and more. Yay summer!

Keep those awesome vibes going all summer long, duuuude, with a fun font with a tasty name. Casual with a hand-written bent, Pineapple Margarita ($7) is chill, laid-back, and available in OpenType and TrueType formats.

Relax

Easily paint your memories with the warmth of summer, with the help of this Photoshop actions pack. This bundle (Envato Elements membership) includes 20 different actions to create the perfect, dreamy duotone with very little effort.

As a kid, collecting shells on the beach was a relaxing way to spend the afternoon, except for that one time the I got laser-focused on an orange cockle shell and lost my footing in the undertow. But I digress… shells! In Photoshop brush form! This collection contains 8 free brushes and features coral and starfish, in addition to the shell forms.

Whether you’re creating post-beach drink menus or listing a day spa’s myriad relaxing offerings, this font might fit the bill. Veryberry ($25) is a casual hand-written script that contains over 750 glyphs and features initial and terminal forms, stylistic alternates, and ornaments.

Relaxing at the spa—either post-adventures or as a destination in itself—isn’t a bad way to spend a summer afternoon. If you’re tasked instead with designing for the spa, you might want to check out these spa-themed infographics. The set (membership required) features flat images of stone massage, face masks, aromatherapy, and more. Breathe in slowly, annnnnd exhale.

Like every unimaginative friend wrote in my yearbook, “Have a great summer and stay cool!” And most importantly, don’t forget sunscreen.

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Erica Gamet has been involved in the graphics industry for over 30 years. She is a speaker, writer, trainer, and content creator focusing on the Adobe InDesign ecosystem, Apple Keynote, and varied production topics. She is a regular presence at CreativePro Week’s InDesign Conference, and speaks frequently at Canada’s ebookcraft and Making Design in Oslo, Norway. When she isn’t at her computer…oh, let’s be honest, she’s always at her computer.
  • Tim Musial says:

    The link for the shell brushes is no longer active, it appears …

    • Erica Gamet says:

      I just checked and it’s still active. DeviantArt makes it really hard to find the download button though…check waaaay over on the right (usually under an ad and above the “more from this artist” section). There’s a green arrow, if that helps. Let me know if it’s still not showing up for you.

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