Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. It’s one of those holidays that presents plenty of design possibilities, from cards to website modifications. But sometimes it can be a little puzzling when trying to figure out where to start. And other times, you just don’t have enough free time to create what you had in mind completely from scratch.
That’s where the resources we’ve gathered below can come in handy. We’ve found some great tutorials that can show you how to create some Valentine’s Day-inspired artwork. And we’ve also rounded up a ton of great stock resources for you, from icons to Photoshop patterns and brushes to vector illustrations. Use them as a starting point for creating something really unique while also saving time. If you have more resources you’d like to share, please do so in the comments.
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Here are some excellent tutorials to get you started on your Valentine’s Day design projects. Most teach basic techniques that can easily be adapted to suit your needs.
A fairly simple tutorial that shows how to create a heart with wings completely from scratch.
Another tutorial for creating a winged heart, very different from the previous one mentioned.
A tutorial for creating a grungy heart and sun-ray wallpaper.
A tutorial for creating a colorful Valentine’s Day Hearts illustration in Photoshop.
A Photoshop tutorial for creating a grungy love-themed desktop wallpaper.
How to create a colorful background for Valentine’s Day, using Custom Shape Tool, Layer Styles, gradients, and other Photoshop tools.
Create text “Happy Valentine’s Day” from a lot of hearts.
Learn how to design the background of heartshape forms for Valentine’s Day.
Create a simple Valentine’s Day e-card for your special someone.
A collection of free, vector floral heart illustration samples.
9 full-size high resolution heart graphics.
A free vector heart from Vector4Free.
A vector heart illustration comprised entirely of flowers.
4 vector hearts in grunge style.
Another fancy vector heart.
Two hearts with flowers around them in different colorstyles. Ready to be used with included HQ
A set of red, white and black icons that includes a few different hearts.
A set of four grunge heart vectors.
A vector illustration of a girl holding a heart.
A set of 7 vector Valentine’s Day cards.
A vector illustration with two place settings and hearts.
A collection of assorted heart vectors.
A vector Valentine’s Day card.
A vector heart with flourishes and a patterned background.
A set of cute goth illustrations that includes skulls and hearts.
A vector wallpaper made up entirely of patterned hearts.
A hot pink winged heart with flames and an orange background.
A beautiful heart vector illustration with a floral motif.
A set of heart-shaped vector icons.
A set of heart-shaped social networking icons from Smashing Magazine.
A set of twelve free heart icons.
26 brushes in total. For Photoshop 7+, Photoshop Elements 2+, GIMP 2.2.6+.
16 love Photoshop CS3 brushes.
11 valentine Photoshop CS3 brushes.
12 brushes in total.
10 heart-shape patterns.
A set of 36 heart brushes for Photoshop in varying styles from XPhotoshoperX.
A set of 9 Photoshop brushes, in a hand-drawn style, from Eraweb.
23 hand-drawn heart brushes.
A set of pastel heart patterns for Photoshop by Nayume.
A set of simple heart patterns for Photoshop from XVanillaSky.
Patterns and Textures
A set of bokeh texture backgrounds from Gloeckchen.
A blue bokeh texture background by Erykucciola-stock.
A set of multi-colored bokeh textures from Joannastar-Stock.