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The 10 Best New Graphic Design Tools

As you might expect in the month that plays host to ces, january’s round-up of the best new graphic design tools features some killer new hardware for creatives. From dell’s cracking new precision 5520 laptop to wacom’s workflow-disrupting intuos pro paper edition, we’ve covered some of the most exciting new design tools below.

It’s also been a good month for software. Corel led the charge with its powerful photoshop brush plugin particleshop, but you’ll find all sorts of handy plugins, actions and illustrator brushes to aid your creative process in this month’s collection of the best new tools for graphic designers – plus a brilliant new book and two high-quality fonts. Read on to speed up your workflow.

Designer joe andrus’ new custom layered font parts & labor ($29) pays homage to vintage sign-makers. With four different weights, it’s incredibly versatile: you can use the retro display font on its own; or add depth by experimenting with any combination of the three supporting 3d, shade and shadow weights. Stacked in the perfect combination, you’ll produce a retro 3d, extruded effect.

You can change the colours of any layer, and the font comes with a set of stylistic alternate characters and glyphs to add a custom feel, plus a free parts and labor illustrator action that promises to make any font 3d in seven seconds (worth $17 alone).

Corel has released a new version of its adobe photoshop brush plugin particleshop, which gives designers, photographers and artists access to some of corel painter’s powerful brush technology. With 11 new brushes available in the core pack – including dynamic speckle brushes and living grab-and-go particle brushes – and six new brush packs, giving photoshop and lightroom users access to over 100 new brushes to create realistic and organic images.

The designers foundry has released the final draft of austrian graphic designer david einwaller’s striking transitional serif typeface morion, three years since its first draft in 2014. With wedge-shaped serifs and floral terminals, morion has a playful, calligraphic look that functions especially well in decorative, larger applications. It comes in two weights – bold and regular – with alternatives and ligatures.

Sydney-based designer and illustrator jeremy mura’s set of 80 realistic chalk and charcoal brushes is built from real materials to give your vector illustrations a high-quality, authentic look. Inside the $12 pack you’ll get 30 thin pressed art brushes, 20 thick textured shader brushes, 15 rough scribbled brushes, 15 no-stretch pattern brushes and 10 bonus chalk dust tiff textures.