Quickly find the perfect typeface for your designs with our epic collection of high-quality, free retro and vintage fonts. There’s something for every project...
Freelance life can be stressful. Clients and cashflow are two of the most anxiety-inducing aspects of running any creative business, whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting out.
So how do you win more work? And what’s the best way to get your skills in front of the people who count? We asked successful freelancers to share their secrets - and we also asked leading creative agencies for insight into what they look for when it comes to hiring freelance designers and illustrators. Read on for their top tips, tricks and techniques for winning more work…
It’s easy to find retro Photoshop brushes online. Picking high-quality ones, however, is an entirely different story. The internet is littered with free Photoshop brushes - some better than others - and finding the best for your collection can be a time-consuming process.
That’s why we’ve put together this collection of the best retro and vintage Photoshop brushes for designers and illustrators. Some are free; others come bundled with tutorials and freebies at a bargain price - either way, you’ll find something here to help speed up your workflow. Read on for our top 40 retro Photoshop brushes...
You’ve got a killer idea for a side project. It’ll help you become a better illustrator, provide a welcome shot of inspiration and might even lead to some paid work - if you could just find time to get it started.
Passion projects are the lifeblood of creativity. But finding time for self-initiated work is an art in itself - as any designer or illustrator facing tight deadlines, difficult clients or a debilitating case of imposter syndrome will know.
So how do you get a personal venture off the ground? From getting started to staying motivated and more, leading creatives offer their top tips, tricks and techniques for launching a successful side project…
Self-taught calligraphy artist Seb Lester has over one million followers on Instagram alone. Add his tens of thousands of fans across Twitter, Facebook, Vimeo and YouTube into the equation, and it’s quickly clear that he knows a thing or two about self-promotion.
He’s not the only one. Whether or not you believe that some call London-based illustrator Mr Bingo “the Justin Bieber of drawing” - as his website once professed - he’s amassed a huge social media following, with a 33,000-strong Twitter army ready to support his projects, share his news and buy into his Bingo empire. (Who else could hit a £35,000 Kickstarter funding target within nine hours?)
But building a reputation in the cut-throat creative industries isn’t easy. So how did once-little-known artists like Seb, Bingo and others craft such impressive industry profiles? And can anyone do it? Leading designers and illustrators share their savviest self-promo secrets…
Today's article deals with something that I can never get enough of...
Illustrator tips and tricks.
Let's be honest. Illustrator is great for some stuff but it can be a pain in the butt sometimes.
So I asked our friend Von if he'd be willing to share his best tips for getting the most out of illustrator. 30 minutes later, Von sent me back an in-depth email and it was filled with illustration gold (the guy always over delivers)!
I wanted to share that email with you now. Anyone of these tips could be a game changer.
Note: This is Von's original email. I just did a bit of editing and added some pictures : )
You've probably noticed that in real life print work is imperfect. Everything from that tag on your new jeans to the Grayhound bus ticket you saved from that summer trip.
Nothing remains perfect.
Just like quality leather gets more beautiful with age – some printed work becomes more beautiful as time passes.
Here at Retro Supply Co., we provide you with the best products for Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, including PSD templates, graphic styles, fonts, and brushes.
Sometimes, those custom Photoshop brushes are actually brush tool presets, or a file called TPL. But what’s the difference between a brush preset and a tool preset?
Well, tool presets are particularly awesome because they contain more information about that brush. A tool preset can be a “red 2B pencil” instead of just a “pencil.” For you, that means less fooling around with settings and more time creating!
In this tutorial, I will be using our new Hand Lettering 101 freebie brush pack to show you how to download and install your new brush tool presets. Keep in mind that these brushes are pressure sensitive, so you will get the most out of them when you use them on a tablet. Let’s get started!
Shauna Lynn Panczyszyn and Retro Supply Co. have teamed up to make available to you Shauna’s personal collection of brushes that she created to give her hand lettering pieces her signature, textured style.
We just released the official Woodland Wonderland Brush & Tutorial pack jingle (written by Collin Warren of Lost in Transduction)!
Was a jingle necessary? Nope. But it was a ridiculous amount of a lot of fun to make. Plus, it just goes to show what kind of neat stuff you can do with the brushes, tutorials and a little help from your friends!
Here's how we did it...
I wanted to post the Woodland Wonderland Brush Quick Reference Sheet so you could see all the brushes you're getting. You can check out all the brushes below.
You'll notice we've included how the brushes look with different amounts of pressure. Plus, we've included examples of how the brushes build up when applicable.
My apologies that the image can't be any bigger. If I was to post it at full size it would be over a MB on the page!
Remember the classic Golden Book illustrations from your childhood? For anyone born in the past 50 years these books bring back warm memories.