10 of the Best Places to Make Your Products

10 of the Best Places to Make Your Products

by Julia Sagar November 30, 2016

Turning your illustrations into tangible products can provide a valuable stream of extra revenue for designers and illustrators. Whether you’re looking to turn your designs into screenprints, stickers, T-shirts, laser engravings or more, here are some of the best services out there.

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Get 30% off everything in our Black Friday Sale

Get 30% off everything in our Black Friday Sale

by Julia Sagar November 24, 2016

We’re live! Our Black Friday sale has started and we have some massive deals for you – starting with the fact that you can save 30% on absolutely everything...

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The Creative's Guide to Black Friday

The Creative's Guide to Black Friday

by Julia Sagar November 20, 2016

Savvy designers and illustrators can pick up a bargain this Black Friday. Use this handy infographic to find out where, when and how to get the best deals.

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How We Made the Garage Grime Vector Brushes

How We Made the Garage Grime Vector Brushes

by Julia Sagar November 10, 2016

Behind the scenes: we’ve just released a unique, ultra-limited set of new vector brushes to inject grit, grime and authenticity into your designs. Find out how an abandoned pack of 1950s wax oil crayons inspired a whole new collection...

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20 of the best retro and vintage logos

20 of the best retro and vintage logos

by Julia Sagar November 02, 2016

With the trend for retro logos in full swing, we take a look at some of the best retro and vintage logos, badges and insignia being created today.

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10 best tools for graphic designers and illustrators this fall

10 best tools for graphic designers and illustrators this fall

by Julia Sagar October 26, 2016

Speed up your workflow with our round-up of the best new books, hardware and software – plus the best deals on retro and vintage brushes, textures and fonts.

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In conversation with: Jessica Hische

In conversation with: Jessica Hische

by Julia Sagar October 19, 2016

Even wildly successful creatives like Jessica Hische can struggle to get the work-life balance right. Here, she talks passion, project-hopping and how to prevent your side projects from making you sick...

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40 Best Retro and Vintage Photoshop Tutorials

40 Best Retro and Vintage Photoshop Tutorials

by Dustin Lee October 11, 2016

Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, level up your skills with our ultimate collection of the very best retro and vintage tutorials for Photoshop.

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50 Free Retro and Vintage Fonts

50 Free Retro and Vintage Fonts

by Dustin Lee October 05, 2016

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...

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11 top tutorials for creating retro and vintage effects

11 top tutorials for creating retro and vintage effects

by Julia Sagar September 29, 2016

We’ve bundled up our best tutorials into one, handy list to help you work faster, smarter and more creatively. Beef up your design and illustration skills – and get your creative juices flowing – with these 11 pro tutorials for creating retro and vintage effects.

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Create an authentic vintage effect in Photoshop

Create an authentic vintage effect in Photoshop

by Julia Sagar September 22, 2016

Give your designs and illustrations a realistic faded, vintage look in Photoshop in under 30 minutes, with this pro video tutorial for using the Analog Ink Foundry kit from The Type Hunter, aka Keith Tatem.

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How to mix and match RetroSupply products for instant inspiration

How to mix and match RetroSupply products for instant inspiration

by Julia Sagar September 20, 2016

Canada-based illustrator Josué Menjivar goes behind the scenes on an original artwork to show how experimenting with a cocktail of RetroSupply brushes, textures and actions can turbocharge your creativity.

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Add Real Texture with the RetroSupply PSD Kit

Add Real Texture with the RetroSupply PSD Kit

by Julia Sagar September 15, 2016

Designer and illustrator Jordan Wong walks through how to create a vintage look with the authentic World War II-era brushes, actions and textures inside the RetroSupply Kit.

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Create textured images with the Woodland Wonderland brush set

Create textured images with the Woodland Wonderland brush set

by Julia Sagar September 12, 2016

Designer Brad Woodard explains how to quickly create a heavily textured retro illustration in Photoshop, using the RetroSupply Woodland Wonderland gouache brushes.

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Creating retro characters with the Vector Hero pack

Creating retro characters with the Vector Hero pack

by Julia Sagar September 08, 2016

Freelance illustrator Rocky Roark walks through how to create stylised retro characters with the RetroSupply VectorHero ink brush set – using a handy trick for creating natural strokes with Illustrator’s Width tool…

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Create a hand-painted effect with the DragStrip brush set

Create a hand-painted effect with the DragStrip brush set

by Julia Sagar September 05, 2016

Follow Von Glitscha’s quick, eight-step tutorial to find out how to create a realistic hand-painted effect in your illustrations. Read on as the vector art ninja goes behind the scenes on a high-profile illustration created for Adobe Max with his RetroSupply DragStrip brush set…

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4 Inspiring Projects Created with RetroSupply Products

4 Inspiring Projects Created with RetroSupply Products

by Julia Sagar September 01, 2016

We’re constantly inspired by the way in which our products are used. From self-published comics to posters, branding and boundary-pushing new illustration styles, we’re blown away by the amazing work being done with RetroSupply goods every day.

So we thought we’d shine a spotlight on four brilliant projects created by illustrators and designers from across the RetroSupply community. Be inspired as we delve into the different creative processes, sharing pro techniques for crafting a range of retro and vintage effects with our tools…

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How to Win More Clients

How to Win More Clients

by Julia Sagar August 25, 2016

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…

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How to Be More Productive

How to Be More Productive

by Julia Sagar August 18, 2016

Dress it up as you like, productivity isn’t the most rock ‘n’ roll of topics. (Trust us, we tried.) And yet, the rockstar designers and illustrators of this world seem to have it nailed – as do the industry's highest achieving creatives and, well, an overwhelming amount of successful people globally.

So what’s the secret to being more productive? We’ve spoken to a number of leading designers and illustrators to find out their top tips for being more efficient. Sometimes, it seems, you just have to be a bit creative. Read on for productivity enlightenment…

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Retro Photoshop Brushes: 40 of the Best

Retro Photoshop Brushes: 40 of the Best

by Julia Sagar August 11, 2016

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...

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How to Make Time for Side Projects

How to Make Time for Side Projects

by Julia Sagar August 04, 2016

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…

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How to Create a Cult-Like Following

How to Create a Cult-Like Following

by Julia Sagar July 28, 2016

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…

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7 Ways to Make Your Next Illustratration Project Easier (Featuring Von Glitschka)

7 Ways to Make Your Next Illustratration Project Easier (Featuring Von Glitschka)

by Dustin Lee July 21, 2016

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 : )

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How to Create a Matchbook Print Effect in Photoshop

How to Create a Matchbook Print Effect in Photoshop

by Dustin Lee July 14, 2016

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