If you're reading this congratulations! You're part of a small, hand-picked group of people we wanted to be the first to see Leutner.
Named after the dining hall that Aaron would sneak into while attending art school, Leutner is an eyeball-grabbing, hypnotic and sturdy geometric font inspired by the late 20th century (while still maintaining it's own unique personality).
It's also a four typeface, layered type system. So you can create eye-catching typography in seconds.
A layered type system like Leutner takes all of the hassles out of building great looking type work.
Let's say you wanted to create some custom 3D type with your run-of-the-mill font. You'd have to manually build of the 3D elements, add fill layers, and then tweak each layer to try to get it all lined up and looking good.
With a font like Leutner the process is effortless (but still gives you tons of control to tweak it how you like).
All you have to do is type your words, choose a color, copy and paste the font on top of itself, and then choose your next layer (Main, Fill, Base or 3D). By mixing and matching font styles and colors you can build amazing looking type work in seconds.
It's true. Look on any popular font site for a quality layered type-system and you'll find fonts like this retailing for $200 or more!
Luckily, Aaron is an awesome dude and insisted that we sell this font at a price that made it affordable for all designers. So as an early bird buyer you can purchase this font for the embarrassingly low price of $15 (retail $30).
You can spend $15 on a burger, fries and a milkshake (approximately 1800 calories) and if you're anything like me it will be gone in 10 minutes... OR you can buy Leutner at this special early bird price and have a layered type system that you'll use for years to come.
Aaron is the owner of the one-man independent design studio OKpants. Aaron has worked with cool people and brands like Patton Oswalt, Red Bull, and The Smithsonian Institute. His posters have also been immortalized in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
Great videos like the one on this page don't just happen by chance. It takes a talented team that want to make great work. Follow these guys at the links below (bonus points for letting them know you loved the video!)
Shot and directed by Lee Sechrist
Special thanks to Jimmie Graham
[$10 OFF] To celebrate the launch of the SpaceRanger Brush and Tutorial set we're offering it for a limited time for $10 off! Now's a great time to grab it!
If you're an illustrator I'm willing to bet you love illustration work from the '50s and '60s.
There's just something about classic illustrations from that era.
Sketching with real pencils, building up dry brush work, using masking fluid, and adding text by taping on typed sheet.
It added soul and character to the work.
Programs like Photoshop and Illustrator save us a ton of time. But they also make it hard to capture the subtle nuances of traditional illustration techniques.
Today if you want to bring those subtle nuances to your work you have to work pretty hard.
Most illustrators and designers have developed their own unique process. It typically involves some mix of Illustrator, Photoshop, searching through tutorial websites, scanning, Photoshop brushes, filters and a little luck.
Some designers get amazing results this way. But when you're on a deadline (or just want to have fun and not think too much) it can be overwhelming.
My friend Brad Woodard and I thought it would be cool if there was a product that took some of the work out of the process.
So we decided to make a natural media brush and tutorial pack (so you can get everything you need to make natural looking illustrations in one place).
Step 1. Spent a ton of time collecting and sharing illustration work we loved
We used Pinterest to build a collection of illustrations we loved. This included a lot of 1950s children's book illustrations. It also included work from current designers that achieve a great looking hand drawn look in their illustrations.
Step 2. Create 100+ brush presets and test them with Brad
I'll be the first to admit I'm not the best illustrator. But Brad Woodard is one of my favorites. What I love so much about his work is that it seamlessly mixes mid-century inspired illustration with modern touches.
So we spent hours on Skype working together. I'd make brushes, try them myself and then send them over to Brad via Skype chat.
He'd try them in his illustration work. Then give me feedback (for example, "This brush sucks, Dustin. Don't ever make one like that again").
After early a dozen hours working, refining and testing we had a set of 20 brushes we both loved. For every one we kept, we threw away 5.
Step 3. Create a set of tutorials to compliment the brushes
Early on in our conversations Brad mentioned something really interesting to me. Normally, when you buy brushes you're kind of left hanging. You have to download them and just start messing around. Eventually you might find a few you like.
We thought it made more sense to include tutorials with a REAL project. That way, you can download the brushes, install them and start working on something right away.
That way you get way more value. Not only do you have the tools, but you also have someone helping you get the most out of them.
Step 4. Add lots of little touches to make the pack as awesome as possible
It would be easy to make a pack of brushes, put it in a ZIP file and offer it for sale.
But if you've bought RetroSupply products before you know we never do that. We want to make the products as friendly and enjoyable to use as possible.
So we did what we always do with RetroSupply products. We thought out the little details to make the product the best it could be.
Here's some of the little details we added:
The result is a brush/tutorial pack that we're both proud of. It's helps you improve your illustration work with great tools and great tutorials.
This pack is the first in a series of "dream brush" packs that Brad and I are making together.
Each one explores a different style of mid-century illustration work. This first pack is all about illustrations that use pencils and dry brushes.
Here's what's included in the SpaceRanger Pack:
If you were to take a class and get supplies to learn this kind of stuff at a real school (even an affordable community college) you'd be set back over $100. And that's low-balling it.
But with the SpaceRanger Brush and Tutorial pack you acquire some incredible tools and skills for about the price of a take-and-bake pizza. Plus, you don't have to drive across town for 12 weeks taking the classes.
The only way we could make this easier is if you could download the knowledge into your head (and that technology simply doesn't exist yet).
The SpaceRanger Brush Pack requires Adobe Photoshop CS4+ as well as a pressure sensitive tablet (for example, a Wacom Cintiq). File size is approximately 19.5 MB.
Have you ever wondered how some digital artists are able to create such realistic pen and ink illustrations?
You'd swear their work was created in a wood paneled commercial art office. India ink heavy in the air, piles of paper filled with sketches, and busy artists at sturdy wooden desks using ink brushes, rollerballs and nib pens.
So what's the secret to creating authentic commercial art illustrations?
Here's a hint: inconsistency and human imperfection.
Adobe Illustrator has given us the ability to create precision artwork. The problem is that it cost us the human touch that adds warmth to illustrations.
This can all be boiled down to one key trait. Expression filled ink strokes with varying weights and subtle imperfections.
We've recreated the feel of this era with the VectorHero Pen Pack for Illustrator. Here's how we did it:
The bottom line is we created the pen set that we've always dreamed of.
You see, most Adobe Illustrator brush packs are made by scanning pen strokes, auto tracing them and making them into brushes.
The result is hard to use brushes that give less than stellar results.
Scott Fuller and myself (Dustin Lee) spent over 40 hours compiling material, studying the best examples of commercial illustration work, recreating and refining brushes and then testing them by creating real artwork in the classic style of 1950's illustrations.
The result is a pack of brushes that we love using in our work. We think you'll love them too.
Grab the VectorHero Illustrator Pen Pack now and start getting realistic ink results the easy way!
Here's exactly what you'll get when you purchase this pack.
• 20 Clean Ink brushes (recreated from source material)
• 20 Dirty Ink brushes (created from scanned samples)
• Beautiful 8.5 x 35 inch reference chart (with brushes)
• Instructions included in reference chart
• Versions for CS4, CS5, CS6 and CC
Created from real 1950's source material and real brush and ink pen samples. Work created by Dustin Lee and Scott Fuller. Available exclusively from RetroSupply Co.
[WARNING] These brushes are stupid easy to use. All you need to do is open the file, save the brushes, and start swiping some InkWash goodness on your work!
Illustrator User? You're Going to Love This
I've always loved the way commercial artists from the mid-century used watercolor.
Mix water, add a dab of India ink and soak the brush. Then spread deep, textured shades across your sketches and pen work in one quick swoop.
The only problem is until now watercolor sets have been too complicated and just plain crazy.
Personally, I love to make things stupid simple whenever possible.
That's why we created InkWash. It's a set of 30 watercolor brushes made by hand in the RetroSupply studios with India ink and water.
You don't need to upload any swatches, or read a 2000 word manual to use these brushes.
Here's exactly what you get when you buy the InkWash now:
But don't be deceived. You can still add colors to these brushes and mix them up just like real watercolors.
Just click on a brush, select a color and you're good to go.
I've shared this set with a handful of my designer friends. They've all told me almost the same thing:
They had to buy 3-4 kits to get as many useful brushes as they found in this kit. And those other kits were more complicated to use!
Grab this pack now for just $15. That way you have them when you need them (instead of searching all over or hoping this one is still available).
P.S. When you buy now I'll be sending you a FREE email with tips on how to get even more out of the brushes. Including layering colors, creating masks and more!
Finally, Charcoal Brushes for Illustrator!
Traditionally, if you want to create authentic charcoal and pencil effects digitally, it happens it Photoshop.
The only problem is then your stuck with artwork that's hard to resize. Or worst yet, you send it to the printers, and you get back fuzzy (or pixelated) work!
Blech! Embarassing and annoying!
That's why we created VectorSketch. It's a deluxe package of 40 charcoal and graphite based brushes.
Now you can stay in your safe place and do all your work in Illustrator. And of course, get beautifully scalable results.
Here's exactly what you'll receive when you click the Buy Now Button:
If you were to buy all these supplies, create hundreds of samples, vectorize, clean and minimize points and package them as beautifully as we did you could easily spend over $400 (including the cost of supplies and the dozens of hours it took to make).
Luckily you don't have to do that! We've done all the work and created a set that will hold a place of honor among your Illustrator brushes for just $15!
Yep, $15. Less than the price to get a pizza delivered!
Click the Add to Cart button and get your copy of VectorSketch now!
100% customizable ink offset. You choose the color and distance.
Give your photos that 1950's illustration/photo look.
Your personal halftone factory! Turn anything into a halftone in seconds.
Get a subtle ink starve effect.
Add a subtle (or crazy) roughened edge to your work.
Note: This art bundle was made to save you time! Use it to create design work in seconds or to add finishing touches to your work. Each piece of vector art was created to guarantee minimum anchor points and great looking results.
One of the biggest time savers as a designer is using premade art.
The problem is there's so much bad clip art out there it's gotten a bad name.
That why this Take and Make Art Bundle is so useful. It packs 44 nuggets of vector goodness created by, Von Glitschka, an expert craftsman in vector art.
Von's worked for clients including Nike, Disney, Jim Henson Company and Hasbro to name a few. So you can happily copy and paste this art into your projects and feel good knowing you're saving time and using premium artwork.
This professional grade art bundle is great for:
What makes this set from Von Glitshka so useful is you can use it with the peace of mind of knowing you're getting the best art available for your next project.
Here's what one customer said about our last pack from Von (by the way, the last set by Von received 100% 5 Star Reviews):
"They are fantastic and easy to use, thanks so much for providing original example work by Von Glitschka to examine exactly how this genius illustrator uses his one of a kind brushes."
Chris R. | Graphic DesignerUntil now Von Glitschka's brushes and artwork have been nearly unavailable online. But we've been lucky enough to get the chance to share some of these incredible resources with you for the first time.
A Monoline Script Inspired by 40's and 50's California
Mid-century California was a magical place. Post-war optimism fueled the popularity of everything from Hollywood to roadside diners.
Palm Canyon Drive is a monoline script inspired by retro matchbook covers, travel postcards, Tikki bars and Hollywood.
With a classy yet unpretentious tone Palm Canyon Drive is as comfortable on a Tikki bar matchbook cover as it is on a Hollywood movie poster.
About the Font
Palm Canyon Drive was designed by Amy Hood, co-founder of Hoodzpah Design Co. in conjunction with RetroSupply Co.
Amy Hood's work is a seamless blend of modern and retro design. Hoodzpah Design Co. has worked with all sorts of awesome clients including Google, Matchbox, The History Channel and more.
VectorTone is a collection of graphic styles, swatches, actions that make it crazy easy to add halftones and crosshatching to your work.
If you use Illustrator you've experienced the frustration of finding high quality Illustrator brushes.
Today I have something really special for you. It's called the Dragstrip Illustrator Brush Kit. This set of brushes will make your vector work look like it was made with a paint brush.
Did I mention these brushes were created by Von Glitschka? The guy who literally wrote the book on using Illustrator?
Von's has done incredible work for brands including Nike, Wendy's, Capri Sun and he recently created the new Dungeon & Dragons brand!
In fact, Von's work has made such an impact on the design world that some versions of Illustrator come loaded with his work as examples!
Here's what's included in the Dragstrip Illustrator Brush Kit:
Take a look at the example images. Von's included some amazing artwork showing just how realistic these Illustrator brushes look.
In fact, when Von first sent me the email artwork I couldn't believe this was made in Illustrator! I was sure it was Photoshop. Until I opened the AI file... then my mind was blown.
I asked Von how he suggests using the brushes and he had some great tips:
"You start with simple shapes that have a fill color and a matching stroke color. Then it’s all about experimenting by drawing other lines and applying brushes to them. If you deconstruct the usage sample files you can discern how I compiled the elements and how they work together to achieve the look and feel."
"Controlling a brush comes down to the shapes of the path, picking a stroke color which sets the brush color, selecting size of path which determines stroke width, setting the opacity and using blend modes to interact with other colors and create the illusion of painting."
Okay, so to summarize you're getting the entire set of 26 Illustrator brushes, 26 TIFF versions of the brushes, 2 example usage files you can deconstruct and the Dragstrip Quick Reference sheet.
All made by one of the world's leading vector artists!
I can tell you from using this pack – the example files alone are easily worth $15. You'll learn so much just by deconstructing these examples.
It's worth grabbing this kit now, so you have it on hand when you need it. I know you'll be thrilled with the results you achieve!
Want to try it before you buy it? You can download the sample back below. Remember, the sample pack contains 5 brushes NOT in the Dragstrip kit.
All we ask is if you love the sample pack you consider purchasing the premium pack.
When you purchase the Dragstrip Illustrator Brush Kit you'll get 26 additional Illustrator brushes, the high-resolution TIFF files, example images and the Quick Reference Guide.
Von is principal of Glitschka Studios a small boutique design firm located in the Pacific Northwest. Their diverse range of illustrative design has been used by some of the most respected global brands. We creatively collaborate with ad agencies, design firms, in-house corporate art departments, and small businesses to produce compelling illustrative design.
This product is compatible with Adobe Illustrator CS5 and above.
Over the past 18 months I've collected dozens of sponge brushes, acrylics, inks and papers. Using these tools I've spent many early mornings and late nights drinking coffee and making textures.
This pack of 32 sponge scatter brushes was sourced from these hundreds of samples over the past 18 months.
NOTE: It has been pointed out to me that these brushes may render slowly. This is due to the high definition of the brushes. I'm currently working on a solution for a future update. However, this is something to consider in purchasing this pack.
Get All The Most Popular Atomic Age Print Effects in One Powerful PSD FIle
See a quick video demo below:
Do you want to create beautiful, custom logos and typography FAST with a few mouse clicks?
Imagine if you could type a few characters, convert them to outlines and then easily adjust anchor points to create a custom logo.
Not just any logo or typographic symbol. But the kind that you can proudly print on shirts, posters and websites.
Sounds like a dream right? Not anymore. SOLID70 does all this!
I know, I know. This sounds a little too easy, right?
I made a product tour video to prove that this works exactly how I just described it.
Pretty fast and easy, right?
It's that easy! The result is beautiful custom designs that look like they took you hours to make (don't worry, we won't tell anyone your secret).
We made this typeface to make your life easier.
As soon as you load the OTF file you'll notice a few things:
We've already had dozens of designers grab SUPER70 and the response has been really positive.
"You guys did all the hard work. I am gonna push the limits of this thing and see what all I can do!"
"Really loving this new SOLID70 type system from The Studio Temporary and RetroSupply. Can't wait to use it on a bunch more stuff!
"Playing around with a rad new typeface designed by The Studio Temporary. Appreciate the early release homie!"
"Five Stars. One of a kind products with attentive, rapid service!"
Peter J. | Graphic Designer
If you're like me (and just about everyone else in the world) you love saving money! Grab SOLID70 now and save $10 off the retail price.
For the price of a pizza you can have a typeface that makes it dead simple to create custom type work. Don't wait, forget and miss out on this special price.
Buy it now!
Create Beautiful Vintage Work Like Your Favorite Designers
Have you ever stared in awe at the rich & worn textures of your favorite designers? This Photoshop pack makes it easy to achieve these beautiful textures.
This product doesn't use any actions. Just place your design in a folder and save. Then adjust texture levels to build up your own unique worn effects.
SuperGrain is inspired by 70s t-shirts, classic album covers, and high school art class (no computers, pencils and paint, y'all) : )
"Amazing product. Incredibly quick and easy to do. I love the subtle textures and variety of options, and it best of all - it makes designs look cool! You'll be glad you got this one." Nicholas M.
"Made my job way faster and honestly better than what I was producing." Douglass C.
"The setup of the PS layers and smart-filters gives some nice control over the detail and smoothness. I usually do more detailed renderings, but this pack has given me an opportunity to try some things I might not have thought of otherwise. It rocks." Steven O.
What versions of Photoshop is SuperGrain compatible with?
SuperGrain works Photoshop CS4, CS5, CS6 and CC.
Do I need to be a Photoshop genius to figure this out?
Not at all. If you can paste your work into a file you can use SuperGrain.
How much control do I have over these effects?
You get 100% control with SuperGrain. Choose textures, intensities and layering with the click of a mouse.
Are these textures high quality enough for printing?
Of course, we pride ourselves on creating the best textures in the industry. Like all print projects we recommend doing a test print to see for yourself before sending it to the printers.
What if I'm not satisfied with my purchase?
We love SuperGrain and think you will too. But if for any reason you're not happy just contact us using the contact form on our site. We'll happily give you a 100% refund, no hard feelings.
Like sweet, fresh roasted espresso poured into a warmed ceramic cup in the early morning. Roaster has a rounded, hand crafted flavor with lots of alternatives. A perfect font pair for branding and headings.
Try Roaster for:
Roaster is a 2 font mono weight family with plenty of alternative long stemmed characters. These 2 fonts make it effortless to create hand made lettering.
Get 19th Century American Wood Cut Type Effects Instantly (Innovative Photoshop Action)
In the early 19th century breakthroughs in printing technology transformed print forms away from hand lettered script styles and into industrial, hard edged blocks of type.
For over a century print companies like Hamilton Manufacturing, Empire Wood Type Co., American Wood Type Mfg Co. and Eastern Brass & Wood Type created beautiful type for mass consumption. A huge variety of gothic, antique and slab fonts were used to create gorgeous advertisements, notices, posters and more.
In the 1920s wood type product began to decline due to faster due to offset printing technology. But wood type still lives on through a handful of printers that still practice this tradition.
How It Works
American Wood Type is directly inspired by this history and manufactures. Using common woods and inks we've done our best to recreate these print effects digitally using textures, patterns and a powerful Photoshop action.
American Wood Type allows you to achieve these effects quickly on all but the largest Photoshop canvases. No Smart PSDs. Just one powerful action that lets you choose the textures, colors, edges, and intensity of your wood type effects.
Want to take American Wood Type for a test run? Download the sample version here. It only contains 3 of the effects and is for personal use only. But it's fun to use and you'll get a good idea how the product works!
This product is compatible with Photoshop CS4 and above
You know how Photoshop and Illustrator give you nice smooth colors and crisp clean edges? VintagePress chews up your precious digital work and spits out rough textures, hot inky edges, and other real print goodies.
This PSD kit will get that design you worked so hard on and make it look like the newspaper that's been in a bin in your grandpa's garage since 1962.
Plus, if you're like me and don't like to work too hard on stuff you're going to love this.
VintagePress gets rid of all the work by giving you instant vintage print effects that look like you spent a bunch of time on them. So you don't have to mess with tons of effects, brushes, and other stuff every time you're preparing your work.
How does VintagePress do it?
By building a simple but powerful kit that allows you to drop your design into folders. VintagePress does the rest. Each file has been carefully set up to create authentic looking print effects using best practices for achieving these effects.
Here's what's included in the VintagePress Box:
A professionally constructed PSD file that gives you realistic vintage print effects instantly. Just drop your images into the clearly marked folders and get beautiful textures, ink edge bleeds, and beautiful overlays. It's easy to turn on and off textures and tweak the intensity too.
VintagePress comes in 2 sizes. Regular size for your everyday web work (2500 x 1875px). And extra large for print work (4000 x 3000px).
I've also included instruction conveniently located in the PSD. So as soon as you open it you'll see simple 2-step instructions, making it easy to understand instantly.
It also comes preloaded with 5 high-quality texture presets including: soft newsprint, uniform recycled paper, subtle horizontal ink, soaked and rough pulp.
Bonus #1 - MatchPress ($12)
MatchPress is VintagePress's little brother. He'll give you rough edges and intense ink bleeds. Just like you see on classic retro matchbook art. Plus, MatchPress has the exact ratio of a matchbook. Making it ideal for creating matchbook designs or posting on Dribbble or Instagram.
Bonus #2 - RetroAcademy Vintage Press Training (FREE but Useful)
Easy video training to teach you some tricks to get even more from VintagePress. Including how to increase texture intensity in specific areas. Plus, a quick tutorial on how to load Bonus #3 Texture Refill Pack in less than a minute.
Bonus #3 - 5 Texture Refill Pack ($10)
Have a craving for even more rough and dirty textures? This texture refill pack has got you covered. It includes: Mold & Mildew, Machine Scrapes, Water Stains, Vertical Ink Lines, and Concrete Scrapes. Between this refill pack and the preloaded textures the combinations are endless.
VintagePress alone retails for $17 but buy now and get the bonuses FREE!
Imagine, in just a few minutes you could be giving your work the tough and gritty look of 1940's metal packaging! Buy MachineShop Now!
Who says blackletter fonts can only be used for Christmas cards and death metal bands? Unlucky breaks the mold and encourages you to use it for delivering bad news.
Great for everything from gravestones to pink slips. Grab Unlucky today and start spreading some bad news!
Now You Can Get Shiny, Metallic, Hot Foil Stamp Effects Instantly! (Even If You're Not a Photoshop Genius)
The RetroSupply Hot Foil Classic Stamp Machine gives you everything you need to get rich, delicate, flaky hot foil stamp effects instantly.
Watch the 2 Minute Video Demo Below
Here's What's in the Box
You Get Real and Digital Foil Textures for More Control
Here's Some Other Useful Features of the RetroSupply Hot Foil Machine
Plus, We've Loaded the Pack with Some Extra Surprises Including...
[BONUS]3 Foil Generating Actions FREE
Want to make your own custom foil patterns? We've included 3 Foil Generating Actions (Standard, Smooth and Rough). You can choose your own colors and create any type of foil you'd like in seconds.
This foil kit is massive. We wanted to give you tons of resources so you could create any type of foil effect you wanted in seconds. I think we've succeeded!
"Retro-Matic™ gives your work an offset print effect completely indistinguishable from real offset/misregistered ink. Best of all, the action is REALLY easy to use."
Watch the demo video here: https://vimeo.com/91950393
A single action allows you to select the color(s) to offset and gives you complete control over how offset the ink is. It doesn’t get any easier than this.
Here's what you get when you buy now:
Retro-Matic™ - Easy Ink Offset
Includes one simple yet powerful actions that allows you to: select the colors to offset and control the exact placement of the offset. Works on all sizes of work. 100% non-destructive.
Retro-Matic™ Easy Tips (2 videos and password)
2 quick and easy tutorial videos that will help you get perfect results with Retro-Matic.
Sample Image (Lucky's After Shave)
Get the image from the demo video so you can try it out yourself fast.
Subtle Retro Texture Pack (Limited Time FREE Bonus)
The most subtle yet detailed brushes on the market. These brushes are ideal for slowly layering on top of your work. Inspired by French Paper's Speckletone line you can easily see beautiful details when you use these brushes including flicks, shives, and the ink that pools inbetween. (3 brushes included)
Easy Halftone (Limited Time FREE Bonus)
The easy halftone pack takes a whole new approach to adding halftone to your work. Instead of just placing halftone on top of your work or using a brush now you can paint it on. 100% non-destructive. This pack was a joy to make. It's one of the packs I'm most proud of because the quality is so high and the kit is so easy to use.