The Illustrator's Brush Kit for Adobe Illustrator is a collection of 6 of our best-selling Illustrator brush packs. Each one of these packs has become a best-seller.
32 sponge and ink scatter brushes that make it easy to recreate the textures of mid-century children's books.
40 ink pen brushes that make it easy to achieve the same kinds of strokes illustrators used in mid-century commercial illustration work.
40 pencil and charcoal brushes achieve the impossible, getting realistic pencil strokes in Illustrator!
35 halftone and line textures created from a $200 '50s army surplus catalog. Easy to use. Just grab the blob brush and paint halftones and lines like magic!
23 chalk brushes inspired by chalkboard art and sandwich board signs from the '30s.
30 ink and water brushes make it easy to add a wash of color and shading to your work with the swipe of your mouse.
Each pack was made from real source material and references historical commercial illustration work.
So what exactly does that mean? Here's the breakdown.
Whenever possible we sample the brushes from mid-century catalogs, advertisements, posters and other material. We acquire this material from places like Ebay, antique stores, estate sales and swap meets.
Of course we combine and tweak each piece of the product so it's not an exact replica out of respect for these great commercial artists of the past.
When we make our brushes we pay close attention to how the brush looked originally.
For example, when we created the VectorTone pack we paid close attention to the ratio between the dots, the shape of the dots after soaking into the paper, and how often flaws occurred.
Yeah, sometimes we get a little obsessive compulsive on the details. But it's who we are!
Sometimes the best way to recreate these old effects is to recreate them. In many cases we actually purchase material and then recreate retro work and then sample the work we created.
For example, InkWash is a throwback to the ink washes that illustrators used to add shading to their work. For this pack we looked at the original uses of ink washes in ads and articles from old science magazines.
Then we purchased india ink, brushes and heavy illustration paper. By tweaking our ink and water proportions, brush strokes and how loaded the brush was we created hundreds of samples.
Finally, we picked the best samples to convert into brushes.
Sound quality is poor on this video, but seeing the effect is awesome!
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.
Early Bird Special: Grab The Mid-Century Print Pack Mega Bundle for the special price of $49 for a limited time!
Design products tend to fall under one of two camps.
There hasn't been a class that gives you the tools you need as well as the knowledge you need to achieve specific results in your work (especially retro effects) - except The Mid-Century Mega Bundle.
The Mid-Century Mega Bundle is our popular Mid-Century Print Pack on steriods. You'll get actions, videos, brushes, textures, authentic retro stock art, and more. All in one pack!
Typically lifetime access to this pack would cost $254 (including the actions, videos, and clip art at retail price).
But today we've got something special for you. You can get this entire collection for just $49.
The Mid-Century Print Pack has been one of our best-selling products (just check out the 37 reviews below) - but with the 10 video bonuses and bonus stock art it's an absolute steal.
This collection is great for anyone trying to:
RetroMatic is a Photoshop action that gives you one of the most classic effects of mid-century print work, registration errors.
Registration errors occur when two or more colors are printed in separate passes. The result is the colors not perfectly matching up. The result is slight gaps between colors and lines and happy mistakes where the inks overlap.
SparkPrint is a Photoshop action that let’s you achieve another classic mid-century effect in your work - monotones.
Monotones were an economical way to add different tints of a color to print work without using different color inks (every color cost extra money - so it was in printers and advertisers best interest to use the same color to save on printing expenses).
The InkChamp Photoshop action reproduces the subtle ink starve you see around the edges of color inks. It’s a subtle but powerful effect that adds a great finishing touch to colored areas.
Remember those photograph/painting style pieces you see so often from the 50s? PhotoBaker makes it easy to achieve a similar effect.
Most halftones used in design work in Photoshop use a filter.
Perfect-O-Tone utilized a technique I learned from a designer friend who had some of the best halftones in his work I had ever seen. It works by converting your chosen layer into bitmap halftones that behave exactly like real halftones.
One of the first actions we ever released. RetroPrint recreates the look of newsprint including ink viscosity, roughness, and texture.
The Blacksmith Photoshop action was designed to simulate the subtle rough edges of ink on paper. Particularly when printed on cheap paper stock that was used in newspapers and magazines.
Includes videos that walk you through using each action. Plus, you'll get additional videos that teach you how to create the effects in the actions manually (so you can create these effects on your own if you want).
I bet you didn't know we have a sister stock image site. Yep, true story. In this pack, we'll give you 20 surprise pieces of authentic retro vector art from the 1940s and 1950s. These images took nearly a year to find, have researched by IP attorneys and get vectorized!
Most of the individual packs in the set come with suprise extras including subtle texture brushes, paper textures, and more. So when you download the pack expect some surprises!
The amount of tools and information you get in this product is insane.
I don't think there's even anywhere you can get a pack that provides such a comprehensive collection of retro resources.
Whether you're a professional designer or just starting in Photoshop this pack would be a disservice to your work not grab at this price.
Grab this pack now for $49 and rest easy knowing you got everything you need to create mid-century effects in Photoshop!
Now in 3 Weights and New Extra Glyphs!
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.
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.
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.
This do-all texture pack adds subtle grain, rough edges, ink textures, heavy grunge textures with ease.
This 40 piece set contains easy-to-use brush presets that are always just a quick cursor sweep away. Pressure sensitive brush presets made from real ink and print samples makes adding final touches t your work a breeze.
The ultra-sharp grain textures are created from real ink and print textures. Each one scanned in at 600 DPI. Then refined for 20 hours so each brush responds to pressure to give you the precision you require when adding textures.
Plus, you'll love all the time you save putting the final touches on your work. Get projects done faster. Enjoy results that clients love and designers envy.
Don't spend a minute longer wasting hours trying to add perfect textures to your work. Start achieving stunning textures instantly today!
Click the "Buy Now" button in the upper right corner of your screen and start enjoying Turbo Textures right now.
Do these brushes work with a Wacom tablet?
Yes! In fact, they were specially designed for a Wacom tablet (or any other brand of tablet). You'll find the brushes are pressure sensitive and adjust in intensity and size.
What type of files does this pack include?
The main brushes are Brush Tool Presets (AKA .tpl files). But we've also included 10 .abr brushes.
Do I need a Wacom tablet to use these brushes?
The short answer is no. You'll get some great looking effect with these Brush Tool Presets and Brushes with just a mouse. But we've built a lot of goodies in for designers and illustrators using tablets.
Why should I buy this now?
Of course you don't have to buy it now. But if you ever add ink, screen, grain or grunge textures to your work they'll come a time when you wish you had it. Probably sooner than later. So might as well grab it while you'll remember!
What if I try it and don't like it?
Every product from RetroSupply is backed by our Risk-Free Guarantee. If you don't love it for any reason, hell, if you see a picture of me and don't like my hair. Just send us an email within 60 days and we'll happily refund your money. No questions asked.
VectorTone is a collection of graphic styles, swatches, actions that make it crazy easy to add halftones and crosshatching to your work.
Have you ever wished you owned a wood type shop? Well, know you can own your own digital version.
The Wood & Ink Photoshop Texture Kit includes over 60 textures. Each one created in the RetroSupply Co. shop from real ink, wood, water, brushes, paper and more.
Here's what you get when you buy the pack (and the work that went into it):
20 Photoshop Wood Type Styles
Photoshop styles are like effect shortcuts. So all the information that goes into creating a specific effect can be achieved by click on a style. These Photoshop Wood Type styles were created by printing and acquiring a massive amount of wood block prints.
Then they were scanned into Photoshop and 600 DPI, carefully converted into a 100% seamless high-resolution pattern, then combined with other Photoshop effects to achieve and ink pressure look. Plus, we made it so you can easily change the color of the ink.
20 Wood & Ink Photoshop Brushes
Brushes compliment Photoshop styles great. They let you get more granular and add subtle ink textures, distressed areas and more.
I like to think of the Photoshop style as the base (which looks great on it's own) and the brushes as tools for detail work.
We've packed in tons of different types of brushes. There's fine ink textures, sprays, wood block textures, and we even threw in two 19th century inspired wood block patterns.
15 Seamless Wood Print Textures
These are the raw bases of the Photoshop styles we've included. These are just the seamless texture patterns (no style info). They're ideal for backgrounds or even creating your own personalized Photoshop styles.
Not sure how to create your own styles? Just look at the ones we've included. They'll give you some ideas on how to get started.
5 Wood Block Photoshop Brushes
These wood block brushes are a useful addition to the kit. I like to use them to fill in areas in my type work with some visual interest. Originally they were used in wood type work to help position letters. But they look pretty damn cool on their own.
5 Ink Splatter Overlays
Overlays are awesome! Need some ink splatters? No problem. Just File > Place your Ink Splatter overlay PNG into you work. The ink spray is isolated so it just lays on top of your work and looks awesome.
Free Updates Forever
Whenever we update this pack you'll get it free. Plus, you don't need to do anything. Anytime we update the pack we'll send you an email with notes about the update (plus a link so you don't have to dig through your email trying to find your original download link).
The RetroSupply Better-Than-Money-Back Guarantee
Anytime you buy a RetroSupply Co. product it's purely on a trial basis for 60 days. That means if you decide you're not happy with the pack for any reason just send us an email. We'll promptly refund your money. You keep the pack. No hard feelings.
We don't normally do this but I wanted to challenge myself to make this pack super-awesome.
We have a new font that we just wrapped up called FireBox. It was designed by the talented Scott Fuller of The Studio Temporary. It's inspired by wood type (but just remind me of cowboys).
Anyway, when you purchase this pack now you'll get FireBox for FREE! This is only available for a limited time. In a few weeks we'll release the font on it's own and remove it from this pack.
FireBox supports all western European languages and retails for $15
Not sure this packs right for you?
No worries. You can download the sample pack! It included two Wood & Ink Photoshop files, a PNG splatter texture, two Wood & Ink brushes (including our famous edge brush), authentic 1950s vector art and a link to the free font we used!
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!
Have you ever tried to create simple 3D lettering in Illustrator? It's crazy complicated to do.
If you use Extrude and Bevel you end up with tons of extra points, weird shadows and all sorts of other crazy problems.
Try to do it by hand and it takes forever (and sometimes ends up looking all wrong).
We created PopType to beat this problem into submission. PopType gives you 48 graphic styles that instantly (and painlessly) give your type a simple 3D effect.
But we didn't want to limit you with just these styles. So we've also created a "vault" of tutorials to help you learn how to use graphic styles (so you can customize your type and build your own styles).
What you'll really love about this pack is that it makes you a better designer. Sure, you'll get the 48 graphic styles and other goodies. But the PopType vault tutorials will help you wrap your head around graphic styles (so you can smoothly navigate them and build your own).Buy PopType today so you can up your type game today!
Want to win an original art print from Von Glitschka? Grab the brushes and share the artwork you make with them on Instagram using the hashtag #RetroSupplyContest
We'll choose our 5 favorite pieces and send the winners this art print signed by Von.
Contest ends July 1st, 2016.
You know how in Illustrator it's a total pain to shade your work or add textures?
Especially when you need to get in tight corners. It always ends up being an elaborate process. I know when I do it I feel like I'm trying to be the MacGyver or Illustrator to make it work.
This pack totally solves this problem (and solves it well).
This pack was made by Von Glitschka (author of Vector Basic Training, most-viewed instructor on Lynda.com, professional illustrator for clients like SXSW, Adobe, Nike, Planters, Wendy's, Dungeon & Dragons, and tons more).
Von spends 50+ hours a week illustrating (and a lot of that times is in Illustrator). Being the smart designer that he is, that means that he's invented time-saving tools for himself.
And The Awesome Organic Vector Brush Essentials Bundle includes three of these tools (and so many extras your head is going to spin).
These are hands down my favorite brushes in the pack. You get 15 shading pattern brushes. These brushes give you that rich textured shading look.
But the best part is that they're only textured on one side! That means you can easily use them on edges of shapes and not have to deal with trying to mask the texture on the other side.
This alone is going to save you a lot of time, trouble and frustration. Imagine no longer having to use clipping masks to hide the textures in your illustration.
Another huge challenge of keeping your work in Illustrator is adding a subtle distressed texture to your work. You can overlay textures (this actually works pretty well). But sometimes you need more control.
For example, what if you want to add texture to your work but you need it to be less intense around your typography to keep it readable?
The Organic Shader Scatter Brush Set makes it easy to solve the problem. Just choose from one of the 15 scatter brushes and paint the textures on exactly where you want them.
One of the beautiful things about Illustrator is that it gives you crisp scalable graphics. But sometimes your line work can look too crisp and clean.
For example, look at the tribal illustration in the before and after image. It looks pretty good with clean crisp lines. But being that it's a tribal design it would make sense that the lines aren't so sharp and crisp.
Choose one of the 15 organic linework brushes and your work instantly takes on a more rugged, illustrated style.
Plus, since each of these packs includes 15 brushes you can try out all sorts of different variations. It's literally as easy as flipping through channels on tv.
Studies have shown that when people physically do things they learn better. That's why we've provided Ai files of the artwork. By giving you access to professional illustration work you can "look under the hood" and quickly understand how stuff works.
You'll be amazed at the kind of tricks you'll pick up in minutes (not hours) of look through these files.
By the way, these aren't simple illustrations. We're talking about full blown complex illustrations with shading, textures, gradients, blending modes, and more.
Want to learn step-by-step how a pro uses these kind of brushes. Than you're going to love these 3 tutorials from Von.
In each tutorial Von shows you the EXACT way he uses these brushes in his work. I think you'll be amazed by what you can learn from the tutorials.
What makes these tutorials so great? Well, first of all you're learning from an illustrator that produces world-class illustration work for some of the biggest companies in the world. But more important you're learning from someone who is a fantastic teacher.
This easy to use Smart PSD uses smart objects, and cleverly set up files, to make it easy to create retro matchbook print effects with a few clicks.
Featuring a professionally set-up PSD file (compatible with CS4+) that allows you to to easily adjust textures, halftone patterns, and registration errors. Check out the preview images. These effects look extremely realistic and allow you to tweak the intensity of each effect
Matchbook Print Machine makes it easy to present a speficic style of work to clients without spending hours trying to acheive a difficult affect.
Want to spice up your work for social media? Matchbook Print Machine is a fast way to make your Instagram, Facebook, Behance, or other social media look like you slaved over them for hours.
We made the template large enough for any decent sized piece of work. At 4500px X 4500px it's big enough to use for posters, books, zines, websites, social media and more.
Sometimes you buy something and it's just not the right fit. We get it. That's why we offer a Better-Than-Money-Back Guarantee. I'd rather you be 100% happy with your purchase and become a loyal customer than be disappointed by a product.
Cover designed by Jeana Hadley.
Hand lettering and sign painting have experienced a resurgence in the past few years.
Designers that know how to do hand lettering get more jobs and make more money because it's in such high demand.
But learning hand lettering is time-consuming and hard.
Like any skill the best way to excel quickly and make great work is to build on a rock solid foundation.
Luckily, our good friend Jason Carne at Lettering Library has been curating a library of rare vintage lettering books worth over $10,000.
The Lettering Library Mega Bundle is a master class in the art of hand lettering and sign painting. With 118 rare books packed with real life exercises, lettering theory, inspiration, and plenty of diagrams and examples, you'll never need to buy another lettering book again.
When this bundle went on sale earlier this year designers and hand lettering enthusiasts went bananas for it.
Here's just some of the areas that the Lettering Library Mega Bundle tackles:
If you were to try to hunt down and buy these books yourself, you would easily spend over $10,000 (not including all the time it would take to find them)
If you were to purchase the PDF's from Jason any regular day they would cost between $500 and $700. These books are so dense with information it would be worth every penny. You can study and practice from these books the rest of your life.
But for the next 7 days, Jason gave us the okay to offer you this pack for just $49. That's 93% less than you would pay any other week of the year for the complete collection!
Last time this bundle was offered it was purchased by hundreds of lettering artists in just a few days!
Jason told me he won't be selling it again for this price for a LONG time (maybe never). So this is a no-brainer.
The Lettering Library Mega Bundle is your secret weapon to becoming a hand lettering genius. Grab it now!
Note: In case it isn't 100% obvious this pack won't magically make you a lettering genius. You'll need to put in the work. But each time you practice you'll know you have the absolute best resources available. Plus, you can even brag to your designer friends that you have a digital collection of rare books that are next to impossible to find.
If you're like me you probably like to try before you buy. You can download one of the 117 books in the collection for FREE as our gift to you. It's called Learning to Letter by Paul Carlyle Guy Oring.
Remember, this is just one of 117 books in the collection. You can own all 117 of them for just $197.
"I bought it within 5 seconds of seeing it (which is faster than I make impulse buys in the chips section of the grocery store). Treat yo self to this invaluable resource OR boyfriends/girlfriends of letterers: buy this for your type-obsessed significant other and win holiday gift giving for life."
"All my design, illustration, type friends... CHECK THIS OUT! Jason Carne has assembled the Avengers of type instruction and cataloging. This is an insane deal and you should check it out! Jason is the real deal."
"Lettering Library is a great source of inspiration for all typography artists and designers."
"Easiest decision I've made all year."
I think this is obvious, but just to be clear, this pack is a collection of 117 PDFs created from Jason's collection of authentic vintage lettering books. You are not buying physical books.