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!
If you've ever browsed through an old science textbook you've probably seen stippling.
Stippling was invented by Giulio Campagnola in approximately 1510. By using the same color but different densities and sizes of dots Guilio was able to create the illusion of different shades in illustrations (you can think of stippling as the great-grandfather of halftones).
This set of brushes created by illustrator/Photoshop brush wizard Alex Dukal makes recreating these stippling effects so easy it will seem like magic!
Packs like this could easily go for $50 or more. Even at that price the quality of the effect and time you save would pay for itself in one project. But Alex is letting us offer this pack to you for just $19.
That's right, for less than the price of a large pizza with cheesy sticks you can get what can only be described as the best stippling brushes known to man.
Grab the pack today for just $19!
This set of tools were made with the latest Photoshop CC, a Wacom Intuos 4 tablet and an old Wacom Graphire 4 using the default configuration. These brushes have also been tested with PS CS5.5 and CS6. Using another combination? The brushes will probably respond a little bit different, so be sure to take care of that.
2:00 AM on a Sunday night.
I'm working on the latest brush pack for you guys and an old song from high school pops on my Apple Music subscription (It's a Shame About Ray by The Lemonheads).
I started thinking about my high school stuff. My first beater car, doodling in notebooks, going on weekend adventures with my friends Gabe and Melissa.
In that spirit, I decided to make a brush pack a tribute to high school nostalgia.
If you're a font junkie like me, you're probably on a never-ending search for the perfect layered font.
Layered fonts have been used in hand printed work for over a century. Using multi-colored text, two or more cuts would be printed on top of each other to create eye-catching headlines, signs, and posters.
The Parts and Labor font family pays tribute to this traditional printing style.
Any designer worth their salt will tell you that well-crafted fonts are an investment NOT an expense. Fonts like this regularly go for $100 or more. I've spent as much as $200 for a layered type family.
Joe Andrus is designer, illustrator, and art director based out of Ontario, Canada. Joe has worked for snow and skate magazines, spent three years working as an art direction at a creative ad agency, and has run a successful studio for the past two years.
In addition to type design and screen printing Joe has worked with clients like Patagonia Outdoor Clothing.
Joe built Parts and Labor in Illustrator and then moved to Glyphs for fine-tuning and font conversion. The entire font family was built on large amounts of espresso pulled from his Bezzera BZ10.
Bonus: Try out the standard version of Parts and Labor FREE. If you love it be sure to buy the commercial license with all 4 weights and the bonus 3D Illustrator action! Download Parts and Labor standard weight FREE