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!
Inspired by public fonts in New York in the 1970s. Authority pays tribute to the almost unnoticed but powerful effect type have on our lives.
From waiting on a cold morning to catch the 307 to Morton West High School, to the rain and snow worn stencil on a postal box. Public typography is a part of the little spaces in your lives where life actually happens.
Government designed fonts were chosen to communicate authority and help grease the gears of the day-to-day grind.
Authority beckons back to these days with it's mildly condensed feel, squared corners and strong feel.
We've also added another dimension to the typeface by creating a typeface for each time period in the fonts life including: Standard (freshly printed), Rounded (Slightly worn and used) and Aged (worn down by the day to day interactions with the world).
Use it for bold, striking headlines and subheads. Use it for the base of logos. Use it to bring Authority to your work.
Buy Authority now and save $20 off the retail price.
Note: These chalk brushes were made using our 5-Step-Vectorization Method. The result is extremely realistic chalk brushes, so real, they're hard to tell from the real thing!
Drygoods refers to dry food and other miscellaneous household goods. The term was often used during the late 19th and early 20th century.
The DryGoods | Chalk Brushes for Illustrator Pack is a throwback to these stores.
Due to the ever-changing assortment of goods chalkboard signs and A-frame signs were used to advertise the days specials.
The DryGoods set equips you with 23 chalk Illustrator brushes. These brushes were created by using a variety of different chalks. Each with different amounts of wear and tear (for maximum diversity in your work)
Finally, we scanned them in at 600 DPI, post processed the scans in Photoshop, used premium auto trace software to convert to vector, and then minimized as many points as possible.
Admittedly, with something like chalk you still end up with a lot of points.
The result is a set of chalk brushes that look extremely real. Even though they're vector (as you can see from the examples) they look just like real chalk!
Be sure to view the Product Details tab for everything you get!
Here's what you get when you buy the pack:
Do these brushes include fills or layer styles?
Nope. These are just standard brushes for vector artists. No fancy do-it-for-you stuff in this pack. We're going old school on you ; )
Are these brushes pressure sensitive?
Again, no. They work great with a Wacom but they also work equally well for adding a chalk sign look with a mouse.
How did you get the effects in the example?
Just using the chalk brush set! I used the chalk brushes to add outlines to text, scribbled with thicker chalk brushes for fills, and then contained them in clipping masks (if you're not familiar with clipping masks look it up now! They are crazy awesome!)
Let the friendliness and quirkiness of your next design project shine.
Self-producing a comic for your buddies? Nincompoop's got your back with its friendly tone and easy readability.
Hired to create some kids packaging? Nincompoop will grab kids attention and draw it into the package design like ants to Sugar Daddies
Plus, what font would be complete without a set of heads? We've included some awesome looking heads (and a skull just cause) as special characters.
Did we mention this font was created by mad vector genius Von Glitschka? This font is like owning a little piece of Glitschka art you can call your own (and use on projects).
Grab it now for the special new release price of just $15!
Nincompoop was designed by award-winning illustrator, designer, teacher and author Von Glitschka. Until now this font was part of Von's personal collection of resources. Now you can have this hand crafted typeface for your personal arsenal.
Nose Picker by Lenny Terenzi, owner of Hey Monkey Design
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Already own a RetroSupply font? Contact us with the green chat box in the bottom right corner and we'll give you a special pro-rated price!
Are you a font addict like me?
Then you're going to love this special!
It's called The RetroSupply Complete Font Pack and it included every font we've ever made at a stupid awesome price.
If you were to buy all of our fonts individually you'd end up paying $183. But when you buy bulk-style you get the incredibly low price of $67!
That's right, get it all and save $116! Here's all the best-selling fonts you'll
Inspired by public fonts used in school systems and transportation in 1970s New York. Authority is a bold headlines font that comes in 3 versions: Standard,
Palm Canyon Drive Deluxe Edition ($39)
Drench your next design in the classic feel of mid-century southern California. Includes three weights (Regular,
A sans-serif font fizzling over with quirkiness and joy. This font was made by vector genius/mad scientist Von Glitschka in his lab in Salem, Oregon. Includes alternate letterforms and cartoon glyphs that will make you so happy you'll start break dancing.
First find a time machine. Now go back to a 1970s American machine shop. Now soak up the design vibe and concentrate it into one beautiful and powerful font. That's SOLID70. Great for big headlines and easy to customize. This font is like a playground for type lovers.
I live just across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon (AKA Portlandia). One of the best things about Portland is that every corner has an amazing locally owned coffee shop.
The perfect font for delivering bad news. Unlucky is heavy and solemn enough for a death certificate but has modern touches added making it perfect for everything from employee pink slips to evil Valentine cards to ex-lovers.
If you're a lover of unconventional yet useful fonts you'll love this pack. Grab it now and save $87!
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!
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!
After a 6 week wait the Diet Vector Textures Bundle is now available to everyone. Grab it now and save $5 off the retail price!
(Note: We used the VectorHero brushes to create the illustration you see in the video. Grab 'em here.)
I love working in Illustrator.
But I HATE adding textures in Illustrator.
Yeah, you know why... Because of this spinning wheel of death! It pops up when I least expect it and totally ruins my flow.
And it always seems to happens when I forget to save my work!
So after a particularly traumatic Illustrator/texture/crash event I had enough. So I started racking my brains trying to think of a way to solve this problem.
I searched all over the web for different solutions and found one that I loved. I saw a lot of screen printers using it and it just eliminated the whole issue of Illustrator crashing.
So I made a the flagship pack and called it Diet Vector Textures. Diet because, you know, the textures are super-light and won’t bloat (or crash) Illustrator.
It includes 15 high resolution TIFF files that you can easily drop into illustrator and change the color with the click of a button. These files are super-lightweight, guaranteed not to crash Illustrator, and look great in your work.
Here's some cool stuff I love about this pack:
This pack will become a reliable friend. You can come back to it again and again to use in your illustrator projects.
Plus, by combining even two different textures, resizing, and layer you can make millions of unique textures. Not to mention they're 4000x4000 pixels so they work on big projects.
Just check out the Five-Star Reviews we've received so far. This pack is not fancy or hard to use. But it works like a dream.
Grab it now for the low price of $39.
Only 2 left! Due to the Early Bird Special Price of $27 we're limiting sales to just 200 packs. We anticipate the pack will sell out by 8:00 PM PST (based on data from the past day of sales).
Can't grab it today? No need to panic. In 6 weeks we'll be releasing the full pack - but it will cost more (Early Bird special is only active now).
I love mid-century design. No surprise, right?
But finding ideas and inspiration is a time-consuming pain in the butt.
Why? Because you have to look all over the place for this stuff. Yeah, sometimes it's fun but it ends up turning into a black hole of searching.
Next thing you know you've been looking for ideas for 2 hours.
Then it's time for lunch and half your day is gone.
We've been creating retro-inspired goods for designers four years now. During that time we've built a stockpile of retro inspiration. We literally have Dropbox files overflowing with ideas so we're never at a loss.
After getting hundreds of emails over the years it finally occurred to us that we should package this stuff up for our customers.
So we created a 4-week subscription pack and called it The Mid-Century Throwback Pack.
It includes four handy PDF guides that you can easily pull ideas from for your illustration and design work. These PDF's come with useful extras like color swatches, free font downloads, layout cheat sheets, and more.
These guides are super-easy to use, guaranteed to save you time, and make your work look great.
Here's some cool stuff I love about this pack:
Every week for the next 4 weeks you'll receive a new mid-century design guide. Each one focusing on a different aspect of mid-century design. Guides you'll receive include The Mid-Century Color Catalog, The Mid-Century Font Guide, Styles & Trends of Mid-Century America, and one more (we're still deciding what the final one will be).
With each pack, you receive we'll also be sending you a value-added bonus. What's a value-added bonus you ask? It's a unique digital item that enhances the value of the guide you receive each week.
For example, when you buy today you'll instantly receive the Mid-Century Color Catalog. The value-added bonus is 25 sets of color swatches for Photoshop and Illustrator (so you don't have to manually add the color swatches from the guide).
These packs are being offered at an Early Bird price to our very best customers. So we're only making 200 packs available at this special price. That means you'll get this at least 6 weeks before the general public. Plus, you get that Early Bird discount!
Getting fun and useful stuff in your inbox is cool. Plus, when you receive guides like this delivered over time it's like a boost of super-condensed inspiration each week. In fact, from previous customers that have received our subscription packs have told us this was one of the most useful parts about buying the packs.
You pay one time. Then each week for the next 4 weeks we'll send you a new Mid-Century Throwback Pack guide. One pack today, then one pack each week after that.
These packs have been selling like crazy. Probably because they're insanely useful, the price is stupid low, and you get a surprise in your inbox each week.
There are 200 packs available and if the last pack is any indication this will sell out FAST. My guess would be within 6-12 hours max.
Some customers were frustrated that the deal sold out so quick. So I wanted to give you a good amount of warning.
If you want to get a new pack delivered each week (plus, bonuses) then grab the pack NOW. I'm not trying to create buzz here - this happened last time and I just want to make sure people aren't upset or surprised when it's gone.
Thanks for supporting the shop!