11 top tutorials for creating retro and vintage effects
As designers and illustrators, it’s important to stay fresh by learning new skills that take your artwork to the next level, and by keeping the creative juices flowing.
That’s why, over the last month, we’ve been highlighting the brilliant work being created across the RetroSupply community: we wanted to inspire and inform, and encourage even more experimentation in your retro and vintage designs.
We also wanted to share your best tips, tricks and techniques for speeding up your workflow, increasing productivity and kick-starting creativity with our brushes, textures, actions and other RetroSupply tools.
And we weren’t disappointed. The advice we received was so good that we’ve bundled up the best tutorials into one, handy list – with a few of our favorites from earlier in the year thrown in – to help you work faster, smarter and more creatively.
Designer Brad Woodard explains how to quickly create a heavily textured illustration in Photoshop, using the RetroSupply Woodland Wonderland gouache brushes.
02. Hand lettering 101: a super brief guide with bonus free brushes
Always wanted to create your own retro or vintage hand lettering, but not sure where to start? Artist and illustrator Shauna Lynn Panczyszyn walks through how to create unique hand lettering in this quick video guide, which comes with six free hand-lettering brushes.
03. How to create a hand-painted effect in Illustrator with the DragStrip brush set
Follow Von Glitscha’s eight-step tutorial to learn how to create a realistic hand-painted effect in your illustrations. In this mini walk-through, the vector art ninja goes behind the scenes on a high-profile illustration created for Adobe Max with the RetroSupply DragStrip brush set.
04. Add heavy texture in Illustrator and Photoshop with the RetroSupply Kit
Designer and illustrator Jordan Wong explains how to create a vintage look with the authentic World War II-era brushes, actions and textures inside the RetroSupply Kit.
05. How to quickly roughen the edges of your work in Photoshop
We share a neat technique for quickly ageing your work in Photoshop – and hook you up with the RetroSupply Edge & Fold Distressor Brush Pack for free too, in this easy-to-follow video tutorial.
06. How to create retro characters with the Vector Hero pack
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…
07. Create an authentic vintage effect in Photoshop with the Analog Ink Foundry kit
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.
Another one from us, this short video tutorial explains how to quickly roughen your typography in Illustrator for a vintage, aged look.
09. How to mix and match RetroSupply products for instant inspiration
Canada-based illustrator Josué Menjivar goes behind the scenes on an original artwork to show how experimenting with a cocktail of RetroSupply goods – brushes, textures and actions – can turbocharge your creativity.
10. How to create a matchbook print effect in Photoshop
Find out how to achieve a classic matchbook art effect using a few textures and Photoshop filters in this short video tutorial – which comes with a bonus freebie pack to download.
11. 4 inspiring projects created with RetroSupply products
From self-published comics to posters, branding and boundary-pushing new illustration styles, these amazing projects will give you a shot of inspiration – and the article comes with top tips from the artists.
Want more retro and vintage tutorials?
If these walk-throughs have piqued your curiosity and you want more, check out our hand-picked list of the 25 best retro and vintage tutorials for Photoshop. You’ll find plenty of pro guides in this selection for creating a wide range of techniques.
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