Have you ever looked at another Illustrator’s work and wondered, “how the hell did they do that?” Well a lot of the time, it’s through time-consuming, labor-intensive *secret* processes they’re not willing to share with the world because, well, that’s their creative advantage. Not to fret! With RetroSupply’s Photoshop Brushes and Photoshop Textures, you’ll have a few secret tricks of your own to create original works of art.
Our ten favorite photoshop brush packs were created using authentic vintage prints and an unhealthy obsession with bringing mid-century analog art to the digital drawing world. Using programs other than Adobe Photoshop? Be sure to check out all of our brush packs for Procreate, Illustrator, and Affinity.
01. The Complete Collection for Photoshop
It doesn’t get much better than this. The Complete Collection for Photoshop gives you instant access to not only the best photoshop brushes (including pencil, pen, texture, and paintbrush photoshop brushes) but all of the photoshop brushes we’ve ever made, and at more than 50% off the original price! In addition to brushes, you’ll get our templates, filters, actions, free updates, and a member’s only code for 30% off every future Photoshop product we drop. What more could you want?
02. DupliTone for Photoshop
For the first time anywhere, effortlessly adding old-school halftones to your vintage-inspired illustration and design work is possible with RetroSupply’s DupliTone Halftone Shading System. For $29, you’ll get instant access to the official halftone shading system of professional Illustrators, including dozens of DupliTone standard and shader brushes and free extras.
Plus, we’ve included two video tutorials to help you become a DupliTone pro fast. Each video is just a few minutes so you’ll be up and running in less than 10 minutes.
03. ColorLab for Photoshop
With authentic vintage halftones and archival textures from classic comic books, magazines, and prints, ColorLab for Photoshop makes it stupidly simple to add retro archival comic effects to your work. With this easy-to-use pack, you’ll enjoy four-color halftone effects with the accuracy of real analog printing including: traditional screen angles, ink bleeds, gritty imperfections, and non-destructive texturing not found in any other halftone or comic kit on the market.
04. Woodland Wonderland
Designer: Brave the Woods & RetroSupply
If you want a truly diverse set of Photoshop brushes inspired by natural media, the Woodland Woodland Brush & Tutorial Pack is it. Alongside Illustrator Brad Woodard of Brave the Woods, we’ve worked hard to create brushes that replicate the look of Golden Books illustrations, and we have to say, these are as good as it gets.
With this pack, you’ll get 31 pressure-sensitive natural media-inspired gouache and watercolor paint brushes, photoshop pens, pencils, form builders, textures, and more! To sweeten the deal, Brad even created four in-depth tutorials walking you through the entire drawing process, from setting the scene to adding those final details for a finished product you’ll be super proud of.
If achieving convincing 1870s engraving-inspired lines, crosshatching shading, and design to your work is the goal, the Industry Press Brush Pack for Photoshop is the pack for the job. This five-star brush pack makes it easy to add those classic lines and textures with little to no learning curve involved. It sounds crazy, but it’s true. You’ll just have to see for yourself!
06. Lo-Fi Subtle Grain & Noise Brushes
Meet the Lo-Fi Subtle Grain & Noise Brushes for Photoshop, your new best-kept secret for adding warm analog grain and noise textures to your work. Maybe it’s the mothball inhalation talking or the fact that this pack was carefully curated using our absolute favorite attic, flea market, and garage sale finds, but this one of our favorite brush packs for effortlessly adding classic paper and ink textures for a final product that’ll have you saying, “that was easy!”.
07. Edge & Fold Distressor Brushes
It’s time to get rough and rowdy with our #7 favorite grunge brush Photoshop pack, the Edge & Fold Distressors! With this grunge brush Photoshop pack, you’ll get 25 ultra-distressed Photoshop texture brushes that have been completely pulverized for your benefit. You’ll love how easy it is to add gloriously smashed edges, paper cracks, and water stains to your work, taking you back to the good ol’ days with your most beloved comic books. If you haven’t noticed yet, we’re all about nostalgia.
08. Standard Pencil Pack for Photoshop
The Standard Pencil Pack for Photoshop will have you screaming “YABBA-DABBA-DOO!” as you create ultra-realistic analog sketches and add finishing touches to your drawings. We’ve covered all the bases with this standard pack, giving you the best sharp, dull, hard, aged, and soft graphite pencils available to add to your digital toolbox. Whether you’re an amateur Illustrator or running with the best of ‘em, this pencil pack is a must-have everyone should have in their arsenal of drawing tools.
09. Standard Pens for Photoshop
Around here, we’re big fans of easy-to-use products that can really pack a punch, which is why the Standard Pens for Photoshop is one of our favorite (and best) Photoshop brushes. It’s filled with 11 of the best Photoshop brushes anyone of any illustrating background can use for every project. Whether you’re looking for your new trusty sidekick to use in all of your work or simply need a great pen once in a while, this pack has you covered.
Designer: Brave the Woods & RetroSupply
“Major Tom to Ground Control...this brush pack is outta this world!”...or something like that.
The Space Ranger Brush Kit & Tutorial Pack will be your new go-to for the best photoshop brushes, presets, technical pencils, form builders, conté crayon, and print textures ideal for adding otherwise tricky mid-century nuances to your illustrations. This pack comes with quick and easy installation instructions, a 3-step-by-step SpaceRanger video tutorial by Brad Woodard, and RetroSupply’s Better-Than-Money-Back guarantee for the risk-free digital brushes you’ll love.
What’s your favorite brush pack from RetroSupply? Be sure to let us know in the comments below! Stay in the know with our tips, tutorials, and advice on choosing the best photoshop brushes to make your future digital art dreams come true, all available at the RetroSupply Blog!