You've probably noticed that in real life print work is imperfect. Everything from that tag on your new jeans to the Grayhound bus ticket you saved from that summer trip.
Nothing remains perfect.
Just like quality leather gets more beautiful with age – some printed work becomes more beautiful as time passes.
Shauna Lynn Panczyszyn and Retro Supply Co. have teamed up to make available to you Shauna’s personal collection of brushes that she created to give her hand lettering pieces her signature, textured style.
Today is an exciting day at RetroSupply Co.! We just launched our first Photoshop style pack. It's a massive collection of resources to create wood type effects in Photoshop! Try a tutorial and sample pack FREE!
Throughout the 19th and 20th century print was king. Whether you were printing a small run of a few hundred screen printed posters or tens of thousands of advertisements with an offset lithography machine one thing was for sure...
You were bound to have rich, subtly flawed ink marks in your work.
This tutorial will walk you through how to create your own subtle Photoshop brushes you can use in your work.
Learn how to start with a blank Photoshop file and create an eye-catching constructivist style poster in Photoshop.
We'll start by finding inspiration, then choosing a color palette, finding stock images, and finally giving your poster an eye-catching finish with a subtle gritty texture.
Adding subtle textures to your final work is a great way to add an organic element to your final project.
In this tutorial, I'll show you how to apply realistic textures to a SpaceRanger illustration using multiple layers and something I call subtractive texturing.
Ever wondered how to make a mid-century space pistol illustration in Photoshop?
Of course you have!
Learn some tips and tricks for making this kind of illustration in this quick tutorial from Brad Woodard.
Oh, and if you haven't yet, be sure to pick up the SpaceRanger Brush and Tutorial pack. It includes all the brushes used in this tutorial plus 3 more in-depth step-by-step tutorials to up your illustration game!
Ralph Cosentino caught the illustration bug early.
As a young boy, he remembers coercing his little sister into giving up her piggy bank money so he could buy super-hero comics.
It looks like the investment paid off! Today, Ralph is a highly-sought children's book illustrator and author. He also creates playful child based brands for companies like Disney and Target.
Learn his best tips for using Illustrator brushes in this exclusive article.
I've always loved seeing how designers create their designs.
Like, actually seeing them do it. Not just reading about it (which isn't very helpful for a visual medium).
I hope watching this is useful and inspiring to you!
You probably know that Illustrator brushes are way different than Photoshop brushes.
Especially art brushes. Unlike Photoshop brushes that can generate strokes dynamically, Illustrator brushes (Art Brushes) are essential shapes that get stretches and compressed.
As a result, it takes a little more finesse to get amazing results. The upside is that it's vector. So once you get that great look you can resize it and adjust it with ease (unlike Photoshop).
In this video, I'll show you three simple tips for getting the most from your Illustrator brushes.
I'm a total sucker for label and logo design from the '40s and '50s. In this tutorial I'll walk you step-by-step how to create a distressed retro logo in Illustrator and Photoshop.
Plus, I've included some freebies that make it easy to follow along...
In this tutorial, I'll show you how to make a mid-century European pocket calendar.
I'll show you exactly how I go from zero concept at all to building a complete design. Including how I find inspiration, my favorite resources, and how I add texture and other effects in Photoshop.
Using vector charcoal and pencil brushes in Adobe Illustrator is a great way to give your work an authentic, handmade feel.
When we released VectorSketch, a set of 40 charcoal and pencil brushes we got tons of emails asking us how we recommend using them.
Of course, you can do whatever you want (and we've seen some designers create some amazing work). But we thought we'd share the top ways we use the brushes in our work here at RetroSupply.
In this tutorial, you'll learn one standard method and a few unexpected ways to get great results with brushes in Adobe Illustrator.