Create an authentic vintage effect in Photoshop

Create an authentic vintage effect in Photoshop

by Julia Sagar September 22, 2016

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.

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How to mix and match RetroSupply products for instant inspiration

How to mix and match RetroSupply products for instant inspiration

by Julia Sagar September 20, 2016

Canada-based illustrator Josué Menjivar goes behind the scenes on an original artwork to show how experimenting with a cocktail of RetroSupply brushes, textures and actions can turbocharge your creativity.

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Add Real Texture with the RetroSupply PSD Kit

Add Real Texture with the RetroSupply PSD Kit

by Julia Sagar September 15, 2016

Designer and illustrator Jordan Wong walks through how to create a vintage look with the authentic World War II-era brushes, actions and textures inside the RetroSupply Kit.

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Create textured images with the Woodland Wonderland brush set

Create textured images with the Woodland Wonderland brush set

by Julia Sagar September 12, 2016

Designer Brad Woodard explains how to quickly create a heavily textured retro illustration in Photoshop, using the RetroSupply Woodland Wonderland gouache brushes.

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Creating retro characters with the Vector Hero pack

Creating retro characters with the Vector Hero pack

by Julia Sagar September 08, 2016

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…

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Create a hand-painted effect with the DragStrip brush set

Create a hand-painted effect with the DragStrip brush set

by Julia Sagar September 05, 2016

Follow Von Glitscha’s quick, eight-step tutorial to find out how to create a realistic hand-painted effect in your illustrations. Read on as the vector art ninja goes behind the scenes on a high-profile illustration created for Adobe Max with his RetroSupply DragStrip brush set…

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How to Create a Matchbook Print Effect in Photoshop

How to Create a Matchbook Print Effect in Photoshop

by Dustin Lee July 14, 2016

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Here's a Quick Way to Roughen the Edges of Your Work

Here's a Quick Way to Roughen the Edges of Your Work

by Dustin Lee June 29, 2016

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.

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How to Install Brush Tool Presets .tpl into Photoshop: A Step by Step Tutorial

How to Install Brush Tool Presets .tpl into Photoshop: A Step by Step Tutorial

by Suzanne Sarver June 10, 2016

Tool presets are particularly awesome because they contain more information about that brush. A tool preset can be a “red 2B pencil” instead of just a “pencil.” For you, that means less fooling around with settings and more time creating!

In this tutorial, I'll show you just how easy it is to install brush tool presets (hint: it's just as easy as regular brushes - just a bit different).

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Hand Lettering 101: A Super Brief Guide with Bonus Free Brushes

Hand Lettering 101: A Super Brief Guide with Bonus Free Brushes

by Suzanne Sarver June 06, 2016

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.

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How to Create a Retro Robot Illustration

How to Create a Retro Robot Illustration

by Dustin Lee April 21, 2016

One great (but often untapped) way to create unique design work is to mix together old retro work with new illustration work. In this tutorial, we'll be illustrating a robot and then putting it in the context of an mid-century advertisement. Click to read more – this is going to be fun.

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How to Create a Retro Inspired Badge in Illustrator

How to Create a Retro Inspired Badge in Illustrator

by Dustin Lee April 14, 2016

Learn how to make a retro typography badge in Illustrator in this video tutorial. Fonts used include Transistor by RetroSupply and Gotham Bold.

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The Easy Way to Roughen Your Typography in Illustrator

The Easy Way to Roughen Your Typography in Illustrator

by Dustin Lee April 14, 2016

Learn an easy way to roughen your typography in Adobe Illustrator in this easy to follow video tutorial.

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How to Create a Wood Type Inspired Design in Photoshop (Includes Sample Pack)

How to Create a Wood Type Inspired Design in Photoshop (Includes Sample Pack)

by Dustin Lee March 23, 2016

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!

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How to add subtle ink textures to your work in Photoshop

How to add subtle ink textures to your work in Photoshop

by Dustin Lee February 21, 2016

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.

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How to Create a Propaganda-Style Poster in Photoshop

How to Create a Propaganda-Style Poster in Photoshop

by Dustin Lee January 22, 2016

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.

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How to Add Subtle Ink Textures to a SpaceRanger Illustration

How to Add Subtle Ink Textures to a SpaceRanger Illustration

by Dustin Lee December 30, 2015

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.

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How to Create a Mid-Century Inspired Space Pistol Illustration in Photoshop

How to Create a Mid-Century Inspired Space Pistol Illustration in Photoshop

by Dustin Lee December 22, 2015

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!

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3 Tips for Using Vector Brushes in Illustrator with Ralph Cosentino

3 Tips for Using Vector Brushes in Illustrator with Ralph Cosentino

by Dustin Lee October 29, 2015

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.

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How to Use Vector Brushes to Recreate Retro Artwork

How to Use Vector Brushes to Recreate Retro Artwork

by Dustin Lee October 22, 2015

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 made this time lapse video to show you how I recreated a piece of authentic 1940s commercial art using the VectorHero brush pack and, my personal favorite, VectorTone.

I hope watching this is useful and inspiring to you!

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How to Get the Most from Your Illustrator Brushes

How to Get the Most from Your Illustrator Brushes

by Dustin Lee October 22, 2015

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. 

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How to Create a Distressed Retro Logo in Illustrator and Photoshop

How to Create a Distressed Retro Logo in Illustrator and Photoshop

by Dustin Lee October 12, 2015

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...

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How to Create a Mid-Century European Pocket Calendar Design in Illustrator and Photoshop

How to Create a Mid-Century European Pocket Calendar Design in Illustrator and Photoshop

by Dustin Lee September 24, 2015

 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.

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How to Use Vector Charcoal Brushes in Adobe Illustrator

How to Use Vector Charcoal Brushes in Adobe Illustrator

by Dustin Lee September 11, 2015

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.

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