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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!
Early Bird Special: Grab The Mid-Century Print Pack Mega Bundle for the special price of $49 for a limited time!
Design products tend to fall under one of two camps.
There hasn't been a class that gives you the tools you need as well as the knowledge you need to achieve specific results in your work (especially retro effects) - except The Mid-Century Mega Bundle.
The Mid-Century Mega Bundle is our popular Mid-Century Print Pack on steriods. You'll get actions, videos, brushes, textures, authentic retro stock art, and more. All in one pack!
Typically lifetime access to this pack would cost $254 (including the actions, videos, and clip art at retail price).
But today we've got something special for you. You can get this entire collection for just $49.
The Mid-Century Print Pack has been one of our best-selling products (just check out the 37 reviews below) - but with the 10 video bonuses and bonus stock art it's an absolute steal.
This collection is great for anyone trying to:
RetroMatic is a Photoshop action that gives you one of the most classic effects of mid-century print work, registration errors.
Registration errors occur when two or more colors are printed in separate passes. The result is the colors not perfectly matching up. The result is slight gaps between colors and lines and happy mistakes where the inks overlap.
SparkPrint is a Photoshop action that let’s you achieve another classic mid-century effect in your work - monotones.
Monotones were an economical way to add different tints of a color to print work without using different color inks (every color cost extra money - so it was in printers and advertisers best interest to use the same color to save on printing expenses).
The InkChamp Photoshop action reproduces the subtle ink starve you see around the edges of color inks. It’s a subtle but powerful effect that adds a great finishing touch to colored areas.
Remember those photograph/painting style pieces you see so often from the 50s? PhotoBaker makes it easy to achieve a similar effect.
Most halftones used in design work in Photoshop use a filter.
Perfect-O-Tone utilized a technique I learned from a designer friend who had some of the best halftones in his work I had ever seen. It works by converting your chosen layer into bitmap halftones that behave exactly like real halftones.
One of the first actions we ever released. RetroPrint recreates the look of newsprint including ink viscosity, roughness, and texture.
The Blacksmith Photoshop action was designed to simulate the subtle rough edges of ink on paper. Particularly when printed on cheap paper stock that was used in newspapers and magazines.
Includes videos that walk you through using each action. Plus, you'll get additional videos that teach you how to create the effects in the actions manually (so you can create these effects on your own if you want).
I bet you didn't know we have a sister stock image site. Yep, true story. In this pack, we'll give you 20 surprise pieces of authentic retro vector art from the 1940s and 1950s. These images took nearly a year to find, have researched by IP attorneys and get vectorized!
Most of the individual packs in the set come with suprise extras including subtle texture brushes, paper textures, and more. So when you download the pack expect some surprises!
The amount of tools and information you get in this product is insane.
I don't think there's even anywhere you can get a pack that provides such a comprehensive collection of retro resources.
Whether you're a professional designer or just starting in Photoshop this pack would be a disservice to your work not grab at this price.
Grab this pack now for $49 and rest easy knowing you got everything you need to create mid-century effects in Photoshop!
VectorTone is a collection of graphic styles, swatches, actions that make it crazy easy to add halftones and crosshatching to your work.
If you're an illustrator I'm willing to bet you love illustration work from the '50s and '60s.
There's just something about classic illustrations from that era.
Sketching with real pencils, building up dry brush work, using masking fluid, and adding text by taping on typed sheet.
It added soul and character to the work.
Programs like Photoshop and Illustrator save us a ton of time. But they also make it hard to capture the subtle nuances of traditional illustration techniques.
Today if you want to bring those subtle nuances to your work you have to work pretty hard.
Most illustrators and designers have developed their own unique process. It typically involves some mix of Illustrator, Photoshop, searching through tutorial websites, scanning, Photoshop brushes, filters and a little luck.
Some designers get amazing results this way. But when you're on a deadline (or just want to have fun and not think too much) it can be overwhelming.
My friend Brad Woodard and I thought it would be cool if there was a product that took some of the work out of the process.
So we decided to make a natural media brush and tutorial pack (so you can get everything you need to make natural looking illustrations in one place).
Step 1. Spent a ton of time collecting and sharing illustration work we loved
We used Pinterest to build a collection of illustrations we loved. This included a lot of 1950s children's book illustrations. It also included work from current designers that achieve a great looking hand drawn look in their illustrations.
Step 2. Create 100+ brush presets and test them with Brad
I'll be the first to admit I'm not the best illustrator. But Brad Woodard is one of my favorites. What I love so much about his work is that it seamlessly mixes mid-century inspired illustration with modern touches.
So we spent hours on Skype working together. I'd make brushes, try them myself and then send them over to Brad via Skype chat.
He'd try them in his illustration work. Then give me feedback (for example, "This brush sucks, Dustin. Don't ever make one like that again").
After early a dozen hours working, refining and testing we had a set of 20 brushes we both loved. For every one we kept, we threw away 5.
Step 3. Create a set of tutorials to compliment the brushes
Early on in our conversations Brad mentioned something really interesting to me. Normally, when you buy brushes you're kind of left hanging. You have to download them and just start messing around. Eventually you might find a few you like.
We thought it made more sense to include tutorials with a REAL project. That way, you can download the brushes, install them and start working on something right away.
That way you get way more value. Not only do you have the tools, but you also have someone helping you get the most out of them.
Step 4. Add lots of little touches to make the pack as awesome as possible
It would be easy to make a pack of brushes, put it in a ZIP file and offer it for sale.
But if you've bought RetroSupply products before you know we never do that. We want to make the products as friendly and enjoyable to use as possible.
So we did what we always do with RetroSupply products. We thought out the little details to make the product the best it could be.
Here's some of the little details we added:
The result is a brush/tutorial pack that we're both proud of. It's helps you improve your illustration work with great tools and great tutorials.
This pack is the first in a series of "dream brush" packs that Brad and I are making together.
Each one explores a different style of mid-century illustration work. This first pack is all about illustrations that use pencils and dry brushes.
Here's what's included in the SpaceRanger Pack:
If you were to take a class and get supplies to learn this kind of stuff at a real school (even an affordable community college) you'd be set back over $100. And that's low-balling it.
But with the SpaceRanger Brush and Tutorial pack you acquire some incredible tools and skills for about the price of a take-and-bake pizza. Plus, you don't have to drive across town for 12 weeks taking the classes.
The only way we could make this easier is if you could download the knowledge into your head (and that technology simply doesn't exist yet).
The SpaceRanger Brush Pack requires Adobe Photoshop CS4+ as well as a pressure sensitive tablet (for example, a Wacom Cintiq). File size is approximately 19.5 MB.
Have you ever wondered how some digital artists are able to create such realistic pen and ink illustrations?
You'd swear their work was created in a wood paneled commercial art office. India ink heavy in the air, piles of paper filled with sketches, and busy artists at sturdy wooden desks using ink brushes, rollerballs and nib pens.
So what's the secret to creating authentic commercial art illustrations?
Here's a hint: inconsistency and human imperfection.
Adobe Illustrator has given us the ability to create precision artwork. The problem is that it cost us the human touch that adds warmth to illustrations.
This can all be boiled down to one key trait. Expression filled ink strokes with varying weights and subtle imperfections.
We've recreated the feel of this era with the VectorHero Pen Pack for Illustrator. Here's how we did it:
The bottom line is we created the pen set that we've always dreamed of.
You see, most Adobe Illustrator brush packs are made by scanning pen strokes, auto tracing them and making them into brushes.
The result is hard to use brushes that give less than stellar results.
Scott Fuller and myself (Dustin Lee) spent over 40 hours compiling material, studying the best examples of commercial illustration work, recreating and refining brushes and then testing them by creating real artwork in the classic style of 1950's illustrations.
The result is a pack of brushes that we love using in our work. We think you'll love them too.
Grab the VectorHero Illustrator Pen Pack now and start getting realistic ink results the easy way!
Here's exactly what you'll get when you purchase this pack.
• 20 Clean Ink brushes (recreated from source material)
• 20 Dirty Ink brushes (created from scanned samples)
• Beautiful 8.5 x 35 inch reference chart (with brushes)
• Instructions included in reference chart
• Versions for CS4, CS5, CS6 and CC
Created from real 1950's source material and real brush and ink pen samples. Work created by Dustin Lee and Scott Fuller. Available exclusively from RetroSupply Co.
Create Beautiful Vintage Work Like Your Favorite Designers
Have you ever stared in awe at the rich & worn textures of your favorite designers? This Photoshop pack makes it easy to achieve these beautiful textures.
This product doesn't use any actions. Just place your design in a folder and save. Then adjust texture levels to build up your own unique worn effects.
SuperGrain is inspired by 70s t-shirts, classic album covers, and high school art class (no computers, pencils and paint, y'all) : )
"Amazing product. Incredibly quick and easy to do. I love the subtle textures and variety of options, and it best of all - it makes designs look cool! You'll be glad you got this one." Nicholas M.
"Made my job way faster and honestly better than what I was producing." Douglass C.
"The setup of the PS layers and smart-filters gives some nice control over the detail and smoothness. I usually do more detailed renderings, but this pack has given me an opportunity to try some things I might not have thought of otherwise. It rocks." Steven O.
What versions of Photoshop is SuperGrain compatible with?
SuperGrain works Photoshop CS4, CS5, CS6 and CC.
Do I need to be a Photoshop genius to figure this out?
Not at all. If you can paste your work into a file you can use SuperGrain.
How much control do I have over these effects?
You get 100% control with SuperGrain. Choose textures, intensities and layering with the click of a mouse.
Are these textures high quality enough for printing?
Of course, we pride ourselves on creating the best textures in the industry. Like all print projects we recommend doing a test print to see for yourself before sending it to the printers.
What if I'm not satisfied with my purchase?
We love SuperGrain and think you will too. But if for any reason you're not happy just contact us using the contact form on our site. We'll happily give you a 100% refund, no hard feelings.
This easy to use Smart PSD uses smart objects, and cleverly set up files, to make it easy to create retro matchbook print effects with a few clicks.
Featuring a professionally set-up PSD file (compatible with CS4+) that allows you to to easily adjust textures, halftone patterns, and registration errors. Check out the preview images. These effects look extremely realistic and allow you to tweak the intensity of each effect
Matchbook Print Machine makes it easy to present a speficic style of work to clients without spending hours trying to acheive a difficult affect.
Want to spice up your work for social media? Matchbook Print Machine is a fast way to make your Instagram, Facebook, Behance, or other social media look like you slaved over them for hours.
We made the template large enough for any decent sized piece of work. At 4500px X 4500px it's big enough to use for posters, books, zines, websites, social media and more.
Sometimes you buy something and it's just not the right fit. We get it. That's why we offer a Better-Than-Money-Back Guarantee. I'd rather you be 100% happy with your purchase and become a loyal customer than be disappointed by a product.
Cover designed by Jeana Hadley.
Get All The Most Popular Atomic Age Print Effects in One Powerful PSD FIle
See a quick video demo below:
[WARNING] These brushes are stupid easy to use. All you need to do is open the file, save the brushes, and start swiping some InkWash goodness on your work!
Illustrator User? You're Going to Love This
I've always loved the way commercial artists from the mid-century used watercolor.
Mix water, add a dab of India ink and soak the brush. Then spread deep, textured shades across your sketches and pen work in one quick swoop.
The only problem is until now watercolor sets have been too complicated and just plain crazy.
Personally, I love to make things stupid simple whenever possible.
That's why we created InkWash. It's a set of 30 watercolor brushes made by hand in the RetroSupply studios with India ink and water.
You don't need to upload any swatches, or read a 2000 word manual to use these brushes.
Here's exactly what you get when you buy the InkWash now:
But don't be deceived. You can still add colors to these brushes and mix them up just like real watercolors.
Just click on a brush, select a color and you're good to go.
I've shared this set with a handful of my designer friends. They've all told me almost the same thing:
They had to buy 3-4 kits to get as many useful brushes as they found in this kit. And those other kits were more complicated to use!
Grab this pack now for just $15. That way you have them when you need them (instead of searching all over or hoping this one is still available).
P.S. When you buy now I'll be sending you a FREE email with tips on how to get even more out of the brushes. Including layering colors, creating masks and more!
I got an email from a RetroSupply customer the other day. Here's what he said:
I'm editing the email for length FYI. The awesome thing is that I've heard this a few times – and I love it!
Don't get me wrong. RetroSupply is in the business of making money (we have to pay our bills!) - But it absolutely thrills me when a customer finds something that makes them feel like they have an edge.
Did you know that when you make subtle brushes you have to carefully sharpen the edges of the brush texture? That way you don't get blotchy fades. That's just one of dozens of little extra steps we take to make sure you're getting the best textures you can find anywhere.
This is stuff we've learned from trial and error, carefully studying other products, and getting insider tips from other designers.
We know that it can be frustrating to get a product and then have to guess how to use it. That's why we create guides, videos, and reference sheets to help you get 100% out of every product you buy.
I'm good friends with a designer who has been my hero since I took my first design class. He's a fantastic illustrator. But he always had the best textures. Every time the dude put a Dribbble shot up people were commenting on these textures.
So one day I asked him how he did it (I didn't even try to ask for like a year). He graciously shared his secrets with me. I took those ideas and then slowly added my own tricks to it. This ended up being The 3-Step Texture Formula.
It's simple but I'm surprised how many people don't do it!
Some packs of textures are over the top. They're impossible to use because they're so intense and crazy.
So we focused on creating these texture packs so they enhance your work (instead of stealing your glory). These packs will add a little something to your work without drawing attention away from your designs.
Nothing is worse than getting a set of textures or brushes and then finding out they're so small you can't use them.
We make our packs big and high-res. That way you can use them on all sorts of projects. From big posters to tiny matchbooks.
This is a set of 100 overlays. Super-convenient. Just drop them on top of your work and adjust the blending mode and opacity. You'll be amazed at the different results you can get.
These have been insanely popular. My guess is because they add a subtle texture to your work without dominating it.
Plus, they've been carefully made to give you crisp yet subtle textures that don't have awkward blotched edges like other subtle brushes.
Honestly, vector textures can get crazy. It just takes a lot of anchor points to make textures in Illustrator. But I also know that some customers love them. And there are situations where vector textures are the best option.
This pack includes 60 vector ink textures for your work. You'll find halftones, paint textures, subtle textures and ore. Plus, we threw in some 19th century vector engravings for the fun of it!
These really should be called magic textures. These bitmap textures let you add super-detailed, rich and realistic textures to your vector work in seconds. Plus, they don't eat up your CPU.
Because they're bitmap textures. Just place them on top of your work, select the eyedropper tool and then select the color you want the texture to be.
It works fast and is easy to adjust, resize, and layer your textures. All in the comfort of Adobe Illustrator!
Note: This pack is brand new and only available in this bundle. But if we were to sell it it on it's own it would cost $15.
Choice #1 is to forget about this pack. Next time you're working on a project you can make your own textures (which is awesome - just time-consuming and it helps to know a few tricks). And of course,
And of course, you can take your chances playing Google roulette and see what textures come up for free.
Or you've got choice #2. Grab the Standard Issue Brush and Textures Bundle and have a heap of well-organized textures at your disposal next time you need them.
You'll save a ton of time searching the web or making your own textures. In fact, we've had customers say the pack pays for itself in one use.
Plus, you can shock your client or boss when they ask you to add texture to your work and you do it in like 3 minutes.
We're offering the pack for $29 today. But once we add more bitmap textures (and a PDF guide for the Bitmap Texture pack) the price will definitely go up.
Requires Photoshop CS4 and above
RetroSupply is excited to be featuring halftone textures by professional screen printer Rob Brink.
The Ultimate Screen Printing Kit Smart PSD
This smart PSD effect kit makes it easy to give your work realistic screen print style effects. It's easy to use.
Here's how it works:
1. Place up to 3 different color layers into the clearly marked folders.
2. Adjust the real handmade screen print textures for each color.
3. That's it! Your work has a beautiful custom screen print effect applied to it.
In addition to The Ultimate Screen Printing Kit PSD you'll also get:
I'm super excited about finally releasing this product. As a thank you for your feedback and help creating it I'm offering it to all RetroSupply members for just $25 today.
Thank you so much for all your help and feedback in creating this product! You're awesome!
Everything You Need for an Authentic Retro Look in One Huge Package!
"Best thing I ever bought! Fantastic!" - Mark Wagner
"I own some pricey plugins that don't work as well as your products." - Evan Matthew Jones
"So freaking great. Thanks for making this." - Jonathan Mead
"Looks amazing Dustin, can't wait to put these to use!" - Andrew Dale
"Bought it. Love it. You had me at "60+ year old paper from World War II. Literally, from the ships." - Kristi Colvin
Get High Quality Retro Effects Fast!
Introducing RetroSupply, a huge and comprehensive kit for getting authentic retro effects.
Here's what's included:
This set was also a major labor of love. Here's what went into it:
I've researched the other packs on the market and a kit this size could easily go for $40. But if you're anything like me you've been searching for something like this for a long time. I want as many people as possible to get the enjoyment of this kit as possible. That's why I'm selling it for just $19. It puts it in reach of just about everybody : )
Here's what you don't get:
Compatibility: RetroSupply is compatible with Photoshop CS4 and above.
A totally new collection of retro goodness inspired by the original RetroSupply.
Check out a quick demo here: https://vimeo.com/80473867
Here's what's included:
This set took a massive amount of time to create and the diversity of aged effects you can create is truly astounding.
This set was also a major labor of love. Here's what went into it:
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTED
I own the original RetroSupply, how is this different?
Yes, RetroSupply 2 is a complimentary set up the original RetroSupply pack. RetroSupply 2 includes experimental screenprint textures from The Makery, paint textures from the neighborhood hardware store and much more.
RetroSupply 2 is also a little more distressed than the original RetroSupply. You'll find lots of rough ink brushes, entire sheets of heavy stock inked paper, and screenprinted goodness that looks like it was made after a 6 pack of PBR.
Who should buy this?
This is awesome!
Yes, yes it is.
Turn Illustrator into a Retro Type Foundry with RetroType!
If you've been waiting for the right kit for illustrator text effects, you don't have to wait any longer. RetroType gives you a collection of authentic text styles that you can apply to your designs quickly and easily.
Here's what's included: