Photoshop Brushes

New software for illustration and design is always popping up. But Photoshop brushes have always been the go-to workhorse for creatives.

That's why we offer a war chest of brushes including pens, pencils, paint, watercolor, grunge, and halftone brushes. Whenever possible our brushes are made from archival materials and tested by artists with a variety of styles.

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How We Make Photoshop Brushes

Some people collect coins. We collect retro artifacts to make our brushes and textures.

A 1970s Gold Key comic book, the Match Corporation of America salesman's book, a woodblock alphabet with only 19 letters, a box of old Greyhound bus tickets, gouache paintings from an estate sale.

This is the raw material for our brushes. Each Photoshop brush is carefully hand-crafted and tested by professional illustrators and designers to ensure you can simulate retro effects you love in your work.

Do we have to make them this way? Nope. But we like knowing that a little bit of design history lives on in digital work.

STories from the Trenches

Many of the Photoshop brushes, textures and fonts we make have interesting stories (well, interesting if you're a nerd for retro stuff)!

For example, the halftone brushes used to make our ColorLab Retro Comic Bundle were made from collecting dozens of old comics and catalogues. One 1956 Army Surplus catalog cost us $200 in a brutal eBay bidding war.

Is that catalog worth that much? To us it is! We got some tasty halftone dots unlike anything we've ever seen. And when we see illustrators use these nostalgia packed Photoshop brushes in their work we feel like it's a little bit of magic being put back into the world.

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