ColorLab for Illustrator

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Get Authentic Vintage Halftone Colors

Note: ColorLab is available for Procreate, Photoshop, and Affinity as well. Be sure to look closely at the first few preview images. You'll see that because the Illustrator version is vector the dots are sharper and the colors are slightly different.

ColorLab makes getting retro archival comic effects fun and easy.

This industrial-strength collection of brushes, swatches, textures, and templates will help you achieve the cheap comic effects of your dreams with ease. 

We designed this pack with care so you can fine-tune your work. Get clean comic halftones or gritty smudged pulp print textures with ease.

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We designed this pack with care so you can fine-tune your work. Get clean comic halftones or gritty smudged pulp print textures with ease.

  • Authentic comic color halftones. We created this set from historic color formulas, color charts, and manual color matching with vintage comics. Plus, we've included a CMYK version (use this if you want exact CMYK printing).
  • Devilish details. We know that it's the little details that make these effects magic. That's why we've carefully emulated color sequences, screen angles, and ink bleeds. It's all built in so you can focus on your work.
  • Historic paper templates. A big secret to emulating vintage CMYK colors is how they interact with the paper. We've curated 8 archival paper samples including newsprint, kraft paper and more.
  • Non-destructive texturing. Everything can be dialed in including paper aging, ink textures, fading, and comic grading imperfections.
  • Easy to use. We've cut out as much of the confusing garbage as possible. No clunky actions, extra layers, or careless file bloating.

Software: Adobe Illustrator CS6 and above and Adobe Photoshop CS6 and above

Hardware: 2.4ghz processor or higher

Memory: 16 gb of RAM or higher

Storage: 8 GB

  • 125 pre-mixed process color halftone swatches (Illustrator swatches)
  • 12 manual color build halftone swatches (Illustrator swatches)
  • 3 brush pens in tip, art, and no-stretch versions (for a total of 12 Illustrator brushes)
  • 8 paper texture templates in two sizes (layered Illustrator .ai file)
  • 10 print defect brushes (Photoshop .abr brushes)
  • ColorLab Color Chart
  • 3 tutorial videos
  • The Complete ColorLab User Guide

There's nothing like vintage comics. The yellowing paper. The smudged ink. The musty smell of chemicals and newsprint.

And of course... cheap color halftones.

This is the stuff that our love of 1960's comics, cheesy mail-order ads, and bubble gum packaging is made of.

Unfortunately, these effects are insanely hard to achieve digitally.

Even with tutorials, brushes, and filters, the results can look mediocre

And to rub salt in the wound, a few select artists capture this look in their work. But they're tight-lipped about how they do it. Why? They know these kinds of authentic results are hard to pin down and make their work irresistible.

No more!

ColorLab makes achieving these retro archival effects easy and fun.

With an industrial-strength collection of brushes, swatches, textures, and templates, you can achieve rich vintage color halftone effects.

Get tight and clean comic halftones or make it gritty pulp print textures with ease. No other kit offers this much control to fine-tune your work.

Plus, we've included two ways to create your effects. Manually and with premixes. Whether you want to fine-tune every ink spot and registration error or want rapid results for a looming deadline, we've got you covered.

No other halftone or comic kit offers the options, control, or software compatibility.

4.9
Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars
Based on 209 reviews
Total 5 star reviews: 195 Total 4 star reviews: 13 Total 3 star reviews: 1 Total 2 star reviews: 0 Total 1 star reviews: 0
209 reviews
  • GM
    Gordon M.
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    ColorLab for Affinity
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    ColorLab for Affinity
    I recommend this product
    Product Standouts Excellent instructions, Ease of use, Value for Money
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    3 days ago
    ColorLab review

    This is a great program that is so well documented. It introduced me to a new medium, i.e. colour halftones. So neat, so retro, thank you Retro Supply.

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    Maribel C.
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    ColorLab for Procreate
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    ColorLab for Procreate
    I recommend this product
    Product Standouts Excellent instructions
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    4 days ago
    Excelenteeee

    EXCELENTE!!!!! Me ha encantado!

  • 下山
    下藤明 山.
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    ColorLab for Illustrator
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    ColorLab for Illustrator
    I recommend this product
    Product Standouts Great Quality, Authentic, Ease of use, Fast results, Value for Money
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    1 week ago
    This is good!

    I think it's a great and easy tool to recreate old prints.

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    Anjalyn F.
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    ColorLab for Procreate
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    ColorLab for Procreate
    I recommend this product
    Product Standouts Ease of use, Fast results, Value for Money, Excellent instructions
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    1 week ago
    Amazing

    They give you all the tools you need to be able to work with it effectively and make awesome, nostalgic cartoons. I’m excited to be able to incorporate these tools into my usual work

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    Védís H.
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    ColorLab for Procreate
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    ColorLab for Procreate
    I recommend this product
    Product Standouts Excellent instructions, Ease of use, Value for Money
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    2 weeks ago
    Fun and intuitive!

    These brushes and tools are so accessible to start using quickly and the explanations are engaging. I especially like the simplified palette for mocking up colors first. I'm also learning a ton about CMYK colors and printing, actually! It's so cool to zoom in and see how it all breaks down. This toolkit is super fun to use and I look forward to exploring it better.

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