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.
Get 19th Century American Wood Cut Type Effects Instantly (Innovative Photoshop Action)
In the early 19th century breakthroughs in printing technology transformed print forms away from hand lettered script styles and into industrial, hard edged blocks of type.
For over a century print companies like Hamilton Manufacturing, Empire Wood Type Co., American Wood Type Mfg Co. and Eastern Brass & Wood Type created beautiful type for mass consumption. A huge variety of gothic, antique and slab fonts were used to create gorgeous advertisements, notices, posters and more.
In the 1920s wood type product began to decline due to faster due to offset printing technology. But wood type still lives on through a handful of printers that still practice this tradition.
How It Works
American Wood Type is directly inspired by this history and manufactures. Using common woods and inks we've done our best to recreate these print effects digitally using textures, patterns and a powerful Photoshop action.
American Wood Type allows you to achieve these effects quickly on all but the largest Photoshop canvases. No Smart PSDs. Just one powerful action that lets you choose the textures, colors, edges, and intensity of your wood type effects.
Want to take American Wood Type for a test run? Download the sample version here. It only contains 3 of the effects and is for personal use only. But it's fun to use and you'll get a good idea how the product works!
Let's face it. It's basically impossible to find good ink textures for your work. You can search all over the web for brushes and end up wasting hours (and still have no good tools to show for it).
I'll let you in on a little secret (and this is exactly why they're so hard to find)...
Most of the people making these brushes are getting other people's free resources (and poorly made low resolution ones at that) and creating their own brushes or textures from them.
Plus, the original brushes and textures weren't even made from real ink textures in the first place!
The result is a disappointing set of tools that make it seem impossible to get these effects.
I've always wanted a pack like this (and always been majorly disappointed and the products on the market).
So while on sabbatical in Florence, Italy I discovered a little art shop on a cobblestone side street. I couldn't resist going in (especially when I imagined that guys like Michelangelo had probably walked down these same streets).
Inside I found a little shop packed from floor to ceiling with paint, ink, brushes, rollers and paper. I decided that I wanted to take a little piece of my journey home with me (in the form of some amazing ink textures).
So I bought a bunch of ink, rollers, brushes and paper and went back to my apartment for the weekend to make the best ink pack that I could.
• Analog Ink Smart PSD (Self Inking) - Landscape 20 x 16 in 300dpi
• Analog Ink Smart PSD (Self Inking) - Portrait 16 x 20 in 300dpi
• Analog Ink Smart PSD (Self Inking) - Square 16 x 16 in 300dpi
• Analog Ink Smart PSD (Built In Textures) - Landscape 20 x 16 in 300dpi
• Analog Ink Smart PSD (Built In Textures) - Portrait 16 x 20 in 300dpi
• Analog Ink Smart PSD (Built In Textures) - Square 16 x 16 in 300dpi
• 11 Ink Roller Smart Brushes (Drag them like real ink rollers)
• 8 "Classic" Ink Roller Brushes (Standard Photoshop brushes)
• 10 Standard Issue Ink Roller textures (isolated from background)
• "How to Apply Ink Textures to Anything (in 30 Seconds) Video Tutorial
Sometimes you need something quick and simple to get the job done.
We made our new line of Essential texture packs to give you highly specific textures, brushes, and other resources, at a great price.
Our flagship pack is the Concrete Essential Texture Pack. To make the textures we grabbed our handy Canon 50D and Sigma 13-35mm lens and hit the streets.
We photographed concrete textures from old walls in downtown Portland, sidewalks in new developments, and garage concrete textures from our own RetroSupply studio. Then we picked the best 10 textures and made them in every file format you'll ever need.
Grab the pack now for the budget price of $12!