I recently received an email from a reader who asked for advice on how to create ropes and knots in Illustrator, which are particularly common with nautical themed designs. A custom Illustrator brush immediately sprung to mind, so I played around and perfected a technique that can be used to make any path look like a twisted, knotted and entangled length of rope.
Dustin from RetroSupply is back with more quality goodies for Access All Areas members. Dustin has already donated some fantastic resources for members to download, including halftone vectors, 1940s mockups, vector textures and the Emergency Retro Kit, but now members are also being treated to the RetroSupply Standard Issue Ink Roller Textures. This pack contains 10 high resolution textures made by hand with a rubber roller and ink. Use them to create cool stamp and print effects in your artwork.
Script and calligraphy fonts are some of the most sought after resources, so this new bundle of 21 beautiful fonts from Design Cuts is a dream come true for typography fans! Fonts of this quality can be pretty expensive at full price. In fact, if you were to buy this collection at regular price, it would cost you $922. This is a unique chance to own them all for a massive 97% off the regular price, saving you almost $900!
Thanks to the increase in popularity of microbreweries the packaging for craft beers has become a new canvas for designers and illustrators to work their magic. Independent brewers rely on the branding of their product to stand out, which results in some really creative designs for us to enjoy. In today’s post I showcase 30 brilliant beer bottle labels and packaging designs that are full of character, with the kinds of cool lettering and illustrations you just don’t see on the mainstream brands.
This week Access All Areas members can download a cool flyer template courtesy of Yusof Mining. The design is inspired by the Rorschach test and features 15 unique inkblot patterns made from real ink and paper. The template is A4 in size at 300dpi with 3mm bleed, making it ready for professional printing. Well organised layers, Photoshop smart objects and freely available fonts make this file user friendly and perfect for customising for your own projects.
My most popular tutorial of 2014 was my guide to creating a realistic money effect in Photoshop, which explained the steps to achieve an authentic engraved illustration style. The process is quite time consuming, so I figured it would be useful to follow it up with a ready made Photoshop Action that produces the effect automatically with just the click of a button. Choose from 3 levels of detail for your image, then the Action will transform your photo into a realistic engraved illustration.