Presentation plays a huge part in how your designs are perceived. By positioning your work in real brand settings, you instantly stand out from the crowd and bring your designs to life! Traditionally this meant scheduling a professional photoshoot, then spending hours digitally superimposing your artwork into place. However, with mockup templates, your artwork is transformed into a realistic looking finished product in a few clicks. They’re ideal tools for presenting your design concepts to a client, or showcasing your work in your portfolio with much higher visual impact that a boring flat screenshot. Usually these tools come at a premium, but this massive new bundle contains a huge variety of mockup templates and scene creator packs for just $29.
In today’s inspiration showcase I feature a range of logos designs and branding projects for craft breweries. Being small and independent businesses often means they’re are full of character with unique names and pride in their roots, which provides plenty of creative opportunities to experiment with mascots and illustrations that visually represent the brand. See how these designers use the company’s values to develop a distinctive identity, typically with a handmade or vintage design style that reflects the history and artisanal spirit of brewing craft beers.
Access All Areas members have a useful mockup template for Adobe Photoshop to download this week, courtesy of Thom Bouman from Fresh Design Elements. The European Format Stationery Mockup is ideal for presenting your designs to your client and showing off your work in your portfolio. Paste your design via smart layers and choose one of the 6 predefined compositions, or easily create your own by moving objects around. Select one of the 6 included seamless Wooden background Patterns and turn the spotlight on or off to fully customise the final scene.
In today’s Photoshop tutorial I’m going to show you a mix of filters and adjustments we can apply to a photograph to mimic the retro style airbrushed painted look associated with classic film posters. Imagine the poster art for original Star Wars trilogy, the Indiana Jones movies, and pretty much any action/adventure film from the 80s! They all feature incredibly life-like depictions of the the actors and characters, which are almost like photos, but they have a clear hand painted appearance with subtle brush strokes, outlining marks and quite high contrast with vibrant colours.
Last week I shared a tutorial showing how to create a retro text style using Adobe Illustrator. I had lots of fun producing that effect, so I’ve been busy crafting a number of additional colour combinations to create a collection of 10 free retro text styles for you to download. Apply them to your text elements with just a single click to produce a variety of colourful titles with faux-3D, halftone texturing and subtle shading effects.
Access All Areas members are being treated to more exclusive goods from RetroSupply today. The Irvington High vector brush pack is one of the latest additions to the lineup of RetroSupply products and has already received a great early response. It’s a mixed bag of 20 weird and useful Illustrator brushes with high school nostalgia. They’re great for adding textured shading to your illustrations, filling areas with colour, and adding distressing effects around the edges of your artwork.