Low budget B-movies, exploitation films and slasher movies from the 50s, 60s & 70s have an iconic style that is often replicated by designers to pay tribute to this generation of cult film. Low quality print effects, dirt & grunge, hand brushed typography and plenty of blood splatters are all common features of this art style. In today’s post I showcase over 20 modern movie posters that have been designed with inspiration from these vintage horror films. They all perfectly capture the character of the originals using digital tools to mimic aged poster prints.
No matter what you’re working on, you can be sure that almost every project will require an image to be removed from its background! Sometimes it’s a breeze when professionally lit studio shots are provided, but it can get a little tricky when detailed backgrounds come into play. In today’s post I give an overview of a range of cutting out techniques that I’ve learned over the years and offer advice on when each method is best used.
There’s a certain style of art that really catches my attention in inspiration galleries where artists combine geometry and photography to produce striking images. I’m a big fan of using simple shapes to create interesting designs, but the combination with photos really helps create abstract artwork with intense colours and detail. Today’s showcase features 30 inspiring examples of this geometric photography trend, showing how collage style artwork can be created by chopping up an image into patterns and shapes.
I’ve featured loads of free stationery mockup templates in the past, which allow you to quickly generate realistic previews of how your corporate ID designs will look when produced as a complete range of printed products, but when designing a brand it’s also important to develop a persona around the logo. It can be difficult to express the brand’s character in just a small design though, so today’s roundup of free resources focuses on mockups with a specific theme. These PSDs allow you to mock up your designs as usual, but with the addition of complementing items that really enhance certain styles and themes.
Creating an artistic poster is one of the most fun projects a designer can work on. It’s especially satisfying when you have your hard work professionally printed into a physical poster, but this can be quite costly. You don’t have to spend all that money to see how your design would look freshly printed and mounted though, there’s a range of PSD mockup templates that simulate your design being presented as a framed print, wrapped canvas or even an outdoor billboard. In this post I round up 20 free Photoshop mockup templates that I’ve personally tried and tested, all of them have a special layer or Smart Object to place your own artwork to have it automatically mocked up.
Earlier this year I posted a showcase of inspiring art & designs that made use of cool overprint effects, so today I thought I’d talk a little about the process of using overprint in creative ways in your own print design projects. Read on to find out what overprint is and how you can use this technique to produce colourful overlapping effects in your prints.