Topographic map patterns seem to be really popular at the moment with designers who are wanting to capture the trendy vintage outdoors style in their work. They’re made up of lots of thin contour lines which bend and warp to form interesting shapes, which makes them great for filling out the background of your designs with a subtle pattern. A few weeks ago I showed you how to create a contour map effect using Illustrator’s Blend tool, since then I’ve been busy playing around with loads of different topographic map styles to produce this free pack of seamless repeating patterns for you to download.
Geometric polygon backgrounds are proving to be very popular resources for all kinds of web and print projects. They’re great for filling out the background of websites and leaflets, or to add a splash of colour to flyer and stationery prints. I’ve been busy crafting a huge collection of 20 backgrounds each with different low-poly patterns and colour schemes for you to download for free! They’re all 3000x2000px at 300ppi making them large enough for both print and web designs.
As vintage style logos and emblems have become increasingly popular I’ve noticed the use of hand illustrated sunburst elements on all kinds of retro inspired designs, so I decided to play around and produce a set of my own to give out my readers. Download this free set of 10 illustrated light ray vectors to help when building your trendy vintage designs.
I’ve been busy playing around with various photo effects once again to produce another free pack of retro style Photoshop Actions. This latest set named RetroFilters contains 10 preconfigured Action files that will dramatically transform your photos with retro style effects inspired by classic 35mm film and processing techniques.
Halftone screen patterns are a key ingredient of retro design, but it can be difficult to find or create realistic screentone style resources. Photoshop and Illustrator can produce halftone effects, but the result is a series of perfectly formed circles which don’t look very antique at all and fail to capture that grungy rock poster vibe. I’ve manually created a collection of distressed halftone patterns by hand to achieve that authentic printed appearance. There’s 12 patterns in total, each varying in dot size and density to provide a range of texturing resources.
I literally risked my life to bring you this week’s texture pack and I have charred fingers to prove it! Grab this free set of high resolution burnt paper textures to incinerate your designs, perfect for giving pages an antique appearance or creating an old treasure map. Each burnt paper is available as a high resolution JPEG or a PNG file with transparency. With a few simple steps you can overlay these textures onto your designs and create a realistic burnt edge effect.