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I received an email from a Spoon Graphics reader last week who wanted some advice for creating a striped type effect in Illustrator, citing a retro 70s style logo as an example. I was sure I’d created a similar effect in a recent tutorial, but it turned out to be the title art I produced for my Washed & Worn textures that I was thinking of. In today’s Adode Illustrator tutorial I’ll take you through my process of creating such artwork to produce a similar 70s inspired type style, then follow it up with an alternative process that has the advantage of preserving the live text.
In today’s video tutorial I’m going to take you through a process I’ve come up with for creating a mosaic tile effect, using a mix of Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. This kind of tiled effect has been quite trendy over recent years, made popular by Nick Misani and his ‘Fauxsaics‘ series, where he would produce illustrations of the place names he traveled to in the style of the kind of classic mosaic tile art found in hotel foyers and subway stations. Those Fauxsaics are painstakingly created by hand by drawing each individual tile, but my process uses the power of Adobe Illustrator to achieve a similar look. We’ll then transfer the art over to Photoshop to help boost the realism with texturing and the must-have pair of superimposed feet.
Corporate identity projects often involve producing print designs across a whole range of stationery products, each with a consistent visual appearance that reflects the overall brand image. It can be difficult presenting your work when all you have is a pile of flat image previews for each individual design file, especially if some items are double-sided prints. Mockup templates allow you to show off your designs as neatly photographed layouts as if they were physical prints fresh from the shop, without the need to compose and shoot the proofs yourself! The result is a stunning presentation of your design work, which is perfect for wooing clients or displaying the work in your portfolio. Check out these 40 mockup templates you can download for free, each featuring a unique layout of stationery items against a variety of backdrops.
Access All Areas members have a great collection of print design templates to download this week, courtesy of BrandPacks. These ready made poster, leaflet, business card and flyer templates all have a clean and stylish corporate theme, making them suitable for businesses in a variety of industries. Each template comes in print ready Photoshop and Illustrator variants with completely editable text in a neatly structured and well labelled document. All stock images are also included, making it easy to customise the design to create a complete set of printed stationery and promotional material.
There’s a myriad of art styles out there for designers to explore, but many of them remain out of reach due to time constraints. It’s just not feasible to learn a whole new craft in the middle of a project, but there are products available that provide the tools and assets you need to unlock new artistic styles and effects. The Inspiring Creator’s Artistic Bundle contains a variety of design resources, including fonts, illustrations, effects packs and complete toolkits that help you produce stunning original designs with ease. It’s currently discounted to just $29, making it a great opportunity to upgrade your arsenal with some best-selling creative products.