Access All Areas members have a great collection of vector textures to download this week, courtesy of GhostlyPixels. These 10 Wood Grit Distortions feature a variety of finely detailed textures, isolated with transparent backgrounds. Each texture is supplied as infinitely scalable AI & EPS files, as well as huge 8000x6000px PNG images, making them extremely versatile assets you can use as backgrounds or within layer masks to create all kinds of bold texturing effects.
In today’s tutorial I share my process of designing a business card and highlight some important considerations when designing for print. It’s super important that you get things like bleed, color mode and resolution right when you’re creating your artwork, otherwise you might end up having your files rejected by the printer, having to start again from scratch or even worse, receiving hundreds of prints back that look nothing like your design!
In today’s Adobe Illustrator tutorial I’m going to share some useful techniques for creating a vintage style engraved text effect just like the illustrations you see on paper money or banknotes. By applying transformations and effects using Illustrator’s Appearance panel we can preserve the live text, rather than have to first outline the text into shapes, which means it can’t then be edited. Using this same technique, you can combine various colours and effects to craft a variety of retro and vintage text styles, just like my free download of Retro Text Effect Graphic Styles for Adobe Illustrator.
It’s the Design Cuts birthday event this week, and to celebrate they’re running a spectacular discount on all their top design resource products. Over 230 of the greatest fonts, brushes, illustrations, mockups, patterns, and toolkits are half-price for a limited time. This is a fantastic opportunity to effectively build your own bundle of all the specific items you want, fill your cart with as many incredible resources as you can while the offer lasts!
The key to creating authentic looking vintage artwork–whether it’s logos, packaging, or T-shirt designs–is selecting the perfect font combinations that represent the lettering style from previous centuries. The typeface featured in this roundup aren’t just individual fonts, they are collections of several font styles that perfectly complement each other. Each set contains a vintage brush script, plus other supporting typefaces in various serif and sans-serif styles, providing you with an all-in-one kit that eliminates the problem of having to find font pairs that work together.
Access All Areas members have a wonderful new design resource product for Procreate to download this week, courtesy of Nicole from iPad Calligraphy. The Pencils and Paint Texture Kit for Procreate contains over 100 vibrant textures to bring colour and energy to your designs. Authentically sourced from real art materials, these textures will save you hours of changing colours for each stroke or searching for that perfect brush to achieve a realistic result. Created to take special advantage of the ‘warp tool’ in Procreate. Previously only achievable in Photoshop or 3D software, it is now possible to create this authentic paint streaked look straight on your iPad from Procreate.