In today’s Photoshop tutorial we’re going to create a colourful 3D type effect, which is ideal for making fun lettering pieces or quote designs. We’ll start by creating a custom type layout using a ready-made font as a base, then I’ll show you the clever Photoshop “Step and Repeat” trick that produces the cool faux 3D appearance. Vibrant colours are used throughout to really brighten up the artwork, which are enhanced with shading effects using Photoshop Layer Styles. The whole design is then finished off with subtle texturing with grainy details.
The art style of early cartoons from the 1920s-1930s era is known as “Rubber Hose”. It refers to the bendy limbs of cartoon characters from Disney and Fleischer Studios, such as Felix the Cat, Betty Boop and early Mickey Mouse (or Steamboat Willie) and their associated antagonists. Other characteristics that give the cartoons of the silent era their distinctive look include black bodies with white faces, pie-shaped eyes, and four-fingered hands in white gloves. In today’s inspiration showcase I present 30 modern day character illustrations which are inspired by the art style of ’30s cartoons. See how those visual traits are incorporated to give the illustrations a familiar vintage appearance.
Access All Areas members have a brilliant set of Lightroom Presets to download this week, courtesy of NUUGraphics. These one-click presets give your photos a vintage antique look with interesting sepia, grain, and vignetting effects. The collection contains 20 ready-made presets compatible with Adobe Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic with installation instructions included. Each effect provides completely customisable settings and sliders that allow you full control over your final image.
Do you need some new fonts? Of course you do! This new Essential, Versatile Font Collection contains 16 pro-grade font families featuring a total of 253 individual fonts, reduced by a massive 98% discount to just $29 for a limited time only. This is a great opportunity to upgrade your font library with a range of new typefaces that you can call upon in your design projects for years to come. There’s a variety of font styles included, which makes the collection extremely versatile, providing you with a suitable type choice for whatever design challenge you might face.
Easily apply bold hand-drawn effects to your illustrations with my free pack of Marker Pen Brushes for Adobe Illustrator. Authentically sourced from real pens, these 24 brushes provide a variety of nib styles and sizes, ranging from thin outlining strokes to thick and messy scribbles. With just a single click you can give your clean and crisp vector paths the appearance of a handmade doodle with the subtle irregularities produced by ink bleeding into the paper.
In today’s Illustrator and Photoshop tutorial I’m going to take you through the process of creating a mid-century illustration, complete with distressed print effects. I’ll show you how to achieve the visual traits that give the artwork the appearance of a retro matchbook print, such as the use of limited colours, halftone shading, misregistration effects, and the all-important old paper texture that turns the clean and crisp vector illustration into a nostalgic cartoon that is full of character!