The finishing touch to any retro or vintage themed design is to apply a series of adjustments that replicate the aesthetics of the low-cost printing methods that were used for old magazine, comic and matchbook prints. Ink bleed, misregistration and visible halftone dot patterns are all side-effects of cheap offset printing on cheap paper stock, but those visual traits that were once defects from the printing process are now desired effects to give modern artwork the appearance of a retro print. With my FREE Bad Print Effects Action for Adobe Photoshop, you can turn your crisp digital designs into nostalgic retro prints with the click of a button!
I have created plenty of brushes and textures based on halftone dots previously on Spoon Graphics, but halftone lines are a fantastic alternative pattern that can add detailed retro effects to your artwork. This new collection of free halftone lines textures features 10 high-resolution graphics with a distressed appearance, made of evenly spaced diagonal lines at a 45-degree angle. The halftone screens were generated from heavily decayed texture images, so each pattern is unique with an array of line widths. Every texture is supplied as a standard JPG and PNG file with a transparent background for maximum versatility and compatibility with all kinds of image editing applications.
Easily add ink stamp texture effects to your logos, lettering and illustrations with the help of my new FREE Ink Stamp Texturizer. This Smart PSD for Adobe Photoshop automatically applies all the adjustments and effects. All you have to do is edit the Smart Object layer and paste in your own artwork, then hit Save. You can then choose from 10 ink stamp textures to customise the amount of distressed texturing that is applied to the design.
My latest collection of textures has undergone some extensive processing to produce a set of versatile resources that can be used across a wide range of projects. A series of photographs of rust were first equalised to bring out the tiny details, then smoothed to produce an array of speckles with a choice of heavy to light texturing. The hard edges of typical texture files can limit their use, so these speckle textures all smoothly fade out with no abrupt lines. Then, to allow for maximum compatibility and ease-of-use, two sets of PNG files were exported with white and transparent backgrounds.
Stippling is a classic technique to add shading and colour to an illustration. Depending on the density of the dots, stippling can be used to fill areas or create gradient effects that fade out, while adding interesting stylistic and texturing effects to your work. Traditionally, stippling would be produced by manually placing each and every dot with the nib of a pen, but with this free pack of Photoshop brushes, you can quickly paint thousands of dots across your artwork. With these 8 brush tips featuring varying dot spread and densities, you can easily apply a light scattering or a heavy fill with no repetitive pattern.
Many of the Photoshop Brush packs I’ve created have just been configured as single-click brushes to stamp a texture into your artwork. Recently I’ve been experimenting with more advanced brush settings that allow the brush to be painted with, using continuous motions and varying pressure with a pen tablet. My new set of Grain Shader Brushes for Adobe Photoshop makes it easy to add shading and texturing to your illustrations. Choose from 10 brush presets with different levels of grain, then build up the texture and tone exactly where you want it within your artwork.