Download my collection of botanical garden illustrations for free to add vintage flower graphics to your artwork. These kinds of botanical drawings are commonly used as poster prints, home decor and rustic card & invitation designs. Usually vintage illustrations like this are sourced from antique prints, but I harnessed the cutting-edge power of AI technology to generate these floral illustrations from scratch. By giving prompts to replicate the style of those original botanical illustrations from centuries past, these computer-generated graphics have similar colours, compositions and detailed shading styles. Just don’t rely on them to identify any plant species!
Light leaks were once an unwanted flaw when shooting with low quality analogue cameras, but now the colourful diffusions are a popular addition to modern digital photos to give them a nostalgic, retro look. My free set of light leak photo overlays contains 15 high-resolution 3000x2000px, 300ppi graphics that you can paste over your photograph using any image editing software that supports blending modes. By changing the layer to Screen, the black background is rendered transparent to enhance your image with colourful highlights.
I love adding dirty textures to my designs to eliminate the clean digital appearance of computer-generated artwork. My new set of Dirty Surface Textures has been created from layers and layers of real surface grime to help you add authentic dirt effects with intricate details to your work, which just can’t be replicated with built-in Photoshop filters alone. They’re great for adding dirty backgrounds to your designs, overlaying over photos and images, or applying to layer masks to distress your artwork.
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 recently discovered a fantastic collection of Daguerreotype photographs from the mid-1800s in the public domain, which I’ve transformed into the perfect tools for producing vintage photo effects. I picked the most deteriorated images from over 800 scans and photoshopped out the main subject to leave just the texture of the tarnished metal plate. They are all over 2500px in size with a high resolution of 300ppi and feature a variety of natural stains, scratches and scuffs that will give your modern digital images the authentic appearance of an antique photograph.
I used to love drawing my own treasure maps as a boy, especially the tea-staining stage which transformed my doodled piece of white paper into an antique parchment. I’ve been reliving that childhood experience by producing a toolkit for Adobe Illustrator which helps you construct your own treasure map digitally, using a range of vector assets to plot a route to buried treasure on a fantasy island. Download my free Treasure Map Maker to create fun artwork for party invitations, storybook imagery, wall art and more. It includes vector graphics, brushes and patterns that can be quickly combined to build a fictional landscape.