In today’s Adobe Illustrator tutorial I’m going to show you how to create a geometric pattern using tessellating triangle shapes with a randomised colour scheme. This detailed mosaic effect is ideal for adding colourful backgrounds to your designs, or even as interesting abstract poster art. I’ll share a secret that helps to dramatically speed up the process by randomly adding colour fills to each shape automatically, and keep watching to see how this pattern can be processed to seamlessly repeat across an infinite area.
I recently came across the website Junk Type, which is a compilation of nostalgic labels and packaging designs from various antique household products. Seeing all those old brand logos gave me the inspiration to make my own, so in this tutorial I’ll take you through the process of creating a retro logo design for the fictional brand ‘Hard Graft Elbow Grease’. Many of those original logos contained the brand name within a geometric shape, so we’ll use Illustrator’s type and shape tools to construct a similar layout. After decades of wear and tear those old product boxes are aged and damaged, so watch until the end to discover some additional techniques to add distressed effects to your design to give it a true retro look in both Photoshop and Illustrator.
In today’s video tutorial I’m going to share some useful techniques for creating a glowing effect in Photoshop to make objects appear as if they are illuminated. I’ll be applying the effect to the antlers of a deer in this example to create a surreal fantasy image, but the same process can be used to add lighting effects to all kinds of objects within a scene.
In today’s Photoshop tutorial I’m going to show you how to create a ‘speed lines’ text effect. This tutorial is an alternative to my original Speed Lines Type Effect tutorial for Adobe Illustrator from back in 2017. In that video, I showed how Illustrator’s shape building tools helped to add the fast movement lines, but I actually found this method for Adobe Photoshop to be much easier. The result isn’t a vector lettering illustration, but the use of Photoshop does give us the opportunity to easily add texturing effects.
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.
In today’s Adobe Illustrator tutorial I’m going to share some tips and techniques for creating vintage badge logos. This popular design style is based on the way brand identities were created in previous centuries, with hand-lettered layouts that clearly described the company, unlike modern logo designs of today that are condensed into a simple icon graphic. I’ll show you how Illustrator’s vector tools can help you create interesting vintage-style logos, combining text effects and shapes to build the layout. My artwork will be based on a fictional 19th-century denim workwear brand called Hamilton, similar to the early days of Levis or Carhartt, but this vintage style has become popular for all kinds of logos, packaging and T-shirt designs.