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.
In today’s Adobe Illustrator tutorial I’m going to take you through the process of creating this cool type-based artwork that combines wavy distortions with 3D text effects. It’s ideal for creating interesting quote art or visually interesting poster designs. We’ll begin by applying the wavy distortion to the type, then I’ll show you how you can really enhance your text effects with Illustrator’s 3D tools. To turn the vector art into a grungy poster, we’ll finish it off with one of my photocopy textures from Spoon Graphics.
In today’s Adobe Photoshop tutorial I’m going to show you how to create hand lettering illustrations the easy way! This popular art style combines a silhouette graphic and a quote that is distorted and manipulated to fit within the outline of the surrounding shape. Usually, illustrations like this would be created by hand with pen and paper, but it takes some artistic skills to be able to plan and craft the image with no ‘undo’ button! This digital technique makes use of ready-made graphics, fonts, and textures to achieve the hand-made look, but with the added benefit of being able to tweak and adjust the layout until it looks just right.
Today’s tutorial is kind of a follow-on from my guide to creating custom camouflage patterns in Adobe Photoshop from back in 2019. In that previous tutorial I shared some useful techniques for creating a variety of camo pattern styles using nothing but Photoshop filters. All those camo patterns are comprised of random blobs and shapes, so this tutorial will focus on creating the more modern digital pattern styles that are made up of tiny pixel-like squares. Using a similar process, we can create disruptive digital camo patterns that can be regenerated with a random result every time. By modifying the colour scheme, we can even replicate modern-day military camouflage patterns such as the US Marines MARPAT camo, or the Canadian CADPAT.
In today’s Adobe Illustrator tutorial I’m going to take you through the process of creating a colourful gradient logo icon. I’ll show you how Illustrator’s shape tools make it easy to construct the basic vector design, then we’ll apply a vibrant colour scheme using gradients. The final result is a trendy vector logo icon with interlinking shapes and bright colour spectrums. Using these same techniques, you can create modern logo designs with all kinds of shapes and layouts.