Art Deco is an iconic design style from the 1920s that was recently given a new lease of life thanks to the movie The Great Gatsby. Geometric, angular shapes and symmetry are some of the key features of the art deco style, which produce some beautiful graphic designs when used as backgrounds, frames and patterns. In today’s tutorial we’ll use Illustrator to create a detailed art deco pattern, then we’ll switch over to Photoshop to polish it up with shiny brass metal effects.

The Great Gatsby art deco style frame

The design we’ll be creating in this tutorial is an intricate mix of angular lines to create a complex art deco style pattern. To really give it the extravagant Great Gatsby treatment we’ll use Photoshop to add realistic shiny metal and lighting effects. Use this tutorial to create frames and backgrounds for your art deco themed designs for classy wedding invitations, leaflets, business cards, etc.

It is possible to create geometric designs directly in Photoshop, but since Illustrator is designed specifically for working with vector shapes, why not make use of its powerful tools? Create a new Illustrator document and begin by drawing a horizontal and vertical line across the artboard. Use the Align panel to centre them to the Artboard to form a perfect cross.

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19 Comments

  1. Hey, it looks good! I better show this to my boss. Hope he gives the go-signal to sign up in order to download the file. The 1920’s were a really artistic era.

  2. Oooh! Nice one, Chris! I love the effect. Will bookmark this and go through on it when I get home. Awesome

  3. It seems like you always know exactly which techniques I am curious about. Keep up the good work.

  4. Hey man, this kind of tutorial should be on the video/youtube. Very hard to reading and doing that at the same time. Video would be nice.

  5. Great tutorial! I’ve used this technique for coffee-shop branding just for practice.

  6. Hey man, this kind of tutorial should be on the video/youtube. Very hard to reading and doing that at the same time. Video would be nice.

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