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October 01 2011

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September 26 2011

15:18

September 23 2011

12:44

September 08 2011

18:21

August 27 2011

17:13

Freebie Friday: 5 Dirty Vintage Paper Brushes

Hi everyone, we apologize for being a day late with this, but I’ve got a highly useful and versatile set of brushes for you today. These 2500px brushes will instantly add some great surface and personality to your designs. They work great as complimentary elements or standalone backgrounds. If you like these brushes, be sure to check out my dirty paper texture pack over at Valleys In The Vinyl. Enjoy!

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July 16 2011

14:30

July 12 2011

06:44

A Collection of Retro & Vintage Design Resources

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As summer hits and gets underway, many are drawn back to those summer days of our youth. Memories of summer breaks filled with vacation from school, home, and many other places or responsibilities get us in a sort of retrospective mindset. It is with that theme in hand that we have compiled this bountiful resource post for our readers in a retro frame of mind.

Designers dive right in to this collection that is positively overflowing with vintage styled design goodies just waiting to be added into your next design project. From PS brushes to patterns to icons and so much more, this post has got it all! Literally! Well, not literally, but close. So get your toolbox open and ready to add in some design resources that take you back a few decades in style. Enjoy!

Photoshop Brushes

Vintage Ornament & Handwriting Brushes

Vintagewriting in A Collection of Retro & Vintage Design Resources

240 Retro Dynamic Brushes

Retrobrushes in A Collection of Retro & Vintage Design Resources

Retro Diagonals
Retrodiagonals in A Collection of Retro & Vintage Design Resources

80′s Kunfu Brushes

Kungfu80s in A Collection of Retro & Vintage Design Resources

Retro Flower Brushes

Retroflowers in A Collection of Retro & Vintage Design Resources

11 Sketchy Retro Photoshop Brushes

Sketchyretro in A Collection of Retro & Vintage Design Resources

Retro Abstract Circles

Retroabstractcircles in A Collection of Retro & Vintage Design Resources

UK Stamps

Ukstamps in A Collection of Retro & Vintage Design Resources

Newspaper Ads From The 60s

60snewspaper in A Collection of Retro & Vintage Design Resources

14 High Resolution Assorted Maps

Vintagemaps in A Collection of Retro & Vintage Design Resources

Icons

Smashing Retro Icon Set

Smashingretroicons in A Collection of Retro & Vintage Design Resources

Retro Vector Icons

Retrovectoricons in A Collection of Retro & Vintage Design Resources

Retro Candy: Free Icon Set

Retrocandy in A Collection of Retro & Vintage Design Resources

Retro Toys: A Free Icon Set

Vintagetoys in A Collection of Retro & Vintage Design Resources

Textures

Retro Wallpaper Textures

Vintagewallpapertexture in A Collection of Retro & Vintage Design Resources

6 large retro textures

Vintageretrotextures in A Collection of Retro & Vintage Design Resources

Vintage Textures and Backgrounds

Vintagetextures in A Collection of Retro & Vintage Design Resources

Colored Vintage Paper

Coloredvintagepaper in A Collection of Retro & Vintage Design Resources

28 High-Res Vintage Postal Textures

Vintageletters in A Collection of Retro & Vintage Design Resources

Vintage Wallpaper Urban Decay

Vintagegrungewallpaper in A Collection of Retro & Vintage Design Resources

Patterns

Free Seamless Vector Pattern – Vintage Velvet

Ornatepattern in A Collection of Retro & Vintage Design Resources

Seamless Retro Vectors

Retroseamlesspattern in A Collection of Retro & Vintage Design Resources

Retro Set 4

Retropatterns in A Collection of Retro & Vintage Design Resources

Pink Petals Seamless Photoshop Pattern

Pinkpettals in A Collection of Retro & Vintage Design Resources

Free Vector and Pixel Pattern – Antique Engraved

Antiqueengrave in A Collection of Retro & Vintage Design Resources

More Resources

Retro Splash Photoshop Action

Retrosplash in A Collection of Retro & Vintage Design Resources

1985 – A Free Vector Pack of Your Favourite 80s Icons

1985 in A Collection of Retro & Vintage Design Resources

Matchbook Typefaces

Matchbookfont in A Collection of Retro & Vintage Design Resources

35 Retro Photoshop Gradients

Retrogradients in A Collection of Retro & Vintage Design Resources

Vector Pack: Tres

Tres in A Collection of Retro & Vintage Design Resources

Vintage: A Free WordPress Theme

Vintagewptheme in A Collection of Retro & Vintage Design Resources

41 Custom Photoshop Shapes

Retroshapes in A Collection of Retro & Vintage Design Resources

Tutorials

How To Create a Retro Style Superman Book Cover

Supermantut in A Collection of Retro & Vintage Design Resources

Create a Retro Pop Art in Photoshop

Retropoptut in A Collection of Retro & Vintage Design Resources

Create a Retro Urban Gig Poster in Photoshop

Urbangigtut in A Collection of Retro & Vintage Design Resources

Design a Retro Styled Poster

Retropostertut in A Collection of Retro & Vintage Design Resources

Quick Tutorial: Create a Reusable Retro Type Treatment

Retrotypetreatment in A Collection of Retro & Vintage Design Resources

Illustrator Tutorial: Vector Retro Television

Retrotvtut in A Collection of Retro & Vintage Design Resources

Create Vintage and Grungy Digital Art Work in Photoshop

Highvoltage in A Collection of Retro & Vintage Design Resources

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July 05 2011

18:28

Free Texture Tuesday: Vintage Book Covers

I found these vintage book cover textures laying around on my hard drive the other day, going unshared. I think they were leftovers from a previous set a couple of years ago, but I thought they are useful enough to share with you guys. Hopefully they’ll help add a little vintage flair to your designs. Enjoy!

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July 01 2011

19:25

Freebie Friday: Vintage Balloon Vectors

Today’s freebie comes from our fine friends at VintageVectors.com. They’ve provided us with an awesome set of vintage balloon and airship illustrations that were carefully converted to vector format. They perfect for illustration work or adding a little vintage flair to your website.

Make sure you check out more of the quality vintage vectors over at VintageVectors, they’re free and ready to be utilized in your designs. Enjoy!


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March 26 2011

18:43

Threadless + Steven Allen Pattern Design Challenge: Using Seamless

Threadless, well known for it's community-designed, community-picked (aka "scored") t-shirt designs, is partnering up with Steven Alan for a fun, Fall Pattern Design Challenge. We LOVE Threadless because they empower artists and create portholes of success, no matter who you are or where you are at in your art career/hobby. In turn, this produces a wide range of awesomely unique clothing for the rest of us to wear.

Steven Alan is a native New Yorker and has been a leader in the fashion world on many different levels. His first collection of menswear stamped out what he is most recognized for in the fashion industry - the reverse seam shirt, a unique twist on the classic button down, but with the worn, comfy fit of your favorite oldie-but-a-goodie (with a bit of fashion sense). His style is strongly vintage-based with smart little twists of the contemporary world.

The Fall Pattern Design Challenge is centered around creating a pattern to be designed for a Steven Alan product in time for 2011 NYC Fashion Week's "Fashion's Night Out" on September 8th.

Design AND Template your Seamless Pattern all from COLOURlovers.com

We have some amazingly talented COLOURlovers who would be more than qualified to enter this challenge. COLOURlovers has made it a breeze to submit your custom design to the contest with the Threadless Template Maker.

YOU CAN DESIGN BOTH YOUR PATTERN AND TEMPLATES STRAIGHT FROM COLOURlovers!

FIRST, come up with a great patten design concept that will work with the Steven Alan brand.

SECOND, Click on the link, Threadless Template (see below image) to apply YOUR pattern to the template files needed for the contest.

Now you will see your pattern in the template files. You can work with scaling your pattern to the size you feel best portrays your pattern on the clothing templates.

As you can see, the above image shows my pattern scaled to the largest size and the image below shows it scaled to the smallest size. Pretty amazing stuff right?

You only get to preview it live on the Oxford Template. But it will help you decide visually what is going to look good. You can easily download the other templates that will be the size on the live preview. See the boxer shorts (below) and the Women's Dress (below that)...

I decided I liked the larger print for the Women's Dress (see image below). The contest does not require you to stay with the same scaling on the different products, which makes it fun to try a more bold size on another template if your pattern suites it.

So after you've settled on a proper size or sizes, get your templates downloaded (Oxford Shirt, Women's Dress and Boxer Shorts) to your computer for submission. Yes, you still have to upload the files and fill out the submission form. Nicer yet, the handy dandy Threadless Template maker gives you the proper 900 x 475 pixel JPEG to upload.

THIRD, submit away! It's suggested to give your design a catchy title because it'll help sell your design to the community. And do make sure to read all the details on artwork file preparation, etc.

Steven Alan Inspiration Resources

Remember, this is for his Fall line and probably best to give it some vintage love; not to sway your artistic direction or anything. Aside from perusing Steven Alan's website, www.stevenalan.com, other sources of inspiration can be found. Check out this production for his Spring 2011 line. I love the soundtrack ("ELEVEN "It'll Rain" by the Skeletons) which talks about memories and things (hint hint - vintage).

Steven Alan Spring 2011 Video: Mixed Doubles from Steven Alan on Vimeo.

Vintage Inspirational Patterns & Palettes from our own COLOURlovers Community

The colors might be mixed up a bit for more of a Fall-Winter, but most of these I think would really portray well on the Steven Alan line.

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Vintage_FloralVintage_Valentine

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Vintage_VersaillesVersailles_Vintage

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Cowboy_HeartsDesert_Foundation

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There are so many great patterns and colors by COLOURlovers that would work for this contest, I'd love to see your ideas. Paste badges in the comments if you find some must see ones.

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December 22 2010

00:45

Free Texture Tuesday: Retro Wallpaper 2

This week I’ve got some more retro wallpaper textures for everyone. These are some really old pieces of wallpaper from a friends warehouse. These would be nice to add something extra to an already neat background. (You can click on the images and get the full size ones from Flickr)

Free Texture Tuesday: Retro Wallpaper 2

Free Texture Tuesday: Retro Wallpaper 2

Free Texture Tuesday: Retro Wallpaper 2

Free Texture Tuesday: Retro Wallpaper 2

Free Texture Tuesday: Retro Wallpaper 2

December 01 2010

10:00

50 Incredible Vintage and Retro Photoshop Tutorials

Vintage_retro_photoshop_tutorialsDo you love 1900’s all the way to 1980’s style or forget about  these vintage years even you’re in 2000’s? Nostalgic and old-fashioned look and feel in your design is one way to create the vintage and retro–inspired designs that you wanted. Mixtures of rich colors, grunge elements and various textures will make the perfect vintage and retro design for you.

In this post, I’ll be presenting 50 incredible vintage and retro photoshop tutorials for 2010.

1. Create a Funky Retro Wavy Text Effect in Photoshop

We are going to create a retro-colored psychedelic background, which we are then going to apply to some text. The purpose of this tutorial is to learn how to mask out an image so that it just shows through the editable text, making it friendlier to modifications later on. We will also work with layering textures to create a grungy retro background.

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2. Make a Retro-Space Typography Poster with Colorful Lights

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a stunning and high-impact retro-style typography poster that’s out of this world.

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3. Design a Retro Styled Poster

Learn how to combine patterns, textures and typography to create a retro styled poster. You will also learn how to manipulate shapes and images, in addition to integrating blending options and layer masking.

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4. How To Create a Retro Apple Wallpaper in Photoshop

Follow these simple steps in Photoshop to create an homage to Apple, combining the retro striped Apple logo with a range of soft grungy textures to produce a detailed design with subtle touches of colour and tone.

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5. Design a Colorful Retro Futuristic Poster in Photoshop

The theme of retro futurism combines digitally created graphics and abstract shapes with distressed and aged textures, giving that cool mix of old and new. Let’s take a look at how to create our own bright and colourful retro futuristic poster in Photoshop, using dynamic lines, vibrant gradients and rough textures to build up the design layer after layer.

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6. Design a Retro Summer Poster Illustration

This tutorial will cover some really cool illustration techniques, exploring Photoshop’s vector capabilities as well as playing with textures and selection methods.

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7. Create a Mock-Retro Poster Concept

This tutorial will teach you how to design a mock-retro poster. Learn how to manipulate photos and achieve a grungy, textured look.

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8. Super Cool Retro Poster in 10 Steps in Photoshop

So in this tutorial I will show you how to create a very cool poster in just 10 steps. We will use Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, but you may use other tools

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9. Design a Retro Futurism Space Scene

Learn how to design a retro-futuristic space scene, using a variety of lighting effects and photo manipulation.

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10. Create a retro grunge typographic poster in Photoshop

After so many days of inspirational article writing, I have come up with another of my typographic tutorials. I was searching for some inspiration in deviant art and balance when I stumbled upon a rather, good-looking typographic art.

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11. Retro Wallpaper Photoshop Tutorial

Get inspired by this great looking retro poster in this great Photoshop tutorial thanks to UBL Tuts.

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12. Create a Stunning Retro Futuristic Typography

In this tutorial, we will learn some really cool techniques to help us achieve a few aspects of Retro Futurism. We will be learning a lot of concepts, tips and tricks in Illustrator. We all also learn how to add the futuristic look using Photoshop.

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13. How to Make a Worn Vintage Beach Ad in Photoshop

In this Photoshop tutorial, I’ll show you how to create a worn out, low-saturation-colored vintage beach ad in Photoshop. We’ll use some beginner to intermediate level techniques such as the usage of brushes, editing colors, using filters, masking and a whole lot more!

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14. Tutorial: Create A Retro Cosmic Design in Photoshop

This tutorial will teach you how to recreate the Retro Cosmic designs made popular by James White of Signalnoise. All you need is a copy of Photoshop and some time on your hands. In this particular example we’re going to create a retro cosmic rainbow but the techniques explained can be used in combination with any shape and colour.

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15. Create A Retro Typography Design

In this tutorial you will learn how to create a retro typography design, you will learn the basics of typography and shape making in Photoshop CS3

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16. Creating the new retro

In this tutorial I will show you how to create, a retro grunge Apple wallpaper, in Photoshop, just by following this 5 simple and easy steps. We will be combining Apple stripe logo with nice grunge texture and grunge brushes to create this beautiful wallpaper.

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17. Creating the new retro

The two keys to this tutorial are to experiment and to have fun. There is no single, linear way to achieve this composition when so many variables are at work, so each small alteration can throw other elements into flux. I will offer you some guidelines and pointers, but it will ultimately be up to you.

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18. Retro Modernist Poster Design with 3D Typography

In this tutorial, you’re going to learn how to create a vintage, retro-modernist poster in Photoshop. You’ll also learn some vintage coloring techniques, retro photo effects, and some cool 3d typographic effects. You’ll also need Adobe Illustrator to create vector paths that will then be imported into 3ds max. This won’t be a typical step by step tutorial, but more of a walk through of how I created this poster for a real client.

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19. Create a Retro Design Poster in Photoshop

In this tutorial you will learn how to create a retro style poster. This is not an advance tutorial but you should have basic knowledge of Photoshop.

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20. Create a Texture Based Vintage TV Poster in Photoshop

This tutorial will teach you how to create a Texture Based Vintage TV Poster using some paper and grunge textures. You’ll also learn some new tricks using the Wave and Motion Blur Filters.

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21. Create an Abstract Retro-Pop Wallpaper

this tutorial, I’ll show you how to create a beautiful, vibrant, Retro-Pop abstract wallpaper. You’ll also learn how to add some wonderful texture to your designs and make some abstract shapes!

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22. Amazing Retro Rainbow Curves

this tutorial, I’ll show you how to design some amazing vector based Retro Rainbow Curves using Adobe Photoshop. These retro artifacts have become a popular trend in modern design!

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23. Design a Stylish Retro Game Boy Poster in Photoshop

This tutorial will walk you through the process of creating a vector Nintendo Gameboy in Illustrator and then using it to produce a cool retro poster in Photoshop.

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24. Creating a Space-Helmeted Future Retro Illustration

I’m going to call it Future Retro for the sake of this tutorial.

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25. How to Create a Retro Boxing Poster in Photoshop

Creating a retrograde look is nothing new, but there are some things to keep an eye out for when mimicking Graphic Design from any decades past. We’ll be drawing inspiration from Poster Design from the 1960s, particularly Boxing Posters from that era. Let’s get started!

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26. Creating an Awesome Retro Collage

In this complex and long tutorial, we will be making this abstract photo collage. Lots of images are used with exciting effects. Along the way, you will be using different blend modes, filters and some advanced adjustment layer techniques.

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27. Retro Geometric Vectors in Space with Illustrator and Photoshop

In this tutorial I will show you how to create an abstract image for a poster using Illustrator and Photoshop. We will do all the vectors and shades in Illustrator then in Photoshop we’ll give to the image a nice retro style using some textures and brushes.

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28. Create a Retro Pop Art in Photoshop

We will be using Keeley Hazell image again for this Retro Pop Art tutorial.

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29. Create a Retro Photo and Background

In this tutorial we are going to take a regular, boring photo and liven it up using with some effects to give it more of a retro feel to it. We are then going to take the photo and create a background for it to lie on.

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30. Creating A Retro Grunge Poster

This tutorial is an ad on from the Poster article the other day, we will create a Retro/Grunge style poster using the pen tool some textures and playing with text to make it look more retro.

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31. Craft a Vintage Fifties Letter

In this tutorial, I go over how to create a fifties love letter with stamps, bent corner, and a retro border using the brush engine, rectangle tool, layer styles, blend modes, and several intermediate techniques that are sure to propel you skills to the next level.

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32. Creating A Cool Vintage Collage Design In Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a retro-style design or vintage collage style. We will use images from old ads, handwritten texts, patterns, and other things to give to our design a vintage look.

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33. How to Design a Rockin’ 80’s Party Poster

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to design a poster for an 80′s anthem party. Throughout this tutorial, we’ll create some textures for background, manipulate a photo to give it a stylish look, and make some color variations. Let’s jump into this super rad tutorial.

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34. Hot Chick on a Muscle Car

In this tutorial we’ll fuse an image of a Muscle Car and an image of a Hot Chick into one cool retro postcard design. Learn some brush, texture, and layer techniques to create a classic image everyone wants to get ahold of.

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35. Gigposter Design: The New Sex

So we’re going to make a gig poster! Subject matter: Deftones and The Fall of Troy in Cleveland, Ohio at the House of Blues on May 30th.

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36. Photoshop Serigraphs

Serigraphs are silkscreen prints that, in the hands of artists such as Andy Warhol, Michael Schwab and Antonio Reboiro, can be exciting, colorful, high-contrast images. We’ll use Photoshop to create a serigraph-like look to a photograph.

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37. Super Retro Game Cartridge Design

in this tutorial I will show you how to create a very easy, but really cool, 3D and geometric effect in Photoshop. After that, we will go a bit further and create our own retro Atari-style video game cartridge.

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38. Mix Cool Retro Curves Into Your Photographs

In this tutorial, I show you how to mix cool retro geometric shapes into your photos.

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In this tutorial we’ll learn how to create a retro sunflower poster in Photoshop. We’ll use custom brushes, multiple images, different blending modes and applying different Photoshop techniques.

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40. Retro Lighting – Ford Mustang

I get inspired by retro magazines and 70’s lifestyle. My works are powerful, stylish and full of bright colours. I love to work with vectors, I think vectors can create amazing images with a clear and modern look.

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41. Retro Text

Retro Text and Video Layers Retro text like this looks great but isn’t easy to create in Photoshop alone so here we use a mix of Photoshop and Illustrator, raster and vector to create some unique text. The second part of this tutorial explains video layers, something which is relatively new to most people. The final result will be an animated image that could be used for a web header.

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42. How to Quickly Create a Stylish Retro Text Effect

In this tutorial we will be designing a cool retro text effect, which is growing more and more popular in today’s design. Today you will learn how to use the Perspective tool to create depth and how designers can use default gradients in unusual ways!

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43. How to Make a Planet Terror Style Poster in Photoshop

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44. Create A Simple And Effective Retro Logo With a Soft Grunge Background

Today I want to explain a super-simple way to create a nice retro logo with an appropriate background. The final result, that you can see below, is adaptable for many uses in your web design works.
This tutorial aims to improve quality/time ratio, a decent design in few minutes (approximately 10-15 minutes).

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45. Creating a Stunning Old-World Look in Photoshop

In this tutorial, we are going to create a sort of old-world composition featuring a compass and making use of some awesome vector artwork from Arsenal.

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46. Create a Wicked-Worn Vintage Pop Art Design

I’ll show you how to design a simple but nice vintage pop art piece with some wear and tear. This is a basic to intermediate tutorial, so you don’t need to be a guru to work with this effect and get an awesome result!

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47. Create Vintage Traveler Diary in Photoshop

In this reader tutorial Nikola Lazarevic aka Colaja from Nis, Serbia will show us how to create a very stylish vintage traveler diary in Photoshop. We will mix brushes with stock photos and blend modes to achieve the effect.

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48. Designing a Typographic Concept Poster

In this tutorial I will take you through a few steps that will show you how I created a poster design.

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49. Create a Vinyl Record with Retro Photo Sticker in Photoshop

In this tutorial we will go through the few steps to create a vinyl record and design a retro sticker for the same.

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50. How to make a Typographic, Retro, Space Face

In this tutorial, I will show you how to make a typographic face by using simple techniques. Using the Brush Tool and experimenting with light, you will get this amazing Typographic Space Face that looks like it’s created by letters and an amazing explosion.

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November 17 2010

18:47

New Baby, New Room: Handmade Coastal Blue Vintage Dreamland

I spied this wonderful baby room back in July from a spectacular photographer we have featured on our COLOURlovers Wedding channel before in Creative Engagement: "Pushing Daises". Thanks again to Jordan Weiland for letting us feature another and yet, more personal piece of photography. This is her daughter, Autumn's room.

So much creativity was put in to this and yet it remains simple. I like the mix of vintage and modern with a little splash of imagination pieced here and there. I even love the blue, even though it's for a little girl. I always consider blue sort of a depressing wall colour, but this room has completely changed my mind on that. With the additions of some sunny yellow, warm furniture-brown and a hint of raspberry-red specs here and there - it all pulls together nicely.

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Rather than simply regurgitate this post from Jordan's blog (here: "Autumn's Room"), I've gathered a few more snippets of information on what was used and links to where you can get things similar to what was used in this room.


I can't say it enough, I love love love the blue in this room!

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Jordan used the colour Coastal Surf by Behr paint obtained from Home Depot (you can order a sample online here). As for the Harlequin Diamonds, she looked up how to do that online. Here is one tutorial for creating that diamond pattern on your wall by wallstory.wordpress.com.

Jordan also said that she hand-painted the white tree, yellow flowers and birds herself. From a few inspiration pieces she sketched and painted it. If you're not so crafty, you can also use pre-made wall decals from a variety of vendors: DaliDecals.com, blik or even a 'wall decals' search on Etsy will return fabulous results with shops like singlestonestudios' & NouWall, all selling great  designs.

The yellow owl (left) was purchased at Urban Outfitters. You can get in two colours yellow and light blue - Owl "Lantern" from Urban Outfitters. I came across this vintage Owl "lamp" on Etsy.com that almost looks like the Urban Outfitters one was modeled after. On a side, owl-related shopping note, I spied this way cute wooden owl wall hanging there too. The Owl Bank (right) was a great find at a thrift store. I did a quick search for an "owl bank" in Etsy's vintage section and got quite a few good results. I like the idea of a first "piggy" bank in a new baby's room.

The "Z-Z-Z's" are another cute element to the room appropriately placed above the crib. Jordan's mom gave her the Z's some time ago and she added the ribbon. I recently did a Halloween post that covers how-to make a hanging sign on the COLOURlovers HOME channel that could easily be applied to make your own hanging Z's. With a little ribbon, cardboard, glue and glitter you'll have your own in no time OR there is (drum-roll please) always Etsy. The best resource on earth! I loved this bunting banner by SignsOfVintage. There are endless crafters on Etsy who offer an array of banners for baby rooms. I just searched "baby room banner" in "Handmade". As always, you can always ask an Etsy crafter if they would be willing to custom make you something if you have something you want specifically.

Jordan got the old birdcage from her mom and made a lamp out of it with a kit from Lowes for about $15. I found a good resource for some cool birdcages that are actually pretty inexpensive from Save-On-Crafts.com. You could always paint it with a crackle or rough it up after to give it a chipped look. Here are some extra ideas on making the lamp itself - robomargo.com has some really creative assemblages and said they got their kit from IKEA for $10.

The shelves for the books are called Frame Shelves and are from IKEA. The rocker was a find that she painted yellow. I'm completely in love with the crocheted monsters which were homemade by a friend of hers. Here are some adorable owls from Pottery Barn that would be a cute addition if you were going with that theme. And of course as always, I did some Etsy digging and found these monsters by user CreaturesAndCritters and some other cute animals by user MsPremiseConclusion. I'm sure you could also contact either with pictures of a monster you would like to have made for a custom handmade item.

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One of Jordan's friends gave her this blanket with her daughter's name all over it. If you can't find a name already in print like this, you can easily order custom fabric from Spoonflower.com, a partner of COLOURlovers. Using COLOURlovers' pattern maker Seemless you can simply create your own pattern with letters like the one above with Autumn's name and send if straight from COLOURlovers to Spoonflower - and like magic, you have your own custom lettered material. I designed a "George" and a "MANDEE" patterns using Seemless. If you want even more control over the lettering and design, you can make your design using any graphics software and upload directly to Spoonflower. It's pretty addicting.

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Jordan's Aunt had knitted the dog on the left and the baby shoes were her dad's, Autumn's Grandpa, when he was a baby. The Owl Hook ($20) was from Anthropologie.com .

Overall, I love the incorporation of all the handmade and previously owned items throughout this room. I can appreciate all the specially selected pieces and decor chosen for little Autumn's new room. Thank you to Jordan for sharing all your hard work, creativity and new little blessing with us. Congratulations!

All photos taken and provided by Jordan Weiland Photography copyright 2010

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November 07 2010

10:00

Holy Grail: 400+ of Outstanding Textures For Vintage Style Designs

Who said that designs cannot be old in time? This is one of the inspiration of designers to have, to go back in time and look back on what designs they are missing.  Vintage designs are really great in terms of the texture and element that cannot be found in modern designs. You can achieve the vintage look by the mixtures  of different images that are layered through image editor like Photoshop or through ready-made Photoshop vintage brushes.

In this article, I’ll be featuring awesome vintage style textures and vintage brushes.

1. Vintage Texture Pack I (5 Textures)

2. Vintage Texture Pack II (7 Textures)

3.  Vintage Floral (24 Textures)

4.  +texture

5.  Vintage Musk

6.  Simple Vintage

7. Vintage Strip Texture

8.  Vintage Grunge

9.  Map Texture

10. Victorian Grunge

11.  Vintage Polka Dot

12.  Victorian Grunge IV

13.  Vintage Musk 3

14.  Grunge Wallpaper 1

15. Use This 52

16. Beauty 69

17. Beauty 95

18. Vintage Texture II

19. Art Nouveau Pattern Texture

20. Antique Script Texture

21. Music Texture 4

22. Vintage Diamonds

23. Vintage Wallpaper Texture

24. Grunge Wallpaper 2

25. Cracked Wallpaper

26. Victorian Wallpaper

27. Textures: art + vintage (15 Textures)

28. Pretty Things (38 Textures)

29. Vintage Pattern Texture LARGE (32 Textures)

30.  Old Paper Textures II (10 Textures)

31. Vintage Brushes 1 (13 Brushes)

32. Vintage Birds (20 Brushes)

33. Old Paper Brushes 2 (9 Brushes)

34. Ornamental Vintage Brush (7 Brushes)

35. Vintage Toil (21 Brushes)

36. Vintage Polaroid Brushes (14 Brushes)

37. Vintage Style Textures (60+ Textures)

38. Parchment Paper Texture

39. Straw Canvas

40. Old Photo Texture

41.  Bloody

42. Concretely Lost

43.  Coffee Stained Napkin

44. Vintage Khaki

45. Echo

46. Old Photograph

47. Old Stitched Page

48. Brown Stucco Wall

49. Peeling paint on Rusty Metal

50. Rust on Green Metal

51. Old Notebook Paper

52. Stained Paper Towel

53. T  22

54. keltainen verho

55. Vintage Coca – Cola on Brick Wall

56. Grungy Stained Wood

57. Faded Green Paint on Concrete

58.  Trunk Texture

59. lasipinta 188k

60. Gipsey Countess

61. Fancy

62. Indialon

63. Ueo!

64. Old Lunchbox

65. Cake Box Texture

66. Very Old Hankie Box

67. Old Outside Trunk

68. Package Vintage Grunge -2 ( 5 Textures)

69. Vintage V Texture Pack (8 Textures)

70. Vintage Paper Texture Pack (4 Textures)

71. Vintage IV Texture Pack (9 Textures)

72. Black Vintage

73. Vintage Textures Pk1 (15 Textures)

74. Vintage Package 2 (5 Textures)

75.Victorian Grunge Texture Pack (5 Textures)

76.  Two Vintage Textures

77. Vintage Valentine Paper (10 Textures)

78. Stained Paper Textures I (12 Textures)

Here the vintage design that every designer should have. You’ll never know when will you dress up your designs with these cool and old-looking styles.

October 12 2010

23:00

Free Texture Tuesday: Vintage Wallpaper Urban Decay

For today’s Free Texture Tuesday, I have some cool vintage wallpaper that I mixed with some urban decay and mixed in a little grunge. I hope you all can find some cool uses for them, enjoy! (Click on the images to grab the full size images from Flickr.)

Preview

Free Texture Tuesday: Grungy Nebula Paper

Free Texture Tuesday: Grungy Nebula Paper
Free Texture Tuesday: Grungy Nebula Paper
Free Texture Tuesday: Grungy Nebula Paper
Free Texture Tuesday: Grungy Nebula Paper

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October 06 2010

13:06

Celebrating Vintage and Retro: 60 Remarkable Designs

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Old memories always evoke a sense of nostalgia and melancholy. Technology has a very revolving effect on our life and things have changed dramatically, yet vintage and retro designs can be very inspirational. In this post, we present a showcase of beautiful vintage and retro graphic designs and posters.


Vintage and Retro Designs and Posters

Luminix

Retrovintage5 in Celebrating Vintage and Retro: 60 Remarkable Designs

Pixel Explosion

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Elle

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Network

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Tuts+ 2010 Commemorative poster

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Clássicos Ânima

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The Final Stroke

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Son of Illusion

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Helene

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Analogue Wednesdays at Cogitatur

Retrovintage12 in Celebrating Vintage and Retro: 60 Remarkable Designs

Comrades of Steel

Retrovintage13 in Celebrating Vintage and Retro: 60 Remarkable Designs

American Power

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Vintage & Retro Typography

typography bintek space retro edition

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the Gothic

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flying fighters

Retrovintage24 in Celebrating Vintage and Retro: 60 Remarkable Designs

Festival Branding

Retrovintage23 in Celebrating Vintage and Retro: 60 Remarkable Designs

ypowall Love For Retro Typography

Retrovintage26 in Celebrating Vintage and Retro: 60 Remarkable Designs

AURA & URI

Retrovintage16 in Celebrating Vintage and Retro: 60 Remarkable Designs

Gerobok Klasik (Logo Design)

Retrovintage17 in Celebrating Vintage and Retro: 60 Remarkable Designs

Fun with Type

Retrovintage18 in Celebrating Vintage and Retro: 60 Remarkable Designs

Hire

Retrovintage19 in Celebrating Vintage and Retro: 60 Remarkable Designs

Andrew Jackson

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Robot Poster

Retrovintage21 in Celebrating Vintage and Retro: 60 Remarkable Designs

Disco retro

Retrovintage22 in Celebrating Vintage and Retro: 60 Remarkable Designs

Cuba Gallery

Retrovintage25 in Celebrating Vintage and Retro: 60 Remarkable Designs

Typography

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Bull

Retrovintage29 in Celebrating Vintage and Retro: 60 Remarkable Designs

Andy-Poster-Tour

Retrovintage30 in Celebrating Vintage and Retro: 60 Remarkable Designs

Vintage & Retro Advertisment

Salão do Automóvel

Retrovintage32 in Celebrating Vintage and Retro: 60 Remarkable Designs

Ronrico

Retrovintage40 in Celebrating Vintage and Retro: 60 Remarkable Designs

Universal Food Chopper

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Volkswagen 2

Retrovintage403 in Celebrating Vintage and Retro: 60 Remarkable Designs

Naturalizer women’s shoes

Retrovintage401 in Celebrating Vintage and Retro: 60 Remarkable Designs

If they’d had computer tips in the ’50s…

Retrovintage31 in Celebrating Vintage and Retro: 60 Remarkable Designs

Diesel Print Ad

Retrovintage33 in Celebrating Vintage and Retro: 60 Remarkable Designs

Louis Vuitton – Street Sneaker Boot print ad

Retrovintage34 in Celebrating Vintage and Retro: 60 Remarkable Designs

Print Ad Concept for VitaminWater

Retrovintage35 in Celebrating Vintage and Retro: 60 Remarkable Designs

Print Ad Series for a Boeing Employment Campaign

Retrovintage36 in Celebrating Vintage and Retro: 60 Remarkable Designs

Western Electric

Retrovintage37 in Celebrating Vintage and Retro: 60 Remarkable Designs

Campbell’s Soup (USA)

Retrovintage38 in Celebrating Vintage and Retro: 60 Remarkable Designs

Ford Fairlane Convertible (USA)

Retrovintage39 in Celebrating Vintage and Retro: 60 Remarkable Designs

Vintage & Retro Business Card

DomArt

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Retro Card

Retrovintage67 in Celebrating Vintage and Retro: 60 Remarkable Designs

Fly card

Retrovintage66 in Celebrating Vintage and Retro: 60 Remarkable Designs

Karina Velasco

Retrovintage62 in Celebrating Vintage and Retro: 60 Remarkable Designs

Vintage Vinyl

Retrovintage63 in Celebrating Vintage and Retro: 60 Remarkable Designs

DaFont

Retrovintage64 in Celebrating Vintage and Retro: 60 Remarkable Designs

Fly card

Retrovintage65 in Celebrating Vintage and Retro: 60 Remarkable Designs

Three Bears Biz Cards

Retrovintage68 in Celebrating Vintage and Retro: 60 Remarkable Designs

KS business cards

Retrovintage69 in Celebrating Vintage and Retro: 60 Remarkable Designs

Useful Resources

October 05 2010

17:24

Inspiration: Whiskey... Bottles

After seeing the packaging design for Highland Park 50 year old it made me think back to the days that I don't actually have any memories of; the days when there wasn't a bunch of goofy stuff on a whiskey bottle and all you had was good clean glass color and simple type. Lucky for us there are sites like Antique Bottles so we can all have look back and find a little color inspiration. We're also checking in with current popular brands and their label colors and designs. Drink up, cheers!

Antique Bottles


T.J._TAYLOR
Benedictine_Bottle




I._NELSONS_OLD_BOUR
Cathedral_Style



DURKIN
CASPERS_WHISKEY



OLD_CABIN_HOME
I.W._HARPER_GAR


Popular Whiskey Label Design


Woodford_Reserve
Knob_Creek



Jim_Beam
Jack_Daniels



Bulleit_Bourbon
Buffalo_Trace



Bushmills
Jameson

September 28 2010

15:00

Inspiration - Vintage VW Split-window Logo Buses

It seems that long before Red Bull, Radio Stations and unknown hip-hop artists started visually polluting our streets with promotional vehicle wraps, Volkswagen was were already driving down a similar road, but one that was designed quite a bit better. In fact, it was a big enough part of VW's business that they produced dealer books to showcase this very promotional tool. Today we get a look at some fantastic scans from a VW spilt-window logo bus dealer book.

Found at CarType and generously collected and shared by VintageBus, here for our color inspiration are Vintage VW Spit-window logo buses. You can see the complete book (60 pages total) at CarType, and even more inspiration can be found at what is probably the best VW bus resource on the web, VintageBus.


VintageBus.Com is your final stop in your search for split-window VW buses on the web. These pages are devoted exclusively to Volkswagen buses built from 1949 to 1967, otherwise known as split-window bus, splittie, split, microbus, micro, transporter, bulli, samba and transporters. Here you will find lots of pictures and information specially tailored for Volkswagen Type II enthusiasts. You will also find the most comprehensive barndoor bus site anywhere. The best VW bus site on the web since 1995!

CarType! : A website featuring a comprehensive collection of emblems, car company histories, logos, reviews of typographical & graphical applications, design features and just about anything that is car related.

September 26 2010

15:03

Eclectic Color Roundup: Interview, Studio Tour, Infographics and Posters

Today we look at an interview with the artist Francisca Prieto from Insideout, take a tour of Dave Chihuly's boat house with shelterrific, ponder the visualizations of race and ethnicity in cities across the U.S. by Eric Fischer, and take a step back with vintage inspired print series by Blue Art Studio.

Interviews

Francisca Prieto

[Insideout]

Have you always been creative, even when you were a child?
When I was little, I asked for the same birthday present over and over again: the Staedtler box of 40 felt tip pens; and instead of writing in my diary, I would create a different pattern for every day of the year. I am not sure if that means that I was quite naturally creative, or if it was a good exercise to become creative.

Studio Tour

Dave Chihuly's Boat House

[shelterrific]


Infographics

by Eric Fischer

[Race & Ethnicity]

"I was astounded by Bill Rankin's map of Chicago's racial and ethnic divides and wanted to see what other cities looked like mapped the same way. To match his map, Red is White, Blue is Black, Green is Asian, Orange is Hispanic, Gray is Other, and each dot is 25 people. Data from Census 2000. Base map © OpenStreetMap, CC-BY-SA"

Posters

by Blue Art Studio



Header Inspiration

Color Warp by COLOURlover mavel

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