Vintage & Retro Effect Tutorials

Ending the drafts!

This is the second out of my drafts folder! Earlier last summer, I was spending a lot of my free time browsing around and reading up on different Photoshop, Illustrator, and Photography tutorials. I had this amazing idea of compiling these wonderful links in one place so one had only to visit my page to have the pathway to digital arts guru at their fingertips.

Yeah, that page obviously didn’t happen.

However, that doesn’t mean that the below links aren’t still extremely helpful! I may yet undertake the journey to compiling my own little graphic design resource links subset though, we’ll see.

This particular set of tutorials has a vintage/retro vibe to them!

Tutorials –





I particularly love this last tutorial. I’m going to use it on some of my spring/summer photographs and show you guys!


Day 11 – Editing Objects, Layers, Groups


Layers and Groups – This is one lesson that definitely carries over from Photoshop. The basics of layering and grouping objects to make my final piece is well known. I’ve been working with layers for years now, and if you get into even a semi complicated or larger piece, grouping these hundreds of layers into folders is what makes for a clean and easy-to-edit final project.

The same goes for Illustrator. The flowers I have made before are made of many different paths. It is always beneficial to combine the paths used to create one flower shape into a single object. Then I can group ALL of the flowers used on one layer of my artwork once more into a single group folder. This way if I hide the folder named "flowers" I can hide them all simply and work on other folders and other sections of my work. Similarly, by grouping all the paths in one flower shape together, its easier to move the flower around without accidentally only moving one petal or 1/2 a flower. Annoying to make sure every path is selected every single time you decide to make a change to the flower shape. WAY easier to combine em all into a single object while still having the versatility of the direct selection tool to change a particular path within my object or group folder.

No durrrr. All my work is in layers! Background layer, text layer, foreground effects layer, background effects layer, lighting layer, original stocks layer even (keep unresized stocks in there + URL’s to them in case I ever need them again)

That’s just the makings of good, clean and efficient art (: I got this!

Day 10 – Colors & Strokes

 It should be noted that the crash course itself provides only the ost basic of overview. It will not, by any means, be your sole guide to attaining mastery. What I have been doing is reading through tons more tutorials on how to achieve specific effects on Illustrator using the tool of the day. I know, for example, that although the crash course’s compound path tutorial taught me how to make a key, it was not the kind of key I actually made yesterday. To make MY key I read that tutorial to gain a basic understanding of the effects, but I also supplemented it with tutorials on how to create a heart, how to create custom swirlies/curly vectors, how to actually save a custom brush so you can use it forever, etc.

Tools take time and dedication (and tons of practice and ctrl+z) to master, so don’t feel stupid about googling tutorials fo the easiest things. They’re only easy once you’ve learned and practiced them. Until then, google away!!

That being said, here is day 10’s outcome.

Day 10 – Colors + Strokes