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: Keep Calm and Carry On

Day 11 — When I’ve had a really bad day, the first thing (not person) I reach for is…

I know I haven’t loosely interpreted most of the other questions this month (so far), but this one…I simply cannot leave my answer at “the first thing” I reach for. That would be incomplete.

The first thing I reach for is my computer. I power it on, plug it in, and I open up Photoshop. You’ve noticed the Graphic Design tab on top of my blog navigation, yes? Once upon a time, I used to post things I did on here. Then I realized I already had a DeviantArt and a Facebook album AND a Public Photobucket account for that. I really should update you guys with my Design  Is poster series though. I’ve completed it all, and the lovely glossy color posters are hanging up on my wall in the apartment. I am REALLY EXTREMELY happy with the end result. It is very expressive of my personality!

Photoshop really soothes me. I lose myself in the layers, and my desire to complete the project in my head overtakes the stress and anger. In fact, I am so engrossed in accomplishing my end result that nothing will phase me. I am often at my most happiest when I’m working on a new piece in Photoshop. There’s just such an enticing and exhilarating feeling when you recreate in print something that was only a glimmer in your head. When you use your knowledge of Adobe’s creative suite to bring your imagination to life. How can you possibly be upset over anything when you’ve done so much. Turned a blank canvas into your masterpiece.

Nothing else matters after that. I find my calm, and the peaceful zone allows me to relax more than any massage probably could.

But I don’t just open Photoshop, I also do some other things to calm myself down. I reach for my phone, obsessively check my emails and texts and send a text to Nabila of bannatreasures. I look in the fridge, pour myself some Juice and find a snack. I turn on some music. Some angry Eminem if I’m that pissed. Otherwise, just normal rap will do. I make plans to go get froyo.

I miss my mom.

I write angsty poetry. And of course, I blog about it.


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Digital Arts Club – Band CD Cover Challenge

The Challenge – 

1. Go to Wikipedia’s random article page:

The first article you get is the name of your band.

2. Go to the random quotations page:
The last four words of the last quote are your album title. sometimes you need to refresh or it repeats. If that site doesn’t work, use another random quote generator site, but stick to the last four words of the last quote.

3. Go to Flickr’s interesting photo page:
Third picture is your album cover, no matter what it is. Only add your artist name and album title onto the photo. It would be best if you cropped it to a CD size.

My Outcome –

Flickr Pic:
Band Name:
Album Name:

Digital Arts Club @ NYU Band CD Challenge

I think it turned out pretty good! I overlaid the bg image twice (2nd on Screen) and masked portions of both with clipping masks.