Leading the charge in this past month’s fantastic resources to aid the novice to accomplished designer is the sweeter than meets the eye CraftType from the talented and long admired Dustin Lee of Retro Supply Fame.
Dustin’s recent release of this crafty Adobe Illustrator action speeds up your workflow when adding text effects to your designs and it adds them in a polished fashion that you would demand of yourself when delivery top notch work for clients.
CraftType gives you plenty of options to play around with and truly results in a superior style of work composed of a vintage or retro effect to your typography. See just a few of the incredible examples below of how the shadow being applied to your work can appear in a multitude of locations. If you aren’t sold simply on the preview images, we strongly encourage you to take a peek at the accompanying videos below that help provide a head start in using CraftType.
Here’s everything you get:
• 32 3D hand painted type actions.
• Type actions work in all 8 directions.
• Actions include 4 colors( black, white, gray and gold line options)
• 8 Seamless hand drawn line pattern.
• 1 Seamless hand drawn fill pattern.
• Two halftone overlay patterns.
• CraftType instruction manual.
Let Dustin take you for a spin of CraftType in this handy product demo video that showcases the feature rich illustrator action set.
Check out these useful tips and tricks to help make you a power user of CraftType right off the bat!
Next up in the awesome graphic resources brigade are the handy vintage textures released by Matt Borchert. Matt’s well made textures add a layer of subtle richness that will help your flat designs really start to shine.
More about Vintage Texture Quadrilogy in the designers words:
The Vintage Texture Quadrilogy is the complete collection of the Vintage Texture Pack: Volumes 1 – 4 , and contains a stunning assortment of textures pulled from sources hundreds of years old. With a massive 135 textures and a bonus of 30 brushes included, this bundle is sure to keep you busy for years to come.
• 135 Textures
• 300 DPI
• 15″ x 15″ (4500x4500px)
• .JPG Format
• 30 Bonus Photoshop Brushes
If purchased separately this bundle would cost $33, saving you a massive $13 (40%) off already amazing individual prices! It’s not uncommon to see texture packs at this price containing 30 or less textures, so with a giant assortment of 135 textures, this pack is one of the greatest values you’ll ever find.
Matt also offers vector textures that are scalable and maximise the feature brilliance of Illustrator. You can easily work with the vector textures and they are a breeze to use on projects which demand quality and sharpness. Check out the bundle recently released that include the first volumes that were released in 2013: Vector Texture Bundle
More about the Vector Texture Bundle:
• 70 Textures (that’s an INSANE 11 cents a texture!)
• .AI & .EPS Formats
• .TIFF Bitmaps: 15″ x 15″ @ 300 DPI (4500x4500px)
• NOTE: These textures are NOT seamless
There won’t be any more Vintage Vector Texture Packs released in the future, so this is your chance to get the entire collection at a huge savings. These textures have a unique charm and character that is hard to come by, and can be used to great effect to add some vintage flair to your designs. Mix and match and combine the various textures to create nearly limitless possibilities, and with a vector format, you never have to worry about running into resolution problems.