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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.

Purchase – CraftType by Dustin Lee

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.

The textures of his made as psd’s currently come in four different collections or you can buy them all in one fell swoop from his Creative Market store: Vintage Texture Quadrilogy

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.

Key Features:
• 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:

Key Features:
• 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.

Purchase graphic goodies from Matt’s Store

Discover this useful tutorial on how to use the Vintage Textures by checking out this video!

Take a look at how to use the Rough Edges Automator action!

Who can resist a bundle? We sure can’t and after seeing Ian Barnard of Vintage Design Co.’s bundle of graphic resources for sale, we think you might have a tough time fighting the urge of not making a purchase either!

The collection of vintage ripeness should fit adequately in your growing cabinet of design tools that can help you stand out from the competition.

Read the details about the bundle and then be sure to check out the previews below:

The Vintage Bundle offers has 30 vector logo templates in illustrator AI files.
Easily editable with only free fonts used.
A file for each set is included with the list of fonts and download links.

Also comes with:
– 35 vector icons.
– 10 PNG texture files to add that retro vintage look in Photoshop.

Purchase – Vintage Bundle by Vintage Design Co.

 

Making your life easier and keeping your clients happy is our mission and we think you’ll be able to easily achieve both once you get your mittens on Tom Anders useful Name Based Logo Templates! Mix and match your way to success and capitalise on your creative juices while you’re at it. Hey, who said you couldn’t have a good work life balance?

More about the logo templates can be found below:

These 10 Name Based Logo Templates are an all-round must have to your design collection.

Individual logo templates generally sell for $29 each, with custom designs often around $200-300. Here, you get 10 awesome designs for less than half the price of one template, with full creative freedom of designing your own logo! Could it get any better?

* Features *

* 10 Sophisticated logos for your next project.
* Editable in both Photoshop and Illustrator (Full vector AI only).
* All fonts are free, and download links are listed in a help file.
* Icons and design elements which can be re-used for other projects (Images aren’t included).
* Product title is also included as an editable template!

Purchase – 10 Name Based Logo Templates by Tom Anders

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