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The Complete Vintage Design Arsenal (750+ Creative Items) Just $29

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 Graphic designers Scrapbookers Print designers

A Vast Collection of Best Selling Vintage Resources

Good news for all you vintage design lovers, we’re back with our biggest vintage design bundle yet! This bundle includes over 6.5GB of best-selling vintage resources, ranging from textures, to logos, vectors, hand-scanned surfaces, mockup templates, brushes and so much more! This bundle is something really special.

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Authentic Vintage Design Resources; Giving You a Truly Comprehensive Library of Items

The Design Cuts creative geeks have been working really hard to bring you guys the biggest vintage design bundle yet!

This HUGE collection of vintage resources includes a range of best-selling, highly authentic retro design items, all for a massive 92% discount. There’s so much variety in this bundle, and it’s packed full of creative extras.

Here’s exactly why we think you’ll love it:

  • There’s so much variety in this bundle, it has you covered for any vintage project you might by working on. There’s everything from textures, to logos, badges, clip art, hand-scanned surfaces, vectors, brushes, icons, mockup templates, and much more! It’s a vast amount of resources, yet still focuses entirely on quality. These items are best-selling, widely loved resources, that are hugely popular even at full price. Each resource has been meticulously hand-crafted, with a beautiful attention to detail; chocked full of the lovely design touches that we all obsess over :).
  • As well as the hand-crafted resources, this bundle is packed full of authentic scanned vintage surfaces and items. Many of these have been secured at auction and go back as far as the 1800s! They’re the perfect way to give you work a really unique vintage feel!
  • As always we’ve secured the best possible extended licensing for you guys. This means that you have pretty much total freedom over these items, even being able to use them in works that you resell (see the bottom of this page for more details). Not only this, but we’ve included a handy .pdf guide, so you can navigate around all your new items with ease. After all, we want you having fun with your new resources, rather than struggling to browse through them all.

We love these items, and the entire Design Cuts team have been amazed at how versatile they are to work with. We’re sure that you’ll get a ton of value from them, but we encourage you to scroll through this page, to get a complete look at everything included. Enjoy :).

Nicky Laatz

The Handmade Vintage Logo Bundle

In need of lots of inspiration quick ? I’ve bundled all 3 vintage logo packs into one – with 30 unique and original logo templates – you’ll be sorted in no time :)

Besides the included logos ,you can also find a few extra design titbits such as :

1.) 32 vector extra images/icons from actual scanned antique documents
2.) 3 Vintage Photoshop Brushes to add texture
3.) 12 Trendy, never used before , Vector ray bursts
All fonts used in the Logo templates are available freely for download and are listed in the help file

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Speckles & Noise

These jpg textures can be applied to anything from logos and illustrations to photos and artwork . In Photoshop , simply apply the texture on a layer above, and set that layer’s blend mode to screen. Doing this applies a subtle grunge noise effect. You can tweak the levels of the noise layer, if you would like to adjust more or less noise. You can even add multiple different noise layers setting all blend modes to screen for even more variety.

Included in the pack FREE are 15 Noise brushes created from these jpgs for using on your artwork in any way you wish! ENJOY!

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Matt Borchert

Paper Pack: 30 Digital Papers

The Paper Pack: 30 Digital Papers is an amazing collection of digital papers that were made by scanning in top quality artisan art and handmade papers. I’ve found that using real paper scans over papers that are made 100% digitally tend to make a more authentic looking end result, and also allow for some really cool variance that organic processes tend to have over purely digital ones.

It is also important to note that all the different colors shown are actually different colored pieces of paper, and not just one color of paper re-colored digitally several times. Because of this, each different color has its own flavor of characteristics that will not be identical to other ones. I’ve found that minimally processing color digitally at the initial stage allows future digital color changes to look more realistic and natural.

Key Features:
• 30 Papers
• 23 Seamless Repeating Papers (made from the 30 full size textures)
• .JPG Format 15″ x 15″ @ 300 DPI (4500x4500px)
• Most seamless repeats are 250 x 250px (four are 500 x 500px) and .JPG format

Not all of these papers are included as small repeats suitable for web design, but 23 of the 30 are. The ones that I left out are due to the repeat simply being too noticeable, and I didn’t want to offer anything that I wouldn’t personally use in a design. The vast majority of the repeats are 250 x 250px, although 4 of them are 500 x 500px to help reduce the appearance of the actual repeat. The larger repeats tended to be the papers that were hand made and had a whole lot of interesting texture going on.

The characteristics of these papers range from very subtle paper textures to much more aggressive hand made papers that have some really unique characteristics to them. I tried to include a nice variety to play around with, so have fun!

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Distress Texture Pack Vol. 1

The textures in this pack were created by hand using various methods (textured cloth, sandpaper, peeling apart plastic sheets…etc etc) then optimized in photoshop to be a crisp black and white without any texture of the original paper left behind. These textures are ideal for apparel design and all the letters in the cover image were created using different textures from this pack. 26 textures in total in 300 DPI .jpg format.

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Distress Texture Pack: Vol. 2

The Distress Texture Pack Vol. 2 includes 30 high quality, high resolution textures that were all made by hand and then digitally perfected for use in your designs and illustrations.

Key Features:
•30 Textures
•300 DPI
•15″ x 15″ / 4500px x 4500px
•.JPG Format

Be sure to view the images at full scale to see the details of every texture a bit better. Please note that the swatches show the entire texture at a much smaller scale. These textures are BIG to be usable on your large format projects.

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Vintage Design Bundle

Vicki Robinson Designs

Vintage French Ephemera Brushes

These lovely bits of French ephemera were meticulously extracted by me. Invoices, signatures, handwriting – these are fabulous to incorporate into clusters and paper designs, or as background images to add texture to your page.

Product is provided in black, 300 ppi, and most are high resolution (as close to 2500 px as I could get, but always at least 2100px) to allow for maximum scalability.

Set includes (not all images are shown in preview):

1 Photoshop abr file with 12 brushes
12 matching png files

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Make Your Mark: Gesso Overlays

Nine 12 x 12 overlays, made from my own brushes – and all gessoed up for you! I’ve done the messy work for you – all you have to do is create the art!

Product is 300 ppi, png format.

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Grungy Painted Circle Brushes

My hand-painted brushes will help you take your pages to the next level! Relcolor them, add a bevel, combine them an/or layer them – the possibilities are endless!

Note: PNG files are provided in black – color in preview is for illustration purposes only. Brushes range in size from 820 px to 2453 px for maximum scalability.

Product includes:

1 Photoshop ABR file with 17 brushes
17 Matching PNGs

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Old World Map Papers

Aren’t these maps papers cool? I made them from a set of vintage maps I found – just loves how ornate some of them are! They’d be great layered with other papers and they’re perfect for heritage and travel projects!

Nine 12 x 12 background papers in jpg format.

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Old World Map Overlays

I love incorporating maps into by background papers! This set of nine 12 x 12 transparent overlays would look great with any kit for travel – whether your journey is an actual trip or more of an internal exploration!

Product includes:

Nine 12 x 12 transparent overlays in PNG format.

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Paper Ephemera 1

A set of 16 paper ephemera – cute little bits of memories from days long ago …

These files come in .png format.

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Paper Ephemera 2

A set of 15 vintage paper ephemera – cute little bits of memories from days long ago …

These files come in .png format.

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Torn Paper Fragments

These torn paper fragments make excellent additions to your stash! Use them for journaling, or layer them in clusters! Preview shows the fragments in their actual size on a 12 x 12 canvas.

Product contains:

10 Torn paper fragments in PNG format, 300 ppi

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Torn Paper Fragments 2

These torn paper fragments make excellent additions to your stash! Use them for journaling, or layer them in clusters! Preview shows the fragments in their actual size on a 12 x 12 canvas.

Product contains:

10 Torn paper fragments in PNG format, 300 ppi

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Vintage Music Bits

I just love using music as part of my background or as brush work on papers and layouts! I extracted these from a stash of vintage music sheets I got at an estate sale and I love the way they turned out!; Try adding layer styles or a soft bevel to add some texture! Also try the various blending modes and opacity settings! Very cool!

Everything is 300 ppi and the brushes are high resolution – as close to 2500 px as I could get – to allow for maximum scalability.

Set includes:

1 Photoshop abr file with 5 brushes and matching png files
3 12 x 12 music overlays
4 large fragments of vintage sheet music
2 large fragments of blank, beautifully textured vintage music sheet paper

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Vintage Parfumerie 2 Labels

A set of vintage perfume labels. These make great accents to your pages and blend really well into your background and papers. So charming!

Includes: 7 Labels

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Vintage Writing 2 Brushes

Vintage Writing 1 has been retired, but oh what a find I have for you! These are just wonderful samples/fragments of old handwriting, which I have meticulously extracted to give you the best quality possible! Some are a little grungy. Some are post cards; some from letters; and others from handwritten books. Some are from the late 1800’s and some a bit later. Some are ornate and some just everyday writing, some are not in English, but I am totally, 100% charmed by all of them! Use them to add texture and interest to your projects – they add such a feel of intimacy! Can you tell I have a passion for all things vintage?

I just have to share with you the text of one of the items included:

“Mr. R. W. Wright Rome: We went to hear J. Caesar in the Forum today but he had such a small audience he refused to speak and the Romans wouldn’t give the money back at the box office. That’s the way Rome does. We greatly enjoyed your letters today especially the latest bulletins. Lee is such a big man in Rome the togas are too short. We are trying to take your advice and do as Rome does but it generally does us first. With Love to all M & L, 5/15 – 1908″

The writer’s sense of humor reminds me of my own Father!

Includes: 15 Photoshop Brushes (abr) + companion pngs.

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The Shop

Rolled ink textures volume 01

These rolled ink textures were born from a desire to have a set of ink textures at hand. The textures have been created with black ink and rolls (one foam roll, and one rubber roll).

The type of effects obtained ranges from subtle noise to heavy smudges, and can have a variety of applications: noise pattern, background color, ink wash, rough borders, and more.

The textures have been scanned in very high resolution (5000 x 7800 pixels on average) @ 800 dpi or more.

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Rolled ink textures volume 02

These rolled ink textures were born from a desire to have a set of ink textures at hand. The textures have been created with black ink and rolls (one foam roll, and one rubber roll).

The type of effects obtained ranges from subtle noise to heavy smudges, and can have a variety of applications: noise pattern, background color, ink wash, rough borders, and more.

The textures have been scanned in very high resolution (5000 x 7800 pixels on average) @ 800 dpi or more.

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Leather billfold texture pack

These worn leather textures have been extracted from two leather billfolds that my wife and I own. They’re pretty big (an average of 4553×5975 pixels), and have been scanned at either 1200 or 2400 dpi.

There are two different leather grains in the pack, and a total of six leather textures. As a bonus, I also extracted two textures of the grainy fabric that’s used to line the inside pockets of the billfolds. This makes for 8 textures total.

The leather of both billfolds is worn, as these are the ones we use on a daily basis. The pack works wonders to distress design elements (just paste one of the texture in a layer mask). As a matter of fact, the copy on the hero shot for the product has been weathered using one of them. You could also use the textures as part of the texture build-up for a background.

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Dirty plastic noise texture pack

These noisy and dusty textures come from an unlikely place. You know these little plastic pockets in billfolds to hold extra credit and ID cards? Well, now you know.

I’ve had that leather billfold for a while. It’s old, and all worn out. It’s been at the bottom of countless pockets and bags. And it has accumulated a lot of dirt, dust, and other lint particles.

I pulled out these little plastic pockets, cut them down in flat “sheets,” and scanned them at very high resolution (on average 5250×7400 pixels @ 2400 dpi). These textures are the result of that scanning process.

The pack contains 4 variations of each textures:
– Black speckles on black (JPGs)
– Black speckles on transparent background (PNGs)
– White speckles on black (JPGs)
– Transparent speckles on black (PNGs)

Put them on Screen or Multiply, and noise things away. Add a specific color overlay, and add subtle speckles to your backgrounds. Paste them in your layer masks for subtle weathering.

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Packing material textures volume 01

The textures composing this pack came all from the materials used to protect an old type reference book I bought from eBay.

Because it’s over a century old, the little booklet was tightly packaged in multiple layers of brown paper, cardboard, silk paper, and more.

The texture are 5160×3872 pixels and more at 2400 DPI.

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Packing material textures volume 02

The textures composing this pack came all from the materials used to protect an old type reference book I bought from eBay.

Because it’s over a century old, the little booklet was tightly packaged in multiple layers of brown paper, cardboard, silk paper, and more.

The texture are 5160×3872 pixels and more at 2400 DPI.

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TSV Creative

Street Art Logos

Inspired from street art culture, stencils and mixed with handdrawn typography style. I made the designs on paper with marker, drawing pen and ink, scaned in high resolution then converted into vector format to use for your projects.

You can use for logo, print on t-shirt, sticker, skateboard or any project you wish to do.

So you will get :

– 15 Handdrawn Street Art Logos | Vector Format AI and EPS
– Editable Text ( Download link for font available inside folder )
– 6 Handdrawn Sunbursts in vector format
– 15 Splatters in vector format
– 6 Recycle Paper Texture Images ( 6000 x 4000 pixel scaned in 600 dpi )

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Breaking Brush

Breaking Brush is bundle of 80 handmade strokes and textures. Made with real brush and ink on paper and then scaned in 600 DPI.

80 strokes and textures available in PSD and transparent PNG format. Each strokes and textures have different size, between 1000 – 4000 pixel but most of them are 4000 pixel.

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Classic Tattoo Illustration 2

Handdrawn classic tattoo illustrations with nautical theme Volume 2 is now available.

Ready to use for your project. Just add your own text and font to get an awesome design, colors separated in layer and easy to change. Bonus 8 vector objects.

Available in vector format : AI and EPS

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Milka

Sable Kit – hand drawn collection

What you see here is a new vector hand-sketched kit, that includes more than 100 unique shapes like arrows, ribbons, beams, decoration elements and even some magic creatures! Wide range of use can make it an irreplaceable part of your toolbox. In the package you will find elements for creating logos, labels, prints, patterns, greeting cards and many other.

To show you some examples of using Sable kit I include in the package 6 original Logo Templates, which can become the basis of your new project :).

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2 Lil Owls

Black Screen 2 Textures (30 Textures)

These textures are perfect for adding a grungy or vintage effect to your design work. They’re super high res, and rich in detail.

30 – 12×12 textures JPEG
High resolution 300 DPI

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White Grunge 3 Textures (25 Textures)

These textures are perfect for adding a grungy or vintage effect to your design work. They’re super high res, and rich in detail.

25 – 12×12 textures JPEG
High resolution 300 DPI

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White Grunge 4 Textures (25 Textures)

These textures are perfect for adding a grungy or vintage effect to your design work. They’re super high res, and rich in detail.

25 – 12×12 textures JPEG
High resolution 300 DPI

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BONUS: iPhone textures sizes included!

As iPhone digital art is becoming increasingly popular, we’ve included a special pack of iPhone ready textures. This includes 2 iPhone size versions of each of the 80 2 Lil Owls textures above:

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Ghostly Pixels

Expedition Vintage Logo Bundle

Answer the call of the wild with this hand illustrated vintage expedition logo bundle. This bundle includes – 12 hand-illustrated logos and several other products…

Additional products included in this product:
– 11 geometric shapes in multiple styles ($7 value)
– 6 Antlers ($7 value)
– 10 Knives/Blades ($7 value)

Features:
– This hand illustrated logos are in Adobe Illustrator CS4+ format, and Photoshop CS6 format.
– All logos are editable
– All logos are fully layered

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Retro Supply Co

Americana Vintage Logo Bundle

This collection is inspired by the vintage Americana style design from cities like Portland and Austin. As well as the surf culture of places like Orange County and Santa Cruz, California.

Each logo is created from free fonts and refurbished and restored real vintage graphics.

Here’s what you get when you buy the Americana Megabundle:

• Vintage Americana Logos I
• Vintage Americana Logos II
• Vintage Americana Logos III
• 18 type based logos with accompanying vintage graphics.
• Links to all the FREE fonts used in these collections.

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Original Handcrafted Mock-Ups

Make Your Work Stand Out with This Collection of 66 Vintage Mock-Ups and Photos

Are you looking for a way to make your next logo presentation stand out?

This collection of mock-ups and photographs is sure to stop viewers dead in their tracks.

Here’s a few reasons this set is perfect to display your work:

• 66 images designed to make it easy to showcase your work.
• Real vintage materials including aged wood surfaces, tools and more.
• Huge images you can use for full width backgrounds or print.
• Easy to use mock-ups. Just paste your work in the folder.
• Perfect objects to place your design on including: Moleskine notebooks, worn cards and more.
• Stunning lighting created from sunlight and professional lighting equipment.

Here’s what you get:

• 13 handcrafted mock-ups including Smart Objects for easy use.
• 45 original photographs from the session.
• BONUS: 8 vintage wood textures.

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Full Deal Terms & Licensing:

All 9 shops involved in this bundle have agreed to the following, very flexible terms for you guys:

You may use all of the resources in this deal for both commercial and personal use. Beyond this, all items have a fully extended license, meaning that you can use the items for products that are for sale (including prints). The only restriction is that you cannot directly resell the resources, or sell an item whereby the original resource may be extracted.

So specific examples of acceptable usage may include:

– Selling a photographic print where you have applied a texture over your photo

– Selling a poster where you have used various vintage resources to help construct the design

Forbidden usage would include:

– Reselling a texture or graphic ‘as is’

This type of license counts as an ‘extended license’ and is as much freedom as you can get with design resources such as this. We hope you guys will find this incredibly useful and that these awesome items will help you in your commercial and non-commercial design projects.

Includes a Handy Pdf Browsing Guide

After many community requests, we’re including a useful .pdf browsing guide. This allows you to easily see which fonts are included in each folder, without having to refer back to this deal page. (This is included with your deal download).

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Create a Richly Layered Vintage Wonderland Postcard

Hello Design Cutters!

It’s Jo here for today’s tutorial. We’re going to be creating this dreamy collage using a variety of resources from the current vintage deal, inspired by a vintage classic – Lewis Caroll’s Alice In Wonderland.

We’ll be building up lots of layers and using a variety of blend modes to create a soft effect, plus getting familiar with a few other techniques such as color matching, using the dodge and burn tools and creating some magical floating particles by manipulating brush settings.

Ok, let’s step into the rabbit hole and get started :)

WHAT WE’RE CREATING:

Vintage Wonderland Postcard Tutorial

Follow along with this tutorial: Download the freebie + source file

Today we have another great freebie for you to enjoy. Milka have kindly put together some samples from their Sable set of hand-drawn images as a freebie for the Design Cuts community. These illustrations are absolutely charming and are sure to add a little touch of magic to your creative projects!

Remember, this freebie is just a tiny sample taken from this huge bundle: The Complete Vintage Design Arsenal at just $29 (92% Off). This really is our biggest vintage design bundle yet, with over 6.5GB of best-selling vintage resources, ranging from textures, to logos, vectors, hand-scanned surfaces, mockup templates, brushes and so much more!

Enter your email below to download the Sable free sample pack, so you can follow along with this tutorial easily.

Step 1:

Open up a new (A5) 1748px height x 2480px width document in Photoshop.

We’ll be working with a couple of photos to form our background, so let’s download these from Unsplash first:

Dreamy Bokeh

Magical Landscape

Paste the images on to your canvas, scaling to fit:

Vintage Wonderland Postcard Tutorial

We want the bokeh effect to blend in with the sky, but as you can see, the colours don’t quite match with the landscape.

To fix this, we’ll use a the Match Color feature to copy the colours from the landscape image. Tom put together a great video tutorial of how to use this feature, which is worth watching in addition to the instructions in the next step.

Step 2:

Open the two downloaded images in their own Photoshop windows.

In the bokeh image window, go to Image > Adjustments > Match Colour which will open up a separate settings box. You can ignore all the settings – the only thing we need to change is the Source (our landscape photo), which’ll show up in the dropdown menu and provide a preview image:

Vintage Wonderland Postcard Tutorial

As you can see, the image then takes on a rather unpleasant, murky green shade. Not the light blue/pink tone of the sky we wanted!

Since we specifically want to use the colours from the sky, we’ll need to crop the image to only feature an area with the colours we want:

Vintage Wonderland Postcard Tutorial

Now after applying the crop, if we go back to our bokeh image and select Match Color and select the landscape image, you can see that this time the colour is much closer to what we want to work with:

Vintage Wonderland Postcard Tutorial

Going back to our working canvas, delete the original bokeh image and replace it with the updated version, scaling so that it overlaps the bottom image slightly:

Vintage Wonderland Postcard Tutorial

We’re now ready to start building up our background!

Step 3:

We need to create a few layers between the bokeh and landscape images to get our desired effect, so for this section we’ll temporarily hide the bokeh layer and leave that at the top.

Vintage Wonderland Postcard Tutorial

Next thing we need to do is duplicate our landscape image, changing the blend mode to Soft Light and Opacity to 70%:

Vintage Wonderland Postcard Tutorial

For the effects we’ll be applying to the bokeh layer to work, we need to get rid of all the white in the upper half of the canvas.

Use the Color Picker tool to select a blue hue from the sky (in this case #87B0E5) and create a colour-to-transparent gradient on a new layer. Start the gradient from just below the top of the landscape image, so that all the white area is hidden with solid colour:

Vintage Wonderland Postcard Tutorial

You may need to tweak the colour a bit to get it to match, but don’t worry too much about getting it exactly the same as once the textures and effects are applied it’ll help to soften the lines.

To create a dawn/dusk like effect where the sky fades from dark blue to a pinker colour at the horizon, we’ll need to add another gradient.

On a new layer, select #00174E as the colour and create a colour-to-transparent gradient similar to below:

Vintage Wonderland Postcard Tutorial

The effect only needs to be subtle, as we’ll be building up the colours and textures more later. With this in mind, let’s reduce the Opacity to 20% and change the blend mode to Multiply:

Vintage Wonderland Postcard Tutorial

Step 4:

Next, we’ll use our first resource from the current deal. Navigate to complete-vintage-design-arsenal-matt-borchert-2 > Paper-Pack-30-Real-Paper-Scans > paper018.jpg and paste on to your canvas, scaling to fit:

Vintage Wonderland Postcard Tutorial

Change the blend mode to Soft Light and reduce te opacity to 40% to give the image a nice soft glow:

Vintage Wonderland Postcard Tutorial

We can now go back to our bokeh image and turn the visibility back on. Change the blend mode to Soft Light and use a Layer Mask with a soft brush to gently hide away any strong lines so the image and sky blend together:

Vintage Wonderland Postcard Tutorial

Step 5:

The background is starting to take on a nice dreamy feel, but it’s all looking a bit smooth at the moment. In comes 2Lil Owls with some texture rescue!

We want something that has a reasonable vignette feel for this. I’ve gone for complete-vintage-design-arsenal-2-lil-owls-8 > White Grunge Collection 3 > 2LO Wt Grunge col 3-10.jpg and scaled to fit on to the canvas:

Vintage Wonderland Postcard Tutorial

I thought this texture also had some slightly lilac-coloured undertones, which would work well with our overall colour palette.

Let’s change the blend mode to Multiply:

Vintage Wonderland Postcard Tutorial

As we want the top part of the image to be darker, let’s add an extra texture in the form of complete-vintage-design-arsenal-2-lil-owls-8 > White Grunge Collection 3 > 2LO Wt Grunge col 3-8.jpg. As the darker areas are concentrated to two sides, we can rotate and scale this on to the canvas so the darkest side is aligned to the top:

Vintage Wonderland Postcard Tutorial

Then, change the blend mode to Multiply and reduce the Opacity to 70%:

Vintage Wonderland Postcard Tutorial

This still leaves the bottom part of our image darker than we’d like, so we can quickly fix this with a gradient layer mask:

Vintage Wonderland Postcard Tutorial
Vintage Wonderland Postcard Tutorial

Step 6:

To complete our background, we need to download a free resource from Chris Spooner:

Free Light Leak Texture Pack

I’ve used No.1 for this piece, but feel free to experiment and choose an effect that appeals to you:

Vintage Wonderland Postcard Tutorial

Once placed on your canvas, change the blend mode to Screen and reduce the Opacity to 20%:

Vintage Wonderland Postcard Tutorial

Woop! You’ve created your Wonderland background setting :)

Take a moment to admire your work, then tidy up the layers by grouping them in to a folder called “Background”, for easy navigating.

Step 7:

We need to let people know where this magical place is, so let’s add an official ‘Wonderland’ logo ;)

To do this, navigate to complete-vintage-design-arsenal-nicky-laatz-1 > The-Handmade-Vintage-Logo-Bundle > TypoLogoTemplates > vintagelogos3_Cs5.ai and open in Illustrator.

Locate the following logo to edit:

Vintage Wonderland Postcard Tutorial

The tree motif works well with our overall theme, so let’s edit the details a bit for use on our image (you’ll need to scale the width of the text down to fit):

Vintage Wonderland Postcard Tutorial

Once you’re happy with the changes, copy and paste (or drag and drop) on to your Photoshop canvas.

Rasterize the layer and invert the colour by pressing Cmnd + I (mac) or Alt + I (windows) so we can see it better, then position it in the lower left corner and reduce the size a touch:

Vintage Wonderland Postcard Tutorial

Step 8:

We’re now going to build up some layers to add interest to the sky portion of our image.

As Alice In Wonderland is about a magical journey, using a map image feels appropriate. You can select your personal favourite here – I’ve gone for complete-vintage-design-arsenal-vicki-robinson-3 > vr-OldWorldMaps-Overlays > vr-OldWorldMaps-08.png as I liked the additional illustrative elements in the design.

Place your map on to the canvas, scaling to fit so that the bottom edge lines up with the horizon:

Vintage Wonderland Postcard Tutorial

The effect we’re after is a little less obvious, so we’ll change the blend mode to Soft Light and reduce the Opacity to 60%:

Vintage Wonderland Postcard Tutorial

As the area where the map design meets the horizon is rather abrupt, we can create a gradient layer mask to soften the effect:

Vintage Wonderland Postcard Tutorial

Step 9:

Next up, we’re going to allude to the literary inspiration behind the image.

Luckily for us, this bundle contains a whole bunch of beautiful vintage text we can choose from!

You can find the one used in this image fromcomplete-vintage-design-arsenal-vicki-robinson-3 > vr-VintageWriting2 > vr-VintageWriting2-text04.png

Paste it so that it sits on the left side of your canvas and change the blend mode to Multiply and reduce the Opacity to 36%:

Vintage Wonderland Postcard Tutorial

From the same folder select vr-VintageWriting2-text05.png and paste it on to the upper right of your canvas, setting the blend mode to Multiply:

Vintage Wonderland Postcard Tutorial

We’ll change the tone of this to a greener shade, to balance it with the lower part of the image. To do this, we’ll create a clipped hue/saturation layer. You can do this by hovering your curser between the two layers whilst pressing Alt on your keyboard, then clicking when a small square and arrow icon appears:

Vintage Wonderland Postcard Tutorial

Hue/Saturation Settings:
Colourize: On
Hue: 92
Saturation: 17
Lightness: +43

Step 10:

To add to the magical feel of the image, we’re going to create some floating ‘glowing particles’.

Create a new layer, then open up the Brush Panel. You can access this by selecting the folder icon with some brushes on it, which appears next to the Brush Preset Picker:

Vintage Wonderland Postcard Tutorial

In the panel that opens, select Brush Tip Shape at the top of the list and make sure the settings are as follows:

Brush Settings:
Size: 25px
Hardness: 0
Spacing: 1000%

Then, select Scattering and change the scatter to 1000%:

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Once you’ve done your settings, select white as the brush colour and draw a random stroke somewhere on the image:

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Can you see the effect in the upper right? Magic! :)

Have some fun here by adjusting the brush size and trying a couple of pale pinks, yellows and blues to create as few, or as many glowing particles as you like:

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If you think you may have gotten a tad carried away (like I did!) you can soften the effect by reducing the Opacity (70% in this case) and using a layer mask with a low opacity brush to target a few specific areas to tone down:

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Step 11:

We’ll now reinforce the ‘postcard’ nature of the image by adding a stamp in the upper right.

There are a few options available, but you can find the one used here via complete-vintage-design-arsenal-vicki-robinson-3 > vr-VintageWriting2 > vr-VintageWriting2-text02.png

Paste and rotate on to the upper right of your canvas:

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The effect is a bit harsh as it is, so we’ll add a clipped texture to the image to soften it up. I’ve gone for complete-vintage-design-arsenal-matt-borchert-2 > Paper-Pack-30-Real-Paper-Scans > paper018.jpg which is what we used earlier in the background:

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Set the image blend mode to Multiply, then duplicate both the image and clipped paper layer to get the desired effect. Group these together in a folder called “Stamp” so it’s easy to locate.

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Step 12:

In this step, we’ll start to utilise some of the resources found in the Sable freebie pack:

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Opening the file in Photoshop, copy and paste the rabbit on to our working canvas, scaling and positioning so that it’s similar to below:

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Of course, the rabbit in Alice In Wonderland is famously white. To change the colour of our rabbit, we need to Rasterise the shape, then use the Paint Bucket tool with white as the fill colour:

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The effect we want is to create a glowing rabbit in the sky (you have to take these opportunities when you can! ;)) so we’ll start by applying a 10px Gaussian Blur:

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Next, we’ll apply an Outer Glow effect. You can leave all the settings as default, other than the size which we’ll increase to 125px:

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We’re getting closer to our magical glowing rabbit, but lets apply some texture to add to the richly layered feel of the image.

Navigate to complete-vintage-design-arsenal-matt-borchert-2 > Paper-Pack-30-Real-Paper-Scans > paper019.jpg and place the texture on your canvas. Scale so that it covers the rabbit:

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Clip it to the rabbit layer below and reduce the Opacity to around 65% to get a soft textured effect:

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We’ll round off this step by putting grouping all the rabbit-related layers together.

Step 13:

Going back to the Sable freebie document, copy and paste the ‘Sunburst’ graphic on to your canvas. Position and scale as below, then reduce the layer opacity to 26%:

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Rasterise the shape, then invert the colour to make it white:

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Our magical bunny in the sky is now complete!

Step 14:

You can go back to the Sable freebie to add some more decorative elements. I’ve gone for the ‘Tape’ placed below the rabbit and the ‘Arrow’, which alludes to the “follow the white rabbit” theme in the story. Both the layer blend modes are set to Overlay:

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Step 15:

We’ll now build up a bit more overall texture in the image.

Navigate to complete-vintage-design-arsenal-vicki-robinson-3 > vr-TornPaper2 > vr-TornPaper2-2.png and paste on to your canvas, rotating so that the straighter side sits against the left edge:

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Change the blend mode to Soft Light and reduce the Opacity to 45% to get a subtle ‘light leak’ like effect:

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Next up, go to complete-vintage-design-arsenal-the-shop-1-4 > Rolled ink textures volume 02 – SBH > rolled-ink-texture-pack-volume-02-sbh-012.jpg and paste towards the lower right of your canvas:

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Set the blend mode to Multiply and reduce the Opacity to 50%. It’s subtle, but it all counts :)

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Finally for this step, go to complete-vintage-design-arsenal-2-lil-owls-8 > White Grunge Collection 3 > 2LO Wt Grunge col 3-11.jpg and paste on to your canvas, scaling to fit:

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Let’s change the blend mode to Overlay and reduce the Opacity to 15% to create a nice gentle glow:

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Step 16:

Our Wonderland is now looking rather good, but there’s still a key element missing!

To add our heroine, we’ll first need to find her at complete-vintage-design-arsenal-vicki-robinson-3 > vr-VintageParfumerie2 > vr-VintageParfumerie2-image6.png then add her to our canvas:

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Use a Layer Mask to paint out the background and isolate the figure:

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For some extra attention to detail, zoom in on the feet:

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So that it looks a little more like she’s standing in the grass rather than floating above it, use a rough edged brush on the Layer Mask to paint out some blades of grass around the bottom of her shoes:

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We’ll be adding some shadows and highlights to reflect the light source in this new setting. To do this we need to rasterise the image – it’s worth making a layer duplicate and hiding it, just so we have the original to come back to should things go wrong!

Using the Dodge and Burn tools with a soft brush and exposure at about 50%, start painting on some shadows and highlights in relation to the main light source – in this case, our giant glowing rabbit!

You can see a comparison below, to help show where the shadows and highlights are applied:

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We need to create a shadow on the ground. Create a new layer below ‘Alice’ and set the blend mode to Multiply. Then, using a soft edged brush with an opacity of 10% and colour of #3B2F13 gradually build up a darker area on the ground, keeping it mainly to the right to reflect the direction of the light source:

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As a finishing touch, paste the ‘frame’ graphic from the Sable freebies on to the canvas and set the blend mode to Overlay so it forms a ring around Alice’s head:

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To soften the effect, create a clipped hue/saturation adjustment layer with the following settings:

Hue/Saturation Settings:
Colourize: On
Hue: 355
Saturation: 80
Lightness: +88

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This creates a nice, gentle glow and helps fill a little bit of space.

Put all the layers in to a group called “Alice” to keep things easy to find.

Step 17:

Going back to the Sable freebies, select ‘flower2′ and paste it on to your canvas so it’s to the right of Alice and her basket of flowers:

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For a subtler effect, we’ll change the blend mode to Overlay:

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Duplicate the layer a handful of times and position randomly around her in the sky and on the ground, playing with opacity and size.

For the lighter flowers, set the blend mode to Normal, but rasterise the images and invert the colour so they stand out of the darker areas:

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Step 18:

We’re entering the final few steps now!

We’ll add a bit of decoration to the upper left of the image, to balance out our positioning of Alice. This’ll be done in the form of: complete-vintage-design-arsenal-vicki-robinson-3 > vr-PaperEphemera1 > vr_PaperEphemera1-15.png

Rotate and scale so it’s similar to the image below:

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Set the blend mode to Multiply and the Opacity to 85%:

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Step 19:

As there’s still a lot of space towards the mid-left of the image, we’ll fill this with a simple quote that adds some context.

To create a background for us to write on, navigate to complete-vintage-design-arsenal-the-shop-1-4 > Rolled ink textures volume 02 – SBH > rolled-ink-texture-pack-volume-02-sbh-006.jpg and position as below:

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Set the blend mode to Multiply and Opacity to 85%. Then, create a clipped hue/saturation Adjustment Layer with the following settings:

Hue/Saturation Settings:
Colourize: On
Hue: 29
Saturation: 59
Lightness: +82

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Duplicate both the image and adjustment layer, and set the blend mode to Normal, Opacity 60%. We then need to rasterise the image so we can use the Background Eraser tool to remove the white edges.

Set the Background Eraser size to as large as you can, and the tolerance to about 90%. Then, click on any white area of the image:

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For the text, select the colour as #463725 and choose a classic serif font (I’ve used Cala) as used in older books.

Set the layer blend mode to Multiply and type:

“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

so that it fits on our background.

Step 20:

The very last step!

Finally, we want to give the whole image a vintage charm and we’ll use a screen texture from the bundle to do this.

To find our screen texture, navigate to complete-vintage-design-arsenal-nicky-laatz-1 > Speckles-Noise > NOISE10.jpg, rotating and scaling to fit as below:

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Change the blend mode to Screen to see the magic happen :)

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And we’re done!

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I hope you enjoyed completing this tutorial and are left feeling inspired to go and create some magical designs with your new resources!

If you’ve got any comments or questions, do leave them below and I’ll keep an eye out. Also, feel free to get in touch @rockportraits

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Design a Retro, Quote Based Poster

Hello Design Cutters! Simon here. I’m particularly excited by the Complete Vintage Design Arsenal, as it features many amazing resources. Incidentally, it includes a few of my most recent texture packs, which I hadn’t yet had a chance to write demo content for. This is the perfect excuse.

The bundle includes sweet stuff all around, from textures to vector elements. We’ll be using a handful of each, in order to create this retro, quote-based poster. We’ll use both Photoshop and Illustrator for this one, but you should be able to do everything in Photoshop should you want to. You’ll learn tons of great techniques in this tutorial, including texturing, composition, blending, masking and much more.

WHAT WE’RE CREATING:

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Here’s some close ups of our final design:

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The Complete Vintage Design Arsenal  demo tutorial
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Anxious to get started? So am I!

STEP 1: DOCUMENT SETUP

It’s not one but two documents that we need to create. Since most of the elements that compose the iconography of our poster are vector elements, it’s much faster to get them ready in Illustrator rather than Photoshop.

Start by creating a new Photoshop document. It should be an 18×24 inches canvas @ 300 dpi.

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Add a few guides to facilitate the placement of elements later on. I have vertical guides at 1, 2, 9, 16, and 17 inches, and horizontal guides at 1, 2, 12, 22, and 23 inches.

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Save your document, and turn your attention to Illustrator. Create a matching canvas. Note the RGB color mode. This will make sure that the colors are consistent between Photoshop and Illustrator.

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Don’t forget the guides.

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All setup? Time to put our objects in place.

STEP 2: ELEMENTS GATHERING

This step isn’t complex. We’ll simply peruse the bundle to grab the major bits and pieces we’ll be using. I’ve listed them below.

The bell from Nicky Laatz\The-Handmade-Vintage-Logo-Bundle\VintageLogosVol2\extraimagesCS5.ai.

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The feather, from the same document.

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Then, there’s this arrow from Milka\Sable Kit\sable kit.ai

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It’s located towards the bottom of the first artboard.

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There’s this badge (we’ll transform it a bit later on), from Ghostly pixels\ExpeditionaLogos-byGhostlyPixels\Extra-Packs\Geometric-badges\EPS-Format\Thin_Outlines_Double.

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Finally, we’ll be using this burst, also from Milka\Sable Kit\sable kit.ai

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It’s the second one from the bottom left, on the second artboard.

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While these jumped at me, I was also sketching the following layout concept.

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I created a new, square Illustrator document in which I’ve stored all of these. That’s a step that you can certainly skip.

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If you still need to do so, bring all of the vector elements in your main vector document.

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Give each of the elements their own layer. This will prove useful, as we have a few edits to make to each of them (adding a solid background to them, rotations, etc.).

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STEP 3: ELEMENTS EDITING

This step is not very fun, but should go quickly non the less. A lot of the elements we want to use need a quick step or two of polish. The bell, the feather, and the arrow for instance, need a solid background color. The feather needs to be rotated a bit so it’s straight on an horizontal line. The badge needs to get its inner shape filled. The arrow also needs to be mirrored and rotated to form a small badge element. Let’s get to it.

The bell

I’m using the pen tool to create a path behind the bell. That path is more or less an outline of the bell. Luckily for us, we don’t have to be too precise when tracing it. I’m using the bright magenta from Illustrator’s default color palette, just so I can visualize the shape I’m creating. Don’t worry, as the poster’s final colors palette will be way different.

Simply zoom in on the bell, take your pen tool (P), and start tracing away.

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Feel free to adjust the layer order so the path is behind the bell already when creating it. Locking the bell for the duration of that step will probably help as well.

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Once you’re done with that imprecise first pass, it’s time to zoom in further, and to make sure that the path fits the bell’s outline as well as possible.

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Move (direct selection too – A), add or remove anchor points (with + and -), and edit the handles to make these pesky Bézier curves fit (with the anchor point tool, SHIFT+C). Here’s a close-up example of the bottom right part of the bell.

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The Complete Vintage Design Arsenal  demo tutorial

From there, the process is the same for the rest of the path. This is the section just above the one I was dealing with before.

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The Complete Vintage Design Arsenal  demo tutorial
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Once you’re satisfied with the result, don’t forget to properly name the path, and reorganize your layers if necessary.

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The feather

I’m going to use another technique for the feather: the blob brush. I shared it first in the “vacuum tube” poster tutorial.

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The blob brush (SHIFT+B) allows you to paint multiple shapes that fuse themselves together. Lock the feather, and start painting in magenta. Quick tip: you can change your brush’s diameter by double-clicking on the tool’s icon.

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The Complete Vintage Design Arsenal  demo tutorial

From there, keep painting until the whole feather is filled.

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The Complete Vintage Design Arsenal  demo tutorial
The Complete Vintage Design Arsenal  demo tutorial

While we’re at it, let’s straighten the feather up. Unlock it if necessary, and rotate it by hand until it looks aligned on an horizontal line. The smart guides might help (View > Smart guides).

I rotated the feather itself first. The little indicator gave me a 90° value.

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I then proceeded to rotate the background to match. The box indicated a value of -6.78°.

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After some additional keyboard nudging (use your arrow keys), it’s all in place. Note that my outline is far from precise for the feather. The bell is a very hard object. A feather is fuzzy and flexible. My outline is a translation of these characteristics.

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The badge

Next up is the badge. I’ll share one more technique. What we want to accomplish is to fill its center shape. We could use the same technique than the bell. But because the badge has a transparent shape in the middle, it’s considered to be a compound path. These can be released, which has for effect to fill the transparent shape. That’s what we’ll do here.

First, ungroup the badge (SHIFT+CTRL/CMD+G).

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Then, select the inner shape of the badge, and right-click it. Choose “Release compound path, and watch the magic happen.

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The Complete Vintage Design Arsenal  demo tutorial

Select the badge shapes, and merge them together with the Pathfinder (SHIFT+CTRL/CMD+F9) to clean things up.

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The Complete Vintage Design Arsenal  demo tutorial

After renaming your layers properly, this is what you should have.

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The arrow

For the arrow, choose which background creation technique you want. Note that the compound path release trick won’t work, as it’s not a fully closed path. I choose the blob brush.

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The Complete Vintage Design Arsenal  demo tutorial
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Next, we need to create the little badge element I mentioned earlier. Select both the arrow and its background. Then, proceed to reflect it (Right click > Transform > Reflect).

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Create a mirror copy of the arrow and its background. Don’t forget to hit “Copy” in the dialog box.

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The Complete Vintage Design Arsenal  demo tutorial

From there, rotate both arrows clockwise at 90°.

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Select the arrow pointing to the top, and reflect it again.

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The Complete Vintage Design Arsenal  demo tutorial

And reflect it one more time.

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And we have our small badge.

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All of our elements are ready!

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STEP 4: COLORS, PHASE I

This is usually where I jump onto Colourlovers.com, and look for sweet palettes that are within the realm of what I’m creating. Today, we won’t need to do that. Vivki Robinson’s Paper ephemera 2 is filled with the perfect items to create a color palette from.

I’ve used vr_PaperEphemera2-ladylabel.png (an old liqueur label) and vr_PaperEphemera2-milk.png (an old milk container or create label) to sample colors from. I placed them in my document, and use the eyedropper (I) to grab a quintessential vintage palette: off white (#fff1d2), red (#cf2228), yellow (#fcc1ff), and dark blue (#413e49).

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The Complete Vintage Design Arsenal  demo tutorial
The Complete Vintage Design Arsenal  demo tutorial

From there, it’s time to proceed to our poster layout.

STEP 5: POSTER LAYOUT

This part is where you’ll be able to make this design your own. I choose to use the bell as my focal element. The feather, after being rotated and duplicated, serves as an ornamental element. The arrows are another ornament. A bell-related quote helps to set the mood. Finally, the burst (and the textures) tie the poster together.

First: the bell and badge

Let’s start with our main element. I’ve placed it at the center of my poster, at roughly 6 inches wide.

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Next, let’s place the badge behind the bell. It’s centered as well, and is 9 inches wide.

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The feather “crown”

This part is a hair more complicated. On the feather layer, start by creating a centered 12 inches circle. It should just have a stroke to be visible, and no fill.

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Next, proceed to align your feather and its background at the bottom of the circle so the center of its stem lines up with the circle. Make sure it’s around 4.5 inches wide.

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The Complete Vintage Design Arsenal  demo tutorial

Next comes the complicated part. We’re going to use the rotate tool (R) to duplicate and rotate the feather along the circle.

Select the feather.

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Next, select the rotate tool (R). Notice the blue cross that appeared on the feather? It’s its center of rotation.

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By default, it’s located at the center of the active shape. We’re going to move it (click and drag it while pressing ALT/OPTION+SHIFT – this will make sure the shape rotates along the circle) to the center of the circle.

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Next, double-click on the rotate tool icon.

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It will bring this tool box. Select the rotation you’d like to give to your feather. I’m using -24°. Hit the Copy button.

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You’ll get a second copy of the feather, rotated of -24°, along the circle.

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With that copy of the feather selected, simply press CTRL/CMD+D to repeat the transformation until you are satisfied with the number of feathers you have. I’m only using three on each side.

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Reorganize the layers so the bottom feather is at the top.

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Once you’re happy with the placement of that half of the “crown,” proceed to reflect it one more time to obtain the full crown. Align the new half properly, then delete the circle.

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The Complete Vintage Design Arsenal  demo tutorial
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The arrows

The arrows are placed mid-way between the bottom of the bell and the feathers. My arrow badge is 3 inches wide.

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The burst

The burst is very loosely centered on the bell’s clapper. It should be oversized compared to the canvas, so all of its rays go beyond the frame’s edge. This gives it a tentative width of 38 inches.

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STEP 6: TYPE

Since I’ve used the bell as my focal element, I wanted to find a text element that would relate to it. After a bit of digging, I found the following quote by Charles Lamb. If features the perfect amount of nostalgia for a vintage-inspired poster:

“Of all sound of all bells… most solemn and touching is the peal which rings out the Old Year.”

I split the text in two blocks: “Of all sound of all bells…,” and “most solemn and touching / is the peal which rings out / the Old Year.” The “/” indicate a line break.

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The type is centered, and set in Lost Type Co-ops’s Pigeon. It’s a neat and elegant serif typeface.

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In order to let the copy breath a little bit, I’ve tweaked the tracking a bit.

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Another tweak I made was to add a 2 point stroke to the type. Pigeon is very thin, which can sometimes be challenging for legibility.

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Finally, in order to make the type fit the piece better, I applied a Warp effect to both text blocks. I’m using Effects > Warp > Arc, with values of + and -35%, respectively.

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And this blocks our layout almost in full (there will be some minor adjustments after the colors are in place).

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STEP 7: COLOR, PHASE II

It’s time to get back to our color palette. Both of our reference documents where using their lightes color as the background, so we’ll do the same. This will make sure that we don’t get weird results with the overall contrast of our piece.

I’m starting to color the background with our off-white (#fff1d2), and work my way from there. You’ll probably ungroup and regroup elements repeatedly during the coloring process, to get an easier access to the various fill shapes we created at the beginning.

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And now that we have our color in place, we can move to the last and (most exciting?) part of the piece: textures!

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The Complete Vintage Design Arsenal  demo tutorial

STEP 8: PLACING THE ELEMENTS IN PHOTOSHOP

This is quite easy: simply copy and paste the various elements of our piece in your Photoshop document. Please paste them as smart objects, as this will make tweaking the piece much easier, and without loss of quality. Do use the guides and position indications to accurately transfer your layout over.

Oh, and why do we bother to copy the elements over individually? Because they’ll be much easier to texture that way.

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The Complete Vintage Design Arsenal  demo tutorial
The Complete Vintage Design Arsenal  demo tutorial
The Complete Vintage Design Arsenal  demo tutorial
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Our Photoshop document is ready to go.

And here are our layers so far.

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STEP 9: TEXTURES

This is where the fun begins. After looking extensively though the various textures available, I tried to use the ones that would contribute to make this piece unique.

Note that I’m following a destructive workflow in this tutorial. I detailed quite precisely a non-destructive version of my texturing process in this tutorial.

The background

Start by turning off/hiding all of your vector elements, so you can see that background building up.

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The first texture we’ll make a use of is vr-MYM-Gesso1-overlay9 (from Vicki Robinson\vr-GessoOverlays1\vr-MYM-Gesso1c).

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Place it into your document so it fills the whole canvas.

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Process to rasterize the layer. The texture is great, but we want it to be darker than the background, not lighter. CTRL/CMD+CLICK the layer’s thumbnail to create a selection of its content.

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Then fill it with #bfb7a3. This color has been obtained by reducing the saturation and brightness of the background’s color.

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The Complete Vintage Design Arsenal  demo tutorial

Finally, change the layer’s blending mode to Multiply @ 50% opacity.

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The next texture is 2LO Wt Grunge col 4-10 (from 2 Lil Owls\White Grunge collection 4).

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Place it in the document so it covers it in full.

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Rasterize the layer, desaturate it (CTRL/CMD+SHIFT+U) and sharpen it one or two times (Filter > Sharpen > Sharpen).

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Use the levels (CTRL/CMD+L) to enhance the contrast and impact of the texture on our piece.

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Finally, change the texture’s blending mode to Soft light @ 100% opacity.

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Next up is 2LO Wt Grunge col 3-6 (from 2 Lil Owls\White Grunge collection 3). Follow a similar process to place the texture and edit it.

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Finally, change its blending mode to Soft light @ 100% opacity.

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Next is paper18 (from Matt Borchert\Paper-Pack-30-Real-Paper-Scans).

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Make it take the whole canvas, sharpen it, and invert it (CTRL/CMD+I).

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Darken the texture with levels.

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Change the blending mode to Soft light @ 35% opacity.

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Next: paper29 (from Matt Borchert\Paper-Pack-30-Real-Paper-Scans).

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Blending mode: Soft light @ 100% opacity.

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Finally, we’re going to use rolled-ink-texture-pack-volume-02-sbh-007 to create a faint frame effect.

The Complete Vintage Design Arsenal  demo tutorial
The Complete Vintage Design Arsenal  demo tutorial

Invert the texture.

The Complete Vintage Design Arsenal  demo tutorial

Change its blending mode to Soft light @ 50% opacity.

The Complete Vintage Design Arsenal  demo tutorial

The final texture for our background is vr_PaperEphemera2-blanktag. This oval texture will create a frame for our vector elements.

The Complete Vintage Design Arsenal  demo tutorial

Place it so it fits between your most inner guides.

The Complete Vintage Design Arsenal  demo tutorial

Change its blending mode to Color burn @ 50% opacity.

The Complete Vintage Design Arsenal  demo tutorial

While this background is decent, it should be a bit softer for our piece. Just try to turn your vector elements back on to see that it’s too overpowering.

The Complete Vintage Design Arsenal  demo tutorial

The solution? Lowering the opacity of some of the textures we’ve used.

The Complete Vintage Design Arsenal  demo tutorial

Now that the background is done, a quick look at our layers:

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How to texturize the vector elements

There are two ways to texture the vectors elements we have at hand. We can either clip textures on top of them (CTRL/CMD+G with the texture layer selected), or we can paste textures in layer masks (ALT/OPTION+CLICK the layer mask thumbnail to see its content). We’ll do both.

The burst

The burst will get texture20.jpg from Matt Borchert\Distress-Texture-Pack-Vol1 pasted in a layer mask.

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The mayer mask and the burst layer shouldn’t be linked, so we can edit them independently from each other. The texture should cover the whole mask.

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Use levels to make the texture much darker (and erase/fade quite a bit of the burst).

The Complete Vintage Design Arsenal  demo tutorial
The Complete Vintage Design Arsenal  demo tutorial

Finally, change the burst’s blending mode to Multiply @ 100%.

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The bell and its badge

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We’ll both clip a texture and add one in a layer mask for that one. Let’s start with the layer mask texture. Locate Texture29.jpg from Matt Borchert\Distress-Texture-Pack-Vol2.

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Paste it in the layer mask to cover the bell and badge in totality.

The Complete Vintage Design Arsenal  demo tutorial

Since this is a strong texture, and the most important element of the poster, we’re going to lighten up things up a bit.

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The Complete Vintage Design Arsenal  demo tutorial

The next step is to clip paper017 from Matt Borchert\Paper-Pack-30-Real-Paper-Scans on top of it.

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The Complete Vintage Design Arsenal  demo tutorial

Rasterize, sharpen, and desaturate the texture prior to apply the following level settings.

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Finally, change the texture’s blending mode to Soft light @ 50% opacity.

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The feathers

The feathers only get paper028, clipped on top of them.

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The Complete Vintage Design Arsenal  demo tutorial
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The Complete Vintage Design Arsenal  demo tutorial

Change the blending mode to Soft light @ 100% opacity.

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The arrows

The arrows don’t receive any particular texture treatment

The type

The type elements get paper029.jpg pasted in their layer mask.

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The Complete Vintage Design Arsenal  demo tutorial
The Complete Vintage Design Arsenal  demo tutorial
The Complete Vintage Design Arsenal  demo tutorial

A few layout adjustment

Before we finalize the piece, we need to do a few adjustments. The elements constituting the poster are located too low within the oval frame and general canvas.

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Make sure that the various texture layers and layers masks are linked back to their respective objects, and simply slide everything up, so it’s centered within the oval frame.

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The Complete Vintage Design Arsenal  demo tutorial

Once that’s done, take advantage of the type being a smart object, and invert the placement of the bottom line of type, and the arrows. Simply double-click on the smart object layer to be taken back to Illustrator to edit it.

The Complete Vintage Design Arsenal  demo tutorial

Finally, group all of the vector elements and their textures into their own layer group.

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STEP 10: GLOBAL TEXTURES AND FINISH

That additional texture step is often critical to tie a piece together. By applying texture to the whole piece rather than to individual elements, there will be a visual consistency forming.

Let’s start with 2014-05-15-leather-billfold-textures-sbh-006.

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Place it so it covers the whole canvas.

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The Complete Vintage Design Arsenal  demo tutorial

Change its blending mode to Soft light at 35% opacity.

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Next is 2014-05-16-plastic-card-holder-textures-black-on-white-sbh-008. I used the transparent version. Place it to cover the whole canvas.

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Like for the vr-MYM-Gesso1-overlay9 at the beginning, change the color of the dirt speckles to #bfb7a3.

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Finally, change its blending mode to Linear burn @ 75% opacity.

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Next up, a brush stroke texture: texture04 from Matt Borchert\Distress-Texture-Pack-Vol1.

The Complete Vintage Design Arsenal  demo tutorial
The Complete Vintage Design Arsenal  demo tutorial

Change its blending mode to Soft light @ 25% opacity.

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In the same vein, texture14.

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The Complete Vintage Design Arsenal  demo tutorial

Change its blending mode to Soft light @ 25% opacity as well.

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Next to last texture, packing-material-texture-pack-vol-02-sbh-014.

The Complete Vintage Design Arsenal  demo tutorial
The Complete Vintage Design Arsenal  demo tutorial
The Complete Vintage Design Arsenal  demo tutorial

Change its blending mode to Soft light @ 50% opacity.

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Finally, there’s packing-material-texture-pack-vol-02-sbh-012.

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The Complete Vintage Design Arsenal  demo tutorial
The Complete Vintage Design Arsenal  demo tutorial

Change, one more time, the blending mode to Soft light @ 50%.

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Before we do the last of the last thing on this poster, we’re going to tweak layer opacities one more time. The current feel of the piece is “dirty,” rather than old or aged. Start by lowering the opacity of the 2014-05-16-plastic-card-holder-textures-black-on-white-sbh-008 layer to 50%.

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Lower the opacity of the packing-material-texture-pack-vol-02-sbh-012 layer to 25%.

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Lower the opacity of the 2014-05-15-leather-billfold-textures-sbh-006 layer to 15%.

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Lower the opacity of 2LO Wt Grunge col 4-10 to 50%.

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Same for 2LO Wt Grunge col 3-6.

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Finally, lower the opacity of vr-MYM-Gesso1-overlay9 to 5%.

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The wrap-up touch: a halftone effect. I’ve covered this technique before, but it’s so efficient that I’m going to use it again.

First, organize your layers.

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Then, create a merged copy of all your layers. Make sure that you have your top layer selected, and press CTRL/CMD+SHIFT+ALT/OPTION+E. Rename the layer Comp, or halftones.

The Complete Vintage Design Arsenal  demo tutorial

Transform the layer to a smart object (Filter > Convert for smart filters). Then apply the effect Filter > Pixelate > Color halftones. Use these settings.

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Because this layer is a smart object, and because the filter is compatible with smart objects, we have 2 blending/opacities modes to assign: the effect itself, as well as the layer itself. Double-click on the little extra icon on the layer to access this feature.

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From there, change the layer’s blending mode to Lighter color @ 50% opacity.

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And we’re done!

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I hope you had as much fun going through the tutorial than I had writing it. If you have any questions, feel free to use the comments below, or to tweet at me. As always, don’t forget to send us your outcomes, either through Twitter or Facebook.

The Complete Vintage Design Arsenal  demo tutorial
The Complete Vintage Design Arsenal  demo tutorial
The Complete Vintage Design Arsenal  demo tutorial

FINAL THOUGHTS

I hope you had as much going through the tutorial as I had writing it. Don’t hesitate to share your outcomes on the Design Cuts Facebook page. If you have any questions please let us know in the comments below, or ask me directly on twitter: @simonhartmann.

Remember, there’s only a few days left to get the Complete Vintage Design Arsenal for just $29, so if you don’t want to miss out, we recommend checking it out now. It’s been getting some amazing feedback from the DC community, and you guys have been loving the hundreds of vintage items available.

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85 Comments & Reviews

  1. Dear Design Cuts:

    YOU ARE… Literally, making me cry tears of joy, I was LONGING for the script/text/receipts/etc. overlays and the maps are FABULOUS!

    I have NEVER seen a Bingo Card except from when I used to play every Saturday in another life! The memories that brings back. I still have my Bingo Chips. I can’t bring myself to throw them out!

    LOVE the receipts and all that stuff, I absolutely cannot name everything here.

    I’m in the middle of taking a Pinterest class and the images I could make with ALL the beauties in this package. I’ve been looking all over.

    The papers are so versatile and different from any we’ve had before. Love the circles or bubble thingies – all I know is they are round! ;)

    THIS bundle was truly MADE FOR ME. Did I ask for the script and text, I was going to, these days I’m lucky I remember who I am ;)

    I WILL ABSOLUTELY ENJOY making my video promo for this one AND bringing this to my community, if they don’t feel like I do, well… Then there is something wrong.

    Last, but not least… ALWAYS love the additions by Denise Love from 2 Lil’ Owls.

    IF YOU are sitting on the fence… GET OFF NOW!!!!!!!!

    I am here to tell you, I have been personally looking for script/text overlays for the last few months and they are VERY expensive ~ IF you can find anything decent!

    YOU COULD NOT get EVEN ONE of these package for what the ENTIRE bundle costs!

    In truth and sincerity,

    Roz Fruchtman
    PhotoshopHaven

    • Matt Slightam says:

      Thanks Roz :) ! As ever I’m completely smitten with all the illustrated elements – it’s another whopper! So large that it took quite some time for me to get it all zipped up and uploaded to S3!!! :D

      • Matt:

        This is one of my MOST FAVORITE bundles yet!

        I so wanted the French Scripts and Receipts and Maps, etc.

        It’s a wonderful combination.

        Roz

        • Matt Slightam says:

          It’s full of really lovely elements isn’t it? :) I spotted from another comment that you’re moving into the world of Illustrator!!! Great to see that you’re learning this as well as Photoshop, there are so many lovely resources to play with in it – and vectors are a fantastic design medium! :D

    • Rivqa Kohan says:

      Thanks Roz for sharing this awesomeness with me. And thanks Design Cuts for such a fantastic offering.

      • Tina Muller says:

        You’re so welcome, Rivqa. So glad to hear you’re enjoying our new bundle. Let us know if you create something awesome with your new vintage resources. We’d love to see what you create with them. :)

  2. Jerry says:

    WOW!!

    I just purchased the previous deal last night and I can’t resist this one too!

    Loos like I’ll have to pick it up once I’m back at the home office. :)

    Keep up the great work!

    • Matt Slightam says:

      Thanks Jerry! I was really excited when I sat down to go through this one with Tom when we were putting it together, a really varied and absolutely huge bundle, great that it’s going down so well already :D

    • Tina Muller says:

      Thanks so much for the kind words, Jerry! Glad to hear you’re enjoying our recent bundles. Let me know how you get on with the fonts and the vintage resources, when you grab them. :)

  3. Alex Finlayson says:

    Short and sweet, outstanding deal. I take my hat off to you

  4. Kris Mento says:
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    Design Cuts, you are BEYOND awesome!!!!!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!

    • Tina Muller says:

      Thank you so much, Kris! It’s so great to hear you’re loving this bundle as much as we do.

  5. Amazing! As I scrolled down the page, I couldn’t believe how much you packed into this collection… fantastic variety of unique, high quality design elements. This is sure to get my creative juices going! You guys just keep outdoing yourselves. Thank you!

    • Tina Muller says:

      Thank you so much, Jo Ann! I’m go glad to hear you’re enjoying this bundle. Please do send us some of your designs, If you create anything with these new resources. :)

  6. MB says:

    This is without question an AWESOME deal, but I already have a few of what is featured in this bundle. :(
    It wld be nice to be able to create our own bundles sometime. Like pic three or five from say 10 options for a certain one time low price like you offer here. Just a thought.
    STILL …. an unbelievable deal for sure.

    • Tina Muller says:

      Thanks for the kind words, and for the suggestion. I definitely really like the idea, but it may take some finagling around. :)

  7. jerry jones says:

    I’m with MB, I already have some of the features in this bundle, and a pick and chose idea sounds rather interesting!
    You guys seem to find great deals, keep up the good work.

    • Tina Muller says:

      Thank Jerry! I’ll definitely get the guys to look into this. As I said it may be a little complicated, and therefore take some time, but I’ll see what I can do. :)

  8. Derek says:

    Yawn…these trendy pre-made hipster logo badges and design elements are everywhere these days. Designers should avoid trends, not embrace them so much.

    I bought your last arsenal which included some cool fonts, but not really feeling this one because there are too many items not worth using. The textures are always handy however.

    • Tina Muller says:

      Hey Derek,

      Thanks for your feedback. We totally agree that trends aren’t usually worth paying attention to, rather it’s the fundamentals of design are that are really essential.

      However, beyond just being perceived as a ‘trend’, the vintage style logos are helping a lot of the community to create some really fantastic work that they may not be able to achieve otherwise. Whether the vintage trend passes or not, the hand-made artistry in these items do let people create some really great results.

      We totally recognise that they may not be for you, and of course that’s totally fine. However, we carefully listen to which items will help our folks the most, and we always try to provide bundles that will benefit every members of our community and fit their needs.

      Honestly, we really appreciate you taking the time to leave this feedback, and we’ve definitely made a note for future bundles. I hope you continue to enjoy the site, and that you’re getting great use from your new fonts :).

  9. Louis Hazard says:
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    I see it a bit differently….

    (My goal here is to engage in discussion, and not to become a source of division or conflict with anyone.)

    Even with the items I already own, more than half of them would be new additions for me. A few weeks ago I almost purchased one of the items included for the same amount as this entire bundle costs. I ended up purchasing something else and put that item on a wishlist. Lo and behold…. not only will I be getting that item, but a lot of other resources as well. So even though I will have some duplicates, I am still getting a fantastic deal on the items that will be new for me.

    It is a simple matter of the odds here. Sooner or later, if DesignCuts keeps arranging for such wonderful deals on “best-selling” resources, there are going to be some of us who have already picked up some of those best sellers. That’s why they are best sellers to begin with. People are already buying them.

    If I was paying twice or three times as much for the deal as I am, I would probably feel a little more frustrated that I already have some of the items, but I’m still looking at what would I pay for the items that would be new for me. That is what I make my final decision on in such situations.

    For this current deal, I am still WAY ahead in terms of savings.

    I do understand that others may not be getting the same level of benefit.

    So my personal preference would be to stay with these all-in-one deals.

    My concern with going to a pick-your-items type bundle is that there would be times where I find I want ALL the items and then would need to make two purchases. :-(

    (I’d still get them both, mind you, but I would need at least 4 weeks in which to be able to do so. It’s a budget thing!) :-)

    Whatever is decided for the future, I appreciate that you all seek to make sure that each bundle offered here at DesignCuts does not include items from previous bundles.

    • I don’t think I have any of these, there might have been one or two, I can’t remember as I looked first thing when it was released, that I was not as excited about in the bundle – I am only speculating as I believe I loved them all because I was looking for this type of bundle, but follow me here…

      The thing is, most of us use Photoshop and/or Illustrator (Photoshop here, learning Illustrator), or perhaps you use Photohshop Elements, you might not think you’d use those one or two today, but I’d bet… they’d come in handy another day.

      – What I’d like to see is more examples of what Design Cutters are doing with them to spark my own imagination. Sometimes we have to see something to think: “Geez, I didn’t think I’d use that or I didn’t think I used that font or element or item, in that way ~NOW… I’m glad I got it!”

      – This happened to me with one of the font bundles a few font bundles back!
      I was fairly new to Design Cuts and I passed up on one of the font packages. Then I watched a CreativeLIVE class on how to use “Open Type Fonts” in a FREE class on Fonts/Text, etc. with Khara Plicanic. The thing was… I had NOT understood what Open Type Fonts were until then or the difference between Desktop and Web fonts. All I knew was there was a “separate” price for the desktop version and ANOTHER price for the web version. I digress… One of the fonts in the class had been featured in the Design Cuts Font package I passed up.

      I was ready to kick myself (but I was so upset I might have hurt myself) as I NEVER thought of using that font in the way it was used in the class. But… the font bundle was no longer available AND IF I purchased the font alone it would cost MORE than the ENTIRE Design Cuts Font Bundle I passed up ~A LOT MORE!!!

      However… Design Cuts in THEIR WISDOM brought the font package back as an upsell (additional choice) when the next font package was offered and…
      “What do you think I did?”

      YOU GOT IT, I bought that font package I passed up on and was thrilled to death!

      With all this babble, MY point, sometimes we need to see examples of how things are used! I realize this is not the same as having a duplicate version, but the value of the rest of the package is still better than buying one of the elements alone, which will cost as much or more as the ENTIRE Design Cuts Bundle.

      I vote for the Bundles to stay, AND if Design Cuts chooses, they could have a mix’n’match as an ADDITIONAL offer in between.

      There is TOO MUCH value in the Bundles to give them up in my opinion, but what do I know! I, for one, would be VERY SAD to see the bundles go the way they are! There are many that buy that might not be able to buy as often. We have different levels of success points here and while success is more times than not, NOT related to money, sometimes it is as success and budget go hand-in-hand for artists.

      I hope this share was NOT out of line!

      Roz Fruchtman
      @PhotoshopHaven

      • Tina Muller says:

        Hey Roz,

        Not at all, we always really appreciate your feedback.

        I completely see where you’re coming from with the wanting to see how other Design Cutters use the resources. Whenever we do get a community creation through that relate to a currently running bundle, we always try to show it off, as we understand how important it is to see how certain elements could be used. This is also the reason why we offer the tutorials.

        I’ve made a big note here though for us to give you even more examples and inspiration for how to use these resources. Perhaps quick ‘mini examples’ of potential outcomes would be just as helpful as the comprehensive tutorials that we publish?

        Either way, I’ll speak to the team to see of there is anything we can come up with that will show our currently running bundles in more detail and in ways that spark more ideas of how to use them. :)

    • Tina Muller says:

      Thank you so much for your comment, Louis. I really like your idea and way of thinking, as well as your honesty. I can certainly understand both sides, and I really don’t think there is a right or wrong in this case. It’s really a matter of preference. :)

      If we do decide to offer a pick and mix bundle it would most likely not be a decision that would affect the entire way we offer design resources, but simply a one off fun way of choose what you want. It would definitely be interesting to see what kind of resources people go for.

  10. Julie Meredith says:

    Many of the projects in my portfolio use Design Cuts resources (even if the title doesn’t directly state that). In addition to the standard print/web work though… here are links to some of the other ways in which I’ve used my bundle goodies. Maybe they will help spark ideas for others :)

    Motion Graphics http://bit.ly/1fRUZy6
    3D, Product Design, Etc http://bit.ly/1jnvwVP

    • Tina Muller says:

      Thanks so much, Julie! I always love your motion graphics!I really think that these examples will give our community some awesome ideas of how to use some of our resources. Thank you! :)

  11. Maribeth Huffaker says:
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    Oh you had me at old Bingo card! Great pack, thanks!

  12. Nicole says:

    I had promised myself “I won’t buy next deal at DC … only the one after” (I could say that because ALL of them are amazing).
    BANG ! you just come with a deal where I find so many elements I love that I already forgot my promise :-(
    I have a question guys : could you pls hit “pause” for a sec’ … giving me time to play with my goodies ?. Pliiiiizzzz
    Thanks ;-)

  13. Ann says:

    Hi all,

    Looks like another great deal, I spend far too much money here ;)

    Can anyone tell me how big the old maps are in pixels, they just look fantastic!

    Ann

    • Tom Ross says:

      Thanks a lot Ann :). The old maps are great aren’t they? The colour images are 3600X3600px, which is pretty high-res. The black and white images are 2500X2500px, which is still a very decent size. I hope this helps, and we’d love to see how you use them.

  14. Kris Roberts says:
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    Amazing pack! Just purchased the font pack a few days ago, and I am now downloading this pack! You guys and girls are amazing for selling us these awesome deals! I am a screen printer and these packs are perfectly aimed in my direction. Thank you!!!

    • Tina Muller says:

      Thank you so much for the kind words, Kris! It means so much to all of us in the team. I’m really glad to hear you’re enjoying our resources so much, and that they help you with your professional work. If possible we’d love to see what you create with your new elements, so please do send us some of your work.

  15. Hey DC Crew: another awesome deal. I’m getting it this week as soon as I’m back from vacation.
    I’ve lately discovered the work of Dustin Lee at RetroSupply Co – awesome resources. It so amazing to see some of his great sets in this deal. I totalled up the value – the RetroSupply Co elements are alone worth $85!!!!! Super pumped.
    The crazy thing is this – I don’t have these particular sets of Dustins – so it’s super cool. Have been eyeing his “American Bundle” for some time and the Logo Mockup set is super high quality.
    Bravo Design Cuts – spreading the love!!!!
    Tom L
    Canada

    • Tina Muller says:

      Thank you so much, Tom. That’s awesome that you actually managed to grab a particular set of resources with this deal, that you’ve been looking at anyway. Great stuff. I really hope you’ll love working with them.

    • Dustin Lee says:

      Hi Tom,

      Thank you so much for the kind words about my RetroSupply goods. It feels great to know people find the work useful. You made my day!

      Enjoy the bundle : )

      Dustin Lee
      RetroSupply Co.

  16. Su Hall says:

    Genius! It tickled me to pieces to see Vicki’s parts in this bundle! I love to see the ‘marriage’ of digital scrapbooking/art-journaling with the web design community. All of my online friends are in one or the other. It’s neat to see them mixed together. The vintage thing is always going to be popular. So, I suppose, that is the common denominator. Or, Photoshop. (I am way too analytical! LOL) I love it all! Just got mine and am downloading now!
    Thank you for another awesome deal!! I am really looking forward to the tutorials that spring up from this bundle!

    Su

    • Tina Muller says:

      Thank you so much Su! It’s awesome that you know one of the designers. Really cool. :) So pleased to hear you’re enjoying this bundle.

  17. Bonnie Detwiller says:
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    As a recent graphic design and illustration university grad this deal is fantastic. I’m still super broke from school, but I thought I would treat myself to this pack. There’s a lot of great textures that I can use for posters and other freelance projects I’m doing, so hopefully some of these items will help make my money back ten fold (at least)! Can’t say I’ll be able to buy every deal that comes up, but I will definitely be keeping an eye on this site.

    • Tina Muller says:

      Welcome to the community, Bonnie! I really hope you’ll enjoy it here. I hope that this bundle will hep you get the ball rolling for your freelance career. If you create anything with your new resources, please do send us some of your designs. I’d love to see what you’re working on.

  18. Matthew Smith says:
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    Another deal I just couldn’t ignore! What’s this… second or third I’ve got? You guys are doing good work especially for small design companies who can’t afford to “splurge” all that money for each individual pack. I’ll be a long time customer and I can guarantee I’ll recommend many others to your site! Keep it up!

    • Matt Slightam says:

      Thanks Matthew! It’s great to hear that the packs are useful to design companies, we did very much have that in mind when we set up the site (as someone who’s been freelance, and now as well as being part of the DC team also runs a design agency it’s something that’s very close to my heart!) – as well of course as putting together packs which are really useful to the design community at large :D

  19. Dustin Lee says:

    Just wanted to drop a quick note and thank you for the opportunity to be a part of this amazing bundle.

    Thank you for curating such awesome goods and providing massive value to designers!

    • Tina Muller says:

      You’re so welcome, Dustin! We’re so happy to be working with such awesome designers, as yourself. Keep up the amazing work! :)

  20. Jordan Blackstone says:
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    Finally had a second to purchase and download this amazing deal!! LOVE Vintage!! Thanks DC Team and all the amazing artists that contributed to make this FAB deal!! <3

    • Tina Muller says:

      :D Thanks so much Jordan! This deal really is outstanding. I absolutely love the maps and French scripts.

  21. Bea Rosenleaf says:

    Fairly new to this design stuff and love learning. Love these design packs you keep coming up with. Now to find the time to sit and create!

    One question. I do not have Illustrator…so is there any other way to change those vector images (like the logo you did here)?

    • Tom Ross says:

      Hey Bea. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment, for such great feedback. We actually spoke with all the designers involved, and ensured that virtually all the logo templates also include Photoshop compatible .psd versions. This means that even if the regular full priced product is Illustrator only, when you get them via this bundle, you’ll have no issues working in Photoshop. We just knew how many people in the Design Cuts community are Photoshop users, so wanted to accommodate this. I hope this helps, and if you have any other questions, we’re all here to help.

      • Hey Tom! Thanks so much for the quick response. That’s so awesome. You guys think of it all! Can’t wait to sit down and try to design something. I’ve purchased almost all of your deals since you began. Now all I need is some time and an idea to get busy using this stuff!

        And I love your tutorials! Well written, easy to follow.

        You guys are awesome. Keep up the good work!

        • Tina Muller says:

          Hey Bea, Thanks so much for your kind words! We always try to cater for all possibilities. :) I’m so glad to hear you’re enjoying the bundles and our community. If you need more inspiration yo can always browse our tutorial section on our website, and you can also filter by the type of resource you’d like to use. :)

  22. Aaron Marsh says:

    Cheers to Vicki Robinson for being the only one to correctly use ppi and not dpi.
    (sorry it just bothers me)

  23. i really like all the stuff available in this package. i am really new to this design/art (i.e.) i am still learning how to use my mac. so, is this hard for a newbie to figure out how to use this? am I able to mirror image the print outs? am i able to cut out-digitally- what i don’t like and just use what i like. for example, am I able to delete the names of companies in the mega americana bundle and put in some other name using the same font?
    the last word processing program i learned how to use was Lotus 1-2-3.
    no i don’t still use dial-up to connect to the internet : )
    thanks.

    • Tina Muller says:

      Hey Julie, and welcome to the community! I really hope you’ll enjoy it here.

      It’s hard to say whether it’s easy or not to get started with graphic design. I think once you get sucked into it you do get the hang of it really quickly, but as all new things it takes a little time. But honestly, I think it’s time well spent. :) I think the easiest way to start figuring out how to use your new resources and get to grips with the whole design process and Photoshop is to start with tutorials. You can find some great tutorials on our website at http://www.designcuts.com/deals-category/all/, and if you want I can point you towards some of the easier beginner ones. The Banners you’re referring to all come with the fonts, which you can download for free (all the details are in the read me file within the resources’ folder), which means that you can definitely change the wording. Also if you ever get stuck with any of our tutorials, or a personal design project, you can always email us at hello(a)designcuts.com, and either myself or Tom are more than happy to assist with any design questions.

  24. Hello DesignCuts!

    Thanks so much for let me join and participate in this bundle and providing awesome digital goods for designers. Keep up the amazing work! :)

    • Tina Muller says:

      Thank you Adrian, for letting us work with you! We absolutely love your work and resources. It’s an honour for us to be working with so many, amazingly talented people. :)

  25. Pat Dumont says:

    Good morning a few days ago I signed up for the $29 package. I paid thru Pay Pal. Nothing seems to happen . Paypal has not sent charge thru and I cannot get mu downloads. What am I doing wrong.

    • Tina Muller says:

      Hey Pat, It looks like the transaction wasn’t actually completed. New security measures now add a final “Complete purchase” button, which means that PayPal, actually directs you back to our website, where you complete the purchase. This is a pretty new system, and is very easily overlooked. I’ll drop you an email now to get the purchase all sorted for you.

  26. Nathan Pye says:

    A brief description on the download page of what is in each of the parts of the pack would really help!

    It’s nice knowing who made the pack but I want to know what is in it before I download it.

    • Tina Muller says:

      Hey Nathan, Thank you very much for your feedback. We’re actually already working on adding a more transparent and informative way of downloading our resources, where you can see exactly what items are in which download link. In the meantime, I’d suggest downloading the helpful documents first. There you will find a PDF guide, explaining which resources are included in which part of the download.

  27. Pen Hunt says:

    What a fabulous collection! This one is impossible to resist. I will definitely be purchasing it.

    Thanks for sharing.

  28. OMG! So much awesome in this bundle!!! I am so glad I picked this up!

    • Tina Muller says:

      Thanks so much for the kind words, Elijah! How are you getting on with your new vintage resources?

      • These items are amazing! They have already paid for themselves! I have saved so much time using them! Nicky Laatz’s logo templates have helped me to complete concepts for several clients and Vicky Robinson’s stuff is overwhelmingly AWESOME!!!!! DesignCuts Rocks! I have bought just about every deal you guys have put up! So much value here thank you so much to all the wonderful artists and folks at DesignCuts who contribute to these wonderful bundles!

        • Tina Muller says:

          Thank you so much for your kind words, Elijah! It’s so great to hear that you’re really enjoying your new resources, and I hope you’ll get loads of use out of them. If you create anything with your new design elements, please do send us some of your work. We’d love to see what you’re working on!

  29. Barcode says:

    Someday this item will be on sale again?
    I just found your website a couple minutes ago and I think this is an amazing and essential resource and I missed it!

  30. Teresa Nordstrom says:
    Excellent - 5 starsExcellent - 5 starsExcellent - 5 starsExcellent - 5 starsExcellent - 5 stars

    I am trying to purchase this deal (The complete Vintage Design Arsenal – 750 + Creative items) In the past if I purchased a similar deal (which I have) I was still permitted to purchase past expiration date. Would love to have this deal. (I am in middle of moving from east coast to west coast so life is a little crazy!) Any chance I can still buy? huge fan of 2 lil owls! thanks,best wishes, terry nordstrom

  31. Erika says:

    Wow! I missed this. How can I purchase this again?

    • Tina Muller says:

      I’m afraid this deal is now well and truly finished, so I won’t be able to set you up with this. The Complete Vintage Design Arsenal is however a brand new deal, whihc hasn’t been re-run yet, so we will most definitley bring it back again. I’ll be sure to send you an email when it is live and available again.

  32. Mandje says:

    Too sad, I missed too this deal. How can I get it again ? It’s too hard to wait days, months, years after re-up again.

    =(

    Regards from France

  33. Michael Wine says:

    If you have a notification list for this product, please add me too.
    I’ve just captured some images and thought about using elements such as these, a “grand collection” like this would be most convenient!

    Thanks!

  34. Oh no I missed it!! I was waiting for an invoice to be paid that should have been paid last week :( I really hope this deal comes up again soon, I really really want this deal!! x

  35. Hello! This is the MOST RAD collection everrr. I’m so bummed I missed it! May I be added to the list also so that I’m notified the next time you offer a package deal? Thank you so much! Bea

    • Tina Muller says:

      Hey Bea,

      I’ll be sure to email you when this bundle is available again, no problem at all. If there is anything else I can do for you in the meantime, please let me know.

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