It's been more than two weeks since I've finally moved permanently to California, USA. Before the big move I was playing with Illustrator and Photoshop to create a vintage look badge. After a few hours trying different typefaces I got a nice result and published it on my Dribbble profile.

I have received quite a few emails since I published that asking me how I did the effect, so in this tutorial I will show you how to create a vintage look badge using Illustrator and Photoshop

Step 1

Open Illustrator and create a new document. Then with the Start Tool create a star in red.

Vintage Badge in Illustrator and Photoshop

Step 2

Go to Effect>Stylize>Round Corner. Use 1.885 mm for the Radius.

Vintage Badge in Illustrator and Photoshop

Step 3

Duplicate the star with round corners and then rotate it like the image below. Also change the color to Cyan.

Vintage Badge in Illustrator and Photoshop

Step 4

Select the cyan start with round corners and then go to Window>Transparency. Use Multiply for the Mode. The areas that the cyan are on top of the red will turn to grey.

Vintage Badge in Illustrator and Photoshop

Step 5

For the typography I used Carnivalee Freakshow for the words California, 2011 and here I come. For the word San Francisco I used Birch Std. Also I created some lines in grey with the Rectangle Tool (M).

Vintage Badge in Illustrator and Photoshop

Step 6

Now with the Ellipse Tool (L) create an ellipse like the image below, then with the Type on Path Tool add the words World Wild Web West.

Vintage Badge in Illustrator and Photoshop

Step 7

Also you can edit the text on path by double clicking on the icon of the tool to go to the Type on Path Options. I used Rainbow for the Effect, Baseline for the Align to Path and 36pt for the Spacing.

Vintage Badge in Illustrator and Photoshop

Step 8

Do the same thing but now for the text that goes on top, which is ABDUZEEDO.

Vintage Badge in Illustrator and Photoshop

Step 9

Copy all the objects in Illustrator and then go to Photoshop and create a new document. I'm using 2560x1440 pixels for the size, the paste the Illustrator vectors.

Vintage Badge in Illustrator and Photoshop

Step 10

For the texture of the design I used an image from Shutterstock, you can find it at http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-62706346/stock-photo-paper-texture.html. So imported it and place it beneath the vector. Also change the Blend Mode of the vector layer to Multiply.

Vintage Badge in Illustrator and Photoshop

Step 11

With the Magic Wand Tool (W) select an area of the texture like the image below. You will get some areas selected. Then select the vector layer and go to Layer>Mask>Hide Selection. That way you will create a really nice old style/vintage look to your design.

Vintage Badge in Illustrator and Photoshop

Conclusion

To create some nice vintage effects using Photoshop is pretty easy, it's all about playing with layer masks and textures. However the most important thing on this design is the Illustrator part in which I played with typogrpahy and other elements to create a nice composition. So the tip is, look for inspiration and try to learn as much as you can about design principles, the effects afterwards are the easiest part.

Vintage Badge in Illustrator and Photoshop

Download the Illustrator and Photoshop file

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About the author of this post

Abduzeedo is a blog about design. There are all sorts of articles for those who want to look for inspiration. Also you will find very useful tutorials for the most used applications out there, with a special selection of Photoshop Tutorials and Illustrator Tutorials. Of course there are other softwares conteplated like Pixelmator, Fireworks, and web design tutorials.