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Vintage Stencil Style in Photoshop

Vintage Stencil Style in Photoshop

Last week we posted a tutorial showing how to create simple artwork in Illustrator and then in Photoshop we added a few effects to make it look old and with that vintage/hipster feel. Some people asked about some of the steps in Photoshop so I decided to make a simple walkthrough about how to use Photoshop to create this kind of effect. It's a simple technique but it can be very handy for this kind of artwork. So in this tutorial I will show you how to create a simple vintage look stencil in Photoshop. The whole process will take around one hour and you won't need anything special besides time and a few dirty brushes. Step 1 Create the artwork you want to apply the effect. I used Adobe Illustrator to create this simple stencil. Step 2 In Photoshop now, place the stencil. Add a new layer and fill it with black, that will be the background. With layer style, apply a white Color Overlay in the stencil. Step 3 Group the black layer with the white stencil and convert it to a smart object. Filter>Convert to Smart Filters. Apply a Gaussian Blur, go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 4 pixels for the Radius. Step 4 Go to Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Levels. Change the values until you cannot see the blur effect anymore. After that make sure that the Adjustment Layer is clipped to the layer (Layer>Create Clipping Mask). Step 5 Create a new layer on top of the stencil and then with a regular dirty brush add some of the texture. Step 6 Group the stencil layer with the brush layer and then change the Blend Mode of the folder to Lighter Color. Also add an image for the background. Step 7 My image looks really bright and doesn't create enough contrast with the logo. So go to Image>Adustments>Hue and Saturation. Reduce the Saturation a little bit and also the Lightness. The values will depend on the image you will be using. Step 8 Go to Image>Adjustments>Levels. Change the Output Values and also the grey Input value to make the image much darker. Step 9 Now go to Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Photo Filter. Use the Warming Filter at 65% Density. Step 10 Convert the folder with the stencil and the brush effect to a smart filter. Go to Filter>Filter Gallery>Brush Strokes>Accented Edges. Play with the values until you have an effect that looks natural. Conclusion Reduce the opacity of the logo to 95% depending on the background. You can also use levels to make it not so bright besides that, the design is pretty much done. I believe this little step by step might help those that were having some difficults during the last tutorial. Now it's up to you, have fun and a great 2014 to you all. Download Photoshop file Click here to download the Photoshop file used for this tutorial

Hipster Branding Collection

Every 5 years the design community get into a main trend, we had 80's comeback on the earlies 2000's and now we seem to be into a retro wave with the Instagram boom and all this things. I mean, that's really interesting, how the aesthetic can be retrofitted to every era and still maintain the original meaning, that what brand design is all about. You can see more samples of this funny experiment on their Tumblr.

Hipster Text Effect in Pixelmator

Every time I checked Dribbble I see a bunch of posts with this sort of vintage typography style. It's a very interesting look and very trendy nowadays. With that in mind I decided to improve my skills by trying to replicate this look and feel using Pixelmator. I will also post a tutorial using Photoshop, Fireworks and CSS. So in this tutorial I will show you how to create a nice Hipster Text Effect in Pixelmator. Step 1 Open Pixelmator and create a new document. I am using 1680x1050 pixels. With the Paint Bucket Tool (N) fill the background with a salmon color (#d97b64). Step 2 Let's add some text now. For the font I used Sulivan Bevel. You can download it at For the color I used #cfbf9b. Use Overlay for the Blending. Step 3 Duplicate the font layer and change the font to Sullivan Regular. After that go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 1 for the radius, also change the Blending to Overlay. Step 4 Just duplicate the layer created on step 2 to darken the text. Step 5 The first thing to do here is duplicate the text layer and change the font to Sullivan Fill. Then use the same color of the background. We want to create some shadow but the problem is that the font has some cutout areas and by adding a layer with the text and the Sullivan Fill we solve the proble, After that duplicate the layer with the Sulivan Fill and change the Blending to Color Burn. This layer will be underneath the others. Move the layer with color bur 2 pixels down and left. Step 6 Keep duplicating and moving the layers 2 pixels down and left. Step 7 After some new layers you will have a sort of 3D effect like the one in the image below. Group them all and in a folder. Step 8 Duplicate the group with the color burn layers and merge the group into a layer. After that go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian blur. Use 5 pixels for the radius. After that go again to Filter>Blur>Motion. Change the angle to 145ยบ and the a Radius to 20 pixels. Step 9 Let's add some nice texture to our design. I am using a nice pattern from You can download it here Just place a stripe with the texture using Color Burn for the Blending. Step 10 Let's add a tagline. Use the same color as the Pixelmator text, but for the font use Mensch Regular. Step 11 Duplicate the layer a few times to create a drop shadow effect by using Color Burn for the Blending. Conclusion Select all layers and duplicate them. After that merge all new layers into one and go to Filter>Stylize>Noise. Use 2% for the Amount. Our design is done. As you can see it was a very simple techique to create this type of effect. Now it's up to you to come up with your own. Enjoy :) Download the Pixelmator File Click here to download the Pixelmator file used for this tutorial