If you’re into graphic design with a realistic, vintage flair, RetroSupply Co. should be one of your go-to places for useful resources. Established by Dustin Lee, RetroSupply Co. is a wellspring of hand-crafted textures, digital art brushes, layer styles, print effects, and fonts for projects that need a genuine, “dated” appearance.
Dustin’s work through RetroSupply Co. begins with the exploration of real-world examples of the textures he wants to replicate digitally. All of his products are made by hand using authentic materials like wood, ink, and paper, or even 60-year old wax oil crayons, foil, and legit garage grime. Whenever you use anything from RetroSupply Co., you can be sure that you’re getting the real thing – because that’s exactly what Dustin uses.
One of RetroSupply Co.’s latest releases is Matchbook Print Machine, a Smart PSD file that lets you create 1950s matchbook print effects with a just a few clicks and tweaks. Matchbook Print Machine offers 10 fully-customizable texture settings that include paper textures, ink textures, and halftones with optional registration errors that can be turned on or off by toggling that layer’s visibility. Six different ink effects and three paper textures allow for plenty of experimentation, and every setting is 100% customizable.
To accommodate projects of all sizes, the Smart PSD is 4500 x 4500px, big enough for posters or other large-scale design work. Matchbook Print Machine also provides a PDF user guide (complete with pictures) plus a 15-minute video guide if you need more help. Matchbook Print Machine works with Adobe Photoshop CS4 and higher.
RetroSupply Co. offers more than 40 products through YouWorkForThem, a veritable wonderland of vintage effects. Visit their portfolio to view the rest of their products, grab your favorites, and party like it’s 1955!