Creating Solutions with Photoshop Tutorials

Golden Age Illustration: Zoo Poster

You can use Photoshop tutorials to put Golden Age Illustration to work for you, creating a solution to your specific graphic problem.

One common misconception is that vintage art should be used only when you want to convey an "old time" look. Good illustration communicates an idea, not just a time or place. When the idea works for your design project, use it.

The poster design at left, for example, features a pastel drawing of a leopard done in 1914. With art this powerful, it's not hard to create a contemporary look and feel.

Victorian Illustration

On the right is a typical Victorian greeting card, printed around 1890. You can find ones like it at garage sales, antique dealers, and online auctions. While it is charming, its retro style limits its usefulness in contemporary graphics. But elements of it can be incorporated in new designs.

Take the bird in the upper left corner, for example: Below are two contemporary designs, one for a music distributor, another for a graphic designer. Both incorporate the bird from the Victorian card, modified in Photoshop.

Victorian design Graphic design

If you are an experienced Photoshop user, you probably know how to find and work with old images to incorporate art in your designs and Web pages. If you are new to Photoshop, you can search the Web for tips and tutorials. There are hundreds of them out there, some simple, some more advanced, most are free.

Here are some helpful ideas:

Photoshop Tutorials: How can I add color to black and white art?

Working with spot illustrations.

Inspiration from Golden Age Vogue fashion illustration