Are you tired of graphics in your design that look flat and still? A good graphic designer’s tool is something that provides the power and precision in making each design sophisticated and state-of-the-art. Adobe made this possible through the Adobe Illustrator software. Adobe Illustrator was originally launched as Picasso for Mac operating systems. At present, its latest version is CS5. It promises graphic designs close to real life brush strokes without losing the vector format. This is made possible through drawing tools that support shading.
While you can reach for a basic template for a business card, ideally you can control every detail on your own using software like Adobe Illustrator. In this tutorial, we walk you through a process for building a print-ready business card from scratch. You can take the tools we will give you and go a lot further, but these simple techniques are critical for customization of your design for business card printing. One of the specific areas we will focus on is building letters from scratch using simple shapes. We will also show you how to take any font you want and customize it, but that process has some drawbacks, as we'll point out.
One great way to create a retro, grunge design for posters is to create a shape, such as a letter or number, made entirely of type. Add in some texture to the background and in just a short amount of time, you have an eye-catching design ready to send to your online printing company. Putting a block of text into a pre-designed shape is actually quite easy when following a few simple steps. The tutorial below walks you through these necessary steps, then shows you how to create a weathered paper background, and finally reveals how to put it all together to create a retro or grunge poster. We will first start in Illustrator and then move to Photoshop for the final touches.