How To Create a Vintage Style Large Letter Postcard Design


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Right click and select Ungroup to break apart the 3 sets of text shapes. Hold the Shift key and carefully select all the blue outlines.

Make a new selection of all the original black text shapes. Draw a selection around the entire wording to capture all text shapes, then right click and select Group. Increase the Extrude Depth to pt, then change the surface option to No Shading. Repeatedly right click and select Ungroup until the option no longer appears in order to completely break the object apart into individual pieces. Hold the Shift key and select all the shapes that form the extruded parts along the bottom edge of each letter.

Click the Unite button from the Pathfinder panel to merge everything into a single shape. Switch the fill and stroke selections around in the toolbar to give this shape a blue outline. Increase the stroke weight to 2pt. Lay out some accompanying text above and below the 3D wording.

Nudge the copies down and right using the cursor keys, then change the fill to the same light grey swatch that was previously used to add a simple drop shadow effect. Switch over to Adobe Photoshop to begin preparing the main postcard canvas.

Browse free photo websites such as Unsplash and Pexels to find a range of images that suit the locale of your chosen place. Open one of them in Photoshop and convert the layer to a Smart Object. Modify the Stylization to 1. This filter quickly gives the photograph a painted effect to mimic the hand illustrated nature of the original postcards. Download my free vintage postcard textures and open one of the blank postcard images into Photoshop. Double click the Background layer to convert it into a standard layer.

Switch over to the photograph document, then copy and paste it into the postcard canvas. Scale the image to size, then drag the photograph layer below the postcard texture in the Layers panel. Change the blending mode of the postcard layer to Multiply to allow the tones and texture of the image to show through onto the underlying photograph.

Use the Marquee tool to draw a rectangular selection within the postcard texture, then add a layer mask to trim the image down in size. Switch over to Illustrator and take a copy of the text artwork. Paste it into the Photoshop canvas as Pixels, ensuring it sits below the postcard texture in the layer order.

Configure the Luminance to 10, Color Intensity to and Fade to 0, then set the Source selection to the name of the current document, followed by Merged for the Layer option. This adjustment will alter the bright colours of the Illustrator artwork according to the hues of the background photo to allow those bright swatches to better blend with this vintage theme. Select the Magic Wand tool and make a selection of the first letter face.

Use the Magic Wand to select the next letter face and fill this selection on a new layer. Continue the process with each letter of the place name to create a series of individual letter layers. Switch over to the photograph document in Photoshop and double click the Smart Object layer thumbnail to edit its contents.

Paste in an alternative picture from your collection. Copy and paste the photograph into the postcard document and position the layer above the first letter.

Open the next picture from your collection and paste it into the Smart Object of the photograph document to apply the painting effect filters. Copy the updated image into the postcard document and position it above the next letter layer. Apply a clipping mask and position the image to suit. Repeat the steps of processing a photograph and clipping it within the letter face for each of the individual letter layers.

Vintage themed designs always benefit from a sprinkling of grain. Change the blending mode of the noise layer to overlay, then reduce the opacity to tone down the impact of the graininess. The final artwork is a great tribute to those classic postcard designs. Will you make a video tutorial? It would be very helpful! Fantastic tutorial, along with Retro Text Effects. Tutorials really clear, well thought out, learned a lot. Hey Dane, I missed out an important step from the tutorial!

I have done this sort of thing before, it makes a great vintage effect. There are new steps in here that I never thought of! Nice toot, however my finished type does not look like yours the extrude is much wider and the halftone dots are huge.

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