Digital Illustration: Designing Custom Vintage Postcards

Connor Brandt, Graphic Designer, College Student

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11 Videos (32m)
    • Introduction

    • Preparation

    • The Process

    • The Pen Tool

    • Shape-Building

    • Using Strokes

    • Adding Color

    • The Frame

    • The Sky

    • Adding Text

    • Congratulations!


About This Class

Do you have vacation pictures?  Do you have pictures?  Of anything?  Then you can participate in this class!  In this quick 32-minute class, graphic designer Connor Brandt shares the process and techniques for creating an accurate, eye-catching illustration of your very own photographs.

You will learn how to recognize the basic shapes needed to represent your original image while giving it a more bold, streamlined look.  By juxtaposing the deep shadows of the foreground with a radiating sky, thick frame, and art deco text, you can make even the most mundane picture look like something that belongs on the front of a postcard.

What picture will you choose?  The Golden Gate Bridge?  Your childhood home?  The local Walmart?  There's no limit to what you can do.  So let's get started!

28 of 28 students recommendSee All

Excellent for techniques on vintage postcard look. Do need to be proficient in AI skills for this particular class.
Jeanne Bosko

Textile and Surface Pattern Design

Great class, super useful tips in here! Thank you!
Pelagie DeParis

Semper curiosus

Good info and techniques. A bit fast though and the finished design isnt postcard shaped.





Connor Brandt

Graphic Designer, College Student

Connor Brandt is a 20 year old who enjoys graphic design and listening to music. He sometimes types in the third person.

Hey, I'm Connor. I'm a Junior at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Even when I was too young to know how to use a computer, I always had logo ideas in my head. Ones that I'd have to scribble on paper with colored pencils. So when I finally found a way to really make my ideas come to life, I was hooked. I started out designing sports uniforms and logos in Micro...

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