Creating a retro look in your design is easier using Photoshop brushes. And, the god news is, there are tremendous free resource out there that of high quality that you can download and use in your projects. This is not the first time that I am going to list down this type of resources.
Other than Photoshop brushes, the other type of Photoshop resource that are readily available online and can be use for free are the Photoshop patterns. Photoshop users can save themselves a great deal of their precious time while at the same time able to come up with better results. Here is a huge collection of Photoshop patterns you can download for free. These are great as backgrounds for web and print designs.
Background patterns are very useful in web design. You can instantly improve a rather boring appearance of a website and make it more lively, for example, by just changing the background using patterns. You might also try changing the background of your twitter account to make it stand out from other twitter accounts.
Background patterns, especially those seamless and scalable patterns, are very useful as design elements. As background for websites, for example, you can simply add a bright and interesting seamless pattern as background and presto! the appearance of your website will instantly improve without much effort. Patterns as backgrounds are also useful for scrapbooks, invitation cards, even business card designs.
Using patterns and swatches in your Adobe Illustrator projects lets you save time but still presents you with an opportunity to create beautiful designs. I have always been fascinated with plaid and swirl patterns, so in this roundup, I am going to list some of the free illustrator patterns featuring plaids, floral, swirls, retro and other types of patterns that I found online.