10 Free Retro Style Photo Effect Photoshop Actions

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I’ve been busy playing around with various photo effects once again to produce another free pack of retro style Photoshop Actions. This latest set named RetroFilters contains 10 preconfigured Action files that will dramatically transform your photos with retro style effects inspired by classic 35mm film and processing techniques.

RetroFilters photo effect actions

How to use Photoshop Actions

How to load Photoshop Actions

Actions are small plugin files for Adobe Photoshop. They’re preconfigured recordings of a sequence of manipulations which are automatically applied to your own images with just a single mouse click. Download this set of RetroFilters and unzip the package to find the enclosed .atn file. Open the Actions window in Photoshop and select the Load Actions option from the fly-out menu.

How to apply Photoshop Actions

Select the name of the Action you would like to apply to your image and click the triangular Play button at the bottom of the Actions window. A series of non-destructive adjustments will be quickly deployed then grouped into a separate folder, which can be deleted to remove the effect.

How to adjust Photoshop Action effect

Fine tune the impact of the effect by adjusting the opacity of the Group, or explore the preset settings to alter the individual adjustments.

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30 Beautiful Hand Lettering Typography Illustrations

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Once style of typography that really inspires me is hand lettering that is manipulated to form a complete illustration. These hand crafted pieces of art blend typographic content with illustrated elements to reinforce a message. Being hand drawn means they’re full of character with plenty of irregularities and text that is squashed and stretched into place. This showcase features 30 beatiful examples of these inspiring hand lettering typography illustrations from various talented artists.

Whisky Label by Adam Trageser

Whisky Label by Adam Trageser

King kroach by IZOXXX

King kroach by IZOXXX

Superbowl XLVIII by Joshua Noom

Superbowl XLVIII by Joshua Noom

American Proud by Jeremy Teff

American Proud by Jeremy Teff

Hermit Iceberg by Mary Kate McDevitt

Hermit Iceberg by Mary Kate McDevitt

Cat Ads by Megan Strandell

Cat Ads by Megan Strandell

Work Really Hard by Zachary Smith

Work Really Hard by Zachary Smith

TWTH Atelier by BMD Design

TWTH Atelier by BMD Design

Ride 100% by BMD Design

Ride 100% by BMD Design

DePalma Clothing by BMD Design

DePalma Clothing by BMD Design

Engine Block by BMD Design

Engine Block by BMD Design

Create in California by Kyle Marks

Create in California by Kyle Marks

Original Makers Club by Jon Contino

Original Makers Club by Jon Contino

Steve Desert Race 1963 by TWEED

Steve Desert Race 1963 by TWEED

Lord Fairfax by TWEED

Lord Fairfax by TWEED

Jack Daniel’s Holiday by Joel Felix

Jack Daniel's Holiday by Joel Felix

Theodore Roosevelt by Ryan McArthur

Theodore Roosevelt by Ryan McArthur

Abraham Lincoln by Ryan McArthur

Abraham Lincoln by Ryan McArthur

Whiskey is Liquid Sunshine by Nate Azark

Whiskey is Liquid Sunshine by Nate Azark

Cake by Steph Says Hello

Cake by Steph Says Hello

Little Miss Muffet by Steph Says Hello

Little Miss Muffet by Steph Says Hello

Pussy Cat Pussy Cat by Steph Says Hello

Pussy Cat Pussy Cat by Steph Says Hello

We Are Vegabonds by Jon Contino

We Are Vegabonds by Jon Contino

CXXVI Clothing Co. by Jon Contino

CXXVI Clothing by Jon Contino

CXXVI Clothing Co. by Jon Contino

CXXVI Clothing Co. by Jon Contino

CXXVI Clothing Co. by Jon Contino

CXXVI Clothing Co. by Jon Contino

Find Your Greatness by Noel Shiveley

Find Your Greatness by Noel Shiveley

Waitrose Love Life by Linzie Hunter

Waitrose Love Life by Linzie Hunter

Everyday with Rachael Ray by Linzie Hunter

Everyday with Rachael Ray by Linzie Hunter

Philadelphia Motor Works by Adam Trageser

Philadelphia Motor Works by Adam Trageser

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Gorgeous Vintage Posters from the Golden Age of Skiing

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A rare marriage of sports and fashion through mid-century graphic design.

As a devotee of winter sports, both as a lifelong practitioner and an Olympic spectator, and lover of vintage graphic design, especially mid-century travel posters, I was delighted to chance upon The Art of Skiing: Vintage Posters from the Golden Age of Winter Sport (public library) — a remarkable collection of 800 vintage posters and paintings from the first half of the twentieth century when skiing, a sport that immigrant Scandinavian gold miners had introduced to America during the Gold Rush a century earlier, first took the world by blizzard as a fashionable modern sport. Curated by vintage ephemera enthusiast Jenny de Gex, these gorgeous and graphically striking posters were obsessively and lovingly amassed over a lifetime by Mason Beekley, owner of the world’s largest private collection of ski art. They are currently housed at the Mammoth Ski Museum in — surprisingly — California.

For a wholly different application of a similar vintage aesthetic, pair The Art of Skiing with these lovely vintage posters for libraries and reading.

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True Detective Posters from Mondo (Onsale Info)

Mondo will release a batch of posters for the new HBO show, True Detective, later today. The info for each is listed below. These go up today (Friday, February 14th) at a random time. Visit Mondotees.com.

Phantom City Creative

18″ x 24″ Screenprint, Edition of 220, $ 45:

Phantom City Creative

Vania Zouravliov

24″ x 36″ Screenprint, Edition of 170 (each colorway), $ 50 each:

Vania

Vania

Jay Shaw

18″ x 24″ Screenprint, Edition of 120 (each version), $ 40 each:

Jay Shaw

Jay Shaw


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Legendary Lands: Umberto Eco on the Greatest Maps of Imaginary Places and Why They Appeal to Us

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“Often the object of a desire, when desire is transformed into hope, becomes more real than reality itself.”

Celebrated Italian novelist, philosopher, essayist, literary critic, and list-lover Umberto Eco has had a long fascination with the symbolic and the metaphorical, extending all the way back to his vintage semiotic children’s books. Half a century later, he revisits the mesmerism of the metaphorical and the symbolic in The Book of Legendary Lands (public library) — an illustrated voyage into history’s greatest imaginary places, with all their fanciful inhabitants and odd customs, on scales as large as the mythic continent Atlantis and as small as the fictional location of Sherlock Holmes’s apartment. A dynamic tour guide for the human imagination, Eco sets out to illuminate the central mystery of why such utopias and dystopias appeal to us so powerfully and enduringly, what they reveal about our relationship with reality, and how they bespeak the quintessential human yearning to make sense of the world and find our place in it — after all, maps have always been one of our greatest sensemaking mechanisms for life, which we’ve applied to everything from the cosmos to time to emotional memory.

Eco writes in the introduction:

Legendary lands and places are of various kinds and have only one characteristic in common: whether they depend on ancient legends whose origins are lost in the mists of time or whether they are an effect of a modern invention, they have created flows of belief.

The reality of these illusions is the subject of this book.

Saint-Sever World Map, from the ‘Saint-Sever Beatus’ (1086), Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France

T and O map, Bartholomaeus Angelicus, ‘Le livre des propriétés des choses’ (1392)

Tobias Swinden, ‘En Enquiry into the Nature and Place of Hell’ (1714), London, Taylor

Section of the ‘Tabula Peutingeriana’ (12th-century copy)

Map of Palmanova, from Franz Hogenberg and Georg Braun, ‘Civitates orbis terrarum (1572–1616), Nuremberg

Eco considers the allure of utopias as a tangible manifesto for the possible:

Often the object of a desire, when desire is transformed into hope, becomes more real than reality itself. Out of a hope in a possible future, many people are prepared to make enormous sacrifices, and maybe even die, led on by prophets, visionaries, charismatic preachers, and spellbinders who fire the minds of their followers with the vision of a future heaven on Earth (or elsewhere).

Anonymous, ‘Jain Cosmological Map’ (c. 1890), gouache on canvas, Library of Congress

‘Ulysses’ Journey Was Far from Home’ | M.O. MacCarthy, ‘Carte du monde d’Homère’ (1849), New York Public Library

Map of the world according to Hartmann Schedel, in ‘Liber chronicarum’ (Nuremberg Chronicle), Nuremberg (1493)

Woodcut map of the island of Utopia on frontispiece of the 1st edition of Thomas More’s ‘Utopia’ (1516), British Library

There is, however, an inevitable dark side to utopias, whose very presupposition of perfect happiness can itself become a burdensome form of oppression. Eco writes:

We would not always want to live in those societies recommended to us by utopias, because they often resemble dictatorships that impose happiness on their citizens at the cost of their freedom. For example, [Thomas] More’s Utopia preaches freedom of speech and thought as well as religious tolerance, but limits them to believers and excludes atheists, who are barred from public office, while it warns that “if someone takes the license to wander far from his own district and is caught without the pass issued by the supreme magistrate … he is severely punished; if he dares to do so a second time, he is condemned to slavery.” Moreover, utopias have the quality, as literary works, of being somewhat repetitive, because in wishing for a perfect society, we always end up by making a copy of the same model.

Illustration for Jules Verne’s ‘Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1869-1870)

Abraham Ortelius, ‘Map of Iceland’ (16th century)

Above all, however, Eco sees in the imaginary a counterintuitive assurance of reality — fictional narratives, in a strange way, is the only place where we can become unmoored from our existential discomfort with uncertainty, for in fiction everything is precisely and unambiguously as it was intended:

The possible world of narrative is the only universe in which we can be absolutely certain about something, and it gives us a very strong sense of truth. The credulous believe that El Dorado and Lemuria exist or existed somewhere or other, and skeptics are convinced that they never existed, but we all know that it is undeniably certain that Superman is Clark Kent and that Dr. Watson was never Nero Wolfe’s right-hand man, while it is equally certain that Anna Karenina died under a train and that she never married Prince Charming.

The Book of Legendary Lands is magnificent in its entirety. Complement it with Codex Seraphinianus, history’s most beautiful encyclopedia of imaginary things, and Where You Are, a wonderful case study in cartography as wayfinding for the soul.

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David Foster Wallace on Leadership, Illustrated and Read by Debbie Millman

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“A leader’s real “authority” is a power you voluntarily give him, and you grant him this authority not with resentment or resignation but happily.”

“Leadership” is one of those buzzwords — like “curation” — whose meaning has been forcibly squeezed out of them by regurgitative overuse and relentless overapplication to things that increasingly dilute the essence of the concept the word once used to capture. In a culture that calls pop culture celebrities “thought-leaders” and looks for “leadership ability” in kindergartners, we’re left wondering what leadership actually means and questioning what makes a great leader.

The best definition of the essence beneath the buzzword comes from David Foster Wallace, who would’ve been 52 this week and who, even amidst heartbreaking and ultimately fatal personal turmoil, was able to distill the meaning of life with crystalline poignancy. In his 2000 essay “Up, Simba: Seven Days on the Trail of an Anticandidate,” found in the altogether fantastic Consider the Lobster and Other Essays (public library), Wallace considers the leader.

In this beautiful addition to the Brain Pickings artist series, Debbie Millman — who has previously illustrated memorable words by Anaïs Nin, Edith Windsor, Herman Melville, and other beloved writers — captures an abridged version of Wallace’s timeless wisdom in a painstakingly handcrafted felt-on-felt typographic art piece, created as a poster for the 2014 How Design Live conference. The artwork is available as a print, with 100% of proceeds benefiting the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

It is just about impossible to talk about the really important stuff in politics without using terms that have become such awful clichés they make your eyes glaze over and are hard to even hear. One such term is “leader,” which all the big candidates use all the time — as in e.g. “providing leadership,” “a proven leader,” “a new leader for a new century,” etc. — and have reduced to such a platitude that it’s hard to try to think about what “leader” really means and whether indeed what today’s Young Voters want is a leader. The weird thing is that the word “leader” itself is cliché and boring, but when you come across somebody who actually is a real leader, that person isn’t cliché or boring at all; in fact he’s sort of the opposite of cliché and boring.

Obviously, a real leader isn’t just somebody who has ideas you agree with, nor is it just somebody you happen to believe is a good guy. Think about it. A real leader is somebody who, because of his own particular power and charisma and example, is able to inspire people, with “inspire” being used here in a serious and non-cliché way. A real leader can somehow get us to do certain things that deep down we think are good and want to be able to do but usually can’t get ourselves to do on our own. It’s a mysterious quality, hard to define, but we always know it when we see it, even as kids. You can probably remember seeing it in certain really great coaches, or teachers, or some extremely cool older kid you “looked up to” (interesting phrase) and wanted to be just like. Some of us remember seeing the quality as kids in a minister or rabbi, or a scoutmaster, or a parent, or a friend’s parent, or a supervisor in a summer job. And yes, all these are “authority figures,” but it’s a special kind of authority. If you’ve ever spent time in the military, you know how incredibly easy it is to tell which of your superiors are real leaders and which aren’t, and how little rank has to do with it. A leader’s real “authority” is a power you voluntarily give him, and you grant him this authority not with resentment or resignation but happily; it feels right. Deep down, you almost always like how a real leader makes you feel, the way you find yourself working harder and pushing yourself and thinking in ways you couldn’t ever get to on your own.

In other words, a real leader is somebody who can help us overcome the limitations of our own individual laziness and selfishness and weakness and fear and get us to do better things than we can get ourselves to do on our own.

As the host of the National-Design-Award-winning podcast Design Matters, it is only fitting that Millman would bring Wallace’s words to life in this gorgeous reading, recorded exclusively for Brain Pickings:

Get the print here. Consider the Lobster and Other Essays is a remarkable read in its entirety. For more of Millman’s own illustrated typographic essays, treat yourself to her Self-Portrait as Your Traitor, one of the best art and design books of 2013.

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