Karan Singh is an freelance illustrator based in Melbourne, Australia. He’s had over four years experience working in a studio and independently on projects, ranging from typography to apparel design to illustration.

When he’s not illustrating he’s writing for his self-initiated design blog, Pig Bimpin’. Drop him an email at [email protected]

Recreating colourful, 1980s-style graphics isn’t hard – the tricky bit is updating them for the 21st century. In this tutorial, Karan Singh shows how to add a 1980s twist to stock or specially taken model shots, to jazz up your photos.

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You’ll master vector gradients, including useful tips for successfully working with gradients. You’ll also use pre-prepared elements that you can scatter both in front of and behind your model to integrate her fully into the image.

You’ll learn to vary your vector elements using Layer Styles, adding glows, drop shadows and other variants. You’ll also learn tips such as adding a vignette behind other layers to subtly direct the attention towards your model.

Karan Singh has provided a selection of vector elements for you to use; you can download these below.

Time to complete

4 hours


Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop

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