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Creating the new retro

Graphic designer James White shows you how to give retro-style graphics your own modern-day spin.

Remember the dawn of the home computer system? This was a colourful time when the kings of the castle were Commodore, Atari and an infant named Nintendo.

Given that distinctive time period and the design cues that were so prevalent during it, how can we use modern programs such as Photoshop and Illustrator to represent the past's interpretation of the future?

The two keys to this tutorial are to experiment and to have fun. There is no single, linear way to achieve this composition when so many variables are at work, so each small alteration can throw other elements into flux. I will offer you some guidelines and pointers, but it will ultimately be up to you. So, throw on some Zeppelin and let's get rockin'.

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