Personalise a vintage insignia

By personalising and manipulating old images and making them appear bold and authentic, it's possible to update old-fashioned design and make it all your own. This tutorial will run through the steps that we at Asterik Studio take to personalise images for use in a range of client illustration work.

Here we've taken an old piece of clip art, given it an overhaul and created an Asterik Studio insignia. This is a pretty simple procedure, but it's important to concentrate on colour and shade if you want authentic looking results.

Getting your image to appear suitably worn and inconsistent - a useful technique that you can apply to a range of projects - is also important, as is adding your own personal touch. We altered the existing type and replaced some of the imagery to better suit the "feel" we were looking for. Remember: it's important to keep your work fresh and unique.

These methods reflect those used by Asterik Studio daily on projects ranging from CD packages to silk-screened posters and T-shirt designs. This particular look has helped us tackle projects in new and more effective ways. We've mastered these techniques through a process of trial and error, finding out which work effectively and which don't. So play around with these methods, and you'll create eye-catching designs that really work.

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