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Vintage Comic Press - AI Actions

Required software Adobe Illustrator CS3 or newer.

Update 14.03.17: Comic press is now super easy to install in only two steps! All you have to do is open the master file and load the actions.

What else is new:

  • changed the pop up instructions to make them more user friendly
  • simplified the user manual
  • added a new demo demonstrating how the actions work

Vintage comic book text effects in just a few clicks!

These Illustrator actions are inspired by vintage comic text effects from the 1950’s. Based on a coloring technique from back in the days, the actions produce an authentic color offset by overlaying yellow, magenta and cyan. And for even more vintage comics awesomeness I have added halftone variations, 3D shadows and text outlines typical for vintage comic book text. All of that in Adobe Illustrator.

Here is what you get:

  • master file including 2 halftone patterns, 63 color swatches and 2 graphic styles
  • 25 actions producing 25 unique vintage comic text effects
  • an additional version of the actions with pop up instructions to guide you through the process
  • user guide with step-by-step instructions
  • color chart plus coloring tips to help you achieve genuine colors just like in the old days
  • cheat sheet with example effects

Comic press has everything you need to create amazing vintage comic book text effects in seconds and in vector format. Grab it now!


-Can I customize the text after running the action? Yes. You can change the overlaying colors, the amount of color offset, the halftone size and color, the shadows, the outlines. The 3D shadow is the only setting which has to be finalized while the action is running. Make sure to read the guide for best results.

-How do I install the actions? The installation is super simple and done in only two steps: 1) open the master file 2) load the actions.

-One of the actions doesn’t seem to produce the desired effect. What do I do? Make sure to check the Troubleshoot section of the guide. Still having trouble? Drop me a message.

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