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Retro Rainbow Tutorials and Design Showcase

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Although often used in the wrong context, the motif of ’70s Retro Rainbow designs seems to occur in many modern designs – from products designs to posters and web designs. The rainbow colors are particularly eye-catching and lively; they may provide the design with a dynamics and help to vividly convey the message of the graphic work. In past few months I came across to many artworks and new concepts of retro designs which gave me a thought to gather few for this inspirational post.

Below you’ll find a showcase of beautiful Retro Rainbow designs and resources. They range from popular Flickr photos to unconventional sources of inspiration, from helpful tutorials to useful related tools. Share your favorite sources of inspiration in the comments.

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Akhtar Sheikha is a freelance web and graphic designer as well as developer. He is the author and owner of 2experts Design, a design blog with great inspirational posts. You can follow 2experts design on Twitter.

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  1. 1

    Great! Very useful

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    WOW! I like 5 design and I download to do myself !

    Thanks
    Atiq

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  3. 3

    Great list and really useful for designers :)

    Regards

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    The link on the very first item links to the wrong page (the link text/caption is also wrong, there’s no 3d pixel stretching going on there)

    (SM) Thank you for the correction, the link was updated.

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  5. 5

    Looks like a good collection there. I might have to give a few of them a go.

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  6. 6

    Wow, this is great.
    I might use this techniques for our new school logo design.
    Thanks SM

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    Thrilled to see my tutorial at the top of the roundup :P Very nice collection!

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  8. 8

    thats a nice list! :)

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  9. 9

    the colorburned links are wrong also, but great collection!

    (SM) Thanks, the links are fixed now.

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  10. 10

    A lot of 2007/2008 trends but some nice tutorials indeed.

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    Fourth to the bottom with the tree, by Whoa Oh, isn’t by him – he just has it on his flicker. He even says its not his but he doesn’t know who to give credit to.

    Looks like JP33 to me. He should be included anyway, his stuff uses a lot of rainbows and is better than everything I see here.

    I do like the stuff by FalkPhotoDesign though.

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  12. 12

    Thanks a bunch. Some of them are pretty amazing.

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  13. 13

    This is a great post for inspiration and tutorials, you can use in soo many ways…..

    Thanks

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  14. 14

    Really nice designs, its hard to find vintage stuff like this ^_^

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    i made something with rainbows and corel, if anyone’s not rainbowed out http://runningonsentences.deviantart.com/art/In-Joy-116547020

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    Wow, that is like WAY cool dude, I like it.

    RT

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    Thanks for the feature SM!

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    this guy make beautiful retro-futuristic art ISO50

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    @Jeff

    You were correct, it is indeed by JP33: JP33.com

    A correction is in order i think

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  21. 21

    Hey! Great link but you forgot my rainbow Photoshop tutorial:
    http://www.vladstudio.com/photoshoptutorials/tutorial.php?rainbows_making_of
    :-) Thanks!

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  22. 22

    Retro art always has a tendency to come back in some form..but now technology can create such beautifully detailed works..

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  23. 23

    WOW!
    This is a very useful list for designers. A great round of applause for writer of the article. I must say, Smashing Magazine has always been on the top for providing such an informative articles.

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    to be honest there were some examples that arent up to a SmashingMag-level. I expected a little higher quality. Nevertheless thanks for the work, its a pretty big list.

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  25. 25

    Nice! Very nice!
    Thank you.

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    This is really useful for web and graphics designers. Thanks for providing such inspiration.

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    Robert (InToGraphics @ the forum)

    April 20, 2009 12:08 am

    “Me as my own Superstar”
    It looks like a rainbow afro, and is super cool.

    Thanks,
    Robert

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    That is without the doubt the best i’ve seeen !
    Love it !

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    Perfect timing. My latest brief is to produce a rainbow inspired page/microsite for one of my clients! Good work!

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    Good article but I echo that this list should have referenced ISO50. Scott Hansen’s work is amazing!

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