Steampunk illustrations show us a victorian retro-future. They are inspired by steampunk litterature, a sub-genre of science-fiction that involves an era or world where steam power is still widely used. Works of steampunk often feature anachronistic technology or futuristic innovations as Victorians may have envisioned them. These tutorials and resources will help achieve such illustrations.

1.  Make A Steampunk Gear Using Photoshop Patterns and Effects

A great tutorial for creating some steampunk elements out of nothing, using only Photoshop patterns and effects. View the tutorial.

2. Creating a Stunning Old-World Look in Photoshop

Learn all the effect to decorate a compass and make it look old. View the tutorial.

3. How to create a steampunk golden car with Photoshop

Learn how to turn a regular car into a steamunk machine. View the tutorial.

4. How to Create a Steampunk Style Illustration in Photoshop

Awesome tutorial by PSDtuts to learn how to handle several techniques to make a steampunk illustration. View the tutorial.

5. Create a steampunk style illustration with Gimp

Inspired by PSDtuts tutorial, a way to achieve the same style of illustration with Gimp. View the tutorial.

6. Patek Philippe Watch – making of

This is not presented as a steampunk tutorial by the author, but the techniques teached in it will definitly help you to create steampunk designs. View the tutorial.

7. Create a Steam Powered Typographic Treatment

Steampunking your type, I don’t really like the final result but the techniques used are interesting. View the tutorial: part 1part 2.

8. The making of “Steampunk Village”

Create a steampunk landscape in Photoshop. View the tutorial.

9. How to Create Steampunk Photography Using GIMP

A quick and easy way to give a steampunk look and feel to a regular photo. View the tutorial.

10. Daguerreotype effect with Photoshop

Your steampunk illustration will only look more real if you give it an old fashion texture. View the tutorial.

11. Steampunk electro-mechanical Photoshop brushes

Some old-school clock that can add a steampunk touch to any design. View the tutorial.

12. Steampunk machine Photoshop brushes

Cool electro-mechanical Photoshop brushes. View the tutorial.

13. Hydrolics, physics, optics, etc… steampunk brushes

Some Photoshop brushes that are themed around physics. View the tutorial.

14. Steampunk gear brushes

Quickly insert steampunk gear in your illustrations with these bruses. View the tutorial.

15. Magic effect

A Photoshop action that will give a cool old-school color treatment to your images. View the tutorial.

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Mirko Humbert

Mirko Humbert is the editor-in-chief and main author of Designer Daily and Typography Daily. He is also a graphic designer and the founder of WP Expert.