“Flea Market Girl,” an illustration by Brian Yap

The Thrill of the Capture

By Brian Yap

I love flea markets and the awesome and/or bizarre things you can find at them. Though I may not have room for all the cool stuff I want to take home, with Adobe Capture CC and my phone’s camera, I was able to use the colors, textures, and shapes of a recent flea market excursion in the illustration you see here—and you can download all these assets from this shared Creative Cloud library.

The Alameda Point Antiques Faire is the flea market to end all flea markets. Every row is a visual treasure trove of everything from Pendleton wool shirts to midcentury furniture, from piles of old sci-fi magazines to vintage medical supplies—to antique bicycles, toys, tons of old photos and letters, and piles of other things that defy description. You honestly never know what you’ll see until you get there. 

When I first started exploring Capture—which harnesses the power of Adobe Brush CC, Color CC, Hue CC, and Shape CC, all in one place—it seemed like the perfect tool to bring to the flea market experience. With Capture on your iPhone, iPad, or Android phone, you can quickly capture, edit, and share unique design assets. And using it is pretty much just like taking a picture—it’s very easy, even with your arms full of old Battlestar Galactica comics.

Download these images and vector shapes, as well as brushes and other assets used in this project, from this shared CC library.


When I started capturing assets on this flea market outing, I didn’t really have a concept in mind. But for some reason, I kept thinking of a song from the ’90s, “Flea Market Girl,” by Lazlo Bane, while I was walking around. A lot of my inspiration comes from music and lyrics.

I knew I wanted to be able to see and recognize the things I was capturing in the final piece. This led me to the idea of an image of a woman with flowing “hair” filled with all the amazing things I saw—as if they were things that she’d seen and that had got caught in her mind. 

I used Capture to turn flea market images into vector shapes that I saved in a CC library. Then I started drawing the woman’s outline in Adobe Illustrator Draw CC, and I stamped those shapes—such as keys, a medical model, and the handwriting in old letters—onto Draw layers in the illustration.

I created brushes out of some other images I’d captured. For example, I turned the handwriting on one of the old letters into a brush—in the final drawing, you can see where I used that brush at the woman’s temple and hairline.

Because I knew I wanted to finish this illustration in Adobe Photoshop CC, I opened the file in Adobe Illustrator CC with Draw layers intact, and then I transferred each layer separately to Photoshop as an individual smart object.

In Photoshop, I used my brushes to add texture. I also layered some of the actual images behind the vector shapes that those images had been made from (for instance, you can see colors of the photo of the medical model of the head, behind that shape). Then I just spent plenty of time messing around and getting the image the way I wanted. 

Download the brushes, shapes, and other assets used to create this illustration from this shared CC library.

Using Capture has made me think about where I am and what’s around me all the time, especially when I end up someplace with a lot of character. A dream now is to go exploring all over Tokyo, grabbing different things with Capture. I always imagine that city to be such an intense mixture of stimuli—food, signs, and even the architecture. I’d love to see what might come out of a trip like that.

Learn more and get Adobe Capture CC for your iPhone, iPad, or Android phone.

October 6, 2015

Illustration: Brian Yap

Layout: David Lessard