Metalheart Essentials (250+ assets)


Metalheart Essentials contains over 250 assets including abstract 3D renders, backgrounds, grids, overlays, vectors and more to create metalheart artworks with ease.


Introducing Dreadlabs Metalheart Essentials!

Elevate your graphic design with over 250 meticulously crafted assets inspired by the iconic metalheart (Depthcore/Trendwhore) aesthetic of the early 2000s. Unleash your creativity and transport your artwork to the Y2K Era with our collection, meticulously designed for graphic designers seeking a touch of nostalgia and futuristic vibes.

Key Features of Metalheart Essentials:

  • Diverse Asset Collection: Immerse yourself in a world of creativity with a rich assortment of over 250 assets, including abstract 3D renders, backgrounds, grids, overlays, textures, vector elements, and more.
  • Nostalgic Aesthetic: Dive into the captivating metalheart aesthetic that dominated the design scene from 1998 to 2008. Explore deformed abstract shapes, futuristic fonts, and blurry backgrounds reminiscent of the Y2K Era.
  • Versatile Elements: Tailor your designs with precision using a variety of assets, including 100 abstract renders, 20 backgrounds, 20 grids, 20 overlays, 20 separate elements, 5 code layers, 10 glares, 10 grain textures, 16 gradients, 5 layer styles, and 3 Photoshop actions.
  • Comprehensive Package: In addition to the extensive asset collection, receive 1 detailed usage guide to navigate seamlessly through the pack and 1 example PSD file to jumpstart your creative process.

Revitalize your design projects with the essence of metalheart aesthetics. Unearth a treasure trove of possibilities and bring a touch of the past into your modern designs. Elevate your artwork with Dreadlabs Metalheart Essentials – where nostalgia meets innovation.

What is Metalheart?

Metalheart, also recognized as Depthcore or Trendwhore, emerged as a prevailing aesthetic roughly between 1998 and 2004, within the Y2K Era. The hallmark of this aesthetic era was the presence of distorted abstract forms and cutting-edge fonts set against hazy backdrops.

Attributed to Andreas Lindholm’s 2001 book bearing the same name, Metalheart drew inspiration from websites of that era, notably 2Advanced Studios and DeviantArt, potentially influenced by the success of The Matrix. Peaking in popularity during the Early 2000s, Metalheart gradually became oversaturated by the Mid-2000s, undergoing a transformation into McBling vector graphics before ultimately being succeeded by the era of Hipness Purgatory.

What defines Metalheart art?

The aesthetic’s visual components comprise distorted abstract shapes, manifesting in either 3D with metallic and chrome textures or 2D with geometric flat shapes. Futuristic user interfaces are integral, featuring minimalist iconography, abstract lines and lights, grids, coding text, and forward-looking fonts. These elements typically coexist against a backdrop of a blurred and dark environment.

Described as a darker and more “edgy” offshoot of the Cybercore aesthetic, Metalheart exudes an abstract and mechanical ambiance, distinguishing itself within the realm of design aesthetics.

What’s inside:

  • 100 Abstract Renders
  • 20 Backgrounds
  • 20 Grids
  • 20 Overlays
  • 20 Separate Elements
  • 5 Code Layers
  • 10 Glares
  • 10 Grain Textures
  • 16 Gradients
  • 5 Layer Styles
  • 3 Photoshop Actions
  • 1 Detailed Usage Guide
  • 1 Example PSD File

Need inspiration?

Check out this video where I showcase a teach you how to design Metalheart artworks!

Not what you were looking for?

Than perhaps check out Dread Renders Volume 4, an asset pack containing abstract 3D renders that are slightly less dark.

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