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101 Fabulously Retro Vintage Photoshop Brush Sets

101 Free Retro & Vintage Photoshop Brushes for 2014Good design never goes out of style; it just becomes “vintage” over time.

Nostalgia is a powerful tool for designers because it creates an instant emotional bond with the audience. The right design aesthetic can conjure up memories of our childhood and help us to connect with the generations that came before us.

This extensive collection of free vintage Photoshop brushes is the perfect toolkit for creating print designs that stir up feelings of nostalgia in your audience. Vintage brushes are great for brands that have an established history, or even new brands with old souls. From fantastical contraptions to retro 60’s advertisements, use these downloads whenever you want to bring a little old-time charm to your modern day designs.

Steampunk | Object & Animal | Shape & Pattern | Fashion | Map & Document | Letter & Postage | Sign & Advertisement | Miscellaneous

Steampunk Brushes


Featured in many popular books, video games and comics, the steampunk aesthetic uses vintage designs from the early 20th century, often blending them with outlandish sci-fi technology. Use these Photoshop brushes to give your designs a retro-futuristic edge.

6 Steampunk PS Brushes

6 Steampunk PS Brushes

Brushes: SteamPunk Bizarre

Brushes: SteamPunk Bizarre

Dirigibles

Dirigibles

Infernal Machines

Infernal Machines

Projectwoman Steampunk Brushes

Projectwoman Steampunk Brushes

Starwalt Steampunk Brushes

Starwalt Steampunk Brushes

Starwalt Steampunk Brushes Vol2

Starwalt Steampunk Brushes Vol2

Starwalt Steampunk Brushes Vol3

Starwalt Steampunk Brushes Vol3

Steampunk Electro-Mechanical Brushes

Steampunk Electro-Mechanical Brushes

ValerianaSTOCK Gears

ValerianaSTOCK Gears

Victorian Brushes

Victorian Brushes

Object and Animal Brushes


Ever explore your attic and discover artifacts belonging to your ancestors? Whether it’s a mysterious rusty key or a faded rocking horse, the things we collect give us a brief glimpse into the past. This assortment of vintage brushes comprises a wide variety of objects and animal illustrations from days gone by.

12 Vintage Cycle PS Brushes

12 Vintage Cycle PS Brushes

Birdcages Brushes Set 1

Birdcages Brushes Set 1

Book Brushes

Book Brushes

Brush Set 16 – Retro Drinks

Brush Set 16 - Retro Drinks

Retro Cassette Brushes

Retro Cassette Brushes

Retro Flowers

Retro Flowers

S&T Vintage Chairs Brush Set

S&T Vintage Chairs Brush Set

Skeleton Keys Brushes

Skeleton Keys Brushes

Vintage Baseball Cards Brushes

Vintage Baseball Cards Brushes

Vintage Birds

Vintage Birds

Vintage Clocks

Vintage Clocks

Vintage Illustrated Dogs Brushpack

Vintage Illustrated Dogs Brushpack

Vintage Nautical Brushes

Vintage Nautical Brushes

Vintage Silhouettes

Vintage Silhouettes

Vintage Toys Photoshop Brushes

Vintage Toys Photoshop Brushes

Vector Shape and Pattern Brushes


From the halftone dots of an old comic book to the mod wallpaper pattern from your grandma’s living room, some of the best design aesthetics throughout history have come from simple shapes and abstract imagery. These vintage vector shape and pattern brushes are not only “retro chic,” they’re also fun and funky for the modern age.

11 Sketchy Retro Photoshop Brushes (No longer available)

11 Sketchy Retro Photoshop Brushes

Floral Retro Brushes

Floral Retro Brushes

Flying Vector Brushes

Flying Vector Brushes

Free Retro Cells Brushes

Free Retro Cells Brushes

Kunfu 80’s Brushes

Kunfu 80's Brushes

Retro Abstract Circle Brushes

Retro Abstract Circle Brushes

Retro Brush Set

Retro Brush Set

Retro Circle Brushes – HeartDriven

Retro Circle Brushes - HeartDriven

Retro Circles Brushes – Chokingonstatic

Retro Circles Brushes - Chokingonstatic

Retro Circles Brushes – slaughterdbc

Retro Circles Brushes - slaughterdbc

Retro Dots

Retro Dots

Retro Funk 2

Retro Funk 2

Retro Talk

Retro Talk

Retro Vector

Retro Vector

Retro Vectors Brushes

Retro Vectors Brushes

Sigsource Retro Brush Set

Sigsource Retro Brush Set

StrappinCop Funky Retro Circle

StrappinCop Funky Retro Circle

The Vintage Effect Brushes

The Vintage Effect Brushes

Vector 05

Vector 05

Very Large Retro Brush

Very Large Retro Brush

Vintage Fashion Brushes


Nowhere is retro chic design appreciated more than in the world of fashion, where trends and styles come and go and return again, all in the span of a few years. These vintage fashion brushes feature pictures and illustrations of various fashion trends, from the corsets and hats of the Victorian Era to the groovy fads of the 1960s and 70s.

1920s Sport Photoshop Brushes

1920s Sport Photoshop Brushes

Brush Set 15 – Vintage Model

Brush Set 15 - Vintage Models

Brush Set 18 – That 70’s Girl

Brush Set 18 - That 70's Girl

Victorian Lady

Victorian Lady

Vintage Clothes

Vintage Clothes

Vintage Fashions

Vintage Fashions

Vintage Footwear

Vintage Footwear

Vintage Hats

Vintage Hats

Vintage Pattern Girls

Vintage Pattern Girls

Vintage Vogue Brushes

Vintage Vogue Brushes

Map and Document Brushes


Before Google Maps and Microsoft Office, everything was done with ink and paper. Maps and other important documents were drawn by hand or stamped on parchment paper. This collection of vintage map and document brushes evokes the feeling of an old library or archive so effectively, you can practically smell the paper!

14 Hi Res Assorted Maps

14 Hi Res Assorted Maps

Old Book Pages Brush

Old Book Pages Brush

Old Booky Goodness Part 1

Old Booky Goodness Part 1

Old Brushes 2

Old Brushes 2

Tickets and Labels Brush Set

Tickets and Labels Brush Set

Vintage Cards and Tags

Vintage Cards and Tags

Vintage Office Rubber Stamps Brushes

Vintage Office Rubber Stamps Brushes

Vintage Paper

Vintage Paper

Waldseemuller World Map Photoshop Brushes (No longer available)

Waldseemuller World Map Photoshop Brushes

Wanted Poster

Wanted Poster

Letter and Postage Brushes


There’s no better reminder of the past than old letters, stationery and postage stamps. After all, in the days before e-mail and text messages, this was how people used to communicate with one another. We still use paper letters, but now they carry extra weight because we tend to reserve them for special occasions. These vintage letter and postage brushes help your audience associate your print design with that special feeling of receiving a letter in the mail.

6 Antique Postcard Brushes

6 Antique Postcard Brushes

Old Letter

Old Letter

Old Paper Brushes 2

Old Paper Brushes 2

Old Paper Brushes 4

Old Paper Brushes 4

Old Postcard Brush Set 1

Old Postcard Brush Set 1

Photoshop Stamp Brushes

Photoshop Stamp Brushes

Postage Label Brush Set

Postage Label Brush Set

Scripts

Scripts

Text Brush Set

Text Brush Set

Vintage Handwriting Brushes

Vintage Handwriting Brushes

Vintage Postcards Set 1

Vintage Postcards Set 1

Vintage Script Brush

Vintage Script Brush

Sign and Advertisement Brushes


What better way to inject your marketing designs with a retro flavor than to pull images and aesthetics directly from old marketing materials? Back in the day, print designers didn’t have Photoshop to help them craft their designs. They had to do everything by hand, including logos, lettering and any illustrations or visual components. These vintage sign and advertisement brushes bring a bit of that handmade quality back to life, but in a way that’s much easier on the wrist.

1940 Cosmopoliton Brushes

1940 Cosmopoliton Brushes

Old Signs

Old Signs

Retr0 Brushes

Retr0 Brushes

Retro Images

Retro Images

Vintage Badge Templates

Vintage Badge Templates

Vintage Grunge Brushes

Vintage Grunge Brushes

Vintage News Ad

Vintage News Ad

Vintage Parisian Ad Brushes

Vintage Parisian Ad Brushes

Miscellaneous Vintage Brushes


Need a vintage Photoshop brush that doesn’t fit into one of our other categories? Here’s a veritable cornucopia of retro photos, cartoons, diagrams and other ways to turn back time on your design.

Brush Set 64 – Retro Leftovers

Brush Set 64 - Retro Leftovers

Darger-esque Vol. 1

Darger-esque Vol. 1

Mightee-Mouse Assorted Brushes

Mightee-Mouse Assorted Brushes

Old Essentials

Old Essentials

Phrenology Photoshop Brushes

Phrenology Photoshop Brushes

Retro Brushes PS

Retro Brushes PS

Retro Cartoon Brushes

Retro Cartoon Brushes

Some Old Photos

Some Old Photos

Vintage 2 Brushes

Vintage 2 Brushes

Vintage Anatomy Set 1

Vintage Anatomy Set 1

Vintage Brushes 1

Vintage Brushes 1

Vintage Medical Brushes

Vintage Medical Brushes

Vintage Polaroid Brushes

Vintage Polaroid Brushes

Vintage Toile

Vintage Toile

Vintage Hand

Vintage Hand

Final Thoughts

Nostalgia can be potent, but you have to know how and why to use it in your designs. Remember that just adding free vintage Photoshop brushes to your project won’t necessarily create the sense of nostalgia you’re hoping for; images and design elements from the 1940s won’t appeal much to a viewer who grew up in the 1980s. Make sure you know your audience and understand the types of imagery they’re most likely to identify with.

What kind of designs from the past do you wish would make a comeback? Do you have any far-out, happenin’ retro and vintage Photoshop brush downloads you want to add to the list? We want to hear your answers, so leave us a comment below.

Vladimir Gendelman
Author: Vladimir Gendelman

As CEO of CompanyFolders.com, Vladimir is a knowledgeable authority in print marketing and graphic design for businesses. With his team of designers and experts, he helps customers put forth the best possible impression with high-quality collateral. Learn more about Vladimir’s history and experience, and connect with him on Google+ and Twitter.

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