Free Vintage Photoshop brushes can help you save time and at the same time money in creating awesome retro-looking design in Photoshop. It is not true that retro or vintage designs are outdated and unattractive. Designers can actually come up with a design that is both usable and decorative using a successful and representative styles from the past. Vintage art has been very successful because it has a wider reach since it is being appreciated by both the young generation and those who were lucky enough to experience living in the 40s, 50s and 60s. Vintage designs also create a feeling of nostalgic and bring back memories from the near past.
Using retro/vintage or “old” style also makes a design very unique and appealing. That is why we see more and more designers using this element in designing websites both corporate and for personal blogs or portfolio and even for print materials.
So why not start using the vintage or retro look in your designs as well? To help you get started, here, I am posting some free but very useful and high-resolution sets of vintage Photoshop brushes. From circles to stars to vintage appliances, there are plenty of Photoshop brushes to choose from in this roundup. I hope you will find something that can be of use to you.
(In case, you need a tutorial on how to install brushes in your Photoshop program, check out first our tutorial on how to install brushes in Photoshop 7+)
01- 40 Retro Dynamic Brushes by ardcor
This set has 240 dynamically generatingvintage Photoshop brushes that are mostly circular. These brushes are free to use for personal projects and compatible with Adobe Photoshop CS and higher versions.
02 – Retro Photoshop Brush Set by PSD Nation
This set of vintage Photoshop brushes is composed of 18 ultra high-resolution brushes (at 1,500 by 1500 pixels each), allowing you to create large, detailed artwork with no problems. You may use these brushes for whatever purpose, commercial and non-commercial projects alike.
03 – Photoshop Extra Large Urban Brush by Enigma-Design
This Photoshop brush pack contains 9 brushes with resolution of 2500×2500 pixels each, making it a perfect choice for large projects. Also included in this pack are the PNG files which you could use outside of Photoshop. You may use thesevintage Photoshop brushes for both personal and commercial projects. However, the use of these brushes for anything pornographic, hateful or racial is highly discouraged. These Photoshop brushes should work with Photoshop not older than Photoshop CS version.
04 – Retro Vectors Brushes by redheadstock
This Photoshop brush set is composed of different retro-styled vectors, including halftones, circles, squares, diamonds, wavy lines, and many more. All Photoshop brushes are high resolution, with the average size being approximately 1800 pixels. These vintage Photoshop brushes are compatible with Photoshop 7 and newer versions, Photoshop Elements 2 and later versions, and GIMP 2.2.6+
05 – US Military Ranks Brushes 1 by Redheadstock
There are 34 free vintage Photoshop brushes in this set which include the different United States military ranks: Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines and Navy. Please read the text file included in the zipped download folder to find out what brush corresponds to what rank. These are all high resolution with average size being 1850 pixels.
06- Retro Funk Set 2 by ardcor
For a great retro look and feel, try these dynamically generated circular vintage Photoshop brushes from ardcor. The set includes 44 Photoshop brushes that you can use with Adobe Photoshop CS, CS2 ,and CS3.
07- Scrapping Cop Funky Retro Circles by debh945
This Photoshop brush set includes some really big funky circles and several small little circles. Total file size of these Photoshop brushes is 9.3 MB. Free for personal use. File size is 9.3 MB
08- Magno by absolute beginner
This brush set is made out of different materials including old technical books and old tape recorder.
09- Retro Stars by SUDDS
This Photoshop brush set consists of 10 retro star Photoshop brushes. These are compatible with Photoshop CS and higher versions. The total file size is only 156 KB.
10- Retro Frames by punksafetypin
These set includes 9 vintage Photoshop brushes of different frames in various shapes that you could use to give your photos a retro feel and look. Since this set is made with Photoshop CS3, an image pack is included just in case you are using an older version of the program.
11- That 70s Girls by punksafetypin
The pack includes 10 different images of girls from the 70s era. This Photoshop brush set is intended for Photoshop 7 and should also work with newer versions of the program. In case you want to use this with an older Photoshop version and these brushes don’t work for you or if you are using a different software, then checkout the image pack included in the zipped download folder.
12- Vintage Models by punksafetypin
The pack includes 11 different images of women wearing 70s fashion. This Photoshop brush set is intended for Photoshop 7 and should also work with newer versions of the program. In case you want to use this with an older Photoshop version and these brushes don’t work for you or if you are using a different software, then checkout the image pack included in the zipped download folder.
13- Retro Dots by twisted swanton
This set includes nine (9) high-resolution vintage Photoshop brushes of things like banners, wallpaper, signatures, among others. The archived pack that you can download for free includes the .abr brush file and a folder containing the image in PNG of each brush. You may use the images instead if you are using Photoshop version that’s lower than version 7.
14- Disco Stars by Mephotos
This set includes 9 retro vector disco star that you may use as brushes in Photoshop. The total file size of these brushes is 1.3 MB. Free for non-commercial use only.
15-Retro Brushes by SkullsXroses
These vintage Photoshop brushes are created using Photoshop Elements 2. The brush pack includes 40 brushes, with file size of 8.3 MB. Free for personal use.
16- Retro Brushes by vwake
This set has 30 vintage Photoshop brushes composed of images of vintage cars, people and other elements taken from the 40s, 50s, and 60s era. These Photoshop brushes are compatible with Photoshop 7 and newer versions.
17- Retro circle brushes by chokingonstatic
This set includes four (4) Photoshop brushes in green-orange-brown combination that you can use freely (commercial and otherwise). Total file size of these brushes is only 14.1 KB.
18- 1940 Cosmopolitan Brushes by moolis
This set has 48 vintage Photoshop brushes composed of images taken from from a vintage 40’s Cosmopolitan. These brushes are compatible to use with Photoshop 7 and higher versions of the software.
19- Vintage Camera Set by Brushes500
This set contains 9 big Photoshop brushes of old and slightly newer cameras: 2 Agfa cameras (both around 40-50 years old), a Holga, 2 Polaroid cameras and a Kodak Brownie (about 40 years old).
20- Retro Brushes by absolut beginner
This set contains 17 vintage Photoshop brushes of retro images mostly about money that you can use for your designs for free. little gallery of retro images mostly about money, but you’ll find some brushes about pin-up, celebration and dance. These brushes are compatible to use with Photoshop CS and later versions of Photoshop.
21- Vintage TV Sets by Brushes.500.org
This set contains 8 vintage Photoshop brushes created using images of different kinds of vintage TV sets.
22- Retro Brushes by priesteres-stock
23- WallPaper Sized Brushes No.09 by mutsie
This set contains high-resolution intended for making wallpapers. The Photoshop brushes were created using Adobe Photoshop Elements 7.0. The zipped download folder include the Photoshop brush file (.abr) and also includes an image-pack(JPEG) Size. Total file size is 2.2 MB.
24- Old Signs by Rubel Creative, LLC
This set includes 10 Photoshop brushes created using images of old signage such as road signs, car wash signs, motel signs, etc.
25-Retro Pin Up Girls (45 Brushes) by Big Old Toe
A collection of 45 vintage Photoshop brushes featuring some of the loveliest ladies ever created.
26- Photoshop Stamp Brushes by Sandy
This set includes 80 vintage stamp brushes made from real stamps. An image pack is also included in case you are using a lower version of Photoshop or another program.
27- Old Essentials Brushes by Taz
This set includes various stuffs such as old polaroids and photos, stickers, stamps, labels, scraps of paper, tickets, an old postcard from the 50s, etc. that you can use for scrapbooks and other design projects.
28- Vintage Grunge by Alex 16
This set includes vintage Photoshop brushes composed of coca cola, purina and all other brand names from the past.
Check out our earlier post if you need more retro design resources such as fonts and patterns that you can use free other than Photoshop brushes. Or maybe, you are also interested to view retro web designs as inspiration.