20 Beautiful Vintage Photoshop Brush Sets

Mar 4 2009 by Mirko Humbert | 38 Comments

Vintage designs has gotten very popular over the past years, and it seems the trend keeps on going.

In this round-up, you’ll find 20 vintage Photoshop brushes you can download for free. There are over 300 individual vintage brushes here, so you will have a broad choice of brushes to apply onto your designs.

Each brush set was first tested, and the images you see below are previews of what to expect from each brush pack.

1. Darger-esque (23 brushes)

Darger-esque - preview.

2. 1920s ladies by 500ml brushes (7 brushes)

1920s ladies - preview.

3. Vintage Hands (15 brushes)

Vintage Hands - preview.

4. Vintage Models (11 brushes)

Vintage Models - preview.

5. Retr0 Brushes (30 brushes)

Retr0 Brushes - preview.

6. Old Maps (11 brushes)

Old Maps - preview.

7. Newspaper ads from the 60s (12 brushes)

Newspaper ads from the 60 - preview.

8. 1940 Cosmopolitan brushes (48 brushes)

1940 Cosmopolitan brushes - preview.

9. Vintage Movie Posters (16 brushes)

Vintage Movie Posters - preview.

10. Vintage brushes (12 brushes)

Vintage brushes - preview.

11. Vintage Birds (20 brushes)

Vintage Birds - preview.

12. Vintage polaroid brushes (14 brushes)

Vintage polaroid brushes - preview.

13. Vintage grunge brushes (17 brushes)

Vintage grunge brushes - preview.

14. Alice in Wonderland brushes (20 brushes)

Alice in Wonderland brushes - preview.

15. Old Newspaper (16 brushes)

Old Newspaper - preview.

16. Old Paper Brushes (7 brushes)

Old Paper Brushes - preview.

17. Vintage Lady (6 brushes)

Vintage Lady - preview.

18. Film and old projectors (5 brushes)

Film and old projectors - preview.

19. Vintage pics (8 brushes)

Vintage pics - preview.

20. Birdcages (16 brushes)

Birdcages - preview.

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About the Author

Mirko Humbert is a freelance designer from Switzerland. He shares his thoughts about his passion on his graphic design blog, Designer Daily, and also runs a CSS gallery called CSS Orgy. To connect with Mirko, you can follow him on Twitter.



March 4th, 2009

I kind of love how photoshop brushes have become the new icons. I have a client who loves Victorian themed things, some of these brushes might actually catch her attention.

Sankar Datti

March 5th, 2009

Nice collection.

I love vintage sets. Thanks Mirko


March 5th, 2009

thank you for this collection

Laurel LaFlamme

March 5th, 2009

What a fantastic collection of work! Hugely cool pics and you can download for free – awesome! Thank you very much.


March 5th, 2009

cool brush! thank you :-)


March 5th, 2009

The Alice in Wonderland set is crazy. Crazy awesome.

Mark Aplet

March 5th, 2009

Those are awesome! Really liked the lady’s and film projector set! Great collection!

For any that might be interested, I have a set of vintage postal stamp brushes that I created that are also free to download. Hope people can find them useful. http://www.visual28.com/articles/free-photoshop-brushes


March 5th, 2009

they are great brushes, but maybe i don’t need them right now :)

Brandon Oelling

March 5th, 2009

I LOVE … LOVE … LOVE these!



March 5th, 2009

Cool n nice brushes…Vintage collection’s are always good


March 5th, 2009

Excellent for any retro-type projects that come up.


March 5th, 2009

very nice brushes!
Thank you:)


March 6th, 2009

Thanks! (:


March 6th, 2009

Very nice, can’t wait to download on my own computer!


March 7th, 2009

nice brushes!


March 7th, 2009

Nice Collection! Thanks for putting all these together.

Alex Trup

March 11th, 2009

Beautiful brushes, I wonder though, does anyone know what kind of copyright (if any) applies to these brushes? Are the images used no longer copyrighted? Can you use them in your own designs without fear of repercussions?




March 11th, 2009

This is the best collection of vintage anything I’ve ever seen. Thanks.

Jen N

March 17th, 2009

These are amazing!


March 18th, 2009

I am wondering the same thing as Alex. Are these brushes copyrighted?


March 18th, 2009

Spoke too soon. I see that after selecting some of the brushes that each individual has copyright information. Just needed to dig a little deeper.

SoHee K

March 25th, 2009

Very nice brushes!
Thanks :)


April 5th, 2009

Fantastic! Thanks! I am just learning to do the digital/hybrid thing & can’t wait to work with all these vintage brushes!!!


April 10th, 2009

wow i love this set …
from seoul

fatih nalçacı

April 21st, 2009

WOW ! Excellent for any retro-type projects that come up.
they are great brushes, but maybe i don’t need them right now :) thanks


April 22nd, 2009

thanks !! your work is what i really want.!


June 17th, 2009

Very Nice, I like them. specially Vintage arts


August 16th, 2009

thanks! these are great.


November 5th, 2009

Nice Collections ,thanks!!


November 20th, 2009

i can’t seem to find the files to download… help!


December 5th, 2009

I am just learning to do the digital/hybrid thing & can’t wait to work with all these vintage brushes!!!


March 18th, 2010

thank you, these are great


April 8th, 2010

I like vintage.
very beautiful.


August 2nd, 2010

Love the vintage birds. Wouldn’t have come across that on my own. Thank you!

Ken Damrau

December 31st, 2010

Gorgeous. Inspired. I hope I can do them justice.


February 11th, 2011

cool, thanks. I made some to, you can download my vintage brushes on : http://www.designbastard.com/2011/02/vintage-photoshop-brushes/


October 7th, 2011

Vintage collection’s are really nice!


November 3rd, 2011

very nice sets, some of’em are awesome for retro rockabilly works =)

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