Angie Bowen July 12th, 2011

A Collection of Retro & Vintage Design Resources

As summer hits and gets underway, many are drawn back to those summer days of our youth. Memories of summer breaks filled with vacation from school, home, and many other places or responsibilities get us in a sort of retrospective mindset. It is with that theme in hand that we have compiled this bountiful resource post for our readers in a retro frame of mind.

Designers dive right in to this collection that is positively overflowing with vintage styled design goodies just waiting to be added into your next design project. From PS brushes to patterns to icons and so much more, this post has got it all! Literally! Well, not literally, but close. So get your toolbox open and ready to add in some design resources that take you back a few decades in style. Enjoy!

Photoshop Brushes

Vintage Ornament & Handwriting Brushes

240 Retro Dynamic Brushes

Retro Diagonals

80’s Kunfu Brushes

Retro Flower Brushes

11 Sketchy Retro Photoshop Brushes

Retro Abstract Circles

UK Stamps

Newspaper Ads From The 60s

14 High Resolution Assorted Maps


Smashing Retro Icon Set

Retro Vector Icons

Retro Candy: Free Icon Set

Retro Toys: A Free Icon Set


Retro Wallpaper Textures

6 large retro textures

Vintage Textures and Backgrounds

Colored Vintage Paper

28 High-Res Vintage Postal Textures

Vintage Wallpaper Urban Decay


Free Seamless Vector Pattern – Vintage Velvet

Seamless Retro Vectors

Retro Set 4

Pink Petals Seamless Photoshop Pattern

Free Vector and Pixel Pattern – Antique Engraved

More Resources

Retro Splash Photoshop Action

1985 – A Free Vector Pack of Your Favourite 80s Icons

Matchbook Typefaces

35 Retro Photoshop Gradients

Vector Pack: Tres

Vintage: A Free WordPress Theme

41 Custom Photoshop Shapes


How To Create a Retro Style Superman Book Cover

Create a Retro Pop Art in Photoshop

Create a Retro Urban Gig Poster in Photoshop

Design a Retro Styled Poster

Quick Tutorial: Create a Reusable Retro Type Treatment

Illustrator Tutorial: Vector Retro Television

Create Vintage and Grungy Digital Art Work in Photoshop


Angie Bowen

Angie Bowen is a freelance artist, designer and writer as well as a founding member and editor of the Arbenting Design Blog.


  1. Very nice! Thats exactly what I was looking for some of the projects. Really helpful. Thanks for sharing!

  2. This is a fantastic set of resources, Angie– really can’t thank you enough. Wishing you the best! : )

  3. Thanks for the kind words and thoughtful comments on the post. As always, we are glad that it is proving useful.

    Noupe Editorial Team

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