Design and Layout • Free Resources Vintage Type as Photoshop Brushes and Patterns

 

Letterform Archive scanned type ornaments in vintage printed materials; we turned them into brushes and patterns for your modern designs.

 

In their debut column for Adobe Create, Letterform Archive showed some of their favorite examples of type ornaments—individual elements that a typesetter can combine to create designs and patterns—and gave us a glimpse into type ornaments' rich history. And luckily for us, they also agreed to let us share some of those ornaments with you in the form of Adobe Photoshop brushes and patterns. These files and their contents are copyright-free, and you can use them in commercial as well as personal projects. We only ask that you not re-distribute them.

Download the Brushes and Patterns

How to Install the Brushes and Patterns

To install the brushes, open Photoshop, and then open the Brushes panel (Windows > Brushes). In this panel, click the menu icon at the top right corner; select Import Brushes and navigate to the folder "brushes-Letterform-Archive-type-ornaments-Create". Select the three .abr files and click Open.

To install the patterns in Photoshop CC 2020, open the Patterns panel (Windows > Patterns). In this panel, click the menu icon at the top right corner, select Import Patterns, and navigate to the folder "patterns-Letterform-Archive-type-ornaments-Create". Select the three .pat files and click Open. To install the patterns in previous versions of Photoshop, go to menu Edit > Presets > Presets Manager. In this panel, select Patterns as Preset Type, click Load, and navigate to the folder "patterns-Letterform-Archive-type-ornaments-Create".

There are many ways to use brushes and patterns; the examples above, which were created by Adobe Studio designer Nicolle Rodriguez, are just the (brush) tip of the iceberg. If you're new to Photoshop patterns, check out "Paint with a Pattern"; "Painting Tools" is a useful 101 on Photoshop brushes.

If you haven't already, do check out Letterform Archive's column, "Type Ornaments: Building Blocks of Design." It's a real treat for the eyes.

Brush and pattern source: Nebiolo type foundry catalog, Torino, 1889. Collection of Letterform Archive.

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