Seeing how designers, whether visual or mechanical, tackled their jobs decades ago is fascinating. With a limited set of tools, the aesthetic derived from the past surely generates timeless and even classic pieces that still influences designers nowadays. This endless source of inspiration is called vintage design, which includes all aspects such as patterns, textures, and structures; and are used to create old-fashioned and retro looks.
It’s amazing to note that contemporary designers are still able to bridge the generation gap by getting inspiration from the design movements of pre-Photoshop, pre-Sketch or pre-Illustrator times through vintage designs. So, we have compiled some Photoshop patterns with of vintage aesthetics for anyone to download and use for their creative projects. feel free to browse the page and choose your pick!
Vector Vintage Patterns
Seamless Vintage Patterns
Abstract Vintage Patterns
Vintage Floral Patterns
Elements of a Vintage Pattern
Aside from the old-fashioned look, vintage patterns in Photoshop leans more into the modern retro style which is the result of making old trends become new again. Here, we discuss the elements that makes up the vintage aesthetic.
- Flat design. It refers to the use of simple shapes and lines to recreate an image in a minimalist way. Flat design is the most basic, simple, and two-dimensional representation of an object.
- Line patterns. Simple line patterns arrange in a simple and almost neat manner also make up this aesthetic. Geometric shapes, waves and dots are good examples of the elements of this design theme.
- Bright colors. Colors in bright hues are quite popular in the eighties and nineties, and it’s one way to identify this style. And since HD doesn’t exist yet in those eras, you could expect less saturated colors, though.
- Bold typography. Along with the rise of graphic design in the mid century eras is the rise of typography. Bold letters and even accurate spacing between letter combinations characterizes a vintage look.
- Simplicity. Legibility and objectivity were the leading principles of the development of graphic design in the mid of the past century. It includes sans-serif typefaces, grids, and asymmetrical layouts.
While you’re here, you can also check out our collection of abstract patterns for more ideas.
Vintage Fabric Patterns
Black and White Vintage Patterns
Grunge Vintage Patterns
Retro Vintage Patterns
Why Use Vintage Patterns
- It is classic and timeless. The vintage look gives designs a sense of timelessness and classic feel to your designs. With its raw and organic nature, it provides more options in designing stuff associated with objects from the past.
- It has an unpolished finish. Vintage patterns are perfect to use in designs that require an old-fashioned and rough finish. Whether it’s a movie poster or a classic product advertisement, it is a stark contrast to any polished and often boring designs.
- It can be elaborate without looking overdecorated. With its old and aged effects, you can add more interesting and elaborate aspects in your design. It allows you to experiment and be more crafty to create some cool and edgy masterpieces.
- It gives you more freedom to express. You usually get a uniform and rigid designs, but with the vintage look, you can get both strong and subtle elements in one, which eliminates the restrictions you have.
Even in an era of minimalist designs and flat icons, vintage patterns have yet to lost its popularity among designers. It is still a great way to give a strong personality to your design ideas by setting an atmosphere of timelessness. If you are looking for more classic ideas, don’t forget to see our collection of retro patterns as well.