Designing With Vintage/Antique Images + Layered PSD Files

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designing with vintage imagesI was experimenting with using vintage images for a cover design and got off on a few design tangents (I’m sure that’s never happened to you, right). Hours later I had some interesting looking pieces that never ended up in a design – but they were fun to put together. May as well share! Any and all parts of these files can be used in personal or commercial works.

I’m giving away 2 high-resolution, layered Photoshop files. I admit they are a bit strange… both have a girl from the early 1900s. She is walking a dog in the original creative commons, copyright-free image. However I wanted to twist it up a bit.

The first layered Photoshop design includes an original title logo design, Looking Lass. It was all part of the experiment. Use it if you like. It’s a vector smart object that will open in Illustrator. I took the background image at a bonsai exhibit in North Carolina, getting in really close using the macro function on my consumer grade Powershot camera. I liked the idea of her walking something fragile out of the setting so I worked in the butterfly. Play around with the layers, take what you want. All the imagery is free of copyright or is original creation.


The second free download features our little girl again, this time walking a lizard… why?…. well why not?? The inspiration for this came from the title it was designed for, Epoch. The request was for something very ‘out of the box’ that vaguely eludes to the cyclical nature of time. This was one rejected concept. Again – take what you like. It’s all original creation or free from copyright. The title font is NOT included, but you can get it here.


11 Responses to “Designing With Vintage/Antique Images + Layered PSD Files”

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  2. David Dylan Says:

    Really cool. I was playing around with a simmilar idea a while back, only I used modern photo’s and made them look old, then combined them with modern imagery. Not for any particular reeason other than that I had these photo sessions done and wanted to use the results.

    BTW: If you’d like to expand into how-to and such for HTML/CSS, I have some ideas and articles floating around, shoot me a line at

  3. Stone Says:

    Thanks David. That’s a neat idea to play around with too. The mixing of time periods always intrigues me.

    I’ll keep you in mind if we expand into a more html/css direction. I like your use of hover effects on your portfolio pages. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. David Dylan Says:

    Thanks. 🙂 I sure will keep stopping by, great stuff to find here. 🙂

  5. Bonsai Tree Images | Free Stock Photos of Bonsai Trees - Stylized Says:

    […] created these around the time of this post using vintage images. I love bonsai trees so it was fun to experiment with textures and effects on the different images. […]

  6. camera Says:

    hi .. nice posting ..

  7. Lynette Says:

    Thank you – love the idea

  8. remaza Says:

    Fantastic. .Thanks

  9. Su Hall Says:

    I love to see other folks’ .PSD files to see how they do things and organize their layers and such. Good extraction on the girl and lizard. I couldn’t download the first one. It said the file was corrupt. I thought I’d let you know. It may be on my end.
    I appreciate this! Thank you!

  10. Su Hall Says:

    Oops! I tried the first download again and it went fine! So, no sweat! It was me.

  11. image2vector Says:

    Great file.. Thank you for sharing this! 😀

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