create letterpress texture in photoshop

Create letterpress texture effects in photoshop

Letterpress textures, I admit it, I’m addicted to them. I keep making them all the time. I’m using them on my fonts, Instagram posts, my twitter and just about everything I do—I just can’t get enough to feed my habit.

If you are addicted—just admit it, you are. You’re in the right place. This post has nothing but vintage print effects for photoshop.

I thought it was about time I looked at what other designers had on offer and share with you.

But—I’m not about to promote other peoples packs without promoting my own—that’s crazy talk. I’m being honest with you and telling you up front that this list contains 2 products of my own—but it also includes one of my free textures.

Yup, it’s shameless self-promotion—but if you are cool with that read on.

Letterpress textures are awesome

I’m a sucker for that retro print effect and love the way designers re-invent the look.

In this continually moving digital world, it’s a timeless effect that I love.

You might think that reproducing how ink interacts with real paper impossible to re-create digitally. Real printing has too many nuances, it’s too subtle and complex to be reproduced—it just won’t look realistic.

Wrong.

Well nearly wrong. Nothing will reproduce real print on a proper press—But you can get close to it.

Photoshop is awesome

Many of those old printing press flaws, markings and textures can be reproduced digitally in photoshop.

The designers of these textures have spent hours experimenting with real prints. They already bought the ink, paper, brayers, and presses and got their hands dirty creating tonnes essential print grunge effects. Scanning them in, editing them and painstakingly cleaning them up in photoshop.

They do this so you don’t have to. Do you have time for that? Exactly.

Authentic as it gets

If you want the next best thing to a real ink press, and you’re short on time (aren’t we all) the collection below is essential.

It includes free and paid resources that will really help you get that nostalgic print effect—quickly and easily.

Onwards and upwards.

RetroSupply LetterPress

 RetroSupply LetterPress by RetroSupply

RetroSupply LetterPress by RetroSupply

This LetterPress kit looks awesome, and it’s easy to use too. Just copy your design artwork into the supplied folder and you’ve done. It’s all smart object ready and non-destructive.

You could use this pack for mockups, things like stationary or wedding invitations—or just about anything you can think of.

It features;

  • Easy to change background paper colour
  • LetterPress paper texture
  • 1 embossed layer
  • 2 Ink layers
  • Adjust shadows, depth, and highlights
  • Totally non-destructive—so your artwork is safe.
  • set of 4 brushes for extra distress
  • Photoshop cs4+
Get RetroSupply Letterpress

Vintage Letterpress Texture Effects

Vintage Letterpress Texture Effects by Zeppelin Graphics

Vintage Letterpress Texture Effects by Zeppelin Graphics

It takes 20 seconds to create a wonderful print effect with this photoshop pack. How easy is that? Full instructions are provided but it sounds like you won’t need them.

All smart object ready so just open it and drop in your own artwork.

Included with the effects;

  • 10 photoshop files
  • Resolution of 2800 pixels by 2000 pixels at 300 dpi
  • Fully Editable and smart object ready
  • Full help file included
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Instant Letterpress – PSD Action

Instant Letterpress - PSD Action by Brainvasion

Instant Letterpress – PSD Action by Brainvasion

The Instant Letterpress photoshop action looks nice and easy to use. It creates a variety of ink marks and grunge effects that will take your design to the next level.

It’s an action/layer style, so you just run it in photoshop and boom—job done.

Included in the pack;

  • Layer Style 3000 pixels X 2000 pixels
  • Layer Style 2000 pixels X 3000 pixels
  • 5 Paper Textures
  • 5 Grunge Textures
  • Full help files
  • Photoshop CS3+ compatible
Instant Letterpress

Rock & Roller Letterpress photoshop

Rock & Roller Letterpress photoshop by It's me Simon

Rock & Roller Letterpress photoshop by It’s me Simon

This is a blatant plug for my own Letterpress kit called Rock and Roller. Over the years I’ve created lots of rolled ink textures. I’ve taken those and many more to create this huge collection of textures and actions that replicate that vintage feel of printed media.

I spent a lot of time researching old prints, and prints that I had made in a printing class I took in the summer.

I re-created those prints at home, rolling ink onto blank Lino and taking relief prints from them. I even bought a cast iron book binding press to apply equal pressure to the paper.

I then added scratches, debris and other marks to the Lino and took more and more prints. Gradually destroying the Lino in the process.

It contains 30 hi-res hand made real textures. All the textures are smart object ready. Just edit one smart object to see how your design looks with 30 different textures.

Couple those real printed textures with the 19 actions and grunge overlays and you’ve got yourself a very powerful tool—all inside 1 photoshop file.

What’s included;

  • 1 Photoshop file
  • 30 hand made print textures
  • 19 PSD actions
  • 10 Grunge ink overlay effects
  • 10 Real paper samples
  • Overprint ink layer setup
  • Full tutorial video help
Get Rock & Roller

Letterpress Print Kit

Letterpress Print Kit by Rhett Dashwood

Letterpress Print Kit by Rhett Dashwood

This print kit has everything you need in 1 file. Just run the action and you are done. I have to say the effects do look really cool, it’s easy to get a realistic vintage printing press look.

Includes;

  • 1 Main Photoshop file
  • 10 texture layers
  • 1 Action
  • Change ink colour
  • Photoshop CS6+ compatible
Letterpress Print Kit

Vintage Letterpress Effects Vol.2

Vintage Letterpress Effects Vol.2 by Zeppelin Graphics

Vintage Letterpress Effects Vol.2 by Zeppelin Graphics

This vintage pack will convert anything text, shapes, illustrations you name it. It’s dead easy to use just open the smart object and drop your own work it—save and done.

Features:

  • 10 photoshop files
  • Hi res 2800 pixels x 2000 pixels at 300 dots per inch
  • Photoshop smart object ready
  • CS4+
  • Full help included
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Distress Press: Distressing Effects

DISTRESS PRESS: Distressing Effects by True Grit Texture Supply

DISTRESS PRESS: Distressing Effects by True Grit Texture Supply

Distress press is a powerful little beast. It’s got actions and textures that complement each other to get a really good distressed print look and feel.

It saves you so much time—and that’s a good thing right?

Includes;

  • 1 Distress action
  • 6 x Distress Press preset actions
  • Brushes
  • Full instructions provided
  • Photoshop CS5+
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Ink Press Type Action

Ink Press Type Action by Rhett Dashwood

Ink Press Type Action by Rhett Dashwood

This is about as simple as it gets. 3 photoshop actions and a collection of patterns that aim to get the vintage look and feel of letterpress and rolled ink.

Includes;

  • 1 PSD Action file
  • 20 patterns
  • Change ink colour
  • File size is 1740 pixels by 1158 pixels at 72 dots per inch
  • Photoshop CS6+
Get Ink Press Type Action

Lost and taken free textures

Lost and taken letterpress textures

Lost and taken letterpress textures

This one is a bit of a curve ball. If you want to roll your own letterpress textures but don’t want to get your hands dirty then Lost and taken is a good place to start.

It has a vast array of free textures that you can download for free. Put them in photoshop and experiment. With a bit of work, you could easily create a convincing letterpress look and feel.

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Letterpress Photoshop Effects

Letterpress Photoshop Effects

Letterpress Photoshop Effects

This helpful little pack of effects should make it super quick to create vintage textures in photoshop. Its also got a bonus set of halftone textures—always handy to have around.

Includes;

  • 6 PSD files
  • 10 Halftone textures
  • Full help provided
  • Photoshop cs3+ compatible
Letterpress Photoshop Effects

Overprinting Press

Overprinting Press by Unember

Overprinting Press by Unember

This is a single photoshop file that contains all the effects that you’ll need to be on the path to inky goodness. All of them are handmade.

Included;

  • 30 hand-made textures
  • 3000 pixels x 2000 pixels at 300 dots per inch
  • Full instructions provided
  • 13 high quality rolled ink textures
  • Photoshop cs6+
Letterpress Photoshop Effects

Grunge Press

Grunge Press by Design Spoon

Grunge Press by Design Spoon

This pack is easy to use so you’ll get your work done quickly. It’s a layered photoshop file that is fully smart object ready, packed full of texture goodness (63 textures in total).

Included:

  • 21 Grunge textures
  • 13 Halftone textures
  • 14 Scratched textures
  • 5 Line textures
  • 4 Fabric textures
  • 4 Net textures
  • 2 Cracked textures
  • Full instructions provided
Grunge Press

Letterpress & Dry-Ink Print Textures

Letterpress & Dry-Ink Print Textures by ThunderPixels Store

Letterpress & Dry-Ink Print Textures by ThunderPixels Store

Dry-Ink has 20 textures and also includes 30 edgeless brushes. What a super pack of hand made textures this is

Includes;

  • 20 Letterpress and Dry-Ink Textures
  • 30 Edgeless Brushes
  • 30 Edgeless Brushes
  • Photoshop cs1+ compatible
Letterpress & Dry-Ink Print

20 Dry-Ink Borders Textures

20 Dry-Ink Borders Textures by ThunderPixels Store

20 Dry-Ink Borders Textures by ThunderPixels Store

20 Dry-Ink Borders Textures is a big collection of detailed textures. It’s mainly for photoshop but does have some vector files for your vector app of choice.

Includes:

  • 20 illustrator textures
  • 20 png textures
  • 1 Brush Set for Photoshop CS6-CC
  • 1 Brush Set for Photoshop 7-CS5
Dry-Ink Borders

Letterpress Kit 1

Letterpress Kit 1 by It's me Simon

Letterpress Kit 1 by It’s me Simon

Letterpress kit 1 contains five hi-res rolled ink textures. Use the textures in photoshop to easily give your work that vintage letterpress print effect.

Includes;

  • 5 .png files
  • Hi-res 600dpi
  • Free font called Circus freak
Letterpress Kit 1

Vintage Letterpress Ink Texture Pack

Vintage Letterpress Ink Texture Pack by Go Media

Vintage Letterpress Ink Texture Pack by Go Media

These letterpress inspired textures can create a real complex, rolled ink appearance — ideal for giving a printed texture to big and bold lettering.

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Free ink texture get the vintage look

Free letterpress ink texture get the vintage look by It's me Simon

Free letterpress ink texture get the vintage look by It’s me Simon

I gave this texture away to celebrate the release of my letterpress texture kit. Download it for free, use it for your commercial work.

  • Format: PNG
  • Smart Objects: NO
  • Dimensions: 4738 × 6700 px
  • Minimum Photoshop Version: Any
  • Size: 20 Mb
Free Letterpress textures

6 Free Grainy Textures

6 Free Grainy Textures! by Setsail Studios aka Sam Parrett

6 Free Grainy Textures! by Setsail Studios aka Sam Parrett

If you signup to the newsletter, you can get your hands on these 6 free grainy textures. Ideal for making a worn out vintage design effect.

Please note that they are for personal use only.

6 Free Grainy Textures

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