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Five beautifully distressed and worn typefaces

Looking for some old worn distressed typefaces for your next project? I love distressed fonts. Why? Because they are fantastic. I like the small details, and the faults that relief printing creates. You just can’t beat the look of real printed type.

Distressed fonts have more soul

Marks of age and wear give distressed fonts soul, they look worn in—like and old armchair.

I have found 5 beautifully distressed fonts for you, they are expertly crafted little beasts and have oodles of personality.

You have my permission to drool over them.

1. Veneer font

Veneer Font

Veneer Font

Veneer has been a big inspiration for my own typeface work. It’s well executed and has a delicate and detailed distressed effects.

It has that something extra, and that’s why it so well liked at the moment. It was designed Ryan Martinson who is a very talented young chap working at Yellow Design Studios.

It’s a vintage looking relief printing style typeface with a touch of retro grunge. The amount of work that has been poured into it is there for all to see. It looks old and it looks right.

Each letter has so much detail and comes with contextual alternatives. That gives every letter that unique distressed look without looking the same, genius.

Includes Eight typefaces in OTF format:

  • Veneer
  • Veneer Italic
  • Veneer Two
  • Veneer Two Italic
  • Veneer Three
  • Veneer Three Italic
  • Veneer Extras
  • Veneer Extras Italic
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2. Upstater Ink font

upstater ink font

upstater ink font

Lots of detail in this typeface makes it achieve that vintage print look and feel, it screams dirty and urban with just the right amount of detail. Created by Tyler Finck from upstate New York, he is just one cool dude creating kick ass unique fonts.

Keep on doing what you’re doing Tyler.

Designed by Tyler Finck

Tyler grew up in the south of Maine, where he explored the ocean in the summer and the mountains in the winter. He studied in upstate New York where he made drawings, movies and photographs.

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3. Anodyne Complete

anodyne font

I like Anodynes beaten weathered look, its like an old pair of shoes, full of quality, I just want to own it.

It includes four different glyph styles for each letter and two for all other glyphs. It has 6 styles including, italic, shadow, shadow italic, combined and combined italic — worth looking at for your next project.

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4. Applewood

applewood font

Applewood has subtle imperfections and a retro style attitude. It kind of looks like an old American font, with a modern hipster twist. Designed by Stephen Miggas a superb type designer from the good old USA.

Applewood would clearly add a different style to your next project, use it to get the old school retro feel. Featuring some really cool OpenType features that make your letters appear unique. Worth checking out, yes.

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5. Thirsty Rough

thirsty script rough font

I see this font all the time now, it has become really popular. No wonder is bloody brilliant. Thirsty Script Rough replicates the original qualities of relief printing.

It is highly adaptable with 4 different versions of every weight ranging from very light to heavy distress. It has so much detail thirsty looks great at really big sizes, perfect for headlines.

To make things even more different, it includes a set of matching shadow layers and texture pieces.

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These are some of the best-distressed font designs around. The designers have done a great job, loving their work and dedication. I’m hoping to get my arse into gear to create another distressed typeface of my own.

That is all.