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SOFTWARE COMPATIBILITY – You will need Illustrator CS5-CC 2020 to use this product. An Affinity Designer version of the pack is available HERE 

If, like me, you love the jumbled, inconsistent and iconic look of 19th century newsprint then this is the perfect pack for you. Using real antique material, I’ve put together the tools you need to create your own convincing printed ephemera.

How was the pack made?

Following weeks of extensive searching through vintage newspaper and catalogue archives, I selected the best, copyright-free images to include. Complementing these beautiful illustrations are a series of essential and original tools including:

  • Handy border brushes to bring that classic charm to your designs.
  • Eye-catching headline type effects.
  • Advert and newspaper templates for you to easily adapt.
  • Vintage paper textures to add instant aging.

What is the pack useful for?

This tool kit is perfect for creating packaging designs, flyers, invites, greetings cards, apparel, soft furnishings, stationary, branding and much, much more. Why not use it for a craft project, a vintage style logo or advert for your business? And, of course, the pack is perfect for creating Harry Potter style newspaper designs too!

The pack contains all of these fantastic components:

230+ Genuine Vintage Illustrations

The extensive vintage image library includes:

  • Office, Stationary & Clerical
  • Medical & Pharmacy
  • Fashion & Clothes
  • Pointing Hands
  • Clocks & Watches
  • Scenes
  • Miscellaneous
  • Transport
  • Buildings
  • People
  • Animals
  • Home & Garden
  • Sewing machines, Presses & Engines
  • Industrial
  • Kitchen
  • And Products & Packaging – add your own type to create your own vintage products!

All illustrations are copyright free and were sourced from real vintage newspapers, catalogues and adverts.

Take a look at the screen shots to see the full range.

The Advert & Newspaper Templates

31 ready-to-use adverts and two newspaper templates. Simply open them up and adjust as needed. Each file is layered and well-organised. All brushes, type effects and textures remain live and editable.

The Brushes

34 border brushes, all sourced from real newsprint. They’re perfect as borders, dividers and other flourishes. Every brush is an anti-stretch pattern brush and all feature corner tiles where necessary.

The Instant Type Effects

Saved as one-click graphic styles, these effects are the ideal way to transform type into bold, eye-catching headline text. There are 22 to choose from.

The Textures

  • Five vintage paper textures, supplied as 5000 x 3500 px tiffs and 3000 x 2134 px jpgs . These will make the perfect background for your designs.
  • The pack also features a seamless, repeat, printed ink pattern perfect for adding that extra bit of authentic detail.

A quick reference PDF guide

This will help you quickly find the right tools for the task in hand.


A very thorough guide on how to use the pack is supplied.

Please note: No fonts are included in this pack. You can find the fonts that I used while creating the pack here –

The Hanley Family 

The Collector’s Font Bundle 

The Humber


This product is covered by The Artifex Forge Tools License (Read about it HERE) and The Artifex Forge Graphics License (Read about it HERE).


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