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Halloweenie Brushes!


Happy Halloween, Tipsters! This week, in honor of the upcoming howl-iday, I’m not doing restoration, but I’m still doing vintage!


I’m sharing a few (29)  Photoshop brushes I’ve made from (mostly) vintage & public domain images.


Some of these are from magazines, mostly from 1915 through the mid 1920’s (you can find the original look of the images on about.com), though a couple are from the turn of the 20th Century.


I also added a couple newer, yet still vintage images by Seymour Reit, Joe Oriolo, Charles Shultz and Gil Elvgren.


Though this isn’t my usual tutorial, I’ll share one tip: Choose a color for the brush, put it on a layer and then go to the Edit > Stroke menu. Use the settings 1px, (color) black, Location: Center, Blending Mode: Normal and Opacity 75% for a fun effect!


If you download these brushes, please do so with the understanding that they are for personal use, only! They are strictly for fun, not to be used in any other way.


So have fun!


Happy Halloween!

Vintage Halloween Photoshop brush download (.abr)

Vintage Halloween Photoshop brush download (.zip)

Installation paths: (PC) C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop X*\Presets\Brushes

(Mac OS X) /Users/{username}/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop X*/Presets/Brushes (I don’t have a Mac – if this is wrong, or different, please let me know! Thanks!)

*Version number

About Janine Smith (114 Articles)
Janine Smith is the owner of Landailyn Research and Restoration, a Fort Worth, Texas based company whose services include family history research and photo restoration. Janine honed her skills in restoring badly damaged photos as a volunteer with Operation Photo Rescue, a non-profit organization whose mission is to repair photographs damaged by unforeseen circumstances such as house fires and natural disasters. <br> Janine’s work is well-known in the world of genealogical and historical societies, museums, libraries, university archives, and non-profit organizations; appearing on the board of directors for several organizations and institutions. She is a sought-after lecturer on photo restoration and preservation to libraries, genealogical and historical societies. <br> In addition to being a Lynda.com author, Janine is the author of many articles on research and restoration appearing in newspapers and magazines, both on and offline. Janine's history and photo restoration columns appear regularly on TipSquirrel.com and in the popular Shades Of The Departed Digital Magazine. <br> Janine is the winner of the 2010 “Photoshop User Award” in the photo-restoration category.

6 Comments on Halloweenie Brushes!

  1. rose matthews // 29/10/2009 at 5:44 am //

    Very Strange – almost spooky. I’m on a Mac so I click on the .zip file and it appears to be downloading as a .zip but as the download finishes it turns into a .abr which I can’t open. I’ll try it on my other Mac and let you know the result.

  2. Greyson TipSquirrel // 29/10/2009 at 9:49 am //

    How very spooky. Not sure whats going on there. Anyone else having problems?

  3. Hmmm…my other Mac buddies seem to be able to open the zip just fine! Not really sure what to do about it. The .abr is the universal Photoshop brush file and once in the correct folder should work just fine…I hope, anyway…

  4. Very cool! Love all the images and thank you VERY much for the helpful tips!

  5. Snagging these right now. My mother has gotten into card crafting, and normally ‘borrows’ me to process stuff and print off bits from photoshop. Very cutesey!

  6. I love these! I like Vintage, anyway! But, you’ve found some awesome vintage images to ‘brush-ify”. LOL I know it too some work, since most images that are old are extremely low-res. Kudos to you!
    Thank you!


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