I recently discovered a fantastic collection of Daguerreotype photographs from the mid-1800s in the public domain, which I’ve transformed into the perfect tools for producing vintage photo effects. I picked the most deteriorated images from over 800 scans and photoshopped out the main subject to leave just the texture of the tarnished metal plate. They are all over 2500px in size with a high resolution of 300ppi and feature a variety of natural stains, scratches and scuffs that will give your modern digital images the authentic appearance of an antique photograph.
This pack of free vintage photo overlays contains 20 high resolution JPEG textures sourced from authentic photographs from the 1800s. Paste the texture over your artwork and use the Screen, Overlay or Soft Light blending modes to apply the vintage effects. For best results, use a Gradient Map to add a complementary sepia toned appearance. Look out for my upcoming video tutorial where I’ll show these techniques, along with a few other tricks to create your own Daguerreotype style photos.