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.

20 Free Vintage Photo Texture Overlays From 1800s Photography

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.

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  1. Hi Chris! First of all, thank you for providing such a stunning freebie! I have one question though: can I use them with any photo software, or do I need to have Photoshop to get the best out of them? I have (among others) Paint.NET.

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  2. I’m not sure how you got rid of the subject and retained the textures of the daguerreotypes, but it must have taken a considerable amount of work to do it well. Thanks so much for sharing this, Chris. I look forward to seeing more of your work.

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  3. Thanks Chris!
    What an awesome early Christmas present. I’m in the middle of editing some high school senior pics, and I’m sure these will be a blast to play around with. All your hard work is extra appreciated.
    Richard M.

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  4. I was looking for vintage 1800’s film effects but didn’t know what to look for or where to find it. This is exactly what I needed for my project, I was amazed these were free and such awesome quality. Thanks so much, you saved my project!

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