RetroSupply - The Blacksmith


"Get a Vintage Roughened Text Effect in 57 Seconds Even If You're a Photoshop Newbie!"

Watch a video demo of The Blacksmith here:

This print effect has become REALLY popular. I've seen designers use it on everything from handcrafted clothing labels to typography for bands like Mumford and Sons.

Back in the day (19th century) this kind of work was done with a printing press like the ones made by Miehle Printing Press and Manufacturing Company in London, England. This mechanical approach to printing as well as hand crafted typography resulted in prints with small flaws and imperfections.

You can still get this effect today. You just need to buy an old printing press. If you do your research you can get a really small one (size of a shoebox) for around $500. If you're seriously into vintage printing you can pick a larger professional sized one for $3500 or more.

But if you don't have room in your garage for for a printing press The Blacksmith action does a good job of simulating the look of these old presses.

This non-destructive Photoshop action will give you the same look in less than a minute. Plus, it's 100% customizable. So no matter what size work you're using the action on the results will look great.

***Here's What You'll Get When You Get The Blacksmith Printing Press Action***

• 1 The Blacksmith Printing Press action with built in instructions. Just load the action and press play.
• 1 The Blacksmith Printing Press without instructions. Work even faster with no pop-up instructions.
• 4 The Blacksmith Printing Press - A curated collection of brushes to age your work.
• A read-me file (because instructions are good) for installation and using the action.

There's nothing better than working with real ink and paper. But if you're a busy designer (or don't own an 1813 Columbian Press) this action works great!

Don't wait! Start making authentic looking ink effects today! Buy Now! : )


  1. Dustin Lee
    • Shop Owner

    @Jared Duba No, unfortunately, not just like this. I have a product called InkForge with some similar effects. But you could use Print Grinder at a high definition and then use live trace in Illustrator : )

  2. Nick Kask
    • Purchased

    This is an awesome Action & Brush set. Can't wait to implement it soon!

    Looking forward to the demo video– those always rock!

  3. Dustin Lee
    • Shop Owner

    @Lenny Terenzi @Jennie Whittaker LOL. There's actually a product called the "I Want It All" Kit. If you think you might buy even half of my products it's worth grabbing (since you're saving about 40% of retail).

    Plus, the sooner your buy it the more you save. Since all my new products are added to it you can redownload it in the future and you'll get the new products free.

    The sooner you buy the more you save since the price increases each time I add a new product. : )

  4. Thomas Meldgaard

    @Dustin Lee I can see we get new products included in the "I want it all" bundle if we have purchased it. So if I just want to download this new item, how is that done?

  5. Dustin Lee
    • Shop Owner

    @Thomas Meldgaard I'll be adding it to the "I Want It All" Kit today. But since you probably don't want to download a gigantic file again I'll manually send it to you : )


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How do I contact support?

If you need help with a product contact the shop owner here on the product page! Just click the Message icon on the upper right.

For anything else shoot an email to

Will my designs look as awesome as the screenshots with the click of a button?

Yes and no. The Blacksmith action will add subtle variations and roughness to your work. Just like old print work. But you'll need to do some manual work to add the grain (with the brushes I've included). I think this is the best approach for actions. It allows you to do more with your own hand which makes your work unique from everyone elses.

Why is this called The Blacksmith? Blacksmiths don't print stuff?!

I know, I know. It makes no sense. But I REALLY wanted to use a blacksmith. It sounds really cool.

Dude, calling an action The Blacksmith when it doesn't have anything to do with the action is such a hipster move.

Guilty as charged. I take full responsibility for this.

Do I need to be a Photoshop genius to get these kind of results?

No, absolutely not. You just need to know how to install an action, press play, create a layer mask and use a brush in Photoshop. I just saw you get nervous when you heard the word Layer Mask. Don't worry, they're awesome and not that complicated. Google it : )

What fonts are you using in the screenshots?

Stratum 1 Black, Baskerville Bold, Futura Standard and Ollie.