What is RetroVectors?
Retrovectors is a site for creatives. A source of graphic elements for projects. Quality vector stock that is available for personal and commercial work. There is an emphasis on quality. All the material available is commercial grade stock, produced by a designer for designers. A little ‘help you up’ when time is short and budget is tighter than an otter’s pocket…a situation every designer knows all too well.
RetroVectors are produced from a number of sources and references. Original materials that have fallen out of copyright have been scanned at the highest resolution possible and extensively cleaned of the noise that comes from early printing methods and paper that’s well over a hundred years old. The Victorian stock comes from newspapers from the day, shop catalogues, print catalogues, calling cards, posters…all manner of printed ephemera. It’s fascinating material and it’s great to be able to provide artwork and craftsmanship from artisans long dead so new life can be breathed into it. I can’t imagine that any of these artists would have thought that their work would still be in use a hundred and forty odd years later!
So how does material fall out of copyright and into the public domain? This varies from country to country but generally the copyright covers the life of the individual who produced the item and then a further 50-70 years. You can find a table of this information by clicking here. There are some exceptions but none affect the material provided here on RetroVectors.
It’s not all about the really old stuff though and RetroVectors content spans the decades from the 1880’s to the 1980’s! All material for periods where items cannot be within the public domain has been created for the site in the style of the period. Although RetroVectors retains the copyright to individual items this material is all royalty free and available for commercial use.
THE ONE KEY LIMIT TO USE IS THAT RETROVECTORS MATERIAL MUST NOT BE TAKEN AND SOLD OR REDISTRIBUTED ELSEWHERE WITHOUT EXPRESS PERMISSION. To do so would not be cool.
If you have any issues or questions that are not covered in the FAQ section then please get in touch via the form on the contact page.