Last Updated on September 20, 2020
We now live during a time when everything seems so…clean and seamless. It’s so easy to create a ‘picture-perfect’ look thanks to countless photo editing apps and filters.
Got a wrinkle? Smooth it out using this software. Want to make your images appear as if they were taken during the 60s? Then use this filter. It can be so refreshing to see something imperfect for a change.
Here’s where distressed elements come into play. Their inconsistent, grungy appearance makes them look more organic or true to life. They also come in all kinds of forms: there are those that imitate the look of wood, others are intentionally deconstructed to mimic the natural wear-and-tear of age.
Distressed fonts for instance, can immediately alter the mood and look of your projects in a few clicks. Sure, you can use a filter for that. But these are carefully made, one letter at time, providing you with a beautifully frayed result that looks like it took years of hard work.
Check out this collection and see for yourself.
Cool Distressed Fonts
1. Cheddar Gothic Rouch Font
This all-caps sans serif typeface is carefully drawn for quality and readability, and it works great for various display uses.
2. The Farmer Font
This ultra-condensed font family from NEWFLIX.bro gives a diverse set of aesthetics from a simple, modern vintage look to a more rugged vibe.
3. Imprimo Letterpress Font
This uppercase sans-serif font from Mint Pixels comes in two styles that further accents the distressed effect and brings out the best in titling projects.
Bart Wesolek’s product comes in six styles that is great for retro-inspired headlines, branding, labels, posters, and more.
Check out this semi-distressed, worn in sans serif designed by Clint English that’s perfect for personal or commercial works.
6. The Northwest
This sans-serif is inspired by Wild West culture with a few touches of modern typography that allows great flexibility of texture strength for effective visual projects.
7. Tobacco Typeface
From Josh O., get a two-styled font to help give your visuals either a rough and gritty look for distressed graphics, or a clean and seamless appearance.
8. Higgs Boson Blues Wood Type Font
This handmade display font from Simon Stratford follows the traditional American wood type, giving it a weathered, almost stamped-like appearance.
9. Sumac Typeface
From Tugcu Design Co., this typeface features smooth lettering but with a textured appearance that is big, friendly and catchy.
10. Navy Queen
Vintage Type Co. has created this font as an over-extended, geometrically designed sans serif to complement the vintage look for posters, logos, and packaging projects.
Hustler Supply Co. presents a six-styled typeface that can be customized from a textured font with a vintage aesthetic to a clean, modern condensed font to use for projects.
12. Weinston Typeface
Heybing Supply Co. presents this dual-purpose font made with authentic hand-drawn characters and an irregular baseline to make casual, arty and inky lettering for your design projects.
This two-style, stencil-inspired font made by Addictype Foundry also has bonus vector images to add more depth to customization.
14. Service Station
Haynie Design Co. takes inspiration from the classic styles of vintage signage found in old gas stations and repair shops for that classic hometown aesthetic.
Aerotype made this font using a diversity of 52 Opentype features that makes different effects for design and visual projects possible.
16. Rough Antiqua
This all-caps font from vatesdesign is based on hand-inked antiqua types from the Renaissance Era for a living, handmade classic feel on visual projects.
17. Boston Skyline Font Duo
Sam Parrett presents a hand-crafted duo of premium sans and script fonts to create a contrasting yet complimentary and free-flowing design for logos, product packaging, quotes, and display text.
From Ben Harman, get a vintage font that oozes with masculinity and add more to your visuals using alternates for the most common characters.
19. Broster Fonts
Get effortless industrial or mechanical vibes using this font that is based on the basic shape of a nut, plus bonus badges to add depth to your visual projects.
20. Bhavers Typeface
Get the best out of your presentations using Ilham Henry’s hand-drawn font with stylistic alternates plus bonus Bhavers badges with editable text.
21. Distressed Telegraph
Stiggy & Sands brings the uniqueness of the Large Elite Type No. 44 keyboard lettering to the digital age that captures the unpredictability of keystrokes to ribbon and paper.
22. Oatmeal Stout
This versatile, vintage typeface from Hustle Supply Co. comes in five styles inspired by texts found in beer labels.
23. Dream Maker
KA Designs presents a distressed font with grunge elements to add flair to logos, t-shirts prints and other projects that benefit from big letters and few words.
This rough-textured, vintage sans serif font family includes textured, rough, clean, and oblique versions of characters that can help you achieve 3D effects without the need to add another process.
25. Handters Typeface
Get the best vintage feel out of your visuals using this cool serif display font and included ornaments to complete the appeal in one package.
Customize the texture and level of distress of your texts using this premium hi-resolution letterpress family with six styles – and added extras to further accentuate either a retro or a vintage feel.
27. PressBox Combo Font
Score a winning deal through this vintage font package consisting of two main fonts with an Americana and metallic appeal and a bonus font stylized with spurs with additional ornaments for deeper customization choices.
28. Jason Caps
TypeFaith Fonts has reproduced this old woodblock font design the early 20th century with added ornaments to add more to the vintage look.
Gain greater creative control using a versatile, striking and sharp font that has varying degrees of distress but does not lose on legibility.
Mix and match the level of grunge needed for your visuals using this font package that comes with up to six distress options for maximum effect.