New from Mister Retro: Permanent Press PS filters

~ 23 September 2008 ~

If you’re keen on making your flawless photography and carefully crafted typography look like a cheaply printed handbill or gig poster (who wouldn’t?), you best be checkin’ out Mister Retro’s Permanent Press Photoshop filters.

Four years ago I reviewed Mister Retro’s Machine Wash Photoshop Filters as part of my Wicked Worn series. The aptly named Permanent Press filters fall into the same category as Machine Wash and fit nicely with the Mister Retro line of distressing software and vintage merchandise.

Much like Machine Wash, Permanent Press is really easy to use. Download and install the filters package, open up your artwork in Photoshop, and then open the Permanent Press filters from the Filter menu. A dialog box opens with preset filters and the ability to adjust the offset of the plates, halftone dot shape, ink viscosity, and much more.

Permanent Press dialog window

Using the photo from Friday’s off-topic post about drum kits, following are several examples of the filters. All of these filters were used with their default settings.

Original photo

Original photo of my drum kit

CMYK Pro filter

Filter: CMYK Pro

Concert Poster filter

Filter: CMYK Pro

Halftone Spot Two filter

Filter: CMYK Pro

Newspaper filter

Filter: CMYK Pro

Printed in Taiwan filter

Filter: CMYK Pro

Darkroom filter

Filter: CMYK Pro

Text and illustrations can also be modified with effects such as intentional misregistration of colors, halftone scaling, and more. Here are a few samples from the Mister Retro website:

Permanent Press filters can be purchased and downloaded from Mister Retro for just $99.



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1   Michael Thompson ~ 23 September 2008

Between this and Veerle’s post today about Phantasm CS, it’s a great day to be a designer/illustrator!

2   Colin ~ 23 September 2008

I’m snatching these up right away. And the best part of all is always filing this in the “expense” column. I wish I could file all my toy purchases there…

3   John ~ 24 September 2008

I had recently purchased the Permanent Press Filter and found it to be very slow in rendering. The tool is great but if you want to use it for a print piece I would wait until they provide an updated faster version. Otherwise consider your 2 hour project to take 5 hours.

4   Cameron Moll ~ 24 September 2008

What kind of machine are you on, John? It seemed to render fine on my MacBook Pro with a 1200x800px image.

5   Wayne D. ~ 25 September 2008

Cameron, thanks for pointing me to Mr. Retro (again). Just purchased Permanent Press. It’s everything I’ve been looking for - for years.

6   Greg ~ 25 September 2008

Do you have to be in a band before you can buy these or is Ok if you’re in-between gigs at the moment?

7   Eoghan McCabe ~ 26 September 2008

Nom! These effects are delicious. Wish I had an excuse to need them…

8   WordCamp Utah ~ 26 September 2008

Folks, you should seriously think about doing something else if you can’t do these kind of manipulations w/out the help of this program.

Cameron, as an example, you are promoting the use of this bullsh*t rather than showing folks how they can use the halftone filter in conjunction with color range?

9   Luke Dorny ~ 26 September 2008

[Sounds like someone needs to book a trip to Disneyland, pop a cold one, ride a rollercoaster and relax a bit.]

Thanks for the link, Cameron. This is cool stuff, and inspiring.

10   Cameron Moll ~ 29 September 2008

@ #8, I’m leaving your comment rather than deleting it as a reminder to you and other trolls to pony up your name and email or URL if you’re going to post derogatory remarks that you probably wouldn’t say in person.

11   Betsy A Brady ~ 03 October 2008

thanks for showing, not just telling, the difference b/w these filters.

If you buy from Mister Retro, you can have them printed on canvas at

12   Betsy A Brady ~ 03 October 2008

sorry, forgot to give you the link,

13   Cheryl Anderson ~ 14 October 2008

Ooo! These are lovely. Thanks so much Cameron! ^_^.

Excellent gig posters here I come!

14   Kevin ~ 07 June 2009

hello, i’m french and my english it isn’t perfect but i just ave on question for you !

What can i buy mister retro product when i am french, must i download the product or i just received this…

thank you for you response !


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