Don’t be put off by the name. Grunge Textures (grungetextures.com) is an excellent website with tons of useful texture photos which can be used in many applications, including PhotoShop®. The lower resolution versions may be downloaded FREE! I’ll definitely be adding a link to this site under Free Stuff in the sidebar.
The site is operated by Darren Hester, photographer and graphic artist. He has created an extremely valuable resource site that is also a joy to explore because it’s so visually appealing.
- You are permitted to use our textures for both personal and commercial purposes, including derivative works.
- You are permitted to make whatever modifications necessary to our textures to make them fit your requirements. However, they will still be subject to this license regardless of the extent of the modification.
- You are not allowed to sell or redistribute our textures (modified or not) where the derived product you are selling or distributing is a texture or a texture pack. i.e. use them to directly compete with us.
- You may not sell, license or distribute its final product in such a way that permits Licensee’s end users to extract or access the Image(s) as a stand-alone file.
- You may not use Images for pornographic, unlawful or other immoral purposes, for spreading hate or discrimination, or to defame or victimize other people, societies, cultures.
Navigating The Site
Texture images are organized into categories such as wood, metal, organic (leaves, tree stumps, etc), fabric, stone, paint, and of course grunge. Darren’s free low resolution textures are 900 x 600, plenty large enough for our purposes. Because they are basically abstract patterns, you can re-size any of them to 768 pixels in height to use for a full-page background.
What could you use these textures for? They could add interest to a presentation or activity page as a background for the cover, be pasted into letters for a fancy headline, added to part of a clip art image to make it look real, or printed out to use off-computer in craft projects and origami. Use them to cover an empty jar and you have a vase. Cover a box to store treasures in. Use them as wrapping paper for a small gift. If you’re adventurous, you could even use them with my puzzle patterns to make some extra-challenging jigsaw puzzles!
Free Video Tutorials
There are two free video tutorials on the site that show you how to use these textures in PhotoShop® to make photos look like fine art. Most techniques involve adding a texture to a new layer above your photograph, and then adjustments are made to the layer blending mode and opacity. Layer masks are used to remove or reduce the texture effect from certain areas of the photo (like a person’s face for example). I went through the first tutorial and immediately learned a new technique! These are quick and easy (the first one was only eleven minutes) and you’ll come away excited and bursting with new ideas.
Free High Resolution Textures
If that’s not enough, Darren gives away some of his high resolution textures free! All he asks is that you include an attribution notice saying where you downloaded the textures. These freebies are covered by a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license. By the way, the graphic on this page was quickly created using one of these giveaways, a cracked stone texture.
You really have to see this site to appreciate this wonderful texture collection, so take a look right now!
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Grunge Textures website link: Click Here. Resource website with photos of textures such as various kinds of paper, natural materials, fabric, rust, painted walls, etc.