Category: Resources

Free textures: Grunge, paper, fabric and more

Zen Textures

Zen Textures offers a plethora of neatly categorized textures, free for commercial use

Zen Textures offers a plethora of free textures for downloading and use in your designs. Among the categories of textures are: rocks, stone, bokeh, rust, wood, cardboard, and concrete.

Yet another free texture site worthy of bookmarking!

Free Photoshop brushes: Grunge stripes

Worn Lines is a fantastic grunge stripe set of high-resolution Photoshop brushes that makes adding a little flair to your background images simple.

Worn Lines brushes

A great set of grungy lined Photoshop brushes

Worn Lines, a 20MB download, includes ten 2,500 x 2,500 pixel brushes, and is available from QBrushes. Be sure to check out the multitude of great brushes available while you’re there.

Free textures: Weathered wood

A small collection of four high-resolution (2,300 x 3,400 pixels) images of a wood door I shot at the Japanese Gardens in Golden Gate Park while I was in San Francisco.

Weathered Wood Textures

Free high-resolution weathered wood textures

I had no real need for them at the time, but I loved the weathered texture and the metal accents. Feel free to use these images for commercial or private use, they are released under the Creative Commons Attribution license.

You can download the weathered wood textures on my Flickr page.

Free textures: Re-stained paper

Textures are the backbone of so many designs, they can really add flair to your layout, and save you hours of time looking for a substitute design, or shooting your own photos. Lost & Taken has so many great textures available that it would take hours to list them all.

Re-Stained Paper textures

Lost & Taken is one of my favorite texture sites

Re-Stained Paper is just one of many awesome texture packs available for download. The Re-Stained Paper textures measure approximately 2,200 x 3,200 pixels in size, and are free to use for personal or commercial work.

Free stock photos: Ice Cream Sundae

If you have the need for them, you’re more than welcome to use these high-resolution photos of the most spectacular ice cream sundae I’ve ever had in my life in any way you see fit. If you use it on a website, I would love a credit link back to the Flickr page. I received several email requests for the image after it appeared in my design inspiration post last week.

Ice Cream Sundae 1

Click image to go to download page - choose Original Size

Ice Cream Sundae 2

Click image to go to download page - choose Original Size

Ice Cream Sundae 3

Click image to go to download page - choose Original Size

The images are released under the Creative Commons Attribution license, and the original size download is approximately 3264 x 2448 pixels – plenty large enough for commercial printing.

Free stock photos: San Francisco signs

On a recent vacation with my wife, I snapped nearly 1,000 photos – most of which will be of absolutely no interest to you whatsoever. But I did manage to (for some strange reason) collect 46 photos of signs in San Francisco, as well as a few from Alcatraz island.

San Francisco signs

46 random signs in San Francisco - for no apparent reason

Feel free to download and use these images in your work if you have a use for them. If you use them on the Web I would appreciate a link back to this article, but it isn’t a requirement.

All the images are stored on Flickr, and are approximately 3,400 x 2,300 pixels at 72dpi (approximately 11.5 x 7.5 inches at 300dpi), so they’ll work for commercial print if you so desire. Just click the photo you wish to download, then click the “All Sizes” button above the photo to choose the size image you want.

Free textures: Bokeh

Bokeh is the way a camera lens renders out-of-focus points of light. Bokeh textures can make for beautiful backgrounds and a simple way to add a little interest to your design layouts.

Bokeh textures

Out of focus light (Bokeh) can make beautiful highlight elements in your design layout

This free pack of ten Bokeh textures will give you a great start to your collection. Each texture in the pack is approximately 6.5 x 5 inches at 300dpi.

Create a shiny globe in Photoshop

In this tutorial at PSDTuts, you’ll learn how to create a shiny globe using the 3D features of Photoshop CS4 Extended. This will cover basic information about 3D layers and texture maps.

Globe tutorial

Learn how to use texture mapping and Photoshop's 3D tools in this tutorial

While you’re probably not running across the need to create Earth globes in your every day workflow, the tutorial will give you the knowledge of using a few of Photoshop’s powerful tools that you probably don’t even think about.

Free vector art: Leaves

Adding leaves (particularly green ones) appears to be a trend that has held on for quite a while. If you’re looking to add a little “green” to your logo design, here are a few resources to download to make your job a little easier.

Free pile of leaves

Grab your free vector leaf artwork

While the linked artwork is all free, be sure to check for any license-restrictions on the individual download pages.

Free textures: Old paper

Having a large collection of textures on hand can be a huge time-saver, and add a nice touch to a design. I have tons of them on an external hard drive, all of which were obtained either by shooting with my camera, or downloading for free off the Web.

Old Paper Textures

High resolution old paper textures

GraphicMania has a nice collection of Old Paper textures to help get our collection started.