If you spend your free time checking out websites like Flickr and social media platforms like Instagram, for sure you have noticed a great many pictures that have a definite “vintage” look to them. There are lots of variants to these types of photos, starting from easy toning to complete distressing of the image using film-like grains or scratches. Maybe you have been wondering how to get this particular look for your own photos. Or you may think that editing one to have this look is too time-consuming. But the thing is, this certain feel on images is remarkably easy to do, thanks to textures.
A texture, when applied to Photoshop, is a photo that is used on top of your own image that when tweaked by changing blend or opacity settings creates a beautiful textured look on your photo. A texture doesn’t need to be of an actual surface. In reality, it can be practically anything, even another photo. However, generally, textures can be scans or images of old patches of paper, fabric, hand-written or printed letter, wood and so on. It can also be an image of rain drops, cloud formations, a bokeh design, bubbles in various sizes, water reflections, and the list goes on. This is the ultimate appeal of using textures in your designs. They can be just about anything and blended in many ways to produce a wide variety of different looks.
The proliferation of social media platforms that focus on photography adds to the demand for various Photoshop textures. Of course, the progressive advancements in the world of photography also helps in encouraging creators to create different kinds of textures. It seems like every month, various photo editing programs launch their own sets of new textures. The most common textures that newbie and amateur photographers use are wood, fabric, leather, steel, paper, and carbon filter patterns. While the professionals mix-and-match complex textures like muted colors, wet rocks, waves, grungy squares, and rusty bits.
The great thing about textures is that there are literally millions of varieties available online. Most of these are free to download. The only struggle you may experience is the selection process. Here are 1,800+ beautiful textures that you can play with. Enjoy!