5 Dust & Scratches Textures for Photoshop & Illustrator

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I made a right mess of my scanner in order to bring you my latest set of free design resources! These dust & scratches textures are made to resemble the grain that is commonly seen on old film, providing an easy way to achieve that classic look with your modern digital images. They were made by rustling a tatty old hessian potato sack over my scanner to collect varying amounts of dust and fibre particles to create a series of 5 authentic textures in 300ppi JPEG and vector format.

Free Dust & Scratches Textures

This pack of free textures contains 5 files with increasing amounts of dust & scratches. There’s two types of file in the download package; high resolution 300ppi JPEG images for use in Photoshop to distress and age your photographs, and the same textures traced into vector format for applying dirty marks to your illustration work.

How to use the textures in Photoshop

The textures in JPEG format are best used in Photoshop. They retain all the fine details from the original scan to apply realistic ageing to your images. Open the file and Invert the image to choose between black or white markings.

Copy and Paste the texture on a new layer over your photograph. Change the blending mode to Multiply or Screen depending if you’ve Inverted the colours to black on white or white on black to render the background transparent.

How to use the textures in Illustrator

The vector textures have been Live Traced and converted to Compound Paths to allow them to be used directly in Illustrator. Add an Opacity Mask to your chosen element.

Click the right hand square in the Transparency panel to activate the Opacity Mask, then paste in and scale a texture from the vector file to fit over your artwork. It might be necessary to select the Invert Mask or Clip options.

Due to the many tiny shapes that form the vector versions of the textures they can be pretty memory intensive, but the result is an amazing gritty effect that is completely scalable.

Download the free textures

Download this free pack of dust & scratches textures to age and distress your own designs. My design resources are free to use in both your commercial and personal projects, so if you find them useful a share on Twitter or Facebook is always appreciated to help spread the word.

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  1. maribel says:

    You are very good teacher. thank very much. Eres un buen profesor , yo se poco ingl├ęs y a pesar de eso te sigo. gracias por tus aportaciones.

  2. MaNu MoHaN says:

    Thank you……

  3. Thanks for the great tutorial on textures . Great work

  4. It seems illustrator is simpler that photo shop. Well i will first try in Photo Shop and then i will go for AI. Thanks for such a nice tutorial, i will wait for more…. actually i am working on responsive design… So, if you could write about it.. I will really appreciate that. However nice tutorial.

  5. Igor says:

    Awesome, thanks a lot!

  6. Elias says:

    you are the best man!

  7. Connie says:

    Thanks for the textures! They look like something I can use in my digital scrapbook designs

  8. Dan says:

    Great stuff as usual. Thanks so much!

  9. Kasia says:

    Hello, great tutorial and resources! Greetings!

  10. Greg O. says:

    You sir, are a gentleman amongst gentlemen.

  11. Agnes says:

    Thanks :-)

  12. Nikki King says:

    Awesome, I just love the freebies and tutorials from this site.

  13. Eva says:

    Thank you so much!

  14. Thanks! Can’t wait to have a go with these.

  15. jayism says:

    Thankyou this is a great resource, thanks for the mini-tut also!


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  17. Excellent article, Thanks for sharing amazing dust scratches textures..

  18. Su Hall says:

    Very nice textures, Chris. Thanks for the tutorial, too!


  19. Liz Canning says:

    These are great! Using the sacks is a great alternative to the traditional method of ink/paint that I used to create my vector textures

  20. pinineco says:

    It would be a good idea to have the tutorials in pdf
    Thank you


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