6 Free High Resolution Textures: Burnt Paper Edges

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I literally risked my life to bring you this week’s texture pack and I have charred fingers to prove it! Grab this free set of high resolution burnt paper textures to incinerate your designs, perfect for giving pages an antique appearance or creating an old treasure map. Each burnt paper is available as a high resolution JPEG or a PNG file with transparency. With a few simple steps you can overlay these textures onto your designs and create a realistic burnt edge effect.

Free Burnt Paper Edge Textures

Burnt paper textures

This free set of textures contains six authentic burnt paper edges. These aren’t Photoshop effects, I set alight various paper materials then scanned and processed the results to create a set of high resolution design resources for you to use in your own artwork. Each JPEG file is 300dpi, so they’re suitable for print use, while the PNG files have been exported with Alpha transparency to make it easy to add tatty edges to your own designs.

How to Use the Burnt Paper Textures


Here’s an example of how I personally put the textures to use while creating some visuals for my gaming channel videos. Select a burnt edge that suits your design, paste it into your document and scale it to size.


Use the Magic Wand tool to quickly select the “negative space” area of the texture, then erase this from your original paper layer.


Change the burnt edge texture layer to Multiply to render the white areas transparent. The erased edge of your original page will now have a cool charred effect.


Draw a selection around any excess areas of the texture and hit the delete key to trim it to size.


The final result is an authentic and realistic looking burnt page edge effect. Paint in some subtle shadows to give the impression that the scorched edges are lifting to really finish it off.

Download the Burnt Paper Edge Textures

Feel free to download and use these textures in your own work, as always my freebies are for both personal and commercial use. If you like the look of these resources, a vote or share to help spread the word would be really appreciated (and would make burning my fingertips worthwhile!).

Download the burnt paper edge textures 5.2mb

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  1. These are awesome Chris. Super useful!

    Glad you survived, that’s some serious commitment!

  2. Really nice, already know where I will use them for.

    Thanks a lot!

  3. Leo Lamaca says:

    You’re funny. I know. I know. If someone gave you a penny every times someone said that to you. You’d be a millionaire. But in Canada penny is a goner. So nickle is next in line. So you’d be a billionaire. Ciao!

  4. James says:

    Great as ever, really useful!

  5. Texturezine says:

    thanks for sharing Chris these looks great!

  6. Christy says:

    Thanks a lot! tHey look really nice :)

  7. xoliv says:

    thank’s man , great !

  8. Lalena says:

    Neato! And thanks! I’ll keep these in mind for future use for sure.

  9. Wow Chris, amazing, looks like the page is really burned.

  10. thank for this chris, i follow you. great day.

  11. Paul Fullilove says:

    Thanks. I’m glad you survived.

  12. crystalnva says:

    Luv`m I have great use for these on my sons 2 pg christmas list…WHa ha ha ha,,THANK YOU ;~}

  13. Dawn says:


  14. Sarah Evans says:

    Burnt paper, which is tea stained was always something we did at school for every project we could.

    Really nice tutorial Chris.

  15. More great files and tutorial. Great stuff as always!

  16. pixelhint says:

    Great Stuf! than you chris, looking forward for more.

  17. torik says:

    this is a good article for graphic design. thank you for this post.

  18. This is really amazing man,

    Thanks for sharing with us.

  19. Really useful, thanks for sharing such a valuable information, looking good. Thanks for sharing :)

  20. Amazing !
    Bravo !

  21. nice effects, I like the tutorial as well. I’m a programmer so appreciate designers putting together nice stuff like this . helps us techies convince clients we know about graphic design :)

  22. Susanne says:

    Thanks so much.

  23. Les says:


  24. Tom says:

    Great effect. Thank you for sharing!


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