Light leaks were once an unwanted flaw when shooting with low quality analogue cameras, but now the colourful diffusions are a popular addition to modern digital photos to give them a nostalgic, retro look. My free set of light leak photo overlays contains 15 high-resolution 3000x2000px, 300ppi graphics that you can paste over your photograph using any image editing software that supports blending modes. By changing the layer to Screen, the black background is rendered transparent to enhance your image with colourful highlights.
Textures with lots of detailed grainy speckles are my most-used type of texture resource. They are useful for adding subtle texturing to backgrounds, or for giving text and objects a letterpress style ink stamp effect. The textures in this collection are actually the same ones I used in my Free Ink Stamp Texturizer kit, but reprocessed to create seamlessly repeating graphics. Inside you’ll find 10 2000×2000 300ppi textures in JPG format, PNG with transparent backgrounds, and a Photoshop PAT file so the textures can be conveniently used within Pattern Overlay layer styles and adjustment layers.
Easily make your artwork look like wheatpaste gig posters with my new collection of free paper textures. These 10 textures feature various naturally formed creases and bubbles from being saturated in glue and stuck down. Overlay the textures onto your designs to create the realistic appearance of a poster that has been hastily glued to a wall.
A few weeks ago I shared a video tutorial showing how to create a fun ripped paper collage effect in Adobe Photoshop, where an image appeared to be torn away to reveal a different image underneath. Since making that tutorial I have been working on creating my own set of torn paper graphics that can be used to produce such effects. Download this free collection of 17 torn paper graphics to create realistic collage effects of your own. You’ll find 17 real paper scans that have been carefully processed into useful PNG images with a transparent background to make it easy to copy & paste them into your artwork.
I have a new collection of textures for you to download today! It’s easy to get carried away with texturing, but sometimes just a subtle addition of grain is all that is required to give a clean digital design a tactile appearance. This collection of Subtle Grain Brushes & Patterns contains 6 grainy textures ranging from ‘so sparse you can hardly see it’ to ‘this is probably too much’. They’re great for adding visual interest to backgrounds, or distressing your artwork with letterpress style ink stamp effects. The textures are supplied as Photoshop Brushes and Pattern files, so they’re versatile tools that can be placed manually or fill an area automatically within Layer Styles and Adjustment Layers.
I love adding dirty textures to my designs to eliminate the clean digital appearance of computer-generated artwork. My new set of Dirty Surface Textures has been created from layers and layers of real surface grime to help you add authentic dirt effects with intricate details to your work, which just can’t be replicated with built-in Photoshop filters alone. They’re great for adding dirty backgrounds to your designs, overlaying over photos and images, or applying to layer masks to distress your artwork.