I have a new collection of free design resources to share with you this week, and these are MAGIC… Well not really, but kind of! If you’re an Adobe Illustrator fan I’m sure you love creating vector art. It can be scaled to any size and it’s easy to change the fill colour, unlike raster images. Unfortunately when it comes to textures, thousands of tiny vector paths and points can soon bog down your system, but what if there was a magical CPU friendly raster texture that was just as versatile as your favourite vector graphics? Introducing my free magic bitmap textures for Adobe Illustrator.

30 Free Magic Bitmap Textures

My free pack of magic bitmap textures contains 30 grainy texture graphics from sparse speckles to heavy grunge. They’re all edgeless, so they blend nicely into your artwork without any hard lines. What makes these bitmap textures truly magical is their colour changing ability in Adobe Illustrator. Drag or place a texture into your document, then apply a different colour fill to see the texture change colour just like a vector graphic. Dimensions of around 2500-3000px in size still makes them usable in your large format designs, but they’re much less prone to bogging down your computer as a detailed vector texture often does. Use these magic bitmap textures as backgrounds, or to easily distress your artwork. Add them to Opacity Masks, trim them to size with Clipping Masks, build up multiple layers of texturing, or experiment with different blending modes.

Download my Free Magic Bitmap Textures

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  1. i wish this blog had disqus so we could post our results to the tutorials, it’s really annoying how the comments close after a certain time

  2. Thank you so much for sharing! Your stuff is always great but better than free stuff is when you do tutorials with them!
    Even for people that know how to use textures you manage to always add a special something something! ;)

  3. Chris, thank you so much for your graphics and resources. I am a beginning graphic design student and seeing your work is inspiring. Have a great day! :)

  4. Chris: Thanks for all the resources you provide, free and otherwise. I have purchased several type bundles, and have purchased items from your advertisers as well! Keep up the great work!

  5. Hi Chris,
    I have to say that subscribing to your premium membership was the best thing I ever did. There is no other site on the Web like yours for the price I pay! You are awesome! Thank you so much. You are a designers best friend and you will be mine for as long as this site stays open!

  6. There are a lot of resources out there for designers, but yours is easily the best. Keep up the great work!

  7. Many thanks to you Chris, though I am not good with illustrator I wud be loving to try your free good resources.

  8. These look amazing but I can’t seem to open them in Illustrator. I’ve tried placing into my document but that doesn’t work. What am I doing wrong? Thanks for your help :)

  9. Thank you so much for all your creations. I used one of your textures the other day for a design and it tied the entire illustration together nicely. Every time you post a freebie, it’s Christmas!
    Thank you Chris!

  10. Since lots of illustrators are moving to Affinity Designer and Photo, will you ever support them?

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