About Texture Box One
For the longest time I’ve been fascinated by textures. As a long time designer (in my other career) I have always used textures as design elements, for adding a layer of life to an image. Over the years I’ve collected numerous textures and used them extensively in design and animation as well as various photographic projects. But using the textures that I’ve found online and in stock libraries didn’t cut it, so I started creating my own library. I shot hundreds of images of grungy materials, such as concrete and stone, dirt and metal, and then I used my own process in photoshop to extract the necessary patterns into specific texture maps that can be easily added to a composition as layers in Photoshop, or whatever application you’re using. The result is “Texture Box One”
Texture Box One contains 400 royalty free, high resolution grunge textures designed to add dirt, grit, scratches, stains and dust to add to an image in order to create a distressed or artistically aged look. These textures can be used as part of a photographic project, but are equally suitable for design and graphics work. The textures have been hand crafted from photographs of textures (which are included as part of the pack) and are in four main sets:
Texture Box One Contents
The dirt maps contain black “dirt” marks on a white background. These are extracted from various photographic images and represent a variety of organic and natural patterns of dirt and grit for use as textures. They have been specially prepared so as to be easily added to an image in Photoshop, by simply switching the layer mode to Multiply. There are 100 textures in this set, with varying levels of dirt and marks. You can combine several layers of dirt maps to create a realistic aged effect.
The scratch maps aren’t really scratches, but are called that after the effect of dirt damaging a negative. These images are white dirt on a black frame, and can easily be added to an image in Photoshop using the “Screen” layer mode.
Dust maps contain fine “dust like” patterns of noise and grit to add additional layers of texture to your images. As with the scratch maps, the images are white texture on a black frame, and can easily be added to an image in Photoshop using the “Screen” layer mode.
This set contains 100 of the original colour photographic textures that were used to create the dirt, scratch and dust maps. They have been optimised for use in a composition as texture layers.
These are just a small few examples: To see thumbnails of every image included in Texture box one, see this gallery.
Examples of Texture Box One in action
Here are some examples of the textures from Texture box one in use to add ageing and texture to some photographic images.
1. Snowy Road
3. River Scene
If you want to get an idea if these textures are right for your project, here is a free sample pack containing 4 textures from each set for you to evaluate the pack.
Skills Required: Intermediate
Texture Box One requires an intermediate level of skill in photoshop or other image editing software. If you are not sure how to add layers, and manipulate blend modes, add layer masks, and similar techniques, this product may not be for you.
The pack was designed primarily with Photoshop in mind, but will work with any image editing application that supports image overlay modes (such as screen and multiply). The supplied documentation contains instructions for Photoshop.
Texture Box One is a digital download only product. The pack is approximately 780mb in size so you need to have a fast reliable connection if you want to download it. Please ensure you have access to a good internet connection before downloading.
File is supplied as a single zip file. Be sure that you have software capable of unzipping the file. (If you’re using a Mac, Mac OS will decompress this in the finder. Windows 8 should also decompress this by default. Older versions may require additional software)
The Image Specifications are as follows:
– All Files are JPEG
– Dirt Map – 6000 X 4000 Pixels
– Scratch Map and Dust Map files are 5000 X 3333 Pixels
– Original Photographic Textures are 4800 X 3200 Pixels
The Images in Texture Box One are Supplied as Royalty Free. What does that mean in plain English?
The images themselves which are included in Texture Box One are copyright ©2014 Thomas Fitzgerald Photography. They can not be re-sold, shared or otherwise distributed on their own without prior written permission, but they can be used completely Royalty Free in whatever method you want. You can use the images to create any artwork, commercial or otherwise. Any artwork or image created using the textures is of course entirely your own copyright and can be used, sold, distributed etc however you want. You just can’t re-post or re-sell the textures on their own.