Starting something new always makes me feel like I’m on a seesaw trying to balance between excited and scared! Even low-risk endeavors, like starting a new blog series, can be scary and make me face my fear of rejection (What if no one likes the new series? What if someone actively dislikes it and leaves a mean comment??), but it’s worth it. Now that the brief WV trip series is finished, I’m restarting the “Friday Photoshare” series and launching a new one! Starting today, I’ll be sharing more photography resources, starting with a set of free grunge paper texture overlays!
Although I may create a password protected page where I’ll house some of the photography resources in the future, this first set of grunge paper texture overlays does not require any sort of sign up. There are six papers with a ‘light’ and ‘dark’ version of one because I couldn’t decide which I prefered! All the images are housed in this Google Drive folder.
So what use are texture overlays? As I’ve mentioned in several of my Friday Photoshare posts, I enjoy using textures on my self portraits. The picture I shared on Instagram yesterday uses one of my new overlays! In fact, creating my own texture for this image is what inspired the new photography resource series.
Textures are also great for digital art (or digitized art) when you’re working in Illustrator. I created several hand drawn textures almost three years ago for use in Illustrator, long before I began using Photoshop to make creative photo edits.
Please use these textures however you would like. No attribution is necessary and you are welcome to use them in commercial work. All I ask is that you 1) do not redistribute the files 2) do not claim the textures as your own. If you’d like to share them – that’s awesome! Please just refer folks back to this post. 🙂
Although I may not share new texture overlays every single week, I’m excited about this series and look forward too seeing where it will lead. 🙂 If you have any requests/questions/things you’d like to know more about, please let me know and I’ll keep it in mind for a future post!