11 Old and Grungy Film Textures

The following textures were taken in the mid-late 19th century using one of the earliest film techniques: The Daguerreotype. I originally intended this to be a set of Polaroid textures, that was before I stumbled across a bunch of old public domain portraits that are freely available on the web. I thought: "these would work great as textures for layers in digital photos." The only problem was: the photographs had people as the main subject, disrupting the awesome and rich textures of the film.

So I simply removed the people in photoshop. Voila, genuine 19th century film textures for you guys to use. I hope you like them!

To the people in the photographs: I'm sorry for erasing you from history.

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Reader Comments (104)

These are SO sweet!

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdinny

Wow, really great set! Thank!

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAngie Bowen

These are fantastic! Thank you so much. Where did you find the digital portraits?

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDevlin

That's awesome! Thanks so much!

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKim

you are the best!!! i simply fell in love with this textures, love love love it!!!!

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterserapart

This is a truely remarkable set of textures, having a photographic background, I can really relate to these.

These have to be some of the best textures I have seen, will almost certainly using one for my new updated site design, possibly for the header. Will let you know.



January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGraham Smith

Those are great! I'm bookmarking this so when I have some more time I can come download some of these really great textures.

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterangelandspot

Hey everyone! Thanks for all the positive comments, I'm glad you guys like the textures.

@Devlin - I found the images though the this page:

@Graham Smith - Can't wait to see the textures in use, thanks for the encouragement.


January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCaleb


Thanks for the url! What great resources. Now my night is shot, I'll be spending all night looking at these great resources.

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDevlin

Impressive work. Could you give me a hint of how it's done?
I have a few old films / photos and I 'd like to retrieve those textures.
Thanks a lot!

January 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

WOW, Fascinating.

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGranoloBar

Thanks for sharing all of these. I just came across your textures and I can't wait to use them on my photos.

February 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJana

love them!thank you!!

February 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterellie

Great textures, thanks so much!!1

February 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

Beautiful, thank you!


February 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Thanks, good work!

February 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

keren BrooW,,,,
Mampir di bLogQ...

March 12, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergocing

Thank you very much, my friend! Very useful.
Good luck!

March 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFrank

Amazing work, love it!

April 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMarsharii

Wow! I love these! Please keep them coming! :)~

April 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaria

Thank you - I reallu like these old textures...!!

April 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJacqueline

ooh. These are great textures. Thanks mate

May 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterk-jo

You are AWESOME! thank you so much for sharing these!

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLivE

grunge it !!!!

May 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commenternico

love em!!! thank you thank you thank you

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfunklazy

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