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)

thanks for those textures. Love grunge style !

July 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterninigoesdigi

Thank you sooooo much for these fantastic textures.....

July 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJanet

Cool textures! Thanks so much for sharing!

July 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergrammy201

wow these are awesome, thank you!

July 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBobbie

Wow!! Love the texture, variety, and creativity. Thanks so much for sharing.

July 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBSE

Thank you!

July 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteramymom24

Thank you so much for your wonderful work! I have been downloading and haven't had a chance to thank you. I so appreciate it!

July 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfm

Terrific set - thank you!

July 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSandy_in_MD

You do great work...thank you!

July 11, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterviatiare

Thanks!! Just love all you awesome people who make and share goodies with us!!!

July 11, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjaynezascrapper

Absolutely amazing! thank you for sharing! :)

July 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTammy

Holy, moly-- you are pretty much the coolest. THANKS!!!!!

July 12, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermelinda

Thank you these are amazing!

July 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJanine

Thank you so much for sharing! I love these, they're great!

July 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnabelle

You are a special, good, kind of person! ':D

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristopher

Thank you! I am using the film textures to age photos for some heritage layouts.

August 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKathy

Fantastic - and fantastic that they're restriction free! Good man!

August 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRR

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!

September 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKeith Prater

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

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterstrony szczecin

This is seriously awesome. My dad used to have a couple of Daguerreotype around the house and I´ve always wanted to recreate that effect. Now I can play with the idea of "color" Daguerreotype. Thanks a lot for the effort!

October 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterfED

Simply wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing. :)

just let love be

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlove

Thank you, your hard work is much appreciated. Fantastic texture.

October 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSJC1882

Useful, great, spectacular, beautiful!
Thanks man!

November 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPakitu

Thanks so much for your generosity in sharing these great finds.

November 11, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterann

Hi I'm a digital scrapbook and tagger designer,and love your textures.
Love to use them!
I sell at you can see my designs.
Thanks so much for this great texture resourse you provide.
I realy love them so much.
Big Hug from Holland,

November 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFelice of Felice Original

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