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)

wow these are so cool thankyou for sharing them x

December 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjemma

Great job removing the people. I love them!

December 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShannon @ S&G Photography

Thank's! Very much 4 this.

December 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCassimano

Just in case you are ever not sure of it, you are a wonderful human being! Thank you for these!

December 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlexis

Thanks a heap! These will come in handy for sure.

January 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBeau Mitchell Photography

Perfect! Thank you my friend :)

Great source for my work in photoshop, thank you.

January 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteritsashirt t shirts

so cool. thanks for sharing

January 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkelly

More fabulous stuff. I love vintage photographs and these will be fun to use! Thank you. :-)

February 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarole

Wow. Amazing textures. Thanks

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCreative ideas

YOU are the photoshop uber-champ, and my official digital hero. I've got scads of old photos, often wished I could 'take' only the texture for another image...but alas, my fledgling photoshop skills were not up to the challenge. These are amazing. Thanks so much. BTW, the plant textures and first listing of old book texture links aren't working just so's ya know. Looks like a weird website glitch.

Huge thanks,
[email protected]

April 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterorachel

You are a good person.

May 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertia dorothy

Awesome, thanks for doing these. I don't have an immediate use for them but they are inspiring me enough to go find a project to use them on.

May 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMik

Thanks so much for these fabulous textures. I have a flower photography site that will lend itself to your work - some black and white photos I've been wondering what angle to take for another page. This is definitely it! Eventually I'll start a "photography craft" section and you'll be getting a link.... Thanks a lot. ( I'll return later to send you to my site for a look.)

May 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGlenys Morgan

Awesome dude, many thanks they are so cool

May 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMark L

THX !!!!!

June 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commentera friend

Georgous. Thank you.

August 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRich

These are simply magnificent!!! I have searched everywhere for textures like these. Thank you so much for creating and sharing them!!

August 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJ Leadbetter

Thank you very much. Great textures!

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October 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPAT
thanks so much !!!!!!!!!!!!
December 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKUBA
They are looking great! Will definitely use them in artfork.
Thnx for sharing, it gives the world that shiny edge we all love.
December 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBart
these are amazing! thank you!
January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDavid
Great, thanks a lot!
February 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJmoraleda
Library of quality high resolution textures. Free for personal and commercial use.
February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDmitriyTL

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