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 great!! well done!!! Thank you soooo much ^^
March 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnna
Thank you, these are really great and might come in handy some day!
April 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarian
May 1, 2011 | Unregistered
Just found your wonderful daguerreotype textures and have used them on three selective color photos . Thank you!
May 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercedarfever
wonderful textures!
July 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercole
Thank you sooo much, these are wonderful!
July 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMonica
fucking amazing ) thanks
July 24, 2011 | Unregistered Commentergogozombie
thanks, got to know your site through the German FotoCommunity. Will sure have plenty of use for your fabulous stuff
July 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterandemande
wow! fabulous set - can see tons of potential for these - thank you! Hels
October 17, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterhels
Thank you soooooo MUCH! I feel like I just won the lottery. These are fantastic! JUST what I was looking for.
November 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSharee
Thank you very much!!
November 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEunYoung
Wow, what an amazing site! You are truly talented. Thank you for sharing! Love love love them!
November 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJenna
Thank you!
November 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah K
December 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRoberta
Thanks for sharing!
December 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPajunen
Great textures, thank you for this !!!!
February 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAngelina
U r the best :)
March 21, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersuns
You are great and generous and amazing. Thank you x
April 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRoxane
DOPE love these
May 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDamien Nikora
Any way you could post the link to where you found these public domain images, pre-photoshop? I would appreciate it greatly.
June 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPat
Breathtaking, as usual!
January 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLyv
Many thanks! Fantastic!
January 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterletizia
hasta ahora no he podido hacer nada, SALUDOS!
February 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa
Your donation button is completely hilarious and definitely makes me want to donate, sick site and textures. I'll be back on pay day ;] thanks.
March 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrent Hanvey
Lovely. Thank you!
March 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNoel

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