I love finding interesting textures in the world around me and sometimes walk around my town with a camera. I’ve found an abundance of grungy urban decay such as peeling paint, cracking walls, rusting metal, water and weather damage, pitted stone, lichen, gritty gravel and concrete. It’s amazing what’s out there if you look closely enough.
This urban grunge texture pack includes fifty black and white vector images traced from high-contrast photographs. Also included are fifty transparent background PNG versions.
The following thumbnails give an overview of the images included in the pack.
Here are close-up detail views of a small selection of the textures.
Every thumbnail and file name is collated into one visual reference sheet to help you quickly and easily choose the right image for the job.
The textures are perfect for simulating the effects of age, wear and decay on your photos and graphics.
They are also perfect for use as grungy abstract backgrounds in your graphic design projects such as stationery and flyers.
You could also add some hardcore grit and grunge to your text and images.
Save yourself hours of walking, photography and processing and let this texture pack bring the grungy urban outside world into your digital reality.
Can you guess what happens if you take a large sheet of paper, a packet of hot-pink Holi powder, a camera and a furry four-legged ‘supervisor’?
Things quickly get messy as I start chucking powder around and my cat fortunately loses interest.
But the mess is worth it as the results get interesting.
I gradually added powder, starting with a light sprinkle, progressing to a heavy, textured layer of almost full paper coverage. I took photographs throughout the experiment and the end result is this set of twenty seven black and white powder vector textures.
The following thumbnails show the full range of included images.
Here are close-up detail views of a selection of the textures.
All thumbnails and file names have been collated into a handy visual reference sheet to enable convenient image selection.
Add irregular, organic texture effects to flat colour graphics and illustrations.
You could experiment with layering, changing blending modes or using colour and gradient fills to produce complex and colourful backgrounds.
Create eye catching abstract backgrounds for use on product packaging.
I hope my few examples give you a taste of the creative possibilities offered by these unusual textures. They’re easy to use and ready to go, with no mess and zero powdery cleanup required.
For those moments when you need a handy selection of simple patterns I made this versatile pack of fifty seamless polka vectors. Included are dots, diamonds, squares, octagons, triangles, hearts and stars. They range between dark and closely packed to light, subtle and spacious. To accompany the seamless vector files there are also tileable PNG and JPEG versions.
The full range of patterns is demonstrated by the following thumbnail images.
Each thumbnail and file name is included on a handy visual reference sheet for convenient file selection.
The pattern files have an array of potential uses in your design projects. For example, they would look great as simple backgrounds on stationery products.
They would also be ideal for use in packaging design projects.
Using simple combinations of background and fill colours you can quickly create a wide range of bright, bold or simple patterned backgrounds.
In my ongoing hunt for interesting texture possibilities I decided to experiment with some scratchboard or scraperboard as it’s known in the UK. It’s a heavy foil-coated cardboard with a scratchable matt-black top layer and is generally used to craft intricate and laborious metallic engravings.
Alternatively, you can drop it and scrape it (and your knees) around on the floor and up the walls, attack it with sandpaper and maybe even a fork. This enjoyably experimental abuse created an eye catching variety of ‘scratch and scrape’ abstract textures.
I then digitised the boards to create a set of forty black and white ‘scratch & scrape’ vector textures.
The following thumbnail sets show the variety of textures included in the pack.
The following are close-up details of a few of the images.
Every thumbnail and corresponding file name has been collated into a visual reference sheet for your ease of use.
These textures are perfect for adding scratchy damage effects to your design or illustration.
They also make it super easy to create strikingly grungy abstract backgrounds.
Create unusual and unique abstract images by combining, colourising, filling and blending.
I had a lot of fun experimenting to create this texture pack and the final results were definitely worth the effort.
I love the unpredictability of printmaking using lino sheets. Simple variations in ink density, pressure and paper texture provide a wonderful variety of results. This is a small sample of the numerous sheets I printed to produce this versatile texture pack.
After scanning the printed sheets I kept any tidying and retouching to a minimum to preserve the authentic ‘physical’ texture. Finally, I converted the scanned images to a series of forty eight black and white vector files.
The textures included in the pack range from dark and intense to light and subtle and are printed on a mixture of bristol board, cartridge and watercolour papers. The following thumbnails demonstrate the full range.
To make it easy to choose the perfect image for your project all thumbnails and file names have been compiled into an at-a-glance visual reference sheet.
The following images show close-up details of a selection of the textures included in the pack.
These lino printed texture files have a wide variety of potential creative uses. They are a perfect way to quickly create faux printing effects in your illustrations or graphic designs.
They are also great for creating grungy distressed effects in your graphics or photographs.
The textures also make great abstract backgrounds.
Easily bring organic physical textures into your digital work while saving yourself the time, mess and inconvenience of printmaking. Open an array of new creative possibilities with this print themed vector texture pack.
I’ve been trying to use a variety of media to produce my background textures. I love the effect I can get if I scan pencil lines at very high resolutions. I produced two simple striped textures, one in pencil and one inverted to look like chalk lines on a blackboard. These are for sale in my image collection on Shutterstock.
I opened an etsy shop to sell my patterns as printable craft papers. It’s a surprisingly time consuming process but I figure once each listing is up there it’s done and can be used as many times as I want in the future. Here’s an example:
I’ve had no sales so far but then I’ve done zero promotion. I’m looking into setting up the usual suspect social media stuff for Quirky Mundo to see if I can drive some more traffic to my selling sites.
I’ve been going through some more of my older hand drawn patterns and making vector versions of them. It is pretty time consuming but I really like the results. Here’s an example:
I love the pattern making tools in the latest version of adobe Illustrator, they make it fun to get complicated and interesting pattern repeats. I’m having a hell of a time getting the pattern tiles not to explode when the file is saved in a legacy version though. Stock agencies like Shutterstock want the file saved as an Illustrator 10 eps so it’s a problem I need to solve. I have some ideas on how to do that which will keep me busy.
I think this one will be good as a fabric pattern too so it will eventually end up on my Spoonflower collection too.
One of the fun things about deciding to go try going down the stock image route is that I can get out all the old illustration experiments I did and then discarded on my previous attempts to make a signature style. One of the problems I’ve always had is settling on one way of doing creative stuff. Now I don’t need to.
Here’s a pattern I made from a loose doodle style using watercolour and fine liners. I like the light hearted brightness of this one.
This is now for sale as a stock seamless pattern and as fabric on Spoonflower , fingers crossed other folks like it too.