Free Photoshop Textures For Photographers

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Discover the best free textures for Photoshop in our guide, which rounds up the most interesting background overlays for you to try.

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Photoshop is one of the best tools a photographer can have at their disposal – especially in the current global climate where going out on new shoots is unlikely for the foreseeable future. Now is definitely the time to be sitting down, going through your archives and experimenting with fun new effects.

• Read more:Free Lightroom presets. One of our favorite Photoshop effects is overlaying textures on our images. It's an incredibly quick and easy way to transform a tired old image into something fresh and exciting. It's easy to shoot your own textures, but it's even easier to download some free textures online.

To help you find the right textures for your next project, we've rounded up our favorite background overlays for you to experiment with. Textures are a fantastic way to get creative, but you might be wondering how you actually use them. Luckily, incorporating textures into your editing process is incredibly simple. To use a texture, simply drag it onto the image you're editing in Photoshop.

Then, you'll have the ability to resize your texture file so that it's covering the entirety of your background image (to ensure the best image quality for your final piece, you might want to resize the background shot so that it's smaller than the texture file).

Next, you'll need to change the Blending Mode. You might find that different modes will work better for different photos, so don't be afraid to experiment. However, we find that Screen tends to work best for most images.

You can then adjust the Opacity of your texture layer until you're happy with the results. If you find that the texture layer is obscuring your focal point too much, you can use a layer mask to lessen the impact of the texture in that area. To do that, ensure that you've got the texture layer selected in the Layers box.

Then, go down to the bottom and select 'Add layer mask'. Then use the Brush tool in black with 20% Opacity and 0% hardness to gently erase the texture. To show you just how these free textures work, we've overlaid them on the same image so you can compare the different ones available.

Remember that each link has several options to browse, so don't be afraid to explore your options! Sky textures can create beautiful effects on portraiture – and Texturify has a vast number of sky backgrounds to choose from.

The best free textures for Photoshop

01. Sky backgrounds at Texturify

06. Green & blue leaves from Annie Spratt

08. Purple Chrysanthemum Flowers Texture

10. Messy Grunge Surface Texture

02. 24 Seamless Bokeh Textures from Brusheezy

07. Realistic Green Leaf from Vecteezy

09. Coniferous Autumn Forest Texture

04. Dark Blue Water Wave from Free Stock Textures

How to use textures in Photoshop

03. Cracked Ground from Free Stock Textures

05. Watercolor texture from Vecteezy

10 Free Textures

Free Blurred Textures

4 Miscellaneous Grunge Textures

Free Paper Textures

11 Free Polygon Backgrounds

10 Free Cardboard Textures to Download

10 Free Detailed Vector Halftone Texture Backgrounds

3 Free Subtle Vector Texture

6 Vintage Wood Textures Vol.2

3 Seamless Wood Textures

90+ Free Blurred Backgrounds

12 Free Seamless Paper Patterns

4 Rusty Metal Textures

10 Blurred Backgrounds

Free Set of 10 Polygonal Background Photos

6 Dark & Grunge Overlay Textures

Blurred – A set of Free Blurred Background Images

5 Seamless Paper Textures

16 Free Halftone Seamless Texture (PNG) & Patterns

4 High Res Metal Grunge Textures

10 Low-Poly Polygonal Texture

Free Grunge Textures

Halftone Pack

15 Free Dark Polygon Backgrounds

Hi-Res Folded Paper Textures

27 Free Grunge Textures

6 Vintage Wood Textures

Polygonal backgrounds

8 Grunge Stone Textures

Grunge Gradient Background Kit

10 Free Polygon Backgrounds

2 Free Vintage Overlay Textures

5 Soft Grunge Textures

Download 7 Free Wood Textures

Free Halftone & Distressed Textures

10 Free Grunge Textures

Wood Texture Pack

2 Vector Distress Textures

Free Subtle Vector Texture Pack