Yellowed and chapped
Brown and clean paper texture
Wall painted with grunge colors
From the cover of an old book
Backgrounds are available already to buy on DepositPhotos and other microstock agencies.
Here are some brand new, high resolution backgrounds created with my new processing technique. As typical photo textures, straight from the camera may seem easy to get, they need to be -found somewhere- and differ from all that stuff which already exists in microstock libraries. And because in my work I use different tools to achieve some specific results I decided to merge several of them to create better quality texture with less camera noise or distorsions, higher resolution and more original look.
To create those four backgrounds I started with plain photos or scanned images of paper. Then in Photoshop I’ve created an Action to save the time. That action rescales the image to larger size, performs some cleaning and image enhancing operations. Then it scales back the picture to the previous size or a bit larger depending on the quality.
Normally I would stop at this moment. Thus to improve the picture and change the perspective to “could it look better?” I load it into Lightroom and try to use some of filters already created thanks to my Project 365. Few clicks and it’s clean and ready. Because all the new textures are also additionally digitally painted and textured, this step is necessary for me to mix between a photo and graphics look.
Now straight from the Lightroom back into the Photoshop, to check and balance some incidental levels or sharpness changes, switch to 8 bit, sRGB palette and save.
Still I haven’t used my magic weapon ;)
“Who is staring at the sea is already sailing a little.” Paul Carvel
Latest digital design in Old paper/photos collection. Graphics of a Tall Ship under full sail – Masts, Rigging and Sails set on an old paper background.
Image of full of sails and ropes, stylized to an ancient parchment from the old times of piracy. Pure sweet sailing history.
Created by scanning an old postcard backside, duplicated to get a larger size, digitally aged and then merged with a digital photo of sails. See online portfolio page.
Tag: sailing, pirates, ships, tall ships, old paper, vintage
In about one month
5284 downloads at sxc.hu gallery
And the daily download count is not going down & hits another record. Haven’t checked lately but I saw it hits about 200 downloads a day.
At first one could say that sxc.hu users are checking it, but they arent checking it whole month for sure;)
So I’m happy that designers find this aged photo background texture useful and when my Photoshop arrives I’ll got some new ideas to put on the page. Especially vintage style collages or pure backgrounds.
Some photos are great but have noise issues or bad framing, accidental objects in sight and these are great to convert to an antique photo or even an ancient parchment.
Tag: texture, old paper, vintage
Searching for an old style, vintage style paper backgrounds?
Old photo paper backgrounds @SXC
This is a free, high resolution, old paper image from backside of the photo with notched edges, useful for web design and other graphics projects.
Spots are left intentionally and are easy to clone out. You’ll find many at SXC, my gallery has only two, but they’re downloaded a lot.
See how this file performs in Old paper downloads post, check out Old paper background still goes up post for more information and some grunge textures or go directly to Image collections page.
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