Paper and wall backgrounds

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 ;)

Tall ship sails – old paper

“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.

Old paper - sepia/vintage styleSimilar artworks based on old paper

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: sailingpiratesships, tall shipsold papervintage

Old paper background still goes up

Texture background of an old photo

2208 x 3316

Latest numbers (June 2011) are 20330 and 7630 downloads for a particular file.

I March.2009 I’ve posted a small post about this very popular file. In about one month it had 5284 downloads at my gallery.

Now the number is 11514, after next five months, so things slowing down but anyways it is pretty good result i think.

With pencil doodles

2580 x 3660

That second background image submitted at the same time was downloaded about 4743 downloads.

Update 18.11.2009

Actually after next four months in November it is 13895 for the first file and 5467 for the second.
Things slightly slow down, altough pages with those files got nice Google pagerank and traffic what can be very useful.

New Vintage style materials and backgrounds collection got started at my Dreamstime portfolio. It’s small  so far, but I add consecutively  new files.

In time I’ll submit other  textures, I’ve  used only  works of mine. ( View  image collections page for more)

Old, aged textures

Particular images of these available also at my other stock portfolios.

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Old paper downloads

In about one month
5284 downloads at 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 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: textureold papervintage

Old paper with ghosts

Texture background

This is a file from my “Old photos/papers” collection

Time has created a spectacular effect on it’s backside, I was really  surprised discovering those ‘ghosts‘.
Dozen photos and only one one faded this way.

This family photo was taken before World War II, a true vintage piece.  Hope You’ll find that old paper textures useful.

Tag: textureold papervintage

Old paper background

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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.

See similar royalty free images for “Old paper” on Fotolia

  Old photo paper and pencil drawn chamber  Vintage red Hearts on old paper with scroll 
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Cross on old paper