From everyday materials to art effects, get a feel for how to add textures to your digital design.
Texture effects are surfaces of materials we find visually interesting or pleasing, replicated to be used in artwork or design. They could be materials like rope or bricks or they could be traditional art effects like paint roller effects or grungy inks and sprays. Whatever the format, texture effects help to create something almost tactile and balance out the often ‘too-clean’ impressions we can be left with when working with digital art.
At its most basic, adding a texture effect can make your design more interesting, but used purposefully and with a lot of thought, textures can transform artwork into something deeper and more meaningful. You might want to use a background texture to add visual appeal; a texture that evokes a particular emotional response; or simply something that will effectively contrast with the other elements of your design, like typography.
It’s really easy to add a great texture effect to your art or graphic design work. You can try making your own textures by photographing surfaces, or creating traditional, physical artwork like rolling paint or sponging inks, and then scan the results by digitizing them. If you’re looking for a quicker solution, there’s plenty of choice for pre-made textures in the form of Photoshop overlays, brushes, and patterns over on Envato Elements.
Experiment with spray paint shapes and textures with this pack of textured Photoshop brushes. Created with real paint on paper and then scanned, the effect is authentic and would be a great addition to any creative project.
Create background textures for scrapbooking, web design, graphic design projects and much more with this pack of 30 seamless paper effects, including recycled paper, washi, and cardboard.
This is a huge pack of textures and brushes – 50 of each! These subtle textures are great for achieving a trendy vintage look for your designs. The textures come as vectors (.EPS format) so you can use them in Photoshop and Illustrator.
A pack of stunning, carefully captured textures from genuine printed ink. Find joy in the imperfection of print noise, from light texture to full coverage. Brushes include random marks and scuffs, halftone, and clustered noise.
This set of texture brushes for Photoshop has been carefully hand-crafted for high-quality results. There are 24 large format brushes designed to give your digital art a ‘distressed’ feel.
Add grunge and dirt to your designs with these authentic textures taken from photographs of real surfaces. There are 29 texture effects included in both AI and PNG format, both of which have transparent backgrounds with the texture under a clipping mask, for easy use.
From subtle grit to heavier textures, this pack has everything you need to help you add background texture to your design. There are 10 full-page options as well as two bonus textures included. There’s a PDF with the download so that you can see a preview of the effects easily without loading up each image.
Combine or filter this bumper pack of 100 snow textures to create new designs every time. The snow effects are high resolution JPEG images, so you just need to pop them over your image and set your blending mode to screen to see instant results.
Add interest to your designs with this set of 10 iron textures. Available as JPEGS, you can use these background textures across any software, including Photoshop and Illustrator.
Use geometric shapes to create new and interesting background textures with the Polygon Geometric Collection. Each texture is in vector format, meaning you can scale them as needed without any loss of quality.
Texture effects look great and are fun to play with. Envato Elements includes a wide range of texture options – whether you’re looking for a simple JPEG to overlay onto an image, or something more in depth like seamless pattern files and brushes for your favorite software. Everything on the site is included in a monthly subscription, so you can experiment!
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