I have been meaning to write this up for a while, so here we go. Many of you have probably noticed that a lot of people on Flickr have recently become interested in layering textures onto their photos. The results can be really amazing. Some of you do it extremely well yourselves!
The other thing you may have noticed is people providing a download to a texture they 'made' with a request that you link back to them. I think this is fine and dandy and nice of people to share, always, but I also think it is kind of silly.
I mean, textures. Um, everything has a texture. Some textures are cooler than others. If you are already a photographer, why not use your camera to take some photos of textures yourself? Like peeling paint or canvas or wood grain or slate or a stain on your clothes! In the above photo, I've used two different textures (and several more layers). One is of the wall in my living room, which is an ecru-colored wallpaper. I hate it in my house, but love it for texture!
The other is of a daguerreotype image. I've used these a lot when creating a 'faux vintage' look or just wanting a subtle scratchiness to an image. Here's the cool part that I've shared with a few people via e-mail who have asked...the images are easy and free to get and download, and even copyright-free! I figure why not share with everyone? I don't believe in trade secrets.
The Library of Congress has a lcweb2.loc.gov/pp/pphome.html again. LOL.