There are many reasons to use textures in your graphic design or web development projects. Textures help to pull buttons off the web page, while adding depth to the background. Also, when used in conjunction with graphic illustration textures can add a touch of shimmer to the metal on your vehicles, or a rough edge to the bricks of a house etc.
Now, what if you’re working on a Photoshop painting? Try this: Add a paint canvas texture to your Photoshop file directly above the painting you have created and set this layer to ‘color burn’. You will see that it makes it look much more like an actual painting and much less flat. Texture Lovers is a great place to start looking for great free textures. Here are a few examples from Texture Lovers:
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