Every artist working in the arena of digital art will know that one of their most indispensable tools is their texture collection. This is basically a bunch of images that capture the unique surface qualities of different materials.You then apply them to your pictures or mesh them to your character designs for a realistic effect.
The most common textures include rough paper, fur or hair, wood, and skin textures. Rusted metal can take on very interesting and diverse qualities that aren’t easily replicated with other rough-texture substitutes.
To help you out, we offer here a collection of free templates for a convincing rusty texture. You can download them as free PSD, PNG, or Vector files or license (for a minimal fee) and download them in higher-resolution formats like TIFF.
Assuming you know how to do a simple Photoshop overlay or how to create texture maps in other graphic art software, you can start to see the possibilities of these texture templates, especially our offering of rust metal texture templates.
Metal is an endlessly versatile element, and you likely already have a series of shiny metal templates. To create rust, you might have innovated by using other rough-texture materials layered over each other.
Not all rust patterns are the same, however, and you might need a certain “feel” or configuration depending on your needs. To that end, we have provided a range of templates for different kinds of rust on metallic surfaces. Here are a few templates our website offers:
The most common use is to superimpose these textures to an image to bring it to life.
But notice the different effects each rusted metal surface evokes? Use that to your advantage. Apply these templates to homemade greeting cards, themed-party invitations, photo quotes, etc., to add an interesting effect to an otherwise ordinary photograph or layout, much like a filter.
(The higher-res the image, the better.)
They are readily available in the file types you need, to use them immediately.