New Site Launch: Texture Lovers

You may or may not know I’ve been working on a little side project and now its ready to be launched so here it is Texture Lovers and a little bit about it below.

Texture Lovers-screen-tag

About The Site

Texture lovers is a site that only collects free to use textures that can be used for commercial and personal use without permission, but you’ll also find texture related inspiration and tutorials.

1) If you have free to use textures you can submit a link to me and ill add them to the site. (You can also see the nice leather texture in the close up.)

2) Its really easy to share Texture Lovers with your twitter friends just click the twitter bird and it will take you to twitter and make a message for you to update you status, why not even follow Texture Lovers on Twitter.

3) That symbol means “external link” you’ll see it on the archive pages and main page, this takes you directly to the website so you don’t have to bother clicking in to the post if you don’t want.

If you do click on the image that will take you to the post and you can see related posts and other information about the post.

4) You can easily see which category a post has be filed under hopefully this will make it easy to go straight to the category your most interested in.

5) You can browse by tags if you want to find something more specific, in the future I shall be adding a archive of all the tags on the site but at the minute you can see the 10 most popular tags.

Close Ups




I’ve still got plenty of textures that i have to add and the site will be continually updated until we’ve got every last one added!


Take a look around the site and let me know what you think in the comments on here, do you think that this site might be helpful for you?, let me know you feedback id be happy to hear from you.

Credit to Wefunction for the screenshot presentation idea.

Textures For Commercial & Personal Use with No Attribution

Hello everyone it seems quite a while since my last post, but ive been working on a new project!

The New Project

The new project is actually almost finished and ready to be released its sort of like a directory for textures from around the web but only for free textures that can be used for commercial and personal use without giving attribution (this means you can optionally give credit back to the person who made the textures)

Steven Snell from made this post 12 blogs with freebies for commercial design use which demonstrates some great blogs offering these types of textures and freebies.

Do you have Free Textures?

Creative Commons

Have you created any textures that you have released under the creative commons license (same as Flickr) and you waiver the attribution (meaning its optional for someone to give credit back to you when used in a piece of work) or you would like to.

Waivering the attribution is important!

Please leave a comment with a link to where your textures can be found and ill do my best to add them to the new site.

Note: The textures will not be hosted on the site and will be directly linked to, I understand that in most cases it is strictly forbidden to sell and redistribute the textures.

Your Details

If possible leave you full name or a name that people know you best as, along with your link to the textures, because ill be making a list of people who give permission to use their textures on the about page of the site.

Alternatively you can use the contact form, to let me know that you have free to use textures, if you prefer not to leave a public comment.

Does this make sense to you?

I hope this made some sense and isn’t confusing you, let me know if you don’t fully understand in the comments and ill try to clarify.

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The Themes

The themes are really elegant and clean, there are a few different varieties such as blog themes and photo themes.



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Hash One Screen

If you want to see more of this theme then go over to from-the-couch blog and check out the screen shots.


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Getting giddy with GoMedias hand drawn wings

Please excuse the title, Wings can be one of the hardest things to draw other than the human figure, well Go Media have been very busy and only yesterday released one part of set 14, these had to be hand drawn wing vectors as usual they also have a free sample

The Wing Vectors

You can take one look at this set and say “Awesome” because Go media have really out done themselves with this one, I can only imagine how many hours it has taken to perfect each and every feather ( there’s also some bat wings in there I notice! ). The pack costs only $10 / £6 and for the time it will save you and the quality that they are compared to many other vector products. These really are for professional looks, its crazy


I was looking at their other vector wing sets and these simply blow them away in the detail and craftsman ship, I’m guessing these will be mainly used by the avid tee-shirt and apparel designer, and rightly so because they will definitely take a design to a new level.

Go Media

In my eyes Go media is one of the friendliest companies on the web that I know of (or at least in the design sector), they serve up free vectors from time to time to give you a taste of what they’ve been working hard on, They more often than not reply to your comments on their blog Go mediazine, they even tweet, these are all the signs of a great company doing everything right. Getting a response from a company can go along way especially when your treated like an individual. With blogs and social media platforms available to day this means companies can be one on one with its customers and like minded people.

They share their passion for design with tutorials, that are well received by the design community, they also blog about their experiences within business, now this can be very insightful for some one starting out in their own ventures and many will be able to relate to and learn from that, making Go media a great asset.

What I did with my Go media wings

I got my set of wings and was immediately excited to see 14 different types of wings, Angel, bat, eagle etc one for every occasion. I’m not an apparel designer so my brain got thinking because I knew I wanted to do a post about them but also wanted to create something with them as well (it had been snowing all day so there wasn’t much else to do!) so I came up with this…

Guardian of Design Shard

Using one of the angel type wings from Go media I also grabbed a picture of a knight, an ancient door and a little bit of creativity.

Go media

What do you think about it, it was quite rushed and completed in about 2 hours, the light source might be a little off but I think it turned out quite well,

The styling of the wings was already really slick so I wanted to carry this type of vector styling through the image so I made some swirls with the same thick border to act as appendages coming from the wings and wrapping around the knight, as if it is alive!

Source Files

The ancient door was found on Flickr by using the Creative Commons search and the knight was found on sxc free stock site, the wings are from Go medias hand drawn collection


Your Thoughts

So what do you think of Go Media? Have you used any of their vectors in you designs? If you have feel free to post links and share your comments below… what do you think of my creation, be nice!