complete royalty-free libraries in one. 400 stunning, totally original
seamless textures for use in 3D game design, architectural rendering,
3D art, 2D graphic and print design
catalog of all textures on CD
set of texture libraries has literally been years in the making.
As an award-winning traditional and digital artist, I've always
demanded the highest quality when doing art either for myself or
for hire. There are certainly a ton of free textures available online
nowadays, but what I've found when doing 3D work, is that finding
good numbers of related, high quality SEAMLESS textures, with high-quality
and useable BUMP MAPS, is nearly impossible. It can take many hours
or even days to scour the Internet, and test out the free textures
which are available, most of which are disappointing in some way
and require manual reworking anyway, or creating my own bump maps.
I'm a photographer as well, and own a digital SLR with nice lenses,
over the years I've always collected hundreds, even thousands of
photographs of textures during my many travels. I've always loved
taking photos of textures I've seen in nature and urban settings,
even before I delved into the world of 3D! So, I've committed over
the years to scouring my vast collection of texture photos and hand-processing
them myself into seamless textures that I can use in my own projects,
3D as well as 2D, textures that I am proud of.
a few years back, I realized that these might be valuable to others,
so I started organizing them into libraries, which I planned to
market online. I even took several trips around the country just
to photograph textures. Las Vegas and the high deserts of Nevada,
but New York City was probably the best trip, there are so many
grungy urban textures, and gothic buildings and ornamentation there.
I got plenty of super-usable textures there, and am STILL processing
them for future products! I'm a super perfectionist, however, and
I've attempted to release this several times over the years, but
never felt it was quite up to par. I even started selling a few
all over the world a few years back, and could have kept it up,
as people thanked me, and seemed to have problem with the quality!
Yet to me, it wasn't as good as it could be, not quite up to my
own standards, so I stopped. To me, some textures were old and taken
with outdated equipment. And some I processed so long ago I was
not nearly adept at creating seamless tiles in Photoshop, and when
tiled, you could see obvious patterns. And for most, I had NO IDEA
how to create high-quality bump maps. I simply used black and white
versions of the textures (which many companies do today!).
that time, I've become an expert in Photoshop, and even held jobs
where all I did was Photoshop for 10 hours per day (or more). Then
when I got home, I got right back on Photoshop and worked on my
own art! I even taught Photoshop. I was and still am obsessed with
Photoshop! I love the program, and how it frees the artist to create
whatever is in his imagination. To this day, I can sit and use Photoshop
and learn something new, create a new technique and explore new
know... too many words. The culmination of all this, however, is
this very collection of textures. It was meant to be 3 separate
libraries: URBAN GRUNGE Seamless Textures, Distressed Surfaces Seamless
Textures (Rusted Metal, Stone, Bricks, Marble, Wood, Interiors such
as carpets), and finally, Seamless Sci-Fi Textures (Spaceship Hulls,
Sci-Fi signs like you'd see in deep underground military bases and
secret biotech laboratories).