Collection of Old Paper Textures, Parchment Paper and Old Wallpaper Backgrounds
Here is a collection of one the most popular backgrounds used in photoshop for texturing photos and pictures. Lets get on with some images starting with one that isn’t old but is still paper so I’ll include in anyway.
edit: I’ve use an automated plugin to list them. This means that this page is always up to date and it now shows large images so it is easier it see what it is. However, that means a lot more scrolling and I can’t adjust the order and group them into subcategories like I used to do meaning that some of the most popular ones are at the bottom. The image of a shrine has a drawing on paper version of it on the same page and I have no idea why the bamboo is showing twice 🙂
- Another rough old paper background texture with torn and ripped edges
Hi, here is another rough old paper background texture with torn and ripped edges. Like the last one I posted, this makes me think of the old vintage pirate treasure maps, especially with the dirt, grunge and watermarks.
- background of an old folded paper texture with ripped and torn edges
Hi, here is a great old folded paper texture with ripped and torn edges. Could just as easily be parchment, whatever you prefer to call it, to me is almost stereo-typically the background for an old pirate map 🙂
- Excellent faded and worn floral design on old paper or parchment texture
Well plenty of people will recognise the design of this one. It is based on this parchment image which is viewed or downloaded over 1000 times a week. So I took that one and another old paper texture from the site and combined them. I went for a lighter more vintage paper look, downplaying the ...
- torn and worn grunge paper background image free texture
Hi, an old parchment texture that has a lot of marks and grunge paper as well torn and ripped edges.
- Excellent vintage and old yellow and brown parchment paper
Hi, another old paper texture, added more yellow and some nice grunge dirt and watermarks, enjoy!
- Old paper with torn edges and a faded floral design
Hi, another old paper texture image. I took an old parchment with torn and ripped edges and then used a more subtle texture as the base and added a faded floral design
- Excellent old brown paper texture background
Hi, Here is another old paper texture. It is made from three or four other images, downplayed the colours and added grunge borders from this image of old parchment , got some basic texture from this vintage yellow paper and finally added some great watermarks from a image on
- Another old grunge paper or parchment background image
Hi, here is a reworked image from some of the other papers that I have done. I added more contrast and grunge, dirt and marks to add age and make it more of a vintage grunge paper texture.
- Old paper with bamboo imprint background
Hi, This is a bit of odd one and more of an experiment and I can’t decide if I like it or not. It is a bamboo background over an old paper texture bit of dirt and roughness thrown in.
- image of a book of ruled or lined paper background
Here is a free image of a book of ruled or lined paper. Actually a generated image, I think it looks pretty good.
- old parchment or grunge paper texture
Another free old parchment or grunge paper texture. Again it is a composite from the other old paper textures with a nice floral border across the top and bottom (although I struggled to decide whether it should be in portrait or landscape format)
- Two images of a shrine in vietnam – standard photo and on old vintage paper
Here are two free stock images of shrine in the jade emperor pagoda in vietnam. Fantastic place for someone interested in textures as I’m sure you’ve seen the red concrete and brick grunge images scattered through the site. As well as the religious aspects I also got some nice pictures of fish and turtles.
The second ...
- grunge background of old paper texture background
Free grunge background of an old paper texture with faded and dirty floral design. Another I made the other day as a composite from some of the images on the site and a floral design that I picked up somewhere. You will probably recognize the grunge borders 🙂
- brown paper texture or parchment paper with ornamental border edge
Free old brown paper texture or parchment paper with a nice ornamental floral border edging. Worn dark and dirty it would also make a good grunge paper background
- vintage paper texture with design
Free vintage paper texture with old design, nice and yellowed with age and a bit of grunge
- Old paper texture that is worn, faded and has floral print
Old Paper Texture
Hi, Free old parchment or paper that made the other day. I took an old photo of some flowers that I had taken a while back then some of my other parchment related images and combined them all to get the texture and effect I wanted. I think it has a nice brown ...
- Yellow and worn old paper with print
A free yellow and worn old paper texture with a faded butterfly and floral print. This is another old parchment background that I created long ago and when I went to uploaded I looked at it and went hmmm…. Not the cringe that you sometimes have when looking at your old work, but certainly in the ...
- Another vintage brown old paper with grunge background
Free image of a vintage brown old paper with grunge background
Hi, Here is one I created last night. To give the story and credit where it is due…
Horemweb pointed me to an image he created using one of textures and posted on deviant art (which is here but is adults only)
So while I ...
- Two old faded and cracked wallpaper backgrounds
Here are two free images of faded, cracked and grungy old wallpaper backgrounds.
- two old free paper textures or parchment background images
Here is two parchment paper textures that I generated one day using a collection of filters and stuff. Should make a nice background for something 🙂
- here is a free old brown parchment paper texture
another free old brown vintage parchment paper texture for download, simply click on it to get a higher resolution
- free grunge texture of old vintage paper
here is another free grunge texture of old vintage paper
seeing that the old paper is so popular I have uploaded two more, hope you like them
- old paper floral parchment background
An old brown paper floral parchment background texture with some nice light grunge scars etc
- old floral paper or parchment background texture
old floral paper or parchment background texture
- this is a background texture of old parchment paper
this is a background texture of old parchment paper. Free for use as per the licence at the bottom of the page.
Plenty more free textures here, why not take a look around 🙂
- old dirty floral grungy paper number six
An old dirty floral grungy paper background.
This is number six and one of the grungier versions. (not sure if grungier is a word 🙂 perhaps more grungy? higher levels of grunge? very grungalicious no I think not…)
Anyway it is pretty dark and dirty and I hope it is useful
- number 5 of the texture of old grungy paper
Texture of old grungy floral paper
This is the fifth in the series. Hit the paper category to the see the others 🙂
- old dirty grunge floral background texture
number four in the this grunge background texture set
- old dirty patterned grungy paper background
Old dirty patterned grungy paper background
The third in the set of the patterned paper. Can’t really see that this one is paper though. However, it does make a reasonable floral pattern grunge background.
- another take on the old patterned paper
Here is another take at the old patterned paper background.
Another photoshop generated image, this one looks more like old paper than some of the others at least ;).
- background texture of grey patterned paper
another generated one. Yep, this one is a bit odd with the strong pattern and all being in black and white. Not sure how much use it would be, but here it is.
- background image of parchment paper with torn edges
Old Parchment Paper
Here is another parchment paper background that generated in photoshop one day. Has a small floral print on it as well as ‘torn’ edges (in case you didn’t notice 🙂
If you’ve come here from Google images and are thinking, hey that’s not the picture I was looking at. I am sorry, I have ...
- old rough and grungy paper or parchment background texture
an old rough and grungy paper or parchment
Hi, here is another old rough and grungy paper background. Actually makes a good generic grunge texture layer for use in photoshop or elsewhere.
- another yellow abstract grunge background
Here is another yellow abstract grunge texture free for both personal and commercial use
- abstract grunge background texture abstract grunge background texture
- greenish abstract grunge background texture
Here is a greenish abstract grunge background, it’s rendered or generated which I sure you guessed. Almost looks like newsprint in parts.
- Leaf print grunge paper abstract background image
Leafy grunge paper abstract background texture
I had a play with some photoshop leaves brushes and came up with this. So here is an old grunge leaves abstract old parchment paper
- just an old paper or rough worn parchment background texture
An old and worn parchment paper background texture
Hi, this is an old paper or worn parchment background image that I made in photoshop one day. I started with a framed brushed metal background so this image has kept most of the frame and has a brushed texture overlaying the normal old paper texture
- old and worn grunge parchment paper background image
Old grunge parchment paper background texture.
This is an illustration of an old grungy parchment paper background texture that I made in photoshop one fine day 🙂
My images on this site are for free download and use under the conditions at the bottom of the page (i.e. you have to give credit).
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- Brown old and worn fabric background or cloth texture
just an old and worn brown fabric background that I generated one day. Its probably a little bit too saturated, but turn it down a little and it should be good
- old worn brown fabric texture
Here is either an old worn brown fabric texture or old rough paper background
- some old gray worn paper background
Some old gray worn paper
Here is another photoshop generated stock image. An old gray worn parchment paper background
- old faded, stained and worn parchment paper
An old faded, stained and worn parchment paper
Here is an old faded and stained parchment paper background. Makes a nice soft grunge texture and works really well for adding some texture to photos.
- an old and worn brown parchment paper background
Old and worn brown parchment paper background
Another old paper texture that is really great for adding texture to photos.
In photoshop, desaturate this image and choose blending mode soft light or overlay and adjust the opacity to taste.
- old and worn yellow paper
old vintage worn yellow paper
Some old yellow paper. Less grunge on this one but it still has some great marks and stains. A lot more like aged paper than some of the others 🙂
- an old and worn out parchment paper background texture
Old and worn out parchment paper background
the popular old and worn out parchment paper texture. Not that it matters but it is actually photoshop generated and brushed, still makes a nice stock background image
- old paper or wallpaper with paisley design
old paper with partial paisley design
With the texture effect and paisley pattern I’m not sure if I should call this one an old wallpaper or paper
- an old worn fabric or paper texture
an old worn fabric or paper texture
This is either a dark paper background, or with the almost woven pattern it could be brown fabric. Of the series I think I like this one the best
- another worn and rough fabric or paper texture
another worn and rough fabric or paper texture
Here is another old fabric texture or very rough vintage paper from that series
- old and worn fabric or paper with torn edges
Old and worn fabric or paper with torn edges
HI, I took one of the other vintage paper or old fabric textures and played with torn and rough edges.
- old brown rough and worn fabric or paper background
old brown rough and worn fabric or paper background
Here is an brown rough or worn fabric texture. Could also be a rough old paper image
- rendered torn wallpaper paper background texture
torn wallpaper paper texture
Ok, another vintage wallpaper, lots of old tears and marks. Now that I come back and look at it I think it might be better turned on its side so that the large floral border on the left is at the top or the bottom
- rendered rough wallpaper paper background texture
Rough wallpaper paper background
Went for blue wallpaper this time in making an old wallpaper image
- rendered old rough wallpaper paper background texture
old rough wallpaper paper background texture
Another in the vintage wallpaper series, this time we have the wooden wall showing through from behind
- rendered old grungy wallpaper paper background texture
old grungy wallpaper paper background texture
So had a play and made some old vintage wallpaper textures. Hope you like them
- Another old grunge paper or parchment background image
So what is it? Well I’m glad you asked (I’m sure you didn’t but I am going to tell you anyway).
Paper is a thin versatile material with many uses. It is made by pressing together moist fibers of a cellulose pulp, usually wood, rags or grasses. On a trip to Thailand I went to an elephant sanctuary where they made paper from elephant dung and gave a great story of how a guy first made it using the kitchen blender, not surprisingly his wife was not impressed 🙂 While paper is most commonly used for writing and printing upon, it is also used for packaging and in cleaning products as well as a number of industrial and construction processes and sometimes even as a food ingredient (particularly in Asian cultures – hmm, hope no-one uses the elephant dung paper).
It is thought to be first developed in China during the early 2nd century AD. Paper spread from China through the Middle east to Europe in the 13th century, where the first water-powered paper mills were built. During the 19th century new processes for pulping wood fibers where developed in Canada and Germany and with lower manufacturing costs the use of paper grew. Nowadays the paper manufacturing industry is global with China then the United States being the largest producers (no surprises here).During a conference in Beijing, there was a one day field trip where we did the whirlwind tour to see the sights (like the people six deep trying to see the Pandas at the zoo during peak season :). Anyway one stop was the museum, after wandering around for a while the guide asked what the most valuable item in the place was, after the usual responses of the pile of gold coins, religious artifacts etc he mentioned that it was the ancient paper in a case that we had all seen as it was oldest paper in the world. So if you are really really into old paper, head over to Beijing :).
But what about Papyrus, that’s old paper? Although the modern word is derived from it, paper is different from Papyrus which was used in Ancient Egypt and other Mediterranean cultures as the two are produced very differently. Papyrus is created by laminating, whereas paper is macerated fibers. Ok. so what about parchment paper? Well parchment is technically dried animal skin that is limed, scraped and dried under tension to be really really thin.
So there is your history lesson for today :).