My first collection, I thought I would try something different in the way images are presented on the site. So here are 35+ images for you to download and enjoy! But first, what is it?
Brushed metal is a finishing technique generally used on steel or aluminium with a unidirectional satin finish. The effect has a distinctive look with a pattern of very fine lines parallel to the brushing direction but increases the likelihood and effects of corrosion. In particular the brushed texture reduces the ability of fluid to bead on the material surface (although I managed to get it to bead beautifully in one of my images – the joys of Photoshop textures :). In particular when used on stainless steel the grooves in the finish will enable rusting to occur.
To create the effect, metal is polished with a grit belt or wheel and then softened with a grease-less compound or a non-woven abrasive belt or pad so that it keeps some but not all of its metallic lustre. In Photoshop it is created by starting with a mid gray adding monochromatic noise and then using the motion blur filter (making sure you crop the edges after as they don’t come out properly).
In digital applications the brushed aluminum or steel style rose to popularity when Apple used it as the graphical basis for their OSX interface having extended it from iTunes, Quicktime and other applications. The reality is that few styles can provide that modern edgy look that you get from a nice metal background and when compresses and scales very well it becomes great for web design or even a simple desktop background. Over time the style was replaced with other themes in OSX. The decline in popularity within the digital world also correlated to a reduction in its use in product design. However, while it’s popularity has diminished it is still not uncommon in a variety of places such as small appliances, whitegoods, various trim and even cars.
Anyway enough talk, lets see the images ;)
Brushed Metal Texture Images – Steel and Aluminum (aluminium)
Here is a free sheet of brushed aluminum. Nice texture with a narrow shine across the middle
Playing around with making water drops I created this image of a brushed metal texture covered in water drops
Here is another brushed metal texture. It could be steel or aluminium by I labelled it silver which of the three it is probably the least likely to be
Another free brushed steel / aluminum metal texture. Somehow I had missed posting this image when I did the other brushed metal images
A free aluminium or steel metallic texture, again reasonably generic on the type of metal.
here is a grey brushed steel or aluminium metallic image that I made in photoshop
Free brushed metal texture. It could be either an aluminium or steel background
Here is another free brushed metal background image, a bit of a light effect. I am thinking now it could do with a little more contrast.
Free image of a rough brushed aluminium texture or steel background. Someone went heavy with the grit brush on this one
brushed steel metallic background texture
rendered brushed aluminium or steel background image
Brushed Aluminum Textures in a frame
Another brushed metal texture with a frame! I think this one may be aluminum rather an steel but who knows?
This brushed metal texture is so special I put a frame around it. If gets any better I will have to put ‘as seen on TV’ on it
A great free framed brushed aluminum texture, possibly steel if you prefer actually now looking at it I think the frame is going backwards meaning the inside is sticking out. oh well
Brushed Steel Texture
Another free rendered brushed steel texture. Slight blue tone, handy for many backgrounds or whatever you want
Notice the cool blue tone, that makes this one a brushed steel texture!
Here is brushed metal background texture with a bit of shine. Although reasonably generic metal (aluminium etc) I’d add a little bit more blue to enhance if you want steel.
This is a rough scratched metal background texture that I made.
Brushed Gold Texture
Another quick free brushed gold metal rendered lightly
A brushed gold texture with frame. Very yellow gold this one, I think it may be 18 carat
Hi, This is a brushed gold metal background within a patterned golden frame. A large image it should be useful for a good range of purposes.
A free image of a circular brushed gold texture. Light shine across the diagonal what more really needs to be said
Hi, Here is a good plain brushed gold background texture. Nice narrow light shine down the middle and brushing across the horizontal
Here is a shiny gold background with brushing in one direction and the shine line in the other
Hi, here is a free brushed gold metal background with a nice shine down the middle
Hi, here is a free rendered dark brushed bronze or gold texture
Brushed Copper Texture
Here is circular brushed metal texture done in copper colouring. Again light is falling across the diagonal
Hi, Another brushed copper texture, this one is straight with brushing along the horizontal and the light shine down the vertical
This time it is of a nice orange copper. Light shine on an angle opposite to brushing
A brushed copper texture. Subtle brushing and lighting, 1001 uses
Large free image of a brushed copper metal background
here is a generated brushed red copper background texture
Most of time copper is its own distinctive colour, but occasionally it is more red / brown so here is a brushed copper texture that reflects the different colouring
Brushed Metal Texture – Tungsten
I can’t say that I can ever remember seeing tungsten, but in my imagination this is the colour it is and how it would look if you brushed it.
Well, that’s the end of them for now, I’ll update the post later when I make some more (or when I work out how to reliably get the text next to the thumbnail) and I’ll add a few links at the bottom to some other relevant textures at deviantart.
I always believe in giving credit where it’s due so here are the ref’s (Any teachers / lecturers out there cover your eyes and stop reading now, you can guess what’s coming :)
References and more
Brushed Metal http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brushed_metal
Brushed Metal Interface http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brushed_metal_(interface)