This content originally appeared on Envato Tuts+ Tutorials and was authored by Daisy Ein
The right photo overlay can really take an image from ordinary to extraordinary. In this article, we'll take a look at some free photo overlays that you can download right now. We'll also take a look at some awesome textures, because they're a reason why texture overlay effects are so popular—they're amazing!
Looking for a premium collection of textures and overlays for Adobe Photoshop? Envato Elements is a great resource to check out, too.
100+ Free Photoshop Overlay Textures
Who doesn't love a good freebie? Well, I hope you like 100 freebies, because this list includes over 100 texture overlay Photoshop add-ons, images, and effects—and they're free!
Not sure how to add a texture overlay to your work in Adobe Photoshop? Check out this video walk-through over on our Envato Tuts+ YouTube channel:
Now, let's dig into some free Photoshop overlays and textures you can download and use today.
Grunge Texture Overlay Freebies
Grunge textures can make for the perfect overlay addition when you're looking to add a weathered look and feel to your imagery or photography. Check out these amazing free Photoshop textures and overlays that you can take right into Photoshop, for free, right now.
This free bundle includes 15 textures that you can download right now—absolutely free. They're high resolution and even free for commercial usage.
These 12 textures are perfectly designed for your Photoshop overlays. Just add a touch of dust, or really push the weathered look.
These textured brushes make adding a grunge aesthetic to your work easier than ever. Rather than an image, just install the brushes and easily add organic texture to your work.
This pack of textures and overlays is jam-packed with content—and for free too! These beautifully crafted textures really need to be seen to believed. Download them today and leave the author a like.
This mixed set of textures has so many different grungy textures to experiment with! Add them to your favorite photos or use the included Photoshop brushes.
Add some scratches and variation to your work with this pack of three scratch textures. Remember, there's lots you can do with textures in Photoshop—try starting out with the layer blending modes.
This collection of hand-drawn textures comes in two convenient formats—free to download and use! They're perfect for photos, artwork, and more.
Paper Texture Overlay Photoshop Freebies
Paper textures can be some of the most versatile additions to your toolkit, and paper texture overlays can be very diverse—both in their execution and in their creation! Dig right in and start creating today with these amazing free resources.
These old paper textures are great for adding some character to your work. Whether you're looking to create a vintage photo overlay or you're just looking for an organic feel, these assets are worth the download.
Use these free ripped paper textures for overlays, additions, or even to create a ripped edge on your photo or artwork.
These free high-resolution paper textures are perfect for adding soft texture overlays to your work. Or use them as a background or starting point for another effect.
If you're looking to work with a folded paper texture overlay, look no further. This collection of free paper textures has 15 different textures to work with. This is such an awesome bundle—it could work for so many projects!
These foil textures are super stylish and free to use. Download them today and use them as photo overlay effects or as abstract additions to your latest creation.
These beautifully textured watercolor assets are perfect for paper overlay photo effects. Use them in layer masks or use them with different layer blending modes.
These vintage paper textures are perfect for creating the perfect paper texture overlay. Download them now, for free.
Even More Photo Overlay Effects and Textures
But guess what? There's even more to see! Here are even more free Photoshop textures and overlays ready to use and ready to download. Download them today and get designing—enjoy!
This bundle of 16 free photo overlays is perfect for adding some extra light and shadow to your work. Give them a try with your favorite photos or mockups.
Working on wedding photos? Maybe your work could use a little extra romance. Try out these free rose petal photo overlay effects.
This is such a useful pack of texture overlay assets! Download these 500 amazing textures today—there's so much to see!
Find the perfect overlay for photo projects in this set of ten free Photoshop overlay backgrounds. It's free to download and start experimenting with your imagery.
Looking for a film grain texture overlay? Check out these ten free grain textures. They're high resolution, and have a very natural look and feel.
Here's another awesome set for grain texture overlay additions. High quality and created from actual film shots, they're a great addition to any texture collection.
Wood textures can be a great addition to a wide variety of projects—from backgrounds to photo effects. Download these high-resolution textures for free.
This is another amazing texture pack—there are 96 textures here to experiment with! Mix them, match them, and experiment with blending them together in Adobe Photoshop.
Maybe your project could use a touch of holographic shine. Look no further than this pack of free holographic texture overlays.
When it comes to free snow texture overlays, this bundle can't be beat! Easily add the snow to your photo, and utilize Photoshop's filters to blur them, to help create focus or depth.
Check out these free dot patterns—they could add stylish texture to any photo or image! Here's a tip: place one on top of your photo and change the blending mode to get started.
25+ Premium Photoshop Overlays and Textures
Looking for even more photo textures and overlays? Check out these premium, professional photo overlays and texture overlay bundles from Envato Elements.
Looking for some vintage flair or a touch of grunge? This could be the perfect overlay for photo projects, especially if you're working with old photo overlay effects.
These textures are the perfect subtle addition of texture and organic imperfection. Give them a look!
These are perfect for high-quality paper texture overlay effects. Open these textures up, place them over your work, and then adjust the blending modes in Adobe Photoshop, for a simple effect in a flash.
Add some striking shadows to your next product mockup or your favorite photo to change the overall look and feel. There are stationery mockups included in this set, too!
This dust texture overlay mockup is perfect for bringing a grunge look to your work. It's easy to get started in this set, using Smart Objects in Adobe Photoshop.
These wood grain textures come ready to go in Photoshop PSD files. Dig right into 30 different textures today.
How about a textured mask effect overlay for your next photo project? This is perfect for Instagram or your next social media avatar.
Looking for a snow photo effect? These are literally some cool photo overlays—use this texture mockup to add an icy effect to your imagery.
These spray textures are both realistic and versatile. The included PNG files have such beautiful, organic variation to them. Take a look!
Looking for high-quality paper textures at super high resolutions? This set is exactly what you're looking for. Choose from 21 textures, all in one convenient set.
This is such a unique collection of textures! They were found and repurposed from vintage books—cool, right? These could be perfect overlays for illustrations, backgrounds, and more.
Add a plastic foil effect to your work in a snap with these plastic texture overlays. They're transparent, so it's easy to add this overlay to your work.
These cloth textures are high res and can make some really interesting textured overlays. Take a look at the example below—cool, right?
This grunge texture overlay is particularly awesome because the included textures are transparent—it's easier than ever to add these worn details to your imagery. Adjust the blending mode to experiment with different looks.
Make an impact with this broken glass overlay effect. Place your work in the mockup to create a dramatic image in a flash.
Simplicity can be really beautiful, as you can see in this Photoshop overlay. Add a simple but elegant geometric texture to your work today.
Snowy day, but didn't quite catch the snowfall in your photo? Try out one of the texture overlays from this pack of 100 snow overlays.
This grunge texture kit is packed with 35 different textures to use in your next project. It even comes with bonus stamp brushes.
Watercolor textures can have such a welcoming, organic feel. Test one out with this awesome collection of 64 watercolor textures, perfect for photos, artwork, and more.
Push your rustic, earthy project further with these awesome wood-grain textures. There are 44 to choose from, each with plenty of variety and character.
Add some rain to your photo with this photograph rain overlay texture effect. There are 50 to choose from, varying in both angle and intensity.
Smoke can make such a dramatic addition to a photograph—check out the amazing example below! How would you use this awesome overlay effect?
Really command attention with this smoking-hot fire overlay. This overlay effect is perfect for sports or any project that's all about bringing intensity and heat.
Sometimes, a project calls for some imperfections, but they need to be subtle and strategic. This bundle of dust overlays is perfect for situations like that.
How about adding a fun bokeh effect to your photos? These Photoshop bokeh overlays make it easy to add that aesthetic to all of your favorite photographs.
Photoshop Texture and Overlay Resources
I hope you found some awesome assets in this list to use in your next creative project! If you didn't quite find the perfect freebie, keep in mind that there are plenty more premium options to see on Envato Elements.
Curious about how to create a photo overlay? Check out these free tutorials from Envato Tuts+! There are so many different ways to create photo overlays—with so many possible outcomes. Use these tutorials to help you get started.
- TexturesHow to Create a Dusty Texture From Scratch
- Photoshop ActionsHow to Create a Dreamy Glow Effect Photoshop Action
- PhotographyHow to Overlay Photos With Creative Photoshop Effects
- Adobe PhotoshopHow to Create a Bokeh Effect Photoshop Action
- Photoshop ActionsHow to Create a Light Leak Photoshop Color Effect
Head on over to the Envato Tuts+ YouTube channel to find out our favorite free and premium Photoshop overlays and textures.
This content originally appeared on Envato Tuts+ Tutorials and was authored by Daisy Ein