The idea for Public Domain Textures came when I was reading the blog of a photographer who had posted textures that she had made, and said that anyone reading the post could take them and use them. It made me think, what if we could make a database that contained hundreds of textures that photographers and graphic artist all over the world could use without having to pay a fortune, and could contribute textures of their own creation to. After talking back and forth with the photographer, we came to the conclusion that this would be the best way to go about it. And so, here it is.
Every image on this blog, unless otherwise noted, is in the public domain.
What that means for people who want to use these textures:
- You can use these textures for whatever you want, wherever you live. Even if you are selling the product that you are using them for.
- You do not have to ask permission, or pay any fee, before you can use these images.
- A work that uses one of the textures on this site does not automatically enter the Public Domain.
What this means for people wishing to submit work:
- You relinquish all copyrights to this work, therefore, you cannot sue anyone for any reason arising from their use of the images submitted to this site, and you cannot deny anyone the use of this work.
- You do not loose the right to use the texture yourself.
- You do not loose the copyrights to any other work that you create now or at any time in the past or future.
- You cannot “take back” anything that you release into the Public Domain.
More information, including full legal text, is available on the Creative Commons website.
A few guidelines for submissions:
- There should be no water marks or logos on the textures.
- Nothing rated higher than PG will be accepted.
- A picture containing any copyrighted work not belonging to the photographer cannot be released into the public domain.
- The images should be no more than 1000px on the largest side.
- The files should be in JPEG format. (*.jpg , *.jpeg) If given the option when saving the image, please set the quality at approximately three quarters of the maximum quality level.
- Please include a short description of the texture (what it is on, for instance,) to help people find the texture they need.
- If you have one, please also include the link to your blog or website, so that we can post that along with the texture.
- Finally, there is no limit to the number of submissions, so bring us as many textures as you wish.
Please send textures to PublicDomainTextures(at)gmail(dot)com, with the subject as “Submissions.” Thank you.