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rfm2

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Textured color background images
Posted: 15-Aug-2012 19:22
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I have collected a large number of textured color background images that I use with several different skins for backgrounds on the thumbnail and expanded image pages. It was suggested to me that others might like to have access to those images for use in their own albums. The 893 images are collected in 10 different folders that identify the general color type of the images in each. Since some skins may contain borders or boxes that the user would like to have "disappear" against the background, I have included a spreadsheet that shows a "good" average color match of 187 of those background images.

The folders can be accessed at:

Beige-Tan:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/orfdepvtjj2nrba/MdPAWjZU3q

Blue:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/4jz3dk728tlucr6/QmnX_EuYLl

Brown:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/mvva7v8htpofj1v/-jLDY_st9J

Gray-Black:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/f6e84azcn2pkv3v/PgceLH6GJ8

Green:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/mjos3l15382s6oj/RO9nbkipvZ

Orange:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/itk91yr9srw2ard/0eqjlxXM_j

Pink:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/g2pffrljow1wj87/BGxJZ55KbL

Purple:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/v2ilx8m3azp3asy/CvnZwH8epp

Red:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/y7pen0ypxh6iqa9/C4E-gZLggM

Yellow-Gold:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/1og4qi93mip2wwd/Za8V1xKP_9

Image-color-match-spreadsheet:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/j7900nldrhgxp1j/image-color-match.xls

The images within a folder can be viewed as thumbnails and saved individually by clicking on the thumbnail and then right clicking the image, or the entire folder can be downloaded as a zipped file. If you have any questions, please post them here.
RobM

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Re: Textured color background images
Posted: 15-Aug-2012 22:39   in response to: rfm2 in response to: rfm2
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Very generous of you to share these. Are they your own images or collected from various sources? I ask so that any users will know that they can be used free of any copyright restriction or need to reference the original source.
rfm2

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Re: Textured color background images
Posted: 16-Aug-2012 16:48   in response to: RobM in response to: RobM
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Perhaps half of the images are ones I have downloaded from several different websites I have run across over a period of several years. In every case they were made available for download without restriction and without a request for attribution. In fact, when I would run across a site and download some images I would often find that many of the "new" images were ones I had already downloaded from other sites, with the second site even using the same title. So, If I did want to acknowledge the source (which I would be glad to do), I wouldn't know which, if any, of the sites I had used were actually the originators of the image.

Most of the other images are ones that I have created by modifying an image - downsizing it (sometimes in more than one step) to change the intensity of the texturing, and/or changing brightness, contrast, or color balance. An image of 200 X 200 px tiled across a page will have a very different appearance from that image downsized to 50 X 50 or 20 X 20 tiled across a page. That's why you see so many 20 X 20 images in the collection. I hope you and others find them useful.
jGromit

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Re: Textured color background images
Posted: 16-Aug-2012 20:57   in response to: rfm2 in response to: rfm2
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I don't think I'd worry too much about copyright issues when it comes to things like background textures. It's not quite the same thing as using a photo that a professional photographer has taken, and is trying to use to make a living. The only "background" images normally sold by sites aren't just simple textures - they're more like abstract artwork.

And there are literally thousands of freebies out there. Just one example: http://www.grsites.com/archive/textures/. Between the background images and the free fonts on that site, you could lose yourself for days.
rfm2

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Re: Textured color background images
Posted: 16-Aug-2012 23:34   in response to: jGromit in response to: jGromit
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EarlyOut wrote:

And there are literally thousands of freebies out there. Just one example: http://www.grsites.com/archive/textures/.


Indeed, you'll notice that grsites (which is not even one of the sites I have used to add images to my collection, since I had not run across it in my past "collection" years) states in their terms of use for their 5,700 background textures and images that "The background textures and fonts found on this site were not created by GRSites, but were obtained from various sources on the internet that described these graphics as freeware. They are free to use for personal and commercial use.", which is the same basis I used for building my collection. I have downloaded and experimented with thousands of textured color images, but narrowed them to the 893 I posted here because most of the images are too gaudy/busy (even when downsized) to be suitable as album backgrounds.

Still, your referenced site might be a good place for a user to start looking for backgrounds. One thing I found out the hard way is that googling for "background images" and going down the line clicking on the results is a very dangerous game and can lead you to some very nasty places.
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