Free wood textures for vector design

9 Free Wood Textures for Vector Design

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If you’re looking to add character to your vector design work, texture masking is a great way to do so. In a previous post I shared a pack of free grunge textures and it was very well received, so today I’m going to be providing a bundle of 9 free wood textures for vector design work. You’ll be able to use these in both Illustrator and Inkscape.

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Free Wood Textures

At the bottom of this post you’ll see a download link for a zip folder containing all 9 high resolution wood textures. I created all of these using creative commons images I found on the internet. Here’s an overview of the included designs…

Texture pack included

If you weren’t already aware, he’s an example of the kind of effect you can achieve when masking your vector design work…

Texture masking before and after

As you can see in the above image, applying the texture subtracts the dark area of the texture from your vector object, making those areas transparent. The white area of the texture will have no effect on the vector object (which is why these are all stripped down to black and white.)

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Gray areas will create partial transparency, which will vary depending on how close to black or white the shade is.

Texture Masking with Inkscape

Applying the free wood textures with Inkscape is quite easy. Simply place the texture over your object (not under it,) then select both the texture and the object and go to Object > Mask > Set.

Masking an object in Inkscape

Make sure you have both objects selected before applying this

If later on you don’t like how it looks, you can undo it by going to Object > Mask > Release.

Texture Masking with Adobe Illustrator

Applying the free wood textures to your vector objects in Illustrator is slightly more complicated. Here’s a video explaining how it can be done. Start at the 10:49 minute mark.

Wood Textures Free Download

The wood texture bundle can be downloaded at this link: free-wood-texture.zip

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, leave them in the comments below. Enjoy!

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11 comments
  • eezee pees

    The textures disappear when executing the function Object->Mask->Set. They are .jpg, they are not transparent raster files. You talk about transparency, yet the texture image has no characteristic of transparency. A dead giveawy that a teacher cannot teach is when they say “quite easy”. Easy is four letter word. For you, learning a great concerto would be impossible, for me, easy. But I would never say that filthy word when working with any student, at any level.

    • Nick Saporito

      It doesn’t matter that the textures are jpegs, and it also doesn’t matter that they don’t have transparent properties. The masking function, when used properly, will make black areas of the texture transparent and white areas opaque. Everything in between (grayscale) will have a varying degree of transparency based on how light or dark it is. I already explained this in the post.

      If your texture is disappearing then it’s because you didn’t follow my instructions. If you would’ve put as much effort into reading the post as you did criticizing it, you would’ve been paying attention at this part…

      Simply place the texture over your object (not under it,) then select both the texture and the object and go to Object > Mask > Set.

      The reason your texture is “disappearing” is because 1.) you have it layered beneath the object you’re trying to apply it to, or 2.) you didn’t select both objects. It really is quite easy, you just have to be paying attention.

  • Suvajit

    Hey Nick…
    I love your work and follow them as well while using Inkscape.Thanks for such beautiful contents.Your downloadable contents are also of very help.Thanks again.
    One more thing I would like to add that your blog is as illustrative as videos and like the way the hyperlink works.

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