Keeping track of free texture you download

You downloaded a stack of textures from sites such as Flickr or Deviant Art. You’ve finished a composite featuring several textures and you need to credit their sources. Unfortunately you have neglected to organise the way you downloaded the images. You were just so excited with your find!

Do you have this problem? If so, here is my method for keeping track and making sure you give credit where its due. Deviant art saves the name of the artist and image name in the downloaded image but flickr doesn’t/

Say you did a search for ‘wood free texture’ on flickr

If you find a free texture open the link in a new window.

1. Click on the All Sizes link and then click the largest file size
2. File>Save Page as> Web page, complete (Mozilla Firefox) or Page>Save as>Webpage, complete (Internet Explorer)
3. Save the image in a folder called Flickr textures.

Repeat for each image. You will now have a folder with several webpages and folders containing the large size image ready for you to work with.

FILE Flickr Photo Download Golden_Grain.htm
FOLDER Flickr Photo Download Golden_Grain files

Flickr Photo Download MikonT Texture 1.htm
Flickr Photo Download MikonT Texture 1_files

Copy the images to your layers folder and you can always look back into your downloads folder and find the texture name and creator. You can see an icon for each texture image, along with the flickr user’s icon and link back to their stream, the photo’s url and the image within the folder. Neat, huh?

I have noticed that more and more people are deleting their flickr accounts and you can expect resources to remain. Keeping a library of textures with proper credits will save you some grief in the long run.

I was a fan of textures by Ghostbones and was shocked when I tried to return to download more textures and received an error page stating the member is no longer active on flickr

Through some investigation I found out that there is a mirror of his textures hosted by Telzey. You can download them here

and the finished product

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