Urban Dirty is a regularly updated online photo library featuring hundreds of grimy, slimy, gritty and grubby textures (managed by Paul Burgess). They range from crusty concrete to mysterious splats, all intended to bring a bit of dirt to your designs. Images are available in various sizes and offered free for any purpose. They’ll come in handy when creating Photoshop brushes or something like the Deep & Moody tutorial.

About Paul Burgess

Paul Burgess

Paul Burgess is a Brighton based web designer who enjoys clean code with a dash of Photoshop. Raised on hip hop, design and late nights with a mild internet addiction since 1999. Visit http://iampaulburgess.co.uk

Paul explains the story behind Urban Dirty

"I am always on the look out for tasty textures to play with in Photoshop as I roam the streets during daily routines. I keep a camera to hand in case I spot something that might be useful. I was gathering quite a collection of various splats and patterns and needed to keep them organised. I wanted a means to create some kind of structure to the collection and share them all at the same time. I chose a name that would describe the content, discovered how to use the Flickr API and created the site from a private set, which makes updating it very easy. I’ll just keep snapping those macros and hope people enjoy getting some use from them."

Visit Urban Dirty now to check out his texture stock photos.


Max D
Sep 6, 2007 at 2:53 am

Great resource! I’ve been trying to find/compile something like this for years, but I don’t live in a big city. Thanks!

Nathan Chapman
Sep 6, 2007 at 3:31 am

Verrrrrry nice, Paul. Keep it up :)

Sep 6, 2007 at 3:38 am

Really Great! Thanx!!!!

Sep 6, 2007 at 4:18 am

thanks for the resource :)
great work indeed

Martijn de Valk
Sep 6, 2007 at 5:28 am

Top resource!
I was looking for this kind of stock photo’s.
Great work! Thanks!

Michael Castilla
Sep 6, 2007 at 5:30 am

Thanks, this is pretty sweet.

Sep 6, 2007 at 7:57 am

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Sep 6, 2007 at 9:04 am

Great things!


Sep 6, 2007 at 10:28 am

Pretty sweet pictures, I have a lot of photos of urban scenes like that on my home computer. I just can’t find a way to put them up so they’ll look nice. I am going to get my graffiti pictures up.

Sep 6, 2007 at 11:16 am

wow thanks, you are my hero :’) please post more often!!!

Sep 6, 2007 at 3:51 pm

great! thanks ;)

Sep 7, 2007 at 9:41 am


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Sep 10, 2007 at 5:10 am

I always need new hires texture material for renderings and 2d artwork. Great site!

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Sep 10, 2007 at 10:33 am

thanks mayk :)

Darren Hoyt
Sep 12, 2007 at 11:53 pm

Lots of similar stuff at Texture King.

Sep 18, 2007 at 1:15 am

cool… thanks man!

Dec 28, 2007 at 4:21 am

Dror posted a pack of free wedding photography specific photoshop actions and textures over at his photoshop actions and textures page as well, but this is a great resource for textures thanks.

Dec 28, 2007 at 4:30 am

Thanks for the shout out. I think the difference between my textures and the ones that texture king has are that mine are specific for use in photography. Paul Burgess’ stuff is awesome though, I have been downloading textures off Urban Dirty for a while now.

Jan 4, 2008 at 4:33 pm

I needed for background good that I checked here today.

Jan 19, 2008 at 8:00 am

yea its useful. thanks

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Rean Kriel
Jun 2, 2008 at 2:41 pm

Cool stuff, thanks for this. I’ve been using textures for a while now and find them to be awsome.

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Jun 18, 2008 at 5:42 am

Thanks for Sharing you Stocks.!

Jul 11, 2008 at 1:59 am

oh man, i envy your website… really really awesome!… great work of art…are the codes for sale? wanna have it… and ey! thanks for sharing your stocks.. =)

Jul 30, 2008 at 10:46 am

wow great work man..thanks a bunch for these

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Sep 17, 2008 at 6:31 am

looking for more nice textures: http://www.YourDailyTexture.com

Oct 11, 2008 at 4:47 pm

very good… Thanks you very much

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Dec 9, 2008 at 9:09 am

at http://www.headbrush.org/forum complete texture, material, 3d model, tutorial ebook, tutorial video, vector desgn, font, software, plugins2, and more, all free….

Apr 5, 2009 at 4:45 pm

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Jun 9, 2009 at 10:59 pm

love this

Sep 4, 2009 at 10:00 pm

Thanks for Sharing you Stocks.!

Sep 10, 2009 at 7:34 pm

thanks a bunch for these

Oct 31, 2009 at 4:25 am

i like you, thanks

Feb 17, 2010 at 2:33 pm

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