Patterns to use as fabrics or displacement maps. Commercial usage allowed, but not redistribution of the resource “as is.” Making personal steampunk material presets from these resources is okay, redistributing them as such is not. Use as part of a template, altered or not, is usually also okay.
That said, here are a few steampunk-friendly goodies. Click on the preview images to go to the download pages:
Comes with .eps file; open in your image editor of choice at 300 DPI and save as a png file. The 300 DPI is usually large enough for most 3D texture work.
Distressed, except the leathers. There are quite a few other sets at their website. I recognize a lot of Filter Forge presets.
Pixels and Icecream
Small, but nice collection of damask-style patterns.
Thumbs of a couple of patterns I downloaded; there are lots more.
Thumbs of three patterns I downloaded. Again, lots more.
This site has numerous textures, though I linked to the metals section. Some textures come with bump, specular, and normal maps.
For that last one, right-click-save-as for the download link and it’ll save as a .rar file.
Recolor textures in your image editor of choice. If you’re lazy like me, plugins can do most of the dirty work. Try Flaming Pear’s Kyoto Color (freebie download, bottom of page) and/or Harry’s Filters.
Displacement maps are gray scale; if the pattern isn’t already black and white, it’ll need to be converted. Again, laziness strikes — I use The Plugin Site’s PhotoFreebies to convert to black and white. For those new to displacement maps, the white color pushes the mesh up, black pushes it down, and gray is neutral. If the image’s black and white colors need to be flipped, I use the Luma Negative plugin.
COLOURlovers is another pattern site — it’s huge — but the patterns can’t be used for commercial purposes. If you’re just doing renders for yourself, though, it’s worth checking out.
Parrotdolphin has several nice materials resources at Renderosity, for both DAZ Studio and Poser. I’ve got both Pd-Metals Daz Studio Shaders and Pd-DirtyPretty Daz Studio Shaders in my wishlist. There are Poser versions of both of them (I did buy the Poser version of DirtyPretty years ago. 😛 )
I’m sure there’s something similar at the DAZ store, but I haven’t gone looking recently to see what’s available.
If I’ve missed some resources, please let me know and I’ll add them to the listing.