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Zipatone textures

Bookmarked 1974 Zipatone Catalog (

Cover and swatches from a 1974 Zipatone catalog. Shading films were not unique to Zipatone, but as the leaders in the field, their catchy name has become synonymous with these types of pressure-sensitive pattern sheets. I scanned and uploaded the swatches rather large so that they can be used in Photoshop or Illustrator as patterns or textures. Today, most of these designs could be achieved with a few clicks of a mouse but for anyone who would like to inject a little 1970s realness into their work, I hope these will come in handy. Each swatch is 1800 x 1200 px (6” X 4” at 300 dpi). Have fun! Zipatone Inc., 1974

By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at She/her.

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