Nominally smooth surfaces subjected to repeated contact may develop characteristic fretted textures. An important example concerns fretted surfaces that may develop on disk dovetail joints that secure fan blades in turbine engines. These surfaces may form sites for crack nucleation and subsequent catastrophic disk and engine failure. Thus a practical and reliable method for the nondestructive evaluation of such fretted surfaces is critically needed. In this paper straightforward optical techniques are considered for identifying and quantifying fretted (and other surface damaged) regions. For example, digital images of candidate surfaces may be processed to separate fretted from unfretted regions and to evaluate the relative degree of fretting. Ideally, optical characterization should be rapid, convenient, inexpensive, reliable, and insensitive to details of lighting and image capture.