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The Big Collection Of Free Design Textures

November 8th, 2009

Knowing your resources is important in all aspects of design. You could be working on a new draft and realize you are missing one thing, texture. Textures are not always beautiful by themselves and many can appear quite boring, but when you add texture to your design, it gives that little bit of depth you might be looking for to make the image pop. With a digital camera or intermediate to advanced skills in Photoshop, textures are easy to make. One thing we may run out of is time. Time to make or even the countless hours surfing the Web for the perfect texture.

This post presents an extensive collection of resources with textures from which you can choose the perfect background image for your next design. Please visit the linked sites to download the textures of your choice.

40+ Beautiful Patterns and Textures for Ornate Backgrounds
The use of ornate patterns in web design has been popular for several years now. Not only does it add a lot of intricate detail, but it’s also a great way to add a level of sophistication to a design. Here are some of the most beautiful ornate patterns and textures

50 Outstanding Free Design Textures
A few good textures can take a boring design and turn into something stunning. As a designer, you should seek to build a library of all kinds of textures to complement a range of styles. Here are 50 completely free and ready to download textures to get you started.

The Big Smashing Texture Gallery
Smashing Magazine organized the Smashing Texture Contest last year and received over 740 e-mails from over 600 participants, resulting in far more than 2000 photos. The result, however, is not just literally zillion of textures, but truly brilliant textures you can use in your private and professional projects for free.

270+ Sets Free And Beautiful Watercolor Textures
Both grunge and watercolor effects are really cool and hot in web design industrial. There are a lot of website backgrounds using watercolor effect. Some people may think watercolor and grunge effects are “dirty”, but if you are able to mix the design with these effects, then you will have a beautiful layout which able to give visitors an impressive appearance.

23 Water Color Textures I
23 High-Res Water Color Backgrounds are now available for free personal and commercial use. Each individual file can be found and downloaded for free at SadMonkey’s DeviantArt Page. Please feel free to use, redistribute or modify the files any way you see fit

25 Free High Res Watercolor Textures
These awesome watercolor textures are brought to you by Daniel Davidson. Daniel is a freelance graphic designer, you can check out his portfolio at SadMonkey Design

>Grungy Watercolor Textures and Layered PSD
Today’s webtreat is a layered PSD of our Grungy Watercolor backgounds on BackgroundsETC along with a selection of several of our favorites.

10 beautiful Free Wood Textures for Your Designs
Used as background images, wood textures are quite popular on the web theses days. In this article, I’ll show you 10 beautiful wood textures that you can freely use to enhance your designs.

12 Free High Resolution Wood/Rock Textures
Textures design are very popular among designers to add to their design work. Today we are offering 12 free high Res textures of wood and rock. You can download/preview the texture by clicking on the images which will take you to the Flickr Photos.

9 Free Hi-Res Wood Panels Textures
It’s time for another high resolution texture set. This time it’s all about wood panels. Wood textures pop up in more and more websites as background images. It’s a trend which sure won’t disappear in the near future. With a bit of tweaking these wood panels textures can be transformed into tile-able background images for your web projects and at the stunning size of 3264×2448 pixels they’re great for your print projects too.

10 Super High-Res Wood Textures
This texture set is courtesy of Franz Jeitz, who you may remember we interviewed recently. Franz runs the design blog FudgeGraphics, and was kind enough to offer this texture set to our visitors. This texture set is huge! Images are 3264X2448px in size – perfect for large scale designs.

30 Wood Textures Sets
If you create nature design work, you maybe will need Wood textures. Wood textures can add more natural feeling to your artworks. Wood textures you can use as backgrounds or apply them to some objects. In this set you will find 31 large-scale, high resolution (1950 * 1310) suitable wood textures. On Psdeluxe you can download this set for free.

200+ Excellent Free High Quality Tree Bark Textures
Tree Bark Texture is a kind of texture taken from the bark of a tree. Some passionate photographers and designers took these textures and contribute it for the design community. This could be useful for any graphics design artwork and normally used for background purpose.

42+ Free Photoshop Textures
Beautiful collection of background textures for Photoshop. A lot of texture backgrounds are used in modern web designing, textures add quality and beautify designs.

100 Beautiful Free Textures
In this post, Smashing Magazine looks at 100 different textures in a wide variety of different categories. Of course, each image is linked to the source where it can be downloaded. As with any type of freebie, be sure to read the terms and conditions or stipulations by the owner before using it in your work.

50+ High Resolution Textures, Tutorials and Resources
Hundreds of thousands of incredible Textures are all over the web. Due to this phenomenally vast amount of textures available, you can now add dirt, rust, floral effect, swirls, mold, oil stains in your artworks and photos to give them an aged, damaged, dreamy or any look you want

11 High Resolution Free Fabric Textures
Today I have a good set of high resolution of fabric texture. I found some fabric around my house which inspired me to take up my camera and shot some good high res texture. Fabric texture has always been on of my best favorites. Hope you can use high fabric textures for better use in your design.

45+ Absolutely Useful Free Fabric Textures
Today we will showcase a collection of textures where you can use and apply on your future web page design project or just for graphics use. These type of textures is more on different kind of fabrics.

50 Free Rusted Metal Texture
Textured backgrounds are a great way to add an extra dimension to any graphic design project. Magazines and printed media can resort to textured paper for added impact however, this is impossible to do on the web, and the closest we can do is adding texture to simulate this effect.

Large Textures from India
Five large and colorful textures from India.

12 Large Textures
12 beautiful textures for your designs and inspiration.

17 Paper Papyrus Textures
17 Lovely paper textures.

24 High Res Grunge Textures
This pack contains some really nice grunge-style textures.

10 Catalyst Textures
10 beautiful textures with vibrant colors.

Five Grunge Textures
This is a second set of interesting grunge textures designed by Cloaks

12 Free and High-Res Grungy Wall Textures
In this freebie, we share with you 12 free grungy wall textures that you can use on your future design projects in an innumerable amount of ways.

50 Grunge Icon Textures
For those times when you need to fill a small area, here are 50 colorful grunge icon textures..

60+ Free Textures from SXC.hu
In addition to using brushes, you can get great results and save considerable amounts of time by taking advantage of textures that are freely available. One excellent resources of textures (and other types of stock images) is Stock.xchng. Below you’ll find more than 60 textures from their site. Each image links to the page on sxc.hu where the image can be downloaded.

40 Free Concrete Textures
Concrete textures are excellent for use in web and graphic design. You can quickly take your own, since concrete is so easy to find, or you can take advantage of those that are already freely available. In this post we’ll feature 40 different concrete textures from a variety of sources.

Cool Textures in Bricks and Stones
We find ourselves going through photographs and wonder why in the world we even wasted the battery on that shot, not thinking of course they can be used for textures, patterns or even Photoshop brushes at a later time. We have collected several photographs of bricks and stones which could make some pretty cool texture effects in your designs.

Rust Texture Pack
This is a pack of 10 rust textures. You can get any of them from Flickr, or download the full pack in a zip file at the end of the post. Most of them have a resolution of 2560 x 1920..

101 Free Stone and Rock Textures
Most designers are always interested in quality textures to use in their own work. Recently I was looking for some good stone textures, so I decided to put together this collection that will hopefully be a helpful resource for others. There are textures from a variety of different sources.

New York Concrete: 10 Free Hi-Res Textures
The latest texture pack contains 10 high resolution concrete textures taken during my last trip to New York City. I took over 300 photos, mostly of the regular tourist attractions.

40 High Res Textures
If there is one thing that is ubiquitous among almost all grunge web designs, it’s having a good quality grunge texture or dirty background image

30 Most Incredible Textures for Vintage Style Design
One of the most important aspects of a good vintage style design is the use of authentic looking textures. Since most of you probably don’t have time to browse the local antique shop, and your grandmother’s attic is miles away.

Cloud Textures
Weird colors – 27 cloud textures, made from photos. Please credit the artist if you use these textures. Resolution is 1600×1200 pixels.

11 Free Hi-Res Old Grunge Paper Textures
It’s time for another high resolution texture set. This time it’s all about grunge paper textures taken from old books. As a bonus there’s even a nice book cover texture for you to download. Due to the enormous size (about 7MB each) of the textures I will not offer a single zip file containing all the images. Instead you have to individually download each texture by clicking on the preview. I hope you don’t mind. The files are perfect for both web and print jobs to your designs a more organic or vintage feel

60+ Extremely Useful Free Concrete Texture Backgrounds
You may notice the last few days I made some list of free texture resources. And as a continuation of gathering some High Quality Textures on the Web, here are another textures which can be very useful when it comes to grunge designs.

25 Great Free Photoshop Texture Packs
Photoshop textures are very widely used in modern web design, and hopefully you don’t have to create all your textures by yourself since a great choice is available freely on the web. In the following collection we have selected some of the best free Photoshop texture packs.

25 Useful Digital Textures Tiles
25 tileable textures for your multimedia, web, 3d, game or print designs. Bricks, stones, furs, metals and other materials. These tiles were created digitally, so you won’t get the dirt and impurities normally found on scanned images.

30 Free Cardboard Textures
Having the right textures can make a huge difference for designers. Today we’re going to feature 30 of the best free cardboard textures from a variety of different sources.

15 Textures of Italy
Here is the first of several, Italy Texture Packs. This one includes 15 textures from all over Italy. (The name of the city the photo was taken in is in the file name.

25 Free High Quality Brick Textures
I recently used some brick textures for a design project. I got a good collection and thought of sharing it. In this post, you would find some of the best high quality brick textures which can be used in different ways.

25 Great Free Photoshop Texture Packs
Photoshop textures are very widely used in modern web design, and hopefully you don’t have to create all your textures by yourself since a great choice is available freely on the web. In the following collection we have selected some of the best free Photoshop texture packs just for you.

60 Unique and Free Paper Textures
One of the most commonly used texture resources is the paper texture effect, many designers including like this texture and use it in many projects and digital painting works in Photoshop.

25 More Free Photoshop Texture Packs

22 Textures from The Grand Canyon
A couple of nice textures from a trip to the Grand Canyon. There are also a few textures from Vegas.

Free Texture Tuesday Rust 2
The venerable rust texture. Rust can be one of the most useful textures when trying to add a hint (or a lot) of grunge to your designs or photos, very handy.

31 Hi-Res Grunge Remodeling Textures
Free high resolution grunge remodelin textures. Overall 31 textures are included in the pack.

10 Free Original Hi-Res Fully Stained Paper Textures
These were created by soaking A4 pieces of paper in a tray filled with food colouring and then left to dry in the sun. The edges are most concentrated while the middle of the paper has a sort of tie-dye effect.

10 Free Hi-Res Photoshop Brushes for Acrylic Textures
These brushes are perfect for textures, overlays, and even poster making, letting you achieve a great organic feel. This set has a total of 9 Acrylic Texture Brushes all hovering at exactly 2500px.

Gallery of Textures
Textur.es is a community ran texture gallery for designers, photographers, and creatives alike.

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46 comments for „The Big Collection Of Free Design Textures
  1. Diogok on November 8th, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    Gr8 textures. Thanks.

  2. designfollow on November 8th, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    great collection.

    thanks.

  3. Jarrod on November 8th, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    Fantastic post!

  4. theComplex on November 8th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Fantastic collection! I’ll be passing the link around!

  5. dapas on November 8th, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    Nice collection. Thx…

  6. kaos mercury on November 8th, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    its greats

  7. Waheed Akhtar on November 9th, 2009 at 12:25 am

    Very good collection. I also have some big collection of textures but when it comes to find something, am always lost :)…..so any tip on how to manage textures and can find easily from the library?
    Thanks

  8. dave miers on November 9th, 2009 at 12:57 am

    sweeeeet. thanks for the gear!

  9. Samoo on November 9th, 2009 at 12:57 am

    Great set!

  10. rutiso on November 9th, 2009 at 12:58 am

    Amazing … what else might anyone need! Thanks for sharing and copiling this.

  11. Romi on November 9th, 2009 at 1:00 am

    wonderful collection of textures please add here my flickr http://flickr.com/photos/romirockstar i have more then 100 free texture and stock images
    thank you

  12. SEO guru on November 9th, 2009 at 1:08 am

    This actually may be the best set of free textures I’ve ever come across. And I’m in the business for a while now. Keep up the good work!

  13. Logo Bliss on November 9th, 2009 at 2:07 am

    A lovely set of textures. The fabric textures look good.

  14. Alison Rowan on November 9th, 2009 at 2:47 am

    This is great! Bookmarking this post for the next time I need some textures. Thanks so much for putting it together.

  15. bee on November 9th, 2009 at 3:13 am

    Simply love this list! I’ll spend half of this evening downloading textures ;) Thanks a lot!

  16. Webjohn01 on November 9th, 2009 at 3:47 am

    Hello!

    It was a great collections of cool textures that could be used in various design.

    Keep up the good work.

    More thanks!

  17. Benjamin on November 9th, 2009 at 4:00 am

    very nice collection!
    thank you.

  18. Sanych on November 9th, 2009 at 5:01 am

    Wow!) thank you very much

  19. Jannis Gerlinger on November 9th, 2009 at 5:26 am

    love this collection !

  20. VideoAFX on November 9th, 2009 at 5:38 am

    Got em all right there! Best post I’ve seen for textures on the web.

  21. New Hiker on November 9th, 2009 at 5:46 am

    This is one of the largest, and most useful, collections of textures I’ve seen put together. We’ll definitely be using something from one of these on our new outdoors site.

    Thanks for putting it together for everyone.

  22. Azizuan Aziz on November 9th, 2009 at 6:23 am

    thanks for the big bulk of resource

  23. Tom Ross on November 9th, 2009 at 7:26 am

    Incredibly useful post! I love integrating textures into my backgrounds and this collection covers about every possible option.

    I’d like to suggest the huge collection of unique textures available at PSDFAN to your readers too: http://psdfan.com/category/freebies/textures/

  24. Alí Suárez on November 9th, 2009 at 10:50 am

    Thanks! They look awesome.

  25. Ziggy Nixon on November 9th, 2009 at 11:30 am

    Two words: Awe-some. Enjoy texture treats so very very much, thank you, muchos gracias, danke schon, merci, click click tootoo boing.

  26. john on November 9th, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Textures. Golly, if you’re too lazy to use your camera & any image editing program, I guess these are useful. What ever happened to creativity? Oh, right, it was copy/paste.

  27. Dainis Graveris on November 9th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    oh, well, this is really huge list – even too massive! Great – bookmarking!

  28. daveywhitney on November 9th, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    This is the greatest collection of textures I have seen!

  29. Melvin Walls on November 9th, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    Amazing textures! Definitely looking forward to using them

  30. Khalid on November 9th, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    Great Textures , i liked your post :)

  31. Yung Tsai on November 10th, 2009 at 10:45 am

    This collection is glorious! The watercolor textures is what I’ve been looking for. Thank you!

  32. klodianadesign on November 10th, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    wow!!! this is awesome! great collection

  33. Ben on November 12th, 2009 at 2:24 am

    Awesome post! I’ll be using these straight away!

  34. Shepherd Jim on November 12th, 2009 at 4:52 am

    How very timely of you! Just over the last few days I’ve been “out and about” trying to track down new and exciting background textures ….and here they ALL are! :-)

    I’m a fair hand with a camera so do try to create MY own “background files’, but it’s alwasy handy to be inspired.

    Thank you for this post.

  35. bee on December 8th, 2009 at 4:50 am

    A great list, thank you! Well need about 15 min to download all textures I like ;)

  36. Greg15 on January 29th, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    Hi, Great one, you can also find free textures: http://www.texturepalace.com/. Tx

  37. Infographiste on February 3rd, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Amazing textures collection, thank you very much for sharing this is gonna help me a lot for my work ;)

  38. Winfieldf on March 4th, 2010 at 7:26 am

    Great Collection, thanx

  39. Jan Knutsen on June 12th, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    Excellent textures love the watercolor ones, very useful thank you. Keep up the nice work.
    20 more free textures here

  40. alireza on July 25th, 2010 at 3:45 am

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  41. digof on August 11th, 2010 at 4:06 am

    yeah very nice;)

  42. Belinda Demeritt on March 1st, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Good thorough ideas here.I’d like to suggest taking a look at a lot around the idea of french fries. What are your thoughts?

  43. pomoc prawna on December 30th, 2011 at 12:27 am

    Ich möchte Ihnen für diese Hinweise danken. Sie sind sehr nützlich.

  44. Aadi khan on January 15th, 2012 at 9:57 am

    very nice site

  45. Arshad on October 1st, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    amazing collection… a lot of time and hardwork i guess…

  46. Bindu Benjamin on October 25th, 2012 at 3:18 am

    Amazing compilation….Thx a ton for making our life simple….would be using a few for making handmade cards on my website…awesome work…thx again!!