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100 Useful Free Textures

September 30th, 2010

In Web design, texture is one of those elements that are widely used by designers, yet often hardly noticed by users. We don’t see them is because they usually remain in the background and supporting the overall design. Used primarily for background images, they need to fit to the overall design making the content easier to perceive.

Textures are not necessarily used in fashion-related or grungy websites; more often they are applied subtly to lend a personal tone to otherwise lifeless and faceless design elements. Textures are also often be used in combination with other elements such as typography, lighting and colors. They are most common for backgrounds, but are also use to fresh up a flat and boring appearance of design elements. Texture adds dimension to virtually any style of design, if applied properly. They also add a certain level of realism, creating a less formal, more inviting and aesthetically pleasing atmosphere that reflects our environment — after all, plain flat surfaces rarely exist in reality.

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In this post we present an overview of some useful, freely available textures that you can download and use in your personal and/or commercial projects. Please read the license agreements carefully before using the textures — the license can change from time to time.

You can find some examples of textures applied to webdesign in various texture design showcases.

Grunge Style

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Metal & Metallic Texture

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Wood Textures

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Cloth & Fabric

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Drains Textures

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Wall Textures

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Paper & Cardboard Textures

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Tiles & Patterns Textures

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Miscellaneous

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Free Resources For Textures

Urban Dirty

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Hybrid Genesis

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Lost and Taken

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Alice Grafixx

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Grunge Textures

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Free 3D Textures

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CG Textures

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Texture King

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19 comments for „100 Useful Free Textures
  1. Hetal Bhagat on September 30th, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Thanks for this awesome collection of textures… Don’t think we need to look anywhere else.

  2. Cy on September 30th, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Wow, exactly what I needed for many of my projects! Thanks a lot for such a nice set!

  3. Simon H. on September 30th, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    Thanks for the featuring!

  4. Aaron Moody on September 30th, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Don’t think there was a texture that I didn’t like or couldn’t use! great list.

  5. Rebecca on September 30th, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    That is an excellent collection of textures. I had forgotten about some of those sites.

  6. Andrija on September 30th, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    These textures are amazing :) Great post man !

  7. Darren on October 1st, 2010 at 3:30 am

    Nice stuff, thank you.

  8. Childmonster on October 1st, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Wow~ Thanks a lot

  9. element321 on October 1st, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Thanks for sharing this list. I have building my textures slowly. These will surely help with that!

  10. Mac_xime on October 2nd, 2010 at 12:21 am

    Thank you so much.
    This is HUGE !!

  11. Myth Cloth on October 2nd, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    It’s wonderful, I appreciate that

  12. Kanz on October 3rd, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    I use textures a lot so this post is very helpful. Cool set dude! thanks for the links also!

  13. Greg Babula on October 3rd, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    These are great, thanks for taking time to make this list!

  14. Personal Web Page Design on October 4th, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    This is a really great post with a LOT of great resources. I am bookmarking this right now. Very nice!

  15. Martin on October 5th, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    That’s quite an impressive texture collection, thanks

  16. Kay on October 8th, 2010 at 6:54 am

    Where can I read the license agreements? I can’t find them.

  17. fracas on October 8th, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    In checking out some of these, it’s clear that some are not free for use on anything other than a personal blog that does not earn an income… so use on personal blogs with ads or sponsors is even prohibited. It’s fine to add a disclaimer to check license agreements, but I must say it’s disheartening to waste time checking out items listed in a ‘free for personal or commercial use’ post only to be let down repeatedly. It’s a waste of time. Some of these are beautiful, but as art alone; stipulations for use are far too strict for them to be anything else. :-(

  18. Vincent on October 9th, 2010 at 3:04 am

    Nice selection. Thanks :-)

  19. ziezo on December 1st, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    Love this selection. Thanks.