Textures Toolbox: 80+ Texture Resources for Designers

by Steven Snell

July 13, 2009 in Resources

Textures Toolbox

The use of texture can be a very powerful technique for web and graphic designers. The possibilities with textures are endless, and they can have a drastic impact on the overall look and style of a design. Equally important, with the right resources it can be very simple to use textures in your own work. This post will serve as a collection of over 80 resources, tutorials and inspiration for designers who want to work with textures.

If you’re interested in creating your own textures, please see the excellent tutorial that Caleb Kimbrough wrote for us, Ultimate Guide for Creating High Quality Textures.

Places to Find Textures:

Fortunately for designers, there are plenty of great resources for free (or in some cases, low cost) textures to use in web and graphic design.

Texture Lovers

Texture Lovers

CG Textures

CG Textures

Texture King

Texture King

Grunge Textures

Grunge Textures

Urban Dirty

Urban Dirty

Lost and Taken

Lost and Taken

Zen Textures

Zen Textures

High Resolution Textures

High Resolution Textures

deviantART

deviantART

Free 3ds Textures

Free 3ds Textures

sxc.hu

sxc.hu

Texture Vault

Texture Vault

Free Stock Textures

Free Stock Textures

Love Textures

Love Textures

TextureWell

TextureWell

Bittbox

Bittbox

Six Revisions

Six Revisions

Arbenting

Arbenting

SeamlessTextures.net

SeamlessTextures.net

Photoshop Tutorials for Working with Textures:

Now that you have the textures, perhaps you would like to learn more about what you can do with them. Here are some helpful tutorials for creating textures, using them in different ways, and even for creating textured website layouts.

How to Create a Grunge Web Design Using Photoshop

How to Create a Grunge Web Design Using Photoshop

How to Create a “Worn Paper” Web Layout Using Photoshop

How to Create a

How to Create a Sleek and Textured Web Layout in Photoshop

How to Create a Sleek and Textured Web Layout in Photoshop

Watercolored Design Studio Blog Layout

Watercolored Design Studio Blog Layout

Create a Nature-Inspired Painted Background in Photoshop

Create a Nature-Inspired Painted Background in Photoshop

Create a Professional Portfolio Design

Create a Professional Portfolio Design

Making the “Clean Grunge” Blog Design

Making the

Add Visual Texture in 3 Easy Steps

Add Visual Texture in 3 Easy Steps

How to Make Patch on Clothes

How to Make Patch on Clothes

Create a Cool Music Logo on a Grunge Background

Create a Cool Music Logo on a Grunge Background

Create an Out of Bounds Fantasy Illustration

Create an Out of Bounds Fantasy Illustration

How to Create a Grunge Style Illustration with Stains

How to Create a Grunge Style Illustration with Stains

How to Apply Textures to Uneven Surfaces

How to Apply Textures to Uneven Surfaces

Photoshop Paper Texture from Scratch then Create a Grungy Web Design with It

Photoshop Paper Texture from Scratch then Create a Grungy Web Design with It

How to Turn a Texture into a Seamlessly Tiled Background

How to Turn a Texture into a Seamlessly Tiled Background

How to Create a Copper Photoshop Text Effect

How to Create a Copper Photoshop Text Effect

Adding Texture to the Skin

Adding Texture to the Skin

The Ultimate Wood Texture Tutorial

The Ultimate Wood Texture Tutorial

Photoshop Tutorials – Fabric Folds

Photoshop Tutorials - Fabric Folds

Grungy Metal Texture

Grungy Metal Texture

Creating a Rusty Surface Texture

Creating a Rusty Surface Texture

Texture Roundups:

Earlier we linked to some of the best resources for finding textures, but depending on what you are looking for, a blogger may have already put together a great collection that will help you to find the best textures of a certain kind.

40+ Free Dirt and Ground Textures

40+ Free Dirt and Ground Textures

50 Free Metal Textures

50 Free Metal Textures

40 Free Concrete Textures

40 Free Concrete Textures

50 Free Fabric Textures

50 Free Fabric Textures

30 Free Cardboard Textures

30 Free Cardboard Textures

101 Free Stone and Rock Textures

101 Free Stone and Rock Textures

99 Free Canvas, Paper, Paint, and Metal Textures

99 Free Canvas, Paper, Paint, and Metal Textures

200+ High Quality Paper Textures to Grab

200+ High Quality Paper Textures to Grab

80+ Free High Res Paper Textures

80+ Free High Res Paper Textures

Free Rusted Metal Texture Backgrounds

Free Rusted Metal Texture Backgrounds

High Resolution Wood Textures for Designers

High Resolution Wood Textures for Designers

Inspiration: Textures in Web Design:

If you’re interested in using textures in your own web design, here you will find some inspiration from other sites that are doing so very effectively.

Ecoki

Ecoki

84colors

84colors

Lakota Design

Lakota Design

Edit Studios

Edit Studios

Folio Focus

Folio Focus

Corvus Design Studio

Corvus Design Studio

Inner Metro Green

Inner Metro Green

Stampede Casino

Stampede Casino

Family Life

Family Life

Spout Creative

Spout Creative

Custodial Abuse

Custodial Abuse

Ploc Media

Ploc Media

nYq Design Group

nYq Design Group

Steve Mullen

Steve Mullen

The Energy Cell

The Energy Cell

Handcrafted CSS

Handcrafted CSS

Lord Likely

Lord Likely

Wall Swaps

Wall Swaps

The Seen

The Seen

Brushes:

One of the best ways to use textures for web and graphic design is to take advantage of Photoshop brushes that are available.

Grungy Paper Brushes for Photoshop

Grungy Paper Brushes for Photoshop

High Res Cracks Brushes for Photoshop

High Res Cracks Brushes for Photoshop

High Resolution Cracked Photoshop Brushes

High Resolution Cracked Photoshop Brushes

Grungy Film Brushes

Grungy Film Brushes

Painted Canvas Brushes

Painted Canvas Brushes

Dirty Spray Brushes

Dirty Spray Brushes

Rust Brushes

Rust Brushes

Scratch Splat Grunge Brushes

Scratch Splat Grunge Brushes

Dumpster Brushes

Dumpster Brushes

Dirt Brushes

Dirt Brushes

Grungy Brushes

Grungy Brushes

Demolished Cracks Brushes

Demolished Cracks Brushes

Grunge Brushes

Grunge Brushes

High Res Grunge Brushes

High Res Grunge Brushes

SR Grunge Brushes

SR Grunge Brushes

Other Web Design Toolboxes:

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About Steven Snell

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  • favSHARE

    Jul 14th

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  • Victoria Web

    Jul 14th

    This is excellent the largest collection and range of texture backgrounds.

  • Paul Burgess

    Jul 14th

    Thanks for mentioning Urban Dirty – texture freaks unite!

  • Steve Mullen

    Jul 14th

    Thanks for mentioning my site! I also have a 23 free textures available on my site, go check it out!

  • anistock

    Jul 14th

    pretty conclusive list, some I had not come across before, but looking at some of thier content, deserve to be on list. nice work

  • Max Stanworth

    Jul 14th

    Thanks for featuring texture lovers in this immense round up steven.

  • Steven Snell

    Jul 14th

    Paul, Steve, and Max,
    You’re welcome. Thanks for taking the time to stop by and comment.

    Anistock,
    Good, I’m glad you found some new resources here.

  • Callum Chapman

    Jul 14th

    Perfect round-up! A bit upset my texture site (http://circleboxtextures.com/) didn’t get in though! I recently wrote a texture tutorial too!

  • zhille

    Jul 14th

    Well, only a small number of these are actualy free to use without crediting…that sucks. But nevertheless, nice compilation.

  • Khan

    Jul 15th

    Good List

    Coincidentally, W3Avenue posted a similar post not more than 24 hours ago.

    You may also find it useful – http://bit.ly/32kLlz

  • michael connors

    Jul 15th

    Where is morguefile.com? It is one of the best texture resources on the web.

  • John

    Jul 16th

    Another great resource: http://www.arroway-textures.com

  • roy

    Jul 19th

    Nice list, adding to my bookmark.

    Thanks

  • Phaoloo

    Jul 21st

    Wow, awesome resources for designers!

  • 2lip

    Jul 22nd

    many thanks for the mention, Steve. this is an awesome round-up of all texture-related stuff that’s currently available!

  • steakhachai

    Jul 27th

    Wow! Nice post! Thanks a lot!

  • Guru

    Aug 10th

    Forgot to mention http://www.assistcg.com/
    Very good seamless textures are there!

  • Wood Texture

    Sep 2nd

    Wow you have some nice resources listed here.

    Here is another great resource with a lot of free textures:
    http://www.3dmd.net/gallery/index-2.html

  • PhotoshopMan

    Jul 26th

    Here is a great new resource for free textures: http://www.texturemate.com

    Looks completely free for hi-res textures!

  • Craig Pennings

    Aug 7th

    Good List, http://www.web30textures.com is a brand new texture resource worth mentioning in the future, thanks!

  • vuitton

    Aug 15th

    Loved it.
    Thanks.

    Regards

  • Alex

    Dec 21st

    http://www.liman3d.com – great textures collections

  • James

    Feb 27th

    Also try http://www.kropped.com for lots of free textures. Great collection here thanks.

  • Electric Robin

    Mar 9th

    Great textures, many thanks!

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