Where can I find textures and background images?

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If you are a graphic designer, you probably know that textures and background images are essential for every project which is related to graphics or design. But where to search for quality images if you can’t find anything usable on your PC?

Web offers many useful resources one should always keep in mind searching for textures. Below you’ll find a hand-picked selection of some useful resources related to textures and background images. We tried to pick the best ones which offer quality and professional content without annoying advertisement.

Following repositories offer “free” textures, which means that you can use them for both personal and commercial projects according to the license mentioned on the web-site you’ve downloaded the images from. The images in this article have been taken from the sites described in this list. Links checked: May/25. 2008

  • Dr. Web Textures1
    Dirty Brick Walls, Wood, Stone, Grafitti and more… free to use for any project, personal or professional.
  • Absolute Cross2
    Free Seamless Background Textures – over 500 hundred free seamless textures.
    Screenshot
  • Amazing Textures3
    amazing textures – free hi res images to download and use in 3d modeling and animations
  • Background City4
    free backgrounds, wallpapers and textures
  • BEN CLOWARD5
    An archive of free texture maps for use in 3D animation
    Screenshot
  • Beta-Soft.Net6
    Over 500 Free Textures
  • Blender Texture Cd7
    This is the collection of textures and materials of the “Blender Texture Disk” – “The Blender Foundation has now decided to open up this content entirely as public domain.
  • CGTextures8
    Photo textures for 3D artists and game developers
    Screenshot
  • Citrusmoon9
    Free Patterns, Tiles, Backgrounds
  • FreeFoto.com 10
    Free Pictures – Picture of Textures. Here you will find over a three hundred pictures of various textures. Bark, Brick, Cobbles, Curves, Glass, Light, Paint, Pebbles, Stone, Tarmac, Water, and Wood.
  • gallerie111
    Free Textures
  • Screenshot
  • Image*After – free textures12
    Free high resolution textures. free for commercial and personal news. Daily updates
  • PlanIt 3D13
    Free 3d models textures
  • repeatXY – Find your tileable background image14
    A big collection of finest tileable background images for use in web pages. Download for free. Easy, fast and comfortable preview of every image. Searchable by colors.
    Screenshot
  • Spiral Graphics15
    Free Tiling Texture Materials – Genetica Texture Packs are high quality collections of royalty-free seamless textures.
  • 2D Valley Gallery16
    Free Photoshop resources and more for the 2D artist
  • Squidfingers / Patterns17
    169 Patterns
    Screenshot
  • TextureWarehouse | Free Texture Images18
    Free, High Resolution Textures to Designers and 3D Artist. Iimages are licensed under a Creative Commons License
  • The Limelite – Textures19
    A portfolio of free textures….
  • TextureKing20
    Throughout this site you will find a growing repository of high quality stock photos that are free for professional and personal use.
    Screenshot
  • Texture Library21
    Another free library of textures
  • Tirad22
    You are welcome to use these textures in your works….
  • WebGround23
    Thousands of original background textures for your Work.

Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.drweb.de/magazin/tag/Textures/
  2. 2 http://www.absolutecross.com/graphics/textures/
  3. 3 http://amazingtextures.com/textures/
  4. 4 http://www.backgroundcity.com/index.html
  5. 5 http://www.bencloward.com/resources_textures.shtml
  6. 6 http://beta-soft.net/menu-textures-textures.php
  7. 7 http://tellim.com/texture_cd/html/menu1.html
  8. 8 http://www.cgtextures.com/
  9. 9 http://citrusmoon.typepad.com/
  10. 10 http://www.freefoto.com/browse.jsp?id=33-0-0
  11. 11 http://www.gallerie1.de/html/texturen.shtml
  12. 12 http://imageafter.com/textures.php
  13. 13 http://www.planit3d.com/source/texture_files/textures.htm
  14. 14 http://repeatxy.com/colors.php
  15. 15 http://www.spiralgraphics.biz/packs/index.htm
  16. 16 http://www.2dvalley.com/gallery/Textures
  17. 17 http://www.squidfingers.com/patterns/
  18. 18 http://www.texturewarehouse.com/gallery/index.php
  19. 19 http://www.thelimelite.net/html/textures1.shtml
  20. 20 http://www.textureking.com/
  21. 21 http://textures.forrest.cz/
  22. 22 http://tirad.com/textures.htm
  23. 23 http://www.feedfinder.net/webground/main.shtml

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  1. 1

    Another great article. Well done.

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    Thank you for the great resource!

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  3. 3

    great post, I must have thousands of textures saved on my computer but I’m ALWAYS looking for more. I do a ton of grunge and realistic style design, thus…there is no such thing as too many.

    Thanks for the links!

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  4. 4

    Another great site that I use all the time is Stock*Xchng. A free registration gets you access to a huge number of free-for-download stock photos, many of which make great textures.

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  5. 5

    My favourite website for high quality textures is deviantart.com. Lots of high rez textres can be downloaded for free.

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  6. 6

    A great site for fantastic background stock photography for websites and any project such as Powerpoint or even press is a site called backgroundshed.com. They don’t require a subscription or the purchase of credits. Really nice stuff.

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  7. 7

    Great site for new and fresh textures

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  8. 8

    Great resource. thanks

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  9. 9

    Great. Will sure come in handy for my upcoming grunge website!
    Thanks!

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  11. 11

    It’s really a nice site n keep it up:::?

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  12. 12

    Hi webmaster!

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  13. 13

    Hi webmaster!

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  14. 14

    A nice selection of resources and useful information. thanks.
    I know of a good source for YouTube backgrounds that work with other sites to, available for free download with no spam.
    Get cool Free YouTube Backgrounds that fit their new Wide Format now at CustomYouTubePage.com. Click here: CustomYoutubePage.com

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  15. 15

    Thank u for this great websit

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  16. 16

    vanapalli paparao

    March 2, 2009 10:57 pm

    Excellent Site.Its very helpfull to us.

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  17. 17

    Great site.

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  18. 18

    A spam free site for seamless texture backgrounds. Worth checking out.

    Link

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  19. 19

    Great links! Thanks!

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  20. 20

    Great set of links. Cheers!

    Another texture site to ad to the list:

    3D Textures

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  21. 21

    here is another site with free textures (no membership required) http://textures.creatiif.net

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  23. 23

    I’m giving away over 25 free texture photos at http://findjeffandsusan.com – new free public domain photos we’re creating being released every day.

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  24. 24

    We just moved to our new domain and textures.creatiif.net is now http://www.texturecafe.com! Please update your bookmarks. New free sets of textures are released in our new blog. Thanks for looking.

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  25. 25

    http://www.isourcetextures.com/

    We are a growing texture stock site and have over 6000 free high resolution textures aimed specifically at CG, 2D and 3D artists like ourselves.

    Our free textures can be used for almost anything (including commercial projects) Except the re-distribution “as” texture files modified or not.

    Or alternatively, you can pay as little as $1.00 for the license to use our textures in your own artwork as derivatives. This also includes commercial texture creation.

    We are already the number one texture resource for many personal and commercial texture artists, 3D artists and game developers.

    We take a lot of time and effort in creating our texture stock, so whether you work with 2D or 3D software for business or pleasure, our licensing covers both types of use.

    Please refer to the EULA/User License tab on the website for full details.

    Registration is free and simple and you can start downloading today!

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  26. 26

    The ones from “Squidfingers / Patterns” are weird. There’s download link under each thumbnail that lets you download a zip file. But the images inside the zip are really tiny, 38×40 px etc. Is it just me?

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  27. 27

    I offer free background images on symmetricalbackgrounds.com/ . The images are set up in galleries with thumbnail pages. The thumbs lead to a display page that uses the image for a background so you can get a better idea of what the image will look like in use.

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  28. 28

    texturemate.com looks very promising!

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  29. 29

    http://www.web30textures.com is another great texture resource to add to your list, great collection.

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    New free texture library!
    http://www.texturelib.com

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  32. 32

    I’m not a fan of coffee. I love this one – very bright, smooth and sweet. I never leave an unfinished cup of this brew!

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    Elvis Impersonator

    February 14, 2011 1:40 am

    Many thanks, just what I have been looking for!

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  34. 34

    Another site for you! I’ve recently launched Free Textures from Texturegen which is a rapidly growing resource for quality textures and backgrounds.

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  35. 35

    I know that looking for the right textures and background images is quite frustrating because I, myself experienced that before. That’s why, here’s another good resource that I often used whenever I need this kind of stuff. . This website will surely help you- http://www.kozzi.com/.

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  36. 36

    Great resources! Also checkout this hidden little gem:
    http://www.patternpictures.com

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  37. 37

    It’s because they’re designed to then be tiled on the website

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