Smashing Texture Contest Results

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Last week was really full of hard work for us. The response to Smashing Texture Contest1 was impressive and overwhelming. We have 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. Thanks to all participants — without Smashing readers this texture gallery wouldn’t be possible.

What came out of it?

A variety of interesting, exotic or creative textures from all around the globe. Wood, stone, metal, nature, ice, sand, fabric, paper, glass, fire, food and plastic textures. A large number of daily routine things observed from a completely new perspective.

This one is going to be big. Smashing Magazine’s readers have created a quite smashing texture gallery:

Some entries couldn’t be processed, for instance because no name was provided, no files have been attached or empty files have been sent. Entries without descriptions or files had pretty bad chances of getting published in the textures gallery.

What can you do with it?

You can use all textures we present in the gallery for both private and commercial projects for free, without any restrictions whatsoever. However, you are not allowed to offer these files for download; please respect the interestes of over 300 participants of our contest. Please also consider the license information attached to the .zip-archives you download from our server. When it comes to usage of textures, different photographers may have different opinions and intentions.

Since we have received numerous textures, it was just impossible to present all of them in one post. It would also be unfair to present only few of them. Therefore we have categorized all entries and sorted them in 12 categories. It took some time but the result is quite impressive.

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Smashing texture photographer at work: photo by Lucia Vega Miranda

The file size of .zip-archives is between 1 and 15 Mb (depending on image resolution) which makes over 700 Mb space storage. This is also a reason why we have decided to not offer all textures in one single archive. It is very likely that due to huge amount of data and manual work some links contain errors — please inform us15 about them. And sorry for inconvenience.

Winner

Finally, probably the most important information. The winner of Canon Digital Rebel XT 8MP Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 Lens was determined randomly from all valid entries we’ve received. The winner is not related to Smashing Magazine in any way.

And the winner is… Linda Estes. Congratulatons, Linda! We should have already contacted you.

Editors’s Pick – 30 Brilliant Textures

Haris Ferizovic
Beach towels. This photo was taken last summer at Croatian coast in city of Orebic.
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Daniel Hosie
This photograph is of a interesting wood pole in Frankenmuth Michigan.
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Zilda Borges
Collage of torn paper.
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Paul Weingartz
Light trails
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Ljubica Rapaic
Macro of a dandelion. The shot was taken with Canon EOS 400D / Canon EF-S18-55mm.
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Andronicus Riyono
A beautiful piece of Indonesian Batik.
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Paulo Ordoveza
This is a closeup of a Barong Tagalog, the formal national costume of the Philippines. The barong is a thin, transparent overlayer made from a sheer mesh of pineapple-based fibers, embroidered with elegant designs, usually leafy plants and ethnic patterns. I wore this particular barong for my wedding, one year ago this June.
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Istvan Vasil
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Anees
When we went to a trip in coonoor, karnataka we visited a fancy store. The shot is an inside view of a lamp shade which was hanging there.
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Tom Karels & Ryan Beals
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Olivia Kjellander Hook
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Michael Smith
The inside of an old Adidas sandal.
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Ng Ay Hoon a.k.a Jas
This photo is took in my house’s garden. It is a table with chess board textures.
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Kyle Gillen
Well, sometimes inspiration is just at your fingertips
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Mariella Johns Smith
The palm of a hand.
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Priscilla Louzada de Sena
Metal gate written by lots of young people.
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Tiago Hillesheim
Roof of British Museum, in London.
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Angelie Baral
Lights above an escalator in Paris
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Toh
Photo of a young banana leaf taken in Martinique
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Krissy Bertram
Picture of spiked punch, blue berries and strawberries
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Bogdan Günther
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Jim Ferguson
This image is of a rusted out tank at an abandoned mill.
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Jenn Rodriguez
Rusty car on the beach at Fort Funson, San Francisco.
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Angelie Baral
Detail of a redwood sawed section
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Mihaela Stoica
Water in an aluminium pot.
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Ljubica Rapaic
I was working on a design projects with some ink and watercolors, and I took photos of a glass with water in which I washed my brushes. The shot was taken with Canon EOS 400D / Canon EF-S18-55mm.
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Jonas Ersland
A shocking-red container-ship.
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Craig Sefton
Cracking
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Maria Davydenko
Dangar Island sandstone
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Jamie Winder
Taken in Bangkok, Thailand with a 7.2MP Sony Cybershot. Depicts old oil cans, left in an alley.
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Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/05/09/smashing-textures-contest/
  2. 2 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/texture-gallery-wood-bark/
  3. 3 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/texture-gallery-stone-walls-brick/
  4. 4 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/texture-gallery-metal-rust-industrial/
  5. 5 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/texture-gallery-nature-flowers-plants/
  6. 6 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/texture-gallery-water-ice-dops-liquids/
  7. 7 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/texture-gallery-sand-earth/
  8. 8 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/texture-gallery-fabric/
  9. 9 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/texture-gallery-paper/
  10. 10 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/texture-gallery-glass/
  11. 11 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/texture-gallery-fire-ashes/
  12. 12 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/texture-gallery-food/
  13. 13 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/texture-gallery-plastic/
  14. 14 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/texture-gallery-miscellaneous/
  15. 15 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/about/
  16. 16 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/texture-contest/zip/Haris_Ferizovic.zip
  17. 17 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/texture-contest/zip/WoodPole.zip
  18. 18 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/texture-contest/zip/ZildaBorges2.zip
  19. 19 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/texture-contest/zip/light-trails.zip
  20. 20 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/texture-contest/zip/Ljubica_Rapaic_01.zip
  21. 21 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/texture-contest/zip/andronicus-riyono.zip
  22. 22 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/texture-contest/zip/texture-barong.zip
  23. 23 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/texture-contest/zip/istvan-vasil-text1.zip
  24. 24 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/texture-contest/zip/anees-ka-02.zip
  25. 25 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/texture-contest/zip/tom_karels.zip
  26. 26 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/texture-contest/zip/okh_texture.zip
  27. 27 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/texture-contest/zip/Adidas.zip
  28. 28 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/texture-contest/zip/jas-1.zip
  29. 29 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/texture-contest/zip/sm_keyboard.zip
  30. 30 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/texture-contest/zip/Mariella.zip
  31. 31 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/texture-contest/zip/priscillalouzada03.zip
  32. 32 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/texture-contest/zip/tiago-hillesheim4.zip
  33. 33 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/texture-contest/zip/angelie-baral-lights.zip
  34. 34 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/texture-contest/zip/toh_texture3.zip
  35. 35 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/texture-contest/zip/krissy.bertram2.zip
  36. 36 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/texture-contest/zip/BogdanGuenther.zip
  37. 37 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/texture-contest/zip/jim-ferguson1.zip
  38. 38 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/texture-contest/zip/jennrodriguez_rust.zip
  39. 39 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/texture-contest/zip/angelie-baral-wood.zip
  40. 40 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/texture-contest/zip/mihaela_stoica.zip
  41. 41 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/texture-contest/zip/Ljubica_Rapaic_03.zip
  42. 42 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/texture-contest/zip/Shocking_Ship.zip
  43. 43 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/texture-contest/zip/cracking.zip
  44. 44 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/texture-contest/zip/md_tex_05.zip
  45. 45 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/texture-contest/zip/jamie_winder_texture3.zip

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  1. 1

    smashing. luv it to the max.

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  2. 52

    niiice … sleek…n…yeah…free….10x A LOT

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  3. 103

    beautiful selection… I like the first one , beach towels :)
    good stuff Haris

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    sandie sørensen

    May 28, 2008 12:01 am

    Lovely collection. This page will end on my favorites-menu. :)
    You should have presented the winner as the first example, I think..

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  5. 205

    superb photos, congratulations to all participants :)

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  6. 256

    hey..my frnd aneesKA also has got his pic here…great……..on a whole marvellous work….

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  7. 307

    Smashing competition. Smashing results. Smashing resource. Smashing magazine!

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  8. 358

    congratulations Linda!
    Hopefully we soon can see some contributions from you, made with your new camera.

    Thanks again to smashing for this great contest and for presenting my work.

    Jesse
    Berlin, Germany

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  9. 409

    which one of those is the winner texture? Linda Estes’ texture

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  10. 460

    Muchas Gracias!

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  11. 511

    Smashing, wuaw!!…. thanks, perfect, excelent, cool, we expect the second part of this section.

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  12. 562

    thanx for the appreciation ! please showcase the winner’s picture !

    — anees

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  13. 613

    Thanks!
    Amazing, great pictures!

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    I’m delighted to have one of my photos in the “Editors’s Pick”, among such a lot of amazing pictures :-)
    Many thanks to the Smashing Magazine teem for making this beautiful collection possible !
    And congratulations Linda !
    — Toh

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    Ben: “I say stock photos because I can’t see most of these being used as ‘textures’ but nice none-the-less.”

    kevin Bhookun: “Although this is all excellent work, there is a big difference between textures and patterns. what we have here is a mix of both very good textures and very good patterns. please know the difference.”

    I agree. This is a good resource but rather scattershot. I have written more detailed comments with three specific criticisms.

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  16. 766

    Simply amazing! Congratulations to the winner, stunning image!

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  17. 817

    txs!! grEAT!!!!!

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    Go Indonesian Batik!

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    I love batik.

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    Thanks so much to Vitaly and Sven for the time they put into this contest–it was no small feat! Thanks, of course, also to all the photographers who have entered and shared their work; there’s some truly great stuff up here! Lastly, congratulations to Linda for winning “my” camera. ;-) This has been smashing!

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    you can see hairs on the sandal shot

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    I can’ t believe you let the full details in the files to download : email, details, name, etc.

    Damn, i wouldn’ t have let my personal email for contact if i knew that you would have put it all online :/

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    I’m starting to learn photoshop. I am wondering, what can be done with these textures? what are their uses and what creative things can be accomplished with them?

    Sorry if that sounds like a bit of a simple question. Just wanting to learn

    Thanks

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    Directed towards DL:

    As a media student working on a webproject I went by this article to see if I could find some inspiration and Jim Ferguson’s image of the rusted out tank got my inspirational juices flowing. What came of it was this site, which I will feature in my portfolio once I decide to start one up. http://dont-read.com/tsc/c/

    Thank you Smashing Magazine and Jim Ferguson!

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    suprised with batik.

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  26. 1276

    Hey,where’s Linda’s work ?I’d luv to see that :-)

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  27. 1327

    Thanks, these are great!!! Amazing work and thanks for sharing!

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  28. 1378

    Great Stuff!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Alfonso de Tomás

    June 17, 2008 12:07 am

    Really cool!!!

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    Can you explain “only got a thumbnail, the rest are in zip”?

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  31. 1531

    How about letting the readers “critique” the remaining entries? This way we will learn for next time.

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  32. 1582

    not bad….

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  33. 1633

    hey 73. DL where r u come from?which country?

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  34. 1684

    Really cool these are great!!! Amazing work and thanks for sharing!

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  35. 1735

    does anyone answer these questions we ask?

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    Odipo Brian Sospeter

    August 15, 2008 2:04 am

    Kudos guys

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    Here’s a stupid question. What does one use a texture for?

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    Thanks for sharing!! http://www.alanyahaber.com

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  40. 1990

    An amazing post. Fantastic work everyone.

    @ Tammy: Textures can be used for a variety of things relating to design to create mood and or a theme. It really depends on what the goal of the designer is. Many digital artists may use textures as a base for their layout designs and carry through an idea off of that main concept. IE – Rust for a grunge look, flowers or grass for a nature theme, etc. CG and 3D artist use textures for mapping onto 3D objects and such. Photographers may experiment on various lighting situations and shot compositions. The list goes on… From a design standpoint, textures come in handy for so many uses I could not begin list them all here.

    Eric – blog.texturedoodles.com – Texture Doodles

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    nice… i always like this such pic… that’s awesome ..

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  42. 2092

    they are very good pictures. thanks

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  43. 2143

    mmm…. me confundi creo

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    Well, many so called textures are in fact images with a clear subject matter – but why should designers who take it as a starting point mind? More free textures here:

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  46. 2296

    COOL ! Thanx

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  47. 2347

    WHEN WILL THERE BE ANOTHER CREATIVE TEXTURE CONTEST?

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  48. 2398

    tkx friend u the best in the world

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    my name is duan

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  50. 2500

    wow!! i really can’t believe this is for free! awesome pics

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