100 Beautiful Free Textures

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Use of texture in Web design is extremely common. Part of the reason textures are so useful to designers is the relative ease of the integrating one into a design if a high-quality textured image already exists, not to mention the endless possibilities. Fortunately, plenty of photographers and designers are willing to share their work with the rest of us so that we can use them in a number of different ways.

In this post, we’ll look 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.

For more on textures see:

1. Wool Textures

Wool Texture4

Wool Texture5

Wool Texture6

Wool Texture7

Wool Texture8

2. Leather Textures

Leather Texture9

Leather Texture10

Leather Texture11

Leather Texture12

Leather Texture13

Leather Texture14

3. Denim Textures

Denim Texture15

Denim Texture16

http://www.smashingmagazine.com/texture-gallery-fabric/17

Denim Texture18

4. Cardboard Textures

Cardboard Texture19

Cardboard Texture20

Cardboard Texture21

Cardboard Texture22

Cardboard Texture23

http://www.grungetextures.com/gallery/pic.php?id=25524

Cardboard Texture25

5. Paper Textures

Paper Texture26

Paper Texture27

Paper Texture28

Paper Texture29

6. Wood Textures

Wood Texture30

Wood Texture31

Wood Texture32

Wood Texture33

Wood Texture34

Wood Texture35

Wood Texture36

Wood Texture37

Wood Texture38

7. Wall Textures

Wall Texture39

Wall Texture40

Wall Texture41

Wall Texture42

Wall Texture43

Wall Texture44

Wall Texture45

Wall Texture46

Wall Texture47

Wall Texture48

Brick Wall Texture49

8. Metallic Textures

Metal Texture50

Metal Texture51

Metal Texture52

Metal Texture53

Metal Texture54

Metal Texture55

Metal Texture56

Metal Texture57

Metal58

9. Grunge Textures

Grunge Snow59

Grunge Rust60

Grunge Texture61

Grunge Rust62

Grunge Texture63

Grunge Texture64

Grunge Texture65

10. Gritty Textures

Gritty Textures66

Gritty Texture67

Gritty Texture68

Gritty Texture69

Gritty Texture70

Gritty Texture71

11. Granular Textures

Granular Texture72

Granular Texture73

Granular Texture74

Granular Texture75

Granular Texture76

12. Water Textures

Water Texture77

Water Texture78

Water Texture79

Water Texture80

Water Texture81

13. Glass Textures

Glass Texture82

Glass Texture83

Glass Texture84

Glass Texture85

Glass Texture86

Glass Texture87

14. Grass Textures

Grass Texture88

Grass Texture89

Grass Texture90

Grass Texture91

15. Tiled Textures

http://www.highresolutiontextures.com/grate-and-grid-texture-pack92

Tile Texture93

Tile Texture94

Tile Texture95

Tile Texture96

16. Modern Textures

Modern Texture97

Modern Texture98

Modern Texture99

Modern Texture100

Modern Texture101

Modern Texture102

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Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/01/07/textures-in-modern-web-design/
  2. 2 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/07/09/textures-and-patterns-design-showcase/
  3. 3 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/05/27/smashing-texture-contest-results/
  4. 4 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/texture-gallery-fabric/
  5. 5 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/texture-gallery-fabric/
  6. 6 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/706334
  7. 7 http://free3dstextures.com/texture/sheep/186324256
  8. 8 http://free3dstextures.com/texture/wool_texture/3122730742
  9. 9 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/369358
  10. 10 http://cgtextures.com/texview2.php?id=15488&PHPSESSID=01343d293bc345926d45e064457ceb71
  11. 11 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/497678
  12. 12 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/729632
  13. 13 http://cgtextures.com/texview2.php?id=15526&PHPSESSID=01343d293bc345926d45e064457ceb71
  14. 14 http://free3dstextures.com/texture/Old_cover_book,_leather_texture_2/1330723878
  15. 15 http://www.textureking.com/index.php/category/fabirc/page/2
  16. 16 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/texture-gallery-fabric/
  17. 17 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/texture-gallery-fabric/
  18. 18 http://free3dstextures.com/texture/denim_under_a_magnifying_glass/2983296245
  19. 19 http://sixrevisions.com/freebies/textures/cardboard-textures-and-objects-high-resolution-pack/
  20. 20 http://sixrevisions.com/freebies/textures/cardboard-textures-and-objects-high-resolution-pack/
  21. 21 http://www.bittbox.com/freebies/1172/
  22. 22 http://www.bittbox.com/freebies/1172/
  23. 23 http://cgtextures.com/texview2.php?id=28982&PHPSESSID=01343d293bc345926d45e064457ceb71
  24. 24 http://www.grungetextures.com/gallery/pic.php?id=255
  25. 25 http://cgtextures.com/texview2.php?id=28990&PHPSESSID=01343d293bc345926d45e064457ceb71
  26. 26 http://www.bittbox.com/freebies/free-high-res-grungy-paper-textures/
  27. 27 http://www.grungetextures.com/gallery/pic.php?id=209
  28. 28 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/662598
  29. 29 http://cgtextures.com/texview2.php?id=6802&PHPSESSID=01343d293bc345926d45e064457ceb71
  30. 30 http://www.bittbox.com/freebies/free-texture-tuesday-wood/
  31. 31 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/788768
  32. 32 http://www.bittbox.com/freebies/free-hi-resolution-wood-textures/
  33. 33 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/521970
  34. 34 http://www.highresolutiontextures.com/free-wood-texture-pack
  35. 35 http://www.bittbox.com/freebies/free-texture-tuesday-wood/
  36. 36 http://www.highresolutiontextures.com/industrial-texture-pack-1
  37. 37 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/950889
  38. 38 http://cgtextures.com/texview2.php?id=4896&PHPSESSID=01343d293bc345926d45e064457ceb71
  39. 39 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/857834
  40. 40 http://www.grungetextures.com/gallery/pic.php?id=1427
  41. 41 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/texture-gallery-stone-walls-brick/
  42. 42 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/450055
  43. 43 http://webdesignledger.com/freebies/ultimate-grunge-pack-40-high-res-textures
  44. 44 http://cgtextures.com/texview2.php?id=25832&PHPSESSID=01343d293bc345926d45e064457ceb71
  45. 45 http://www.grungetextures.com/gallery/pic.php?id=1425
  46. 46 http://webdesignledger.com/freebies/ultimate-grunge-pack-40-high-res-textures
  47. 47 http://www.grungetextures.com/gallery/pic.php?id=1323
  48. 48 http://cgtextures.com/texview2.php?id=23544&PHPSESSID=01343d293bc345926d45e064457ceb71
  49. 49 http://www.highresolutiontextures.com/free-brick-wall-texture-pack
  50. 50 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/424649
  51. 51 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/897808
  52. 52 http://www.textureking.com/index.php/category/metals
  53. 53 http://www.textureking.com/index.php/category/metals/page/2
  54. 54 http://www.grungetextures.com/gallery/pic.php?id=1393
  55. 55 http://www.grungetextures.com/gallery/pic.php?id=417
  56. 56 http://www.grungetextures.com/gallery/pic.php?id=1390
  57. 57 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/659409
  58. 58 http://free3dstextures.com/texture/sheer_metal/2944889416
  59. 59 http://www.bittbox.com/freebies/free-texture-tuesday-grunge-snow/
  60. 60 http://www.bittbox.com/freebies/free-texture-tuesday-rust/
  61. 61 http://colorburned.com/2008/10/6-free-premium-textures-from-t.html
  62. 62 http://www.bittbox.com/freebies/free-texture-tuesday-rust/
  63. 63 http://cgtextures.com/texview2.php?id=11606&PHPSESSID=01343d293bc345926d45e064457ceb71
  64. 64 http://www.textureking.com/index.php/category/concrete/page/5
  65. 65 http://www.bittbox.com/freebies/free-texture-tuesday-inaugural/
  66. 66 http://www.textureking.com/index.php/category/dirt
  67. 67 http://www.textureking.com/index.php/category/concrete
  68. 68 http://cgtextures.com/texview2.php?id=2999&PHPSESSID=01343d293bc345926d45e064457ceb71
  69. 69 http://www.drweb.de/magazin/sand-free-textures-download/
  70. 70 http://urbandirty.com/gallery/photo/2447286502
  71. 71 http://free3dstextures.com/texture/61-365_-_3_1_08__Rusted_Razor_Blade/2303785278
  72. 72 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/384517
  73. 73 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/384511
  74. 74 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/619588
  75. 75 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/791120
  76. 76 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1002229
  77. 77 http://cgtextures.com/texview2.php?id=8947&PHPSESSID=01343d293bc345926d45e064457ceb71
  78. 78 http://www.highresolutiontextures.com/free-water-texture-pack
  79. 79 http://cgtextures.com/texview2.php?id=8934&PHPSESSID=01343d293bc345926d45e064457ceb71
  80. 80 http://cgtextures.com/texview2.php?id=26733&PHPSESSID=01343d293bc345926d45e064457ceb71
  81. 81 http://cgtextures.com/texview2.php?id=26706&PHPSESSID=01343d293bc345926d45e064457ceb71
  82. 82 http://www.textureking.com/index.php/category/glass
  83. 83 http://www.textureking.com/index.php/category/glass
  84. 84 http://cgtextures.com/texview2.php?id=19988&PHPSESSID=01343d293bc345926d45e064457ceb71
  85. 85 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/texture-gallery-glass/
  86. 86 http://cgtextures.com/texview2.php?id=15723&PHPSESSID=01343d293bc345926d45e064457ceb71
  87. 87 http://cgtextures.com/texview2.php?id=17318&PHPSESSID=01343d293bc345926d45e064457ceb71
  88. 88 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/984553
  89. 89 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/971927
  90. 90 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/697969
  91. 91 http://free3dstextures.com/texture/IMG_2165_JPG/450564313
  92. 92 http://www.highresolutiontextures.com/grate-and-grid-texture-pack
  93. 93 http://www.grungetextures.com/gallery/pic.php?id=1121
  94. 94 http://free3dstextures.com/texture/flutter/3207820467
  95. 95 http://free3dstextures.com/texture/Swirly_Tiles_02/2590014845
  96. 96 http://free3dstextures.com/texture/Los_Feliz_Red_2/143265375
  97. 97 http://free3dstextures.com/texture/PS1_-_Olafur_Eliasson/2544837557
  98. 98 http://free3dstextures.com/texture/Grid_of_Orange_Lights/3037166473
  99. 99 http://free3dstextures.com/texture/Crushed_Blue_Glass/3021205255
  100. 100 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/754024
  101. 101 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1087252
  102. 102 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/645667

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  1. 1

    Wow, this is going to be useful ! thanks for this post !

  2. 2

    Great resource, as always! Thanks guys!

  3. 3

    Now THAT is useful! You couldn’t have done that 2 days ago; when i was searching for a grass shot!

  4. 4

    Nice Collection Steven…. Thanks for sharing !!

    Useful Collection of some of the Nice Textures for web Design ppls.

  5. 5

    Someone zip them all up and host them, you’ll be a hero.

  6. 8

    As usually, a great post with a great collection! Congratulations !

  7. 9

    nice collection very useful thank you

  8. 10

    Anwar Bendaoud Andersson

    February 6, 2009 5:44 am

    It would be great if you followed this up with a tutorial showing examples on how to apply these textures to your work (specially web-pages). I usually find texture-packs really cool and i love the grunge feel of a website, but actually getting there is usually tougher than expected.

  9. 11

    Some fail and look tilted. Also resolution may raise dramatically your document size, you have to implement it wisely.

  10. 12

    … what Anwar said.

  11. 13

    Wow, Right Time, I’m now searching water texture for projects, thanks SM.

    Anyway, Notice that Comment #4 has commentor’s web site link. How it comes? Just wanna know I’m not spammer.

  12. 14

    Looks like you just pillaged this post on OpenSourceHunter.

    I agree with Anwar, would be cool to see some posts on implementing textures in web site design.

  13. 16

    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    February 6, 2009 6:44 am

    @Anwar and @Harvey: please check the links mentioned in the beginning of the post.

  14. 17

    One of the greatest collections ever.Thumbs Up SM.

  15. 18

    Some of these feel like snapshots, but others look very useful. I’m using the 5th wool texture for a brochure right now. Thanks for the great post!

  16. 19

    mmm delicious!

  17. 20

    Thanks!

    I added this to my evernote (evernote.com) in case i ever need these for photoshop!

    Thanks again!

  18. 21

    Very nice! The hairy leg is gross but will make sure to use the rest haha

  19. 22

    Cool! Thanks!

  20. 23

    Lovely! I was looking some wood textures for my projects, now – I’ve got more then I’m expected! Thanks :)

  21. 24

    This is fantastic – thank you very much

  22. 25

    I like the grit and grunge. Don’t see much use for the others. Thanks for the links!

  23. 26

    sweet post! the carpet ones kind of freak me out though…. :)

  24. 27

    great! awsome! tnx a lot!!

  25. 28

    Now we’re talkin! These are GREAT textures. This is the first time in a while I’ve been truly inspired by a smashing post.

  26. 29

    Webdesigner Depot

    February 6, 2009 11:19 am

    What a wonderful collection of textures. Definitely going to look at using some.

  27. 30

    Most useful post ever. Thanks you guys :D

  28. 31

    So many references at the same place. Clap, clap for you Smash!

  29. 32

    Hooray and ring the bell!

  30. 33

    very nice! wonderful selection here for sure.

  31. 34

    Can’t get enough from you.

    Thank You.

  32. 35

    That’s really cool :)) Thanks!
    Waiting to see more textures from smashingmag … hopefully tileable ;)

  33. 36

    nice collection light dose post feeling light cloudy

  34. 37

    Good Resource.

  35. 38

    Curt Simon Harlinghausen

    February 7, 2009 4:19 am

    Fantastic Collection.
    Really good work.

  36. 39

    Nice list! I frequently use the site imageafter.com. There are tons of free, high-resolution textures there. Check it out.

  37. 40

    Very nice, but I do wish that they were tile-able. Many of these are definitely not. They would have to be used as large images. I like subtle textures in the back of web pages.

  38. 41

    Some NEW examples of textures used in web design would have been nice. Also, as WackoJacko suggests, images suitable for tiling would have been nice.

  39. 42

    Really nice, and will be usefull, thanks ! I like Modern textures.

  40. 43

    Ooh…I love the wool textures. Great post!

  41. 44

    So thanks to your nice! :D

  42. 45

    i love you !!!

  43. 46

    Thanks. Very good idea. bye

  44. 47

    Nice collection, thank you very much.

  45. 48

    BramVoltage Shomasta

    February 8, 2009 6:44 pm

    very very useful..
    thank you very much.

  46. 49

    Great collection, surely ill be needing this in the near future. Thanks SM!

  47. 50

    great work steve… i didnt copy neither did i learn… but felt happy aba the way in which the shots were taken….

    inspiring work…. keep it up….

  48. 51

    I’m so loving the modern textures :)

  49. 52

    Great texture collection. Thanks!

  50. 53

    Awesome collection, i can already see about 10 or more that will find there way into my designs.

  51. 54

    Jesse J. Anderson

    February 9, 2009 3:36 pm

    sorry for the self-plug, but if you find this useful you would also be interested in a free grunge texture pack I just released and posted in the smashing magazine forums. I also have a link to a texture tutorial in the same forum post.

    http://forum.smashingmagazine.com/freebies-f4/free-hi-res-grunge-textures-pack-t314.html

    Hope you find them useful!

  52. 55

    Someone likely already commented on this, but one of your wall textures links to http://www.sxc.hu, which requires that you create an account with the following mandatory fields:
    ______________________
    * First name
    * Last name
    * Phone number
    * Street address
    * City
    * State / Province
    * Country
    * Zip / Postal code
    ______________________

    There’s just one word for this – LAME! The collection as a whole is great, but I still found myself saying, “WTF?”

  53. 56

    wow…thats exactly what I was looking for…thanks for sharing

  54. 57

    My friend and I are artists (Red Labor) and we do a lot of work with textures in our art and graphic design for t-shirts, wallets and messenger bags. We really like to make our own textures from scratch and scan them in; they are much higher quality and our designs are more unique that way. If you want to see some of our textures check them out here: http://www.redlabor.com/analogue/

    This is a good list of free textures and I encourage everyone to push beyond this and try making your own on paper and then scan or photograph them. I hope you like our art, too!

    -Red Labor

  55. 58

    These are really great. Thanks for sharing!

  56. 59

    very impressive textures,Few of them will certainly find there way into my designs.

  57. 60

    wow awesome! Thanks a lot!

  58. 61

    these textures are superb! I say, the variety is fantasic and the clarity unbelievable! great collection!

  59. 62

    oh man, that is some useful stuff!! i am so addicted to textures right now…amazing what a difference it makes. Even the hairy legs will come in handy. haha. i’d love to see other people’s works using these….I’m a novice..but stuff like this always helps

  60. 63

    Great texture collection. Thanks!

  61. 64

    the textures are great, tnx!

  62. 65

    the broken glass is too good.very useful

  63. 66

    I really love all of those textures, they are all profesional and unique.

  64. 67
  65. 68

    Thanks

  66. 69

    Wow. This is some nice work. Great crisp detail. Thanks.

  67. 70

    Hey all… I compressed all of these images into a ZIP.

    Do NOT do this for public download!

  68. 71

    understandfrench

    March 12, 2009 1:19 pm

    WOW-!! Thank you so much, so very generous. extremely useful & beautiful images. ;()

  69. 72
  70. 73

    love the design you have on your site… more power!

  71. 74

    thank you ! love this!

  72. 75

    Gracias!!

  73. 76

    Las texturas son fantásticas!!!

  74. 77

    Cool Creative Designer

    April 9, 2009 5:24 am

    Awesome collection :)
    I wanna also share those nice free High Resolution Textures Packs with all
    http://dezign-mag.com/?p=134

  75. 78

    Thank you very much!!!! and congratulations ;)

  76. 79

    ccooool man

  77. 80

    wow~!!

    great~

    Thank you~

  78. 81

    Great resource, as always! Thanks guys!

  79. 82

    we usefull textures it helpme alot thanks

  80. 83

    Some free HD textures in my picasa web album : http://picasaweb.google.com/clement.biron/Textures#

  81. 84

    So nice collection!!!!
    Thanks so much!!!

  82. 85

    Fantastic collection of textures. I will definitely be incorporating some of these into my work as well as passing this post along as an excellent resource.

    Was hoping for some fur in the mix *rowl*…

    Awesome and thanks again!!!

    WM

  83. 86

    Hi there sorry for the link but you also find there free good textures, my friend have shared his free textures pack in: http://www.texturepalace.com. This pack is amazing!

    Tx again: Greg15

  84. 87

    Sinfrônio de Souza Barbosa

    February 7, 2010 5:42 am

    Parabéns. Metais:bronze, ouro, prata, metais ondulados (telha) é muito lindo. Grato.

  85. 88
  86. 89

    Sadly, a lot of these are broken links now :-(

  87. 90

    I’ve got a little collection of some textures I’ve taken photos of, feel free to use them…http://catchatori.com/index.php/2010/04/textures-of-the-nw/

  88. 91

    And another nice website with free hi res textures http://www.texturer.com

  89. 92

    One of the best textures..I must say. Really….!! I am in love with many of them. thanks.

  90. 93
  91. 94

    Check out a new one: http://www.texturemate.com Looks great!

  92. 95

    Great textures! I have another sweet site with high-res textures that i would like to share http://www.web30textures.com Thanks!

  93. 96

    Okay one of the leather ones is a RICK ROLL! whats up with that?!

  94. 97

    Unfortunately, half the list seems to be rick rolls now. :(

  95. 98

    all the ones i wanted were rick rolls.

  96. 99

    2 of the 3 I clicked on were rick rolls

  97. 100

    I just got Rick Roll’d

  98. 101

    Hey guys check out my texture gallery at pixigraintextures.tumblr.com/​ its FREE for designers to use…Follow me for regular updates of unique PIXIGRAIN’s and always remember that the bests things in life are free

  99. 102

    Nice texture pack keep smashing!

  100. 103

    very good………………………….

  101. 104

    This was really a fascinating subject, I’m very fortunate to be able to find this from google.

  102. 105

    I would like to say thank you for you spending the time to write this subject. Great line up. We will be linking to this on our site. Keep up the great writing.

  103. 106

    There are some great textures in this collection, well done! If you would like to download some weekly, free hi-res texture packs, check out:

    http://www.allur.co

    We also have insanely good freebies for designers, seriously.

  104. 107

    http://www.textureszone.com
    Here you can find more than 2000 Free high resolution textures, free for personal or commercial projects. No royalty. You can also contribute to the library by submitting your own textures !

  105. 108

    Thank you for these very nice textures.

  106. 109

    Really great collection – thanks

  107. 110
  108. 111

    I don’t suppose anyone knows the name of the glass (4th one down) It looks very like the glass in my 1930s front door picture glass. I’ve been looking all over for a name or suppler as mine needs repaired. Any help would be very much appreciated.

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