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

    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!

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  2. 52

    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?”

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  3. 103

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

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  4. 154

    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

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  5. 205

    These are really great. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. 256

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

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  7. 307

    wow awesome! Thanks a lot!

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  8. 358

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

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  9. 409

    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

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  10. 460

    Great texture collection. Thanks!

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  11. 511

    the textures are great, tnx!

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  12. 562

    the broken glass is too good.very useful

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  13. 613

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

    -2
  14. 664
  15. 715

    Thanks

    -2
  16. 766

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

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  17. 817

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

    Do NOT do this for public download!

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  18. 868

    understandfrench

    March 12, 2009 1:19 pm

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

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  19. 919

    Thanks!

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  20. 970

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

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  21. 1021

    thank you ! love this!

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  22. 1072

    Gracias!!

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  23. 1123

    Las texturas son fantásticas!!!

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  24. 1174

    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

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  25. 1225

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

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  26. 1276

    ccooool man

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  27. 1327

    wow~!!

    great~

    Thank you~

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  28. 1378

    Great resource, as always! Thanks guys!

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  29. 1429

    we usefull textures it helpme alot thanks

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  30. 1480

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

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  31. 1531

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

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  32. 1582

    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

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  33. 1633

    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

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  34. 1684

    Sinfrônio de Souza Barbosa

    February 7, 2010 5:42 am

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

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  35. 1735

    another site with textures: http://textures.creatiif.net

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  36. 1786

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

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  37. 1837

    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/

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  38. 1888

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

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  39. 1939

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

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  40. 1990

    amazing!

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  41. 2041

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

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  42. 2092

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

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  43. 2143

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

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  44. 2194

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

    1
  45. 2245

    all the ones i wanted were rick rolls.

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  46. 2296

    2 of the 3 I clicked on were rick rolls

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  47. 2347

    I just got Rick Roll’d

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  48. 2398

    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

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  49. 2449

    Nice texture pack keep smashing!

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  50. 2500

    very good………………………….

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