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 Link

Wool Texture4

Wool Texture5

Wool Texture6

Wool Texture7

Wool Texture8

2. Leather Textures Link

Leather Texture9

Leather Texture10

Leather Texture11

Leather Texture12

Leather Texture13

Leather Texture14

3. Denim Textures Link

Denim Texture15

Denim Texture16

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

Denim Texture18

4. Cardboard Textures Link

Cardboard Texture19

Cardboard Texture20

Cardboard Texture21

Cardboard Texture22

Cardboard Texture23

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

Cardboard Texture25

5. Paper Textures Link

Paper Texture26

Paper Texture27

Paper Texture28

Paper Texture29

6. Wood Textures Link

Wood Texture30

Wood Texture31

Wood Texture32

Wood Texture33

Wood Texture34

Wood Texture35

Wood Texture36

Wood Texture37

Wood Texture38

7. Wall Textures Link

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 Link

Metal Texture50

Metal Texture51

Metal Texture52

Metal Texture53

Metal Texture54

Metal Texture55

Metal Texture56

Metal Texture57

Metal58

9. Grunge Textures Link

Grunge Snow59

Grunge Rust60

Grunge Texture61

Grunge Rust62

Grunge Texture63

Grunge Texture64

Grunge Texture65

10. Gritty Textures Link

Gritty Textures66

Gritty Texture67

Gritty Texture68

Gritty Texture69

Gritty Texture70

Gritty Texture71

11. Granular Textures Link

Granular Texture72

Granular Texture73

Granular Texture74

Granular Texture75

Granular Texture76

12. Water Textures Link

Water Texture77

Water Texture78

Water Texture79

Water Texture80

Water Texture81

13. Glass Textures Link

Glass Texture82

Glass Texture83

Glass Texture84

Glass Texture85

Glass Texture86

Glass Texture87

14. Grass Textures Link

Grass Texture88

Grass Texture89

Grass Texture90

Grass Texture91

15. Tiled Textures Link

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

Tile Texture93

Tile Texture94

Tile Texture95

Tile Texture96

16. Modern Textures Link

Modern Texture97

Modern Texture98

Modern Texture99

Modern Texture100

Modern Texture101

Modern Texture102

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Footnotes Link

  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 !

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  2. 2

    Great resource, as always! Thanks guys!

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  3. 3

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

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  4. 4

    Nice Collection Steven…. Thanks for sharing !!

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

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  5. 5

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

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  6. 8

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

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  7. 9

    nice collection very useful thank you

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  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.

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  9. 11

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

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  10. 12

    … what Anwar said.

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  14. 17

    One of the greatest collections ever.Thumbs Up SM.

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  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!

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  16. 19

    mmm delicious!

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  17. 20

    Thanks!

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

    Thanks again!

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  18. 21

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

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  19. 22

    Cool! Thanks!

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  20. 23

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

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  21. 24

    This is fantastic – thank you very much

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  22. 25

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

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  23. 26

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

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  24. 27

    great! awsome! tnx a lot!!

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  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.

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  26. 29

    Webdesigner Depot

    February 6, 2009 11:19 am

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

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  27. 30

    Most useful post ever. Thanks you guys :D

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  28. 31

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

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  29. 32

    Hooray and ring the bell!

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  30. 33

    very nice! wonderful selection here for sure.

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  31. 34

    Can’t get enough from you.

    Thank You.

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  32. 35

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

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  33. 36

    nice collection light dose post feeling light cloudy

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  34. 37

    Good Resource.

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  35. 38

    Curt Simon Harlinghausen

    February 7, 2009 4:19 am

    Fantastic Collection.
    Really good work.

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  36. 39

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

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  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.

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  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.

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  39. 42

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

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  40. 43

    Ooh…I love the wool textures. Great post!

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  41. 44

    So thanks to your nice! :D

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  42. 45

    i love you !!!

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  43. 46

    Thanks. Very good idea. bye

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  44. 47

    Nice collection, thank you very much.

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  45. 48

    BramVoltage Shomasta

    February 8, 2009 6:44 pm

    very very useful..
    thank you very much.

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  46. 49

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

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  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….

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  48. 51

    I’m so loving the modern textures :)

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  49. 52

    Great texture collection. Thanks!

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  50. 53

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

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