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100 Beautiful Free Textures

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
https://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=255
Cardboard Texture24

5. Paper Textures Link

Paper Texture25
Paper Texture
Paper Texture26
Paper Texture27

6. Wood Textures Link

Wood Texture28
Wood Texture29
Wood Texture30
Wood Texture31
Wood Texture32
Wood Texture33
Wood Texture34
Wood Texture35
Wood Texture36

7. Wall Textures Link

Wall Texture37
Wall Texture
Wall Texture38
Wall Texture39
Wall Texture40
Wall Texture41
Wall Texture
Wall Texture42
Wall Texture
Wall Texture43
Brick Wall Texture44

8. Metallic Textures Link

Metal Texture45
Metal Texture46
Metal Texture47
Metal Texture48
Metal Texture
Metal Texture
Metal Texture
Metal Texture49
Metal50

9. Grunge Textures Link

Grunge Snow51
Grunge Rust52
Grunge Texture
Grunge Rust53
Grunge Texture54
Grunge Texture55
Grunge Texture56

10. Gritty Textures Link

Gritty Textures57
Gritty Texture58
Gritty Texture59
Gritty Texture60
Gritty Texture61
Gritty Texture62

11. Granular Textures Link

Granular Texture63
Granular Texture64
Granular Texture65
Granular Texture66
Granular Texture67

12. Water Textures Link

Water Texture68
Water Texture69
Water Texture70
Water Texture71
Water Texture72

13. Glass Textures Link

Glass Texture73
Glass Texture74
Glass Texture75
Glass Texture76
Glass Texture77
Glass Texture78

14. Grass Textures Link

Grass Texture79
Grass Texture80
Grass Texture81
Grass Texture82

15. Tiled Textures Link

http://www.highresolutiontextures.com/grate-and-grid-texture-pack83
Tile Texture
Tile Texture84
Tile Texture85
Tile Texture86

16. Modern Textures Link

Modern Texture87
Modern Texture88
Modern Texture89
Modern Texture90
Modern Texture91
Modern Texture92

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Footnotes Link

  1. 1 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2011/10/whys-hows-textures-web-design/
  2. 2 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/01/07/textures-in-modern-web-design/
  3. 3 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/07/09/textures-and-patterns-design-showcase/
  4. 4 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/texture-gallery-fabric/
  5. 5 https://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/
  16. 16 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/texture-gallery-fabric/
  17. 17 https://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://cgtextures.com/texview2.php?id=28990&PHPSESSID=01343d293bc345926d45e064457ceb71
  25. 25 http://www.bittbox.com/freebies/free-high-res-grungy-paper-textures/
  26. 26 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/662598
  27. 27 http://cgtextures.com/texview2.php?id=6802&PHPSESSID=01343d293bc345926d45e064457ceb71
  28. 28 http://www.bittbox.com/freebies/free-texture-tuesday-wood/
  29. 29 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/788768
  30. 30 http://www.bittbox.com/freebies/free-hi-resolution-wood-textures/
  31. 31 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/521970
  32. 32 http://www.highresolutiontextures.com/free-wood-texture-pack
  33. 33 http://www.bittbox.com/freebies/free-texture-tuesday-wood/
  34. 34 http://www.highresolutiontextures.com/industrial-texture-pack-1
  35. 35 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/950889
  36. 36 http://cgtextures.com/texview2.php?id=4896&PHPSESSID=01343d293bc345926d45e064457ceb71
  37. 37 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/857834
  38. 38 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/texture-gallery-stone-walls-brick/
  39. 39 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/450055
  40. 40 http://webdesignledger.com/freebies/ultimate-grunge-pack-40-high-res-textures
  41. 41 http://cgtextures.com/texview2.php?id=25832&PHPSESSID=01343d293bc345926d45e064457ceb71
  42. 42 http://webdesignledger.com/freebies/ultimate-grunge-pack-40-high-res-textures
  43. 43 http://cgtextures.com/texview2.php?id=23544&PHPSESSID=01343d293bc345926d45e064457ceb71
  44. 44 http://www.highresolutiontextures.com/free-brick-wall-texture-pack
  45. 45 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/424649
  46. 46 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/897808
  47. 47 http://www.textureking.com/
  48. 48 http://www.textureking.com/
  49. 49 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/659409
  50. 50 http://free3dstextures.com/texture/sheer_metal/2944889416
  51. 51 http://www.bittbox.com/freebies/free-texture-tuesday-grunge-snow/
  52. 52 http://www.bittbox.com/freebies/free-texture-tuesday-rust/
  53. 53 http://www.bittbox.com/freebies/free-texture-tuesday-rust/
  54. 54 http://cgtextures.com/texview2.php?id=11606&PHPSESSID=01343d293bc345926d45e064457ceb71
  55. 55 http://www.textureking.com/
  56. 56 http://www.bittbox.com/freebies/free-texture-tuesday-inaugural/
  57. 57 http://www.textureking.com/
  58. 58 http://www.textureking.com/
  59. 59 http://cgtextures.com/texview2.php?id=2999&PHPSESSID=01343d293bc345926d45e064457ceb71
  60. 60 http://www.drweb.de/magazin/sand-free-textures-download/
  61. 61 http://urbandirty.com/gallery/photo/2447286502
  62. 62 http://free3dstextures.com/texture/61-365_-_3_1_08__Rusted_Razor_Blade/2303785278
  63. 63 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/384517
  64. 64 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/384511
  65. 65 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/619588
  66. 66 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/791120
  67. 67 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1002229
  68. 68 http://cgtextures.com/texview2.php?id=8947&PHPSESSID=01343d293bc345926d45e064457ceb71
  69. 69 http://www.highresolutiontextures.com/free-water-texture-pack
  70. 70 http://cgtextures.com/texview2.php?id=8934&PHPSESSID=01343d293bc345926d45e064457ceb71
  71. 71 http://cgtextures.com/texview2.php?id=26733&PHPSESSID=01343d293bc345926d45e064457ceb71
  72. 72 http://cgtextures.com/texview2.php?id=26706&PHPSESSID=01343d293bc345926d45e064457ceb71
  73. 73 http://www.textureking.com/
  74. 74 http://www.textureking.com/
  75. 75 http://cgtextures.com/texview2.php?id=19988&PHPSESSID=01343d293bc345926d45e064457ceb71
  76. 76 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/texture-gallery-glass/
  77. 77 http://cgtextures.com/texview2.php?id=15723&PHPSESSID=01343d293bc345926d45e064457ceb71
  78. 78 http://cgtextures.com/texview2.php?id=17318&PHPSESSID=01343d293bc345926d45e064457ceb71
  79. 79 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/984553
  80. 80 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/971927
  81. 81 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/697969
  82. 82 http://free3dstextures.com/texture/IMG_2165_JPG/450564313
  83. 83 http://www.highresolutiontextures.com/grate-and-grid-texture-pack
  84. 84 http://free3dstextures.com/texture/flutter/3207820467
  85. 85 http://free3dstextures.com/texture/Swirly_Tiles_02/2590014845
  86. 86 http://free3dstextures.com/texture/Los_Feliz_Red_2/143265375
  87. 87 http://free3dstextures.com/texture/PS1_-_Olafur_Eliasson/2544837557
  88. 88 http://free3dstextures.com/texture/Grid_of_Orange_Lights/3037166473
  89. 89 http://free3dstextures.com/texture/Crushed_Blue_Glass/3021205255
  90. 90 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/754024
  91. 91 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1087252
  92. 92 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/645667

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Steven Snell is a Web designer and blogger. In addition to maintaining his own blog and writing for a number of other top design blogs, he also manages an online shop that offers premium graphic design resources.

  1. 1

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

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  2. 4

    nice collection very useful thank you

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  3. 5

    Maik Diepenbroek

    February 6, 2009 5:12 am

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

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  4. 6

    Valerie Wininger

    February 6, 2009 5:14 am

    Great resource, as always! Thanks guys!

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  5. 7

    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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  6. 8

    Nice Collection Steven…. Thanks for sharing !!

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

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  7. 9

    WeSayIT Magazine

    February 6, 2009 5:28 am

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

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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.

    0
  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.

    0
  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!

    0
  18. 21

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

    0
  19. 22

    Cool! Thanks!

    0
  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

    0
  22. 25

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

    0
  23. 26

    Can’t get enough from you.

    Thank You.

    1
  24. 27

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

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  25. 28

    great! awsome! tnx a lot!!

    0
  26. 29

    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.

    0
  27. 30

    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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  28. 31

    Most useful post ever. Thanks you guys :D

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  29. 32

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

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  30. 33

    Hernan Valencia

    February 6, 2009 1:56 pm

    Hooray and ring the bell!

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  31. 34

    very nice! wonderful selection here for sure.

    1
  32. 35

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

    0
  33. 36

    nice collection light dose post feeling light cloudy

    0
  34. 37

    Good Resource.

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  35. 38

    Curt Simon Harlinghausen

    February 7, 2009 4:19 am

    Fantastic Collection.
    Really good work.

    0
  36. 39

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

    1
  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

    Brian Gottier

    February 7, 2009 1:12 pm

    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

    Reynald Bouttard

    February 7, 2009 2:29 pm

    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.

    0
  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

    Jehzeel Laurente

    February 9, 2009 1:33 pm

    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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  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!

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  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?”

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  53. 56

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

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  54. 57

    These are really great. Thanks for sharing!

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  55. 58

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

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  56. 59

    wow awesome! Thanks a lot!

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  57. 60

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

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  58. 61

    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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  59. 62

    Great texture collection. Thanks!

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  60. 63

    the textures are great, tnx!

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  61. 64

    the broken glass is too good.very useful

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  62. 65

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

    -2
  63. 66

    很好~~~

    -1
  64. 67

    Brant Schroeder

    February 25, 2009 1:21 pm

    Thanks

    -2
  65. 68

    ProjectCenter

    March 8, 2009 3:03 pm

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

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  66. 69

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

    Do NOT do this for public download!

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  67. 70

    understandfrench

    March 12, 2009 1:19 pm

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

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  68. 71

    Thanks!

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  69. 72

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

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  70. 73

    thank you ! love this!

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  71. 74

    Gracias!!

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  72. 75

    Las texturas son fantásticas!!!

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  73. 76

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

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  74. 77

    ccooool man

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  75. 78

    wow~!!

    great~

    Thank you~

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  76. 79

    Great resource, as always! Thanks guys!

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  77. 80

    we usefull textures it helpme alot thanks

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  78. 81

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

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  79. 82

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

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  80. 83

    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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  81. 84

    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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  82. 85

    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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  83. 86

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

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  84. 87

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

    0
  85. 88

    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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  86. 89

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

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  87. 90

    Yachika Verma

    May 13, 2010 12:01 pm

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

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  88. 91

    amazing!

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  89. 92

    Adobe Designer

    July 27, 2010 9:52 am

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

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  90. 93

    Craig Pennings

    July 31, 2010 10:37 am

    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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  91. 94

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

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  92. 95

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

    1
  93. 96

    all the ones i wanted were rick rolls.

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  94. 97

    2 of the 3 I clicked on were rick rolls

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  95. 98

    I just got Rick Roll’d

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  96. 99

    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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  97. 100

    Nice texture pack keep smashing!

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  98. 101

    very good………………………….

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  99. 102

    peterson lee

    June 17, 2011 11:15 pm

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

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  100. 103

    edward chia

    June 18, 2011 4:29 am

    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.

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  101. 104

    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.

    -1
  102. 105

    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 !

    -1
  103. 106

    Thank you for these very nice textures.

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  104. 107

    Really great collection – thanks

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  105. 108

    Thanks

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  106. 109

    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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