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100 Beautiful Free Textures For Your Design

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

texture design
Wool Texture
Wool Texture4
Wool Texture
Wool Texture

2. Leather Textures Link

Leather Texture5
Leather Texture6
Leather Texture7
Leather Texture
Leather Texture8
Leather Texture

3. Denim Textures Link

Denim Texture9
Denim Texture10
https://www.smashingmagazine.com/texture-gallery-fabric/11
img src=”https://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/100-beautiful-textures/denim4.jpg” alt=”Denim Texture” width=”500″ height=”450″ border=”0″ />

4. Cardboard Textures Link

Cardboard Texture12
Cardboard Texture13
Cardboard Texture14
Cardboard Texture15
Cardboard Texture16
http://www.grungetextures.com/gallery/pic.php?id=255
Cardboard Texture17

5. Paper Textures Link

Paper Texture18
Paper Texture
Paper Texture19
Paper Texture20

6. Wood Textures Link

Wood Texture21
Wood Texture22
Wood Texture23
Wood Texture24
Wood Texture25
Wood Texture26
Wood Texture27
Wood Texture28
Wood Texture29

7. Wall Textures Link

Wall Texture30
Wall Texture
Wall Texture31
Wall Texture32
Wall Texture33
Wall Texture34
Wall Texture
Wall Texture35
Wall Texture
Wall Texture36
Brick Wall Texture37

8. Metallic Textures Link

Metal Texture38
Metal Texture39
Metal Texture40
Metal Texture41
Metal Texture
Metal Texture
Metal Texture
Metal Texture42
Metal

9. Grunge Textures Link

Grunge Snow43
Grunge Rust44
Grunge Texture
Grunge Rust45
Grunge Texture46
Grunge Texture47
Grunge Texture48

10. Gritty Textures Link

Gritty Textures49
Gritty Texture50
Gritty Texture51
Gritty Texture52
Gritty Texture53
Gritty Texture

11. Granular Textures Link

Granular Texture54
Granular Texture55
Granular Texture56
Granular Texture57
Granular Texture58

12. Water Textures Link

Water Texture59
Water Texture60
Water Texture61
Water Texture62
Water Texture63

13. Glass Textures Link

Glass Texture64
Glass Texture65
Glass Texture66
Glass Texture67
Glass Texture68
Glass Texture69

14. Grass Textures Link

Grass Texture70
Grass Texture71
Grass Texture72
Grass Texture

15. Tiled Textures Link

http://www.highresolutiontextures.com/grate-and-grid-texture-pack73
Tile Texture
Tile Texture
Tile Texture
Tile Texture

16. Modern Textures Link

Modern Texture
Modern Texture
Modern Texture
Modern Texture74
Modern Texture75
Modern Texture76

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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 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/706334
  5. 5 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/369358
  6. 6 http://cgtextures.com/texview2.php?id=15488&PHPSESSID=01343d293bc345926d45e064457ceb71
  7. 7 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/497678
  8. 8 http://cgtextures.com/texview2.php?id=15526&PHPSESSID=01343d293bc345926d45e064457ceb71
  9. 9 http://www.textureking.com/
  10. 10 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/texture-gallery-fabric/
  11. 11 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/texture-gallery-fabric/
  12. 12 http://sixrevisions.com/freebies/textures/cardboard-textures-and-objects-high-resolution-pack/
  13. 13 http://sixrevisions.com/freebies/textures/cardboard-textures-and-objects-high-resolution-pack/
  14. 14 http://www.bittbox.com/freebies/1172/
  15. 15 http://www.bittbox.com/freebies/1172/
  16. 16 http://cgtextures.com/texview2.php?id=28982&PHPSESSID=01343d293bc345926d45e064457ceb71
  17. 17 http://cgtextures.com/texview2.php?id=28990&PHPSESSID=01343d293bc345926d45e064457ceb71
  18. 18 http://www.bittbox.com/freebies/free-high-res-grungy-paper-textures/
  19. 19 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/662598
  20. 20 http://cgtextures.com/texview2.php?id=6802&PHPSESSID=01343d293bc345926d45e064457ceb71
  21. 21 http://www.bittbox.com/freebies/free-texture-tuesday-wood/
  22. 22 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/788768
  23. 23 http://www.bittbox.com/freebies/free-hi-resolution-wood-textures/
  24. 24 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/521970
  25. 25 http://www.highresolutiontextures.com/free-wood-texture-pack
  26. 26 http://www.bittbox.com/freebies/free-texture-tuesday-wood/
  27. 27 http://www.highresolutiontextures.com/industrial-texture-pack-1
  28. 28 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/950889
  29. 29 http://cgtextures.com/texview2.php?id=4896&PHPSESSID=01343d293bc345926d45e064457ceb71
  30. 30 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/857834
  31. 31 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/texture-gallery-stone-walls-brick/
  32. 32 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/450055
  33. 33 http://webdesignledger.com/freebies/ultimate-grunge-pack-40-high-res-textures
  34. 34 http://cgtextures.com/texview2.php?id=25832&PHPSESSID=01343d293bc345926d45e064457ceb71
  35. 35 http://webdesignledger.com/freebies/ultimate-grunge-pack-40-high-res-textures
  36. 36 http://cgtextures.com/texview2.php?id=23544&PHPSESSID=01343d293bc345926d45e064457ceb71
  37. 37 http://www.highresolutiontextures.com/free-brick-wall-texture-pack
  38. 38 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/424649
  39. 39 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/897808
  40. 40 http://www.textureking.com/
  41. 41 http://www.textureking.com/
  42. 42 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/659409
  43. 43 http://www.bittbox.com/freebies/free-texture-tuesday-grunge-snow/
  44. 44 http://www.bittbox.com/freebies/free-texture-tuesday-rust/
  45. 45 http://www.bittbox.com/freebies/free-texture-tuesday-rust/
  46. 46 http://cgtextures.com/texview2.php?id=11606&PHPSESSID=01343d293bc345926d45e064457ceb71
  47. 47 http://www.textureking.com/
  48. 48 http://www.bittbox.com/freebies/free-texture-tuesday-inaugural/
  49. 49 http://www.textureking.com/
  50. 50 http://www.textureking.com/
  51. 51 http://cgtextures.com/texview2.php?id=2999&PHPSESSID=01343d293bc345926d45e064457ceb71
  52. 52 http://www.drweb.de/magazin/sand-free-textures-download/
  53. 53 http://urbandirty.com/gallery/photo/2447286502
  54. 54 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/384517
  55. 55 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/384511
  56. 56 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/619588
  57. 57 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/791120
  58. 58 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1002229
  59. 59 http://cgtextures.com/texview2.php?id=8947&PHPSESSID=01343d293bc345926d45e064457ceb71
  60. 60 http://www.highresolutiontextures.com/free-water-texture-pack
  61. 61 http://cgtextures.com/texview2.php?id=8934&PHPSESSID=01343d293bc345926d45e064457ceb71
  62. 62 http://cgtextures.com/texview2.php?id=26733&PHPSESSID=01343d293bc345926d45e064457ceb71
  63. 63 http://cgtextures.com/texview2.php?id=26706&PHPSESSID=01343d293bc345926d45e064457ceb71
  64. 64 http://www.textureking.com/
  65. 65 http://www.textureking.com/
  66. 66 http://cgtextures.com/texview2.php?id=19988&PHPSESSID=01343d293bc345926d45e064457ceb71
  67. 67 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/texture-gallery-glass/
  68. 68 http://cgtextures.com/texview2.php?id=15723&PHPSESSID=01343d293bc345926d45e064457ceb71
  69. 69 http://cgtextures.com/texview2.php?id=17318&PHPSESSID=01343d293bc345926d45e064457ceb71
  70. 70 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/984553
  71. 71 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/971927
  72. 72 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/697969
  73. 73 http://www.highresolutiontextures.com/grate-and-grid-texture-pack
  74. 74 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/754024
  75. 75 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1087252
  76. 76 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. 3

    nice collection very useful thank you

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  3. 4

    Maik Diepenbroek

    February 6, 2009 5:12 am

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

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  4. 5

    Valerie Wininger

    February 6, 2009 5:14 am

    Great resource, as always! Thanks guys!

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  5. 6

    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. 7

    Nice Collection Steven…. Thanks for sharing !!

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

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  7. 8

    WeSayIT Magazine

    February 6, 2009 5:28 am

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

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  8. 9

    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. 10

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

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  10. 11

    … what Anwar said.

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  11. 12

    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. 13

    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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  13. 14

    One of the greatest collections ever.Thumbs Up SM.

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  14. 15

    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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  15. 16

    mmm delicious!

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  16. 17

    Thanks!

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

    Thanks again!

    0
  17. 18

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

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  18. 19

    Cool! Thanks!

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  19. 20

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

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  20. 21

    This is fantastic – thank you very much

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  21. 22

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

    0
  22. 23

    Can’t get enough from you.

    Thank You.

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  23. 24

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

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  24. 25

    great! awsome! tnx a lot!!

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  25. 26

    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
  26. 27

    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. 28

    Most useful post ever. Thanks you guys :D

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  28. 29

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

    0
  29. 30

    Hernan Valencia

    February 6, 2009 1:56 pm

    Hooray and ring the bell!

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  30. 31

    very nice! wonderful selection here for sure.

    1
  31. 32

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

    0
  32. 33

    nice collection light dose post feeling light cloudy

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  33. 34

    Good Resource.

    0
  34. 35

    Curt Simon Harlinghausen

    February 7, 2009 4:19 am

    Fantastic Collection.
    Really good work.

    0
  35. 36

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

    1
  36. 37

    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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  37. 38

    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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  38. 39

    Reynald Bouttard

    February 7, 2009 2:29 pm

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

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  39. 40

    Ooh…I love the wool textures. Great post!

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  40. 41

    So thanks to your nice! :D

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  41. 42

    i love you !!!

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  42. 43

    Thanks. Very good idea. bye

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  43. 44

    Nice collection, thank you very much.

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  44. 45

    BramVoltage Shomasta

    February 8, 2009 6:44 pm

    very very useful..
    thank you very much.

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  45. 46

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

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  46. 47

    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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  47. 48

    Jehzeel Laurente

    February 9, 2009 1:33 pm

    I’m so loving the modern textures :)

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  48. 49

    Great texture collection. Thanks!

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  49. 50

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

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  50. 51

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

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  51. 52

    These are really great. Thanks for sharing!

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  52. 53

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

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  53. 54

    wow awesome! Thanks a lot!

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  54. 55

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

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  55. 56

    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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  56. 57

    Great texture collection. Thanks!

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  57. 58

    the textures are great, tnx!

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  58. 59

    the broken glass is too good.very useful

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  59. 60

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

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  60. 61

    Brant Schroeder

    February 25, 2009 1:21 pm

    Thanks

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  61. 62

    ProjectCenter

    March 8, 2009 3:03 pm

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

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  62. 63

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

    Do NOT do this for public download!

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  63. 64

    understandfrench

    March 12, 2009 1:19 pm

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

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  64. 65

    Thanks!

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  65. 66

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

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  66. 67

    thank you ! love this!

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  67. 68

    Gracias!!

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  68. 69

    Las texturas son fantásticas!!!

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  69. 70

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

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  70. 71

    ccooool man

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  71. 72

    wow~!!

    great~

    Thank you~

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  72. 73

    Great resource, as always! Thanks guys!

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  73. 74

    we usefull textures it helpme alot thanks

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  74. 75

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

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  75. 76

    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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  76. 77

    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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  77. 78

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

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  78. 79

    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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  79. 80

    amazing!

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  80. 81

    i do agree with Laura, ur great…

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  81. 82

    Nice texture pack keep smashing!

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  82. 83

    very good………………………….

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  83. 84

    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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  84. 85

    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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  85. 86

    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.

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  86. 87

    Thank you for these very nice textures.

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  87. 88

    Really great collection – thanks

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  88. 89

    Thanks

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  89. 90

    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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