Following our recent article 30 Examples of the Effective Use of Textures in Web Design, we are bringing you a collection of textures that really lend themselves for use in web design.
Whether they are used just as they are, or are altered or enhanced by software such as Photoshop, textures are a very important part of a designer’s toolbox.
In this round-up I have selected 10 textures from 7 different sites offering free textures.
Textures for Designers
The following textures are from Subtle Patterns. We have selected some great textures that will add a little spice to any plain background area. Many of these textures are supplied as a tileable pattern and you will need to create a pattern in Photoshop to fill your canvas.
The following collection of textures are all from Texturegen and are all photo textures.
The following textures have been selected from TextureKing. These textures are all untitled, and the links take you to the full size image.
The following textures are taken from the huge collection at Lost & Taken.
The following textures are a tiny collection from the more than 2 million uploaded to Flickr. Some textures from this site are for personal use only, so please check the artist’s comments.
The next collection of textures are from stock.xchng. Once again, not all of the textures available on this site may be used commercially, so please check out the license.
The following textures are from DeviantART, a site where you will find hundreds of thousands of textures, but please beware… unless the artist states that it is free to use, you shouldn’t use it from here. As an active member of dA myself, I know that if you use something from this site elsewhere in any form, even if you link back, many artists consider you have ‘stolen’ their work and you will surely open a can of worms!!! If you wish to use a texture or any other resource from dA, the very best thing to do is to contact the artist and request permission. But as a site for resources, deviantART is too important to leave out of any resources list!! The following selection are all free-to-use textures.
Hopefully you will have found some useful textures from this round-up, but even if my choice is not your choice, the links to the sites offering many excellent free textures will help you find just what you are looking for.