70 Excellent Background Textures for Designers

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.

Textured Paper

Textured Paper

P5

P5

Subtle White Feathers

Subtle White Feathers

AG Square

AG Square

Kinda Jean

Kinda Jean

Escheresque Dark

Escheresque Dark

Subtle Grunge

Subtle Grunge

Noisy Grid

Noisy Grid

Retina Wood

Retina Wood

Nistri

Nistri

The following collection of textures are all from Texturegen and are all photo textures.

Diamond Drain Cover

Diamond Drain Cover

Beige Carpet

Beige Carpet

Herringbone Block Paving

Herringbone Block Paving

Metal Shutter

Metal Shutter

Surface Rust

Surface Rust

Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel

Small Pebbles on Beach

Small Pebbles on Beach

Sand Ripples

Sand Ripples

Side of Barn Detail

Side of Barn Detail

Black Diamond Plastic

Black Diamond Plastic

The following textures have been selected from TextureKing. These textures are all untitled, and the links take you to the full size image.

TextureKing 1

TextureKing 2

TextureKing 3

TextureKing 4

TextureKing 5

TextureKing 6

TextureKing 7

TextureKing 8

TextureKing 9

TextureKing 10

The following textures are taken from the huge collection at Lost & Taken.

Paper Texture

Paper Texture

Subtle Grunge

Subtle Grunge

Cardboard

Cardboard

Grunge

Grunge

Vintage Wallpaper

Vintage Wallpaper

Watercolor

Watercolor

Fabric Texture

Fabric Texture

Clouds Texture

Clouds Texture

Seamless Texture

Seamless Texture

Psych2

Psych2

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.

Texture

Texture

Texture

Texture

Texture tuc6

Texture tuc6

Texture

Texture

Texture

Texture

Texture 56

Texture 56

Texture sna23

Texture sna23

Texture 59

Texture 59

Texture

Texture

Texture

Texture

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.

Wood Background

Wood Background

Wood Texture

Wood Texture

Soft Grunge

Soft Grunge

Rust 5

Rust 5

Backlit Banana Leaf

Backlit Banana Leaf

Fabric Texture 8

Fabric Texture 8

Water Texture

Water Texture

Metal Texture 3

Metal Texture 3

Star Chart

Star Chart

Ancient Wall – Brick Texture

Ancient Wall - Brick Texture

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.

Texture 102

Texture 102

BW Striped Background Texture

BW Striped Background Texture

Galaxy Texture

Galaxy Texture

Acrylic Gold Paint Swirl Stock

Acrylic Gold Paint Swirl Stock

Texture 5

Texture 5

Watercolor Texture 2

Watercolor Texture 2

Old Text Texture

Old Text Texture

Abstract Texture

Abstract Texture

Tileable Wood Texture

Tileable Wood Texture

Cracks ‘N’ Peels

Cracks 'N' Peels

Conclusion

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.

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