70+ Awesome Free Textures and Texture Sets

July 18, 2011 · 26 comments

by Lars

Free Textures

Textures are used more often than one may think and in fact they are essential building blocks for designers. The reason why most people are not aware that textures are being used everywhere is that textures usually remain in the background or fade into other elements, supporting the overall design. This way textures are used to create a more realistic ore authentic atmosphere.
How you use textures is entirely up for you but I’m sure you can’t resist to take a closer look at the selection you will find below.

In this article I have selected more than70 great textures on Flickr, all with Creative Commons license. I have also included a stunning list of texture resources that you can’t afford to miss.

Before you use any of the textures make sure you check the license carefully.



Free Textures Found on Flickr

Did you know that you can search on flickr using a filter that only return material under Creative Commons license? It’s simple and effective and if you add a texture tag too you will get the list I did when writing this post. This is how it looks.

And then some textures please!….

Stunning texture packs

Stone and rock

Concrete and Pavement Texture Pack

Vintage Textures

Vintage II Texture Pack

Vintage III Texture Pack

15 Old Book Cover Textures

17 More Old Book Cover Textures

texture 26

Free High-Res Texture Pack: The Anatomy of a *Really* Old Book

Vintage Texture Pack

Dark Symphony Textures

turn back time texture pack

Vintage Bum

Wood Textures

Free Hi Resolution Wood Textures

Textures – Wood

Local Texture: Three by One

Dark Wood Texture Pack

Fabric Textures

Free Fabric Texture Pack

Denim Textures

Paper and Cardboard Textures

5 Fantastically Free High Res Brown Paper Textures

Paper Textures 2

White crumbled paper texture

Natural Paper Texture Pack

Paper Textures Pack 02

Texture: Notebook Paper – 3

Cardboard Textures and Objects

Rough Paper Textures

old books

paper skies stocks

Free High Resolution Plain and Grunge Paper Textures


Grunge II Texture Pack

rust textures

Old Grunge Photo Texture Pack

Grunge Hell 1

Grungy and Dirty Textures

Broken Glass Textures

Victorian grunge texture pack

24 Free High-Res Textures

Smashed Glass Texture

grunge textures 01


Christy Sobolewski Textures

vintage grunge textures

color grunge textures

hardcore vintage grunge

Motion-Texturen von Photoclinique

ni-irensle institute

Large Paper Grunge Textures

Anatomy of a Dumpster: 12 Textures



{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Al January 19, 2012 at 11:10 am

great resource thanks for sharing


bob October 18, 2011 at 1:35 pm

hi 😉


Bonx March 10, 2010 at 2:43 pm

Great little list, thanks for the share.


Mikyjpeg August 25, 2009 at 9:35 pm

First things: this is not a protest. I just would like to remember you that Creative Common is not “totally free use” but “Some right reserved”. So the use depends on what these “Some rights” are. For example, mine “some right” was: not commercial (respected), no derived images (and in this case it is derived because my images on this page are cuts from the originals) and by attribution (and yes, I don’t see my name here, as the link is not a real attribution). For all other use a mail would be appreciate.
I’m not angry for this but some other could not appreciate this use.
Anyway, interesting post.

Regards, mikyjpeg.


tripwiremag August 25, 2009 at 9:54 pm

@Mikyjpeg: Thanks for sharing your concerns and advice – it is highly appreciated. Before using any of these textures and other artefacts licensed under Creative Common it is always important to double check details in the license. I will remove any images that owners does not appreciate to be included ASAP. Just let me know.


Matt August 24, 2009 at 10:28 pm

Good textures are hard to find. Thanks for the post.


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