20+ Great Websites providing Free Texture Downloads

July 8, 2010 · 3 comments

by Dustin Betonio


Texture is what gives a design the feeling of a surface. It is the tactile sense of the elements in the design. In Web design, texture is visual, but it provides the illusion of physical texture.

The most common way to incorporate texture into Web designs is with the background image style property. You can put background images on most block level elements, which allows you to add texture throughout your Web pages. Use of texture, along with other elements of design, can convey a variety of messages and emotions.  Good quality textures can be hard to find however they are quite essential building blocks for designers. In this article you will find more than 20 great websites where you can download nearly any kind of texture, happy texture hunting! You will also find inspiration on how to use textures in web design.


OK you may ask yourself how to to get started with using textures in your designs. To help you out I would like to point your attention to these inspirational articles showcasing textures used elegantly in web design.

Texture directories

1. Urban Dirty

2. Grunge textures

3. Lost and Taken

4. 3dup.com

5. Texture Lovers

6. Stock Textures

7. 2Textured

8. Texturama


9. CgTextures

10. 3Dxo

11. Textures Library

12. PatternWall






17. Got3d



19.Texture Spot


21. Mayang’s Free Textures


22. Amazing Textures


Other useful texture resources

There are other great places to find high quality textures. One area is of course design blogs where you may find hand-picked textures for a specific purpose…

Author : Dustin Betonio

Dustin Betonio is a Translation Management graduate at University of Mindanao. His earlier career was devoted on customer service outside the information highway. Currently studying Law in the same University.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Aci July 13, 2010 at 2:55 am

very nice!i am study


Jennifer R July 8, 2010 at 3:01 am

nice article, I’ve bookmarked it for the later used


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