When you browse the Internet or look for well-designed websites in CSS galleries or any other source of design inspiration, you’ll see that textures and patterns have become very common in modern Web design. Besides being almost a trend textures in web design is popular for a reason. Textures can be used in nearly endless ways and if you look for it you will notice that it is actually all over the place. In some cases visitors hardly mention it and in other cases textures are used as the main design element or for highlighting specific parts of the page.

Using patterns of real life things as design elements on a website can give it very realistic and laid back look and feel. In particular paper texture has been used a lot lately as backgrounds for the entire pages, in navigation, around featured content areas and so on. However paper texture is Scans and images of paper provides an informal, cut-and-paste collage feeling to the design giving the site more of a personal and hand-crafted image – quite opposite to the clean and shiny trend of other web design styles.

In this post, I will showcase beautiful and awesome examples of paper inspired website design and give some advice for finding good quality free paper textures.

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Paper Texture in Web Design

1. EmailFuture

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2. Shoebox Blog

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3. 5pts

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4. Ximena Ruiz

Ximena Ruiz

5. Lokalisten Sprechblase

Lokal

6. Not Your Average Joe

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7. Spoon Graphics

spoon

8. Edgepoint Church

Edgepoint

9. Literary Bohemian

Literary

10. Jared Campbell

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11. Web Smarty

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12. Edu.tnVacation

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13. Arounddorsetwalk

Arounddorsetwalk

14. Time for Cake

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15. Swing Theory

Swing theory

16. Dawghouse Design Studio

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17. Web-g

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18. Viget

Viget Labs

19. Noel Design

Noel Design

20. Tohavit

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21. DK Publishing

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22. Resume Girl

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23. Dopheide Ministries

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24. Eric’s Empire

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25. Bien Bien Bien

BienBien

26. Vsplash

VSplash

27. Spring Time

Springtime

28. Cassys Design

Cassys-Design

29. Think Design Blog

Thinkdesign

30. Light Techo

Light-Techo

31. Free People Clothing

Free People

32. Sprocket House

sprocket house

33. VCU Office of Undergraduate

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34. Gardening With Children

gardening with children

35. Mouse To Minx

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How to find Paper Texture

Paper texture is easy to find if you know where to look. A good place to start is free stock photo site. As an example see this search on www.sxc.hu where 50 pages x20 paper textures are returned.

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Author : Dustin Betonio

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