The use of paper as a surface where web designers can draw some vague concept for design inspiration that comes unwittingly like a flash in their minds, is already an acknowledged fact. Whether it is some unique concept of a logo, or a header, or a wireframing idea, web designers often grab the nearest pen and paper to visualize his thoughts before they fade. During one of these creative wanderings perhaps came the use of paper, not as web designers used to know it, but as a texture or background of the design project. Since then, the use of paper texture became increasingly popular.
This popularity is of course not without reason. A web page with a paper background tends to be more friendly or passionate in its approach thus, endearing to its readers. This is true especially if the paper is soft or delicate in its appearance. From this perspective, web designers have learned to use a specific look of paper texture to evoke a certain emotional response from the readers. From a burnt paperback, to a wrinkled or a torn and yellowish scrap, each has its own distinct use that only web designers and artists appreciate. I say only, because only artists and web designers appreciate the beauty of a paper texture which is dirty, or yellowish, stained, burnt, you name it.
But looking for a paper that can best achieve the design concept is not an easy task. That is why, it is best to have a sizeable of collection of these artworks to save you from trouble when the need arises. Luckily, many web designers and photographers are willing to share some of their works as their contribution for the betterment of the whole design community. For our part, we are taking the initiative to bring some of these works forward by publishing 260 plus of them here. These wonderful paper textures won’t cost you a thing because they are free to download.
I know that there are many others that I failed to include here because of one reason or another, but if there is anything you know that can be of help to others, please share them by writing a comment below. After all, sharing is the main purpose of having this article. Sharing this post to your friends therefore is a great idea. Happy viewing!
If you like textures, make sure to check out the thousands of fully-licensed textures found over at Envato Market.
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Free Parchment Texture by Poe Tatum
Warm Desire #1 by Jinterwas
Brown Paper 10 by SixRevisions
Paper Texture 01 by TuxXtreme
img027 by Rachael Towne
img026 by Rachael Towne
img025 by Rachael Towne
Old Paper Texture by Darren Hester
Brown Paper 04 by SixRevisions
Seamless Brown Bag Texture by Fantasy Stock
Texture 94 by deadcalm-stock
Lantern by Nick Coombe
Texture: Notebook Paper – 3 by djsoundwav
Vintage Wall Paper Texture by KillxThexScenexStock
clltexture33 by Christie Lacy
Paper pattern by Requiemstock
IMG_3743 by Caleb Kimbrough
Grungy paper texture v.14 by Bashcorpo
Texture – Green Swirls Paper by Enchantedgal-Stock
Colorful Inks Paper Texture by Enchantedgal-Stock
img033 by Rachael Towne
Free dark crumpled paper texture for layers by D. Sharon Pruitt
img032 by Rachael Towne
img031 by Rachael Towne
img012 by Rachael Towne
img011 by Rachael Towne
Assorted Textures Set No. 1 by Pfefferminzchen – 6 Textures Based on Old Paper
Paper Texture Pack by zigabooooo– 9 papers
Flowery Paper by Valkiria-stock – 3 pieces of flowery textures
Natural Paper Texture Pack by Cloaks – 9 pieces in one set
1024×768 Paper Textures by Entrochique – a set of 10 Paper Textures
Yellow Paper Textures by Mary Chan- 8 pieces of textures
6 Paper Textures by Sajja
Retro old dirty paper texture by Berthjan – 4 pieces of textures
High-Res Card and Paper Textures by Tom Ross – Set of 8 stunning high-res card and paper images.
Origami Paper Texture Pack by Andrea Koupal – A collection of 8 origami paper textures
14 High Res Japanese Paper Textures by Caleb Kimbrough
Paper Texture Pack 02 by blammogirl – print paper texture pack with 4 new patterns
5 Fantastically Free High Res Brown Paper Textures by Chris Spooner
Paper Textures 2 by Hibbary – 15 unique paper textures of various sizes
Paper Textures by Dioma – 8 different paper textures
Free Wrinkled Paper Textures by Fuzzimo – 22 High Resolution Textures
5 Grungy Paper Textures by ormanclark
14 High-Res Paper Textures by ormanclark
19 Free Hi-Res Burnt Paper Textures by Max Stanworth
60 Beautiful High Resolution Paper Backgrounds by Photoshop Roadmap
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Sonny M. Day is a passionate SEO and web design enthusiast who loves photography, mountain climbing, snorkeling and dirt bike riding.
Thanks for the designs man I already have found a use for a couple of these – a good little collection!
Nice. Looks like you raided someones 100 year old home with a camera and snapped every cool little design and texture you came across. Some good ones in there…
Nice collection. I’ve downloaded about 10 of them. Thanks.
Wow… thank you so much! 🙂
Thanks for the feedback Chaziza!
[…] Just click here to go to a website (Tripwire Magazine) that has rounded up some 260 images you can download and use on your own images. Thanks to all the creators of these textures for all their work and generosity. Just browse through the list and find a favorite or two … or more. For free! Then just go to work with your images to create something new and exciting, something that will be unique and one-of-a-kind. […]
Hey! I just noticed that you used some of my paper textures in this post. Thank you so much 🙂 I hope some of your readers can make use of them!
You are welcome Rachael, thanks for offering them