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13 Sites for Unique Textures

By Char

Textures can make interesting backgrounds for web sites, but they are also great for use in creating custom images with interest, depth and of course, texture. There are literally thousands of sites where you can find textures, but here are 13 that I check first when I need inspiration, something unique, high quality and low cost.

1. deviantART – A community of artists and enthusaists who submit and share their art. deviantART contains thousands of textures, tiles, backgrounds and images – some are free, some for purchase.

Deviant Art

2. Bittbox – Definitely one of my favorite sites for graphic design extras. Bittbox has a nice collection of free Photoshop brushes, fonts, and recently they have added some free textures, too.


3. UrbanDirty – Huge collection of free stock textures for your artwork, desktop, and viewing pleasure.


4. CGTextures – Amazing collection of free textures for use in print and web.


5. GrungeTextures – Free high resolution textures, backgrounds, photos and digital art for use under creative commons license.


6. TextureKing – Growing repository of high quality texture photos that are free for personal and professional use.

Texture King

7. Texture Library – Good variety of textures from fabric to circuit boards and everything in between.

Texture Library

8. Free3dsTextures – Creative commons license collection of interesting textures


9. Free seamless textures -Tutorials on how to create seamless texture images and a gallery of textures to download.

Free Seamless Textures

10. ImageAfter – Free high resolution textures of metals, floors, skin, wood, rock, walls etc for personal or commercial use.

Image After

11. Got3d – Free and for purchase textures. The free textures are photographer’s surplus that are free to use but cannot be resold.


12. StockXCHNG – One of my favorite resources for free stock photography also has a good selection of textures.


13. And don’t forget Flickr! Using various search terms, you can find large collections of textures and backgrounds you can download on Flickr. (How to use and understand Flickr images)

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Thanks for putting this list together Char :-) A great resource that I know I will come back to again and again (thanks also for the mention).


Any chance of adding my new site as it contains thousands of cost free images for imemdiate download including textures, grunge etc



Nice one Char, these will come in use! I only had one place I knew about for textures and I will be needing some soon. Thanks!


I also use Flickr. Search “textures” under the creative commons and there is a ton of different ones to use for free.

I hadn’t heard about most of these. Thanks


Thanks for sharing this.. these are some great texture websites :)


Thanks, Char, great idea for a post. It’s amazing how many times I need textures not images!


You should also check out there are loads of great textures and backgrounds on the site ;-)


Hey Charlene,

Awesome resource. I totally don’t mean to spam, so feel free to remove this if you think it’s not appropriate… but I just wanted to share a site I just launched,

Over two years of photography went into it – I started shooting more unusual textures after getting frustrated with the generic stuff out there – and I finally decided to open it up to the design community, so I thought I’d share.

Again, sorry if it’s too spammy / shameless self-promotion. Just wanted to get the content out and I love your blog, so I figured why not.


// maria

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