Who doesn’t want to use unique textures on their websites when developing a site for a client or for their own personal sites? I have spent hours going through images at Flickr or Deviant Art and do think those sites are awesome, but I wanted to find some other sites too. A lot of people believe that you need to pay for these great textures. However, the list below shows you some resources I have found which are completely free. True, they might have paid upgrade options, but this should steer you in the right direction for great textures for your website.
This is an awesome site that has almost 400 backgrounds that you can use on your website. They are completely 100% free. You don’t need to sign up for an account or anything to download the textures. I have tested it out. You can sign up for an email opt-in, and they will notify you whenever there are new textures to download. There is a pretty cool feature where you can download a plugin for Photoshop for $11.99.
This is a cool site that has nearly a hundred background sets. Meaning that you can download jeans, backgrounds, grungy, artistic, fine art, fabrics, woods, paint, stones, fur, etc. texture backgrounds. There is no need to sign up for anything for this site. The textures download a .zip file which means you will get all the textures in the set.
I really love this site. Basically, if you already know the color of the background you want to use and want to specify your hex number (example: #0082d9) and then browse 100’s of different pre-made backgrounds that are a transparent texture over that color you can easily download or create a wallpaper from the graphic. There is even a search bar at the top of the site where you can specify bricks, flowers, squares, etc.) However, one really cool thing about this site is it allows you to just cut and paste the background and grab the CSS straight from the website. Meaning that all you do is select the background and click copy to clipboard. Here is an example of one I did:
/* This is mostly intended for prototyping; please download the pattern and re-host for production environments. Thank you! */
This website currently has over 130 pages of textures. There are 6 textures on each page, so you guessed it that is 780 textures to choose from. To download them you’re going to simply click on the image that you want and then right click the picture and save it to your hard drive. On the right-hand site, you can specify what you’re looking for. For example, they have many categories to choose from; paper, grudge, light blurs, wood, experimental, book covers, film, stone, mud, brick, bark, bubbles, leafs, water, etc. There are 32 categories to choose from.
This website has 107,347 textures to choose from. There are many categories you can choose from. Some of them are abstract, brick, buildings, fire, ink, marble, metal, plaster, rock, scrap, splatter, wood, etc.
You can download low-resolution images without signing in. A lot of the images you do need to set up a free user account, though. However, if you want medium resolution textures, you need to sign up for a free account. If you’re seeking a high-resolution image, you can also sign up for a paid membership. They have 3 different plans:
- Normal. This will allow you to download 100MB/24 hours, no IP whitelist, and cost $76/year.
- Extra. This will allow you to download 250MB/24 hours, no IP whitelist, and cost $154/year.
- Corporate. This will allow you to download 750MB/24hours, there is an IP whitelist, and cost $323/year.
To purchase any plan you can pay with Paypal or 2Checkout. There is a VAT fee charged to European users.
Another really cool site where you can download textures. You can either download single textures or texture packs. They are all 100% free, and you don’t have to sign up for an account or anything. There are currently over 60 single textures and over 130 texture packs. Users can even submit their own textures if they want.
This site does also have over 45 texture tutorials. They are in 5 different categories; designing, effects, illustration, text effects, and web design. These tutorials are really amazing! They link to sites that have made tutorials and usually have excellent how-to content!
This is an ever growing list that I will be updating whenever I find new sites to add. If there are any of them that you feel need to be added to this list please leave a comment down below and I will be sure to post a link to the website. Happy texture hunting!