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4 Free Texture Websites

posted by Matt Ward on Jul 31, 2009.

Textures are a hugely valuable tool for designers, with so many varying applications. They can be used to add texture to backgrounds and all sorts of other elements. Fortunately, there are some incredible texture resources out there. Today, I want to bring you four free texture resource, which you can visit and use to add […]

Textures are a hugely valuable tool for designers, with so many varying applications. They can be used to add texture to backgrounds and all sorts of other elements. Fortunately, there are some incredible texture resources out there. Today, I want to bring you four free texture resource, which you can visit and use to add to your arsenal of textures and design elements.

Lost and Taken

Lost and Taken

Lost and Taken

Lost and Taken is a texture blog created and maintained by Caleb Kimbrough, which focuses on providing designers with free, high quality textures. Seriously, this stuff is great, and Caleb obviously goes to great lengths to provide great quality textures. There are a great variety of different types of textures, many of which are carefully and lovingly modified and Photoshoped by Caleb himself in order to make them as cool as possible for your use.

TexureZ

TextureZ

TextureZ

TexureZ features a wide range of different textures, organized into sixteen distinct categories. The textures are free for both commercial and non-commercial projects, but you are not allowed to host, redistribute or sell any of the textures, which is pretty much standard for any resource site that you will find on the internet.

I downloaded a few textures and was very impressed by the quality of the images. Their resolution is quite high, and the details are nice and crisp. Each texture is downloaded in its own zip file, so if you are grabbing more than a few textures, the downloading could prove tedious, but overall, I would say that this is probably a site that is well worth bookmarking!

Texture King

Texture King

Texture King

Texture King is probably the smallest of the four collections here, listing 337 textures at the time of writing, but it still has some excellent material. I am especially fond of a couple of the grunge textures, which have interesting depth, variation and colour. The images are not huge, but they are still of a very good quality and would undoubtedly be useful in any number of design projects. Again, these textures are free for both commercial and non-commercial works, so long as you don’t host, sell or redistribute the textures themselves.

One thing I do really like about this site is it’s ease of use. The site is attractive and easy to navigate. The ads, while clearly visible, are not overpowering. You can also get your hands on the textures right away, as the images open directly in a new window when you click on them. No zip archives to contend with here.

CG Textures

CG Textures

CG Textures

CG Textures is an enormous repository of textures, many of which can be accessed for free, under the CG Textures licence (I recommend you read the licence before using any texture). At the time of writing this blog, they cite their total textures collection as over 36,000. The textures are all organized into categories and sub-categories, to make it easier for you find what you’re looking for.

Some of the larger textures require you tu purchase a membership, which are actually quite modestly priced. If you are going to be needing a lot of textures at very high resolution, it might be well worth your time to pick up a membership. This also allows you to download more textures in a day.

One other thing to note about this site is that they have a few texture related tutorials, which you may find interesting.

I hope you find at least one of these four sites useful. All together, they offer a ton of textures for your design needs. But don’t forget that I have a few texture packs available too! Head on over to the freebies section of my website to check them out. Each pack contains 5 free and unique texture photographed exclusively by me!

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Matt Ward is a digital artist who lances freely under the moniker of Echo Enduring Media, and specializes in graphics design, illustration and writing. He is also the Creative Director for Highland Marketing, a creative direct marketing company based out of Waterloo, Ontario. You can follow Matt on Twitter

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