Textures have evolved drastically over the years, from simple grunges and vintage patterns, to fully sophisticated patterns and textures that use the latest web design standards to help designers to create the kind of designs that will Wow! the customer. Not only are textures a great way to optimize the look and feel of a particular design you are working on, it’s also a way to add a little bit of personality and emotion towards what we are building.
From being a simple way to showcase design skills, textures have evolved to become a way to add deepness to a design, to add meaning to certain areas of the website project, and not to mention to express uniqueness and originality. The use of textures on a website add to the experience of browsing things like emotion, feeling, and personality. And with those things in mind, lets take a look at the fifteen most popular texture sites on the web, as decided by web designers and creative artists themselves.
Stockvault doesn’t just offer textures, their library of digital content includes elements, objects, seasonal settings, and traditional web design graphics, but the textures section of the site is home to some several thousand unique and specifically tailored textures that will add that extra flavor to any kind of project. All textures come in high dimensions (their original resolutions), meaning that you have full freedom over how you use each texture, whether it’s for a mobile device or a desktop experience, you are in control of the size and quality of each texture. In total the sites texture category has received hundreds of millions of downloads, proving that textures are well alive and still kicking.
Mayang hosts a staggering 4,500+ textures, most of which are 5MP in resolution and cover an intense amount of categories. For those who are working on image specific projects will be happy to know that every single texture on the site is available for download at the cost of $33 — a bargain when you take into account the amount of work that has went into producing this large database of textures, in such a vast array of colors and choices.
Lost and Taken’s texture gallery offers textures in categories like Light, Motion, Leaves, Rust, Glass, Water, Wood, Bricks and even Books. The database is compact enough to be browsed fully within a few minutes, and you never know what kind of texture you might stumble upon, it might just be the one you were looking for all this time.
Freepik is of course a well-known name in graphic designers world, and their textures database (more than 3,000+) is a well-known resource for those who need textures for both free and commercial use. Each texture can be downloaded in .AI, .EPS and .SVG file formats. Much of the content on Freepik has been downloaded more than 100,000+ times individually, signaling for high quality and resource reliability. Freepik is home to a passionate team of developers who will happily answers your questions and provide you support if support is necessary.
Textures.com is run by a team of seven photographers and design artists who have in total shared more than 65,000+ unique textures, needless to say that not anyone can say they’ve got a keyword matching domain name for their project. Textures houses more than a hundred unique categories, giving you full freedom of choice when it comes to finding the kind of textures that will outline your business mission, creative passion, or point of interest in design.
TextureKing does nothing more than provide you with great and artistic textures that you can easily browse and download. Each texture comes in very high definition, meaning big file sizes, and in turn gives you the opportunity to use the textures for projects that require crisp resolution. Remember to follow TextureKing’s Twitter account to stay up to date with the latest texture releases.
Subtle Patterns is somewhat of a known name in the graphic designer sphere, and the site itself is home to some 400+ unique and carefully picked background patterns and textures that will make all the necessary improvements for your site to shine once again. There’s also a WordPress plugin available for those who want to play with Subtle Pattern’s directly from their WordPress dashboard. High quality textures at no cost at all, there’s not much more you can ask for.
Free Stock Textures is the work of two photography artists who do not proclaim themselves to be professionals or even highly experienced, but they do admire the craft and are happy to share their photography successes and results with anyone who might find it useful and interesting. There definitely are some gems to be found on this particular texture resource.
Brusheezy is the place to share your free Photoshop brushes and other Photoshop-related resources. Here you can explore and discuss the creations of other artists from around the world, or just find that perfect little freebie for your next Photoshop project. Brusheezy makes it easy to explore thousands of resources created by artists from all over the globe. All the resources are free to download and, depending on the license, free to use in your projects. The textures have been carefully selected by designers who have got more than a decade of experience behind their back, so you shouldn’t worry about dealing with textures that aren’t up to par with the latest design standards.
TextureMate is another successful personal site that features textures for those who are into graphic design, web design, and 3D modeling. There’s a range of free textures, texture packs, stock photographs, brushes, and all kinds of other design related resources that will ultimately help you create more, and it’s all free of cost! There are no set limits for how much content you can download or use, so indulge and take what speaks to you. You don’t even have to create an account! The textures are available as simple jpeg images that can easily be used in Adobe Photoshop, Gimp, 3D Studio Max, Blender, Maya or any other image editor.
Archive Textures has archived more than 70,000+ free textures that will leave you inspired for the infinite possibilities of design choices and optimizations. Most of the textures you can find on Archive Textures are 1920 x 1200 px in resolution, which gives opportunities to incorporate these textures in your web design projects like themes and templates.
3DTotal takes creativity to a whole new level, the kind of free textures you can find on 3DTotal have been created from literal objects in real life. So for example, if you are looking for a texture that resembles a brick wall, rest assured that someone at 3DTotal has taken a photograph of a brick wall and extracted a snippet of it to use as a texture! More than 16,000+ unique textures available in the 3DTotal database, take your time to explore them all.
You can’t skip the amazing texture (free and premium) packs that Pixeden’s team have to offer to its community. Each pack is created for a specific category, whether it’s Grunge, Brick or Rusty textures that you’re looking for, a team of design experts have carefully selected a select few designs that will amplify the look and feel of your next project.
TextureLib has some 6,000+ free textures available, many of which range from real life objects that will add that unexpected surprise element to your pages and/or full-on website projects. The thing with such creative libraries is that you have to spend the time to explore and see what the options are, don’t judge the book by its cover, or in this case, don’t judge TextureLib by its homepage, there is some really good stuff to be found on this site.
As the name suggests, OpenGameArt is all about gaming, and offers a huge database of textures and graphic elements for those who are into game making. No longer will you need to spend countless hours sketching together elements for your next game, just tap into the pool of textures from OpenGameArt and take away the strain of having to do all the graphics work yourself.