Texture Background Images

Whether it’s the soft, whimsical pattern of pink clouds or rough, rugged feel of grey concrete slabs - texture can severely alter an audience’s perception of an image, web page or advertisement.

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window cleaners portrait

Window Cleaners Portrait


aerial view of frozen pier

Aerial View Of Frozen Pier


muscles and barnacles close up

Muscles And Barnacles Close Up


steps down into a lush forest

Steps Down Into A Lush Forest


abstract triangles of red orange and blue

Abstract Triangles Of Red Orange And Blue


close up of purple blooming flower

Close Up Of Purple Blooming Flower


abstract image of three triangles of color

Abstract Image Of Three Triangles Of Color


glass jar full of dried lemons

Glass Jar Full Of Dried Lemons


water cascading over rock face

Water Cascading Over Rock Face


sunflower head texture close up

Sunflower Head Texture Close Up


smooth surface with droplets of water

Smooth Surface With Droplets of Water


drone photography of badlands ontario

Drone Photography Of Badlands Ontario


a pattern with a cement staircase

A Pattern With A Cement Staircase


fanned out rupees currency

Fanned Out Rupees Currency


long exposure on a moving escalator

Long Exposure On A Moving Escalator


textured channels in dry sand

Textured Channels In Dry Sand


white sign says summer against a yellow curved wall

White Sign Says Summer Against A Yellow Curved Wall


blue wavy water of a swimming pool

Blue Wavy Water Of A Swimming Pool


white and blue marbling abstract view

White And Blue Marbling Abstract View


abstract photo of orange and green marbling

Abstract Photo Of Orange And Green Marbling


close up of the pocket of lite blue jeans

Close Up of The Pocket of Lite Blue Jeans


wet pavement reflects a building and city night lights

Wet Pavement Reflects A Building And City Night Lights


colourful light creates bokeh

Colourful Light Creates Bokeh


close up of water droplets on smooth surface

Close Up Of Water Droplets On Smooth Surface


pink and red marbling abstract view

Pink And Red Marbling Abstract View


red white and blue marbling abstract view

Red White And Blue Marbling Abstract View


close up of lite blue jean fabric

Close Up of Lite Blue Jean Fabric


packing peanuts on left of white table

Packing Peanuts On Left Of White Table


a person swimming lanes in outdoor pool by tall trees

A Person Swimming Lanes In Outdoor Pool By Tall Trees


cliffside by the water in italy

Cliffside By The Water In Italy


white daisies close up

White Daisies Close Up


sky view of a river and the shoreline

Sky View Of A River And The Shoreline


bare trees and tall brown grass

Bare Trees And Tall Brown Grass


pistachio nuts macro

Pistachio Nuts Macro


purple and white marbling abstract view

Purple And White Marbling Abstract View


detail of a cedar tree

Detail Of A Cedar Tree


a green triangle and an orange triangle on paper

A Green Triangle And An Orange Triangle On Paper


sandy hills with natural reds landscape

Sandy Hills With Natural Reds Landscape


packing peanuts laid on a table

Packing Peanuts Laid On A Table


brown and white boxes laid on table

Brown And White Boxes Laid On Table


queen anns lace texture

Queen Anns Lace Texture


wet window with a tall building out of focus

Wet Window With A Tall Building Out Of Focus


draped textured fabric

Draped Textured Fabric


sandy veins of ontario badlands

Sandy Veins Of Ontario Badlands


curved metal and glass window

Curved Metal And Glass Window


aerial image of green forest treetops

Aerial Image of Green Forest Treetops


lush forest on a foggy day

Lush Forest On A Foggy Day


person in boots stand on crunchy fall leaves

Person In Boots Stand On Crunchy Fall Leaves


yellow wall with lines and a white sign saying summer

Yellow Wall With Lines And A White Sign Saying Summer


stadium risers and worn wooden bench seating

Stadium Risers And Worn Wooden Bench Seating


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Wood, metal, concrete - browse free, high resolution texture images for designers

In using textured backgrounds in your project - you’ll want to be mindful of what emotions and aesthetics are associated with the texture you’re using and what you want to communicate through your imagery. More natural textures, such the rippled surface of a birch tree or the seamless feel of thin beach sand can have a calming effect on the viewer. At the same time - certain artistically minded textures like smooth canvas and wet oil paints can inspire creativity. Other textures have a more industrial aesthetic and help to give the audience a sense of ruggedness. These textures can include polished leather, glass, concrete, crumpled paper and metal.

Visual Textures and Tactile Textures

There’s also a distinction to be made between visual texture and tactile texture. Tactile textures like wood, metal, sand, glass, canvas or leather contain physical textures that are differentiated by touch. Use of these textures can affect the smoothness being portrayed in an image and the feeling that the image conveys. For example, a smooth, seamless surface like canvas can be visually restful while a more rough surface like a jagged cliff can give a more active feel to the image.

Visual textures work a bit differently. These are textures that either create the illusion of having a physical texture (such as a 3d rendered image) or don’t have a physical texture that can be perceived by the human sense of touch (such as clouds or smoke).

Using Textures in Design

When used in marketing and design - textured images can portray a number of emotions and aesthetics that help to build a character for your project. For example, if you’re looking to portray your subject as being more environmentally oriented - natural textures like grass, tree bark, and wood might be best to use.

If you’re looking to give your subject a more sleek, futuristic feel - think smooth chrome or glossy plastic. Feel free to experiment with artificial textures and rendered 3d graphics if you wanted - more abstract textures can give your products a sense of creativity.

Maybe you want a vintage feel for your designs - try more muted textures like ripped denim or washed-out fabric. Using a subtle texture in the background of a design is a great way to add character and bring your designs to life.