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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muscles and barnacles close up

Muscles And Barnacles Close Up

close up of a fern leaf in frame

Close Up Of A Fern Leaf In Frame

close up of purple blooming flower

Close Up Of Purple Blooming Flower

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

a pattern with a cement staircase

A Pattern With A Cement Staircase

abstract image of purple and blue marbling color

Abstract Image Of Purple And Blue Marbling Color

packing peanuts on left of white table

Packing Peanuts On Left Of White Table

smooth surface with droplets of water

Smooth Surface With Droplets of Water

wet pavement reflects a building and city night lights

Wet Pavement Reflects A Building And City Night Lights

blue wavy water of a swimming pool

Blue Wavy Water Of A Swimming Pool

long exposure on a moving escalator

Long Exposure On A Moving Escalator

abstract image of three triangles of color

Abstract Image Of Three Triangles Of Color

cliffside by the water in italy

Cliffside By The Water In Italy

pistachio nuts macro

Pistachio Nuts Macro

close up of the pocket of lite blue jeans

Close Up of The Pocket of Lite Blue Jeans

sandy hills with natural reds landscape

Sandy Hills With Natural Reds Landscape

white sign says summer against a yellow curved wall

White Sign Says Summer Against A Yellow Curved Wall

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

abstract photo of red marbling into white

Abstract Photo Of Red Marbling Into White

textured channels in dry sand

Textured Channels In Dry Sand

queen anns lace texture

Queen Anns Lace Texture

sandy veins of ontario badlands

Sandy Veins Of Ontario Badlands

glass jar full of dried lemons

Glass Jar Full Of Dried Lemons

white and blue marbling abstract view

White And Blue Marbling Abstract View

sky view of a river and the shoreline

Sky View Of A River And The Shoreline

colourful light creates bokeh

Colourful Light Creates Bokeh

white daisies close up

White Daisies Close Up

stadium risers and worn wooden bench seating

Stadium Risers And Worn Wooden Bench Seating

dry sunflower field texture

Dry Sunflower Field Texture

close up of water droplets on smooth surface

Close Up Of Water Droplets On Smooth Surface

lily petal close up

Lily Petal Close Up

bare trees and tall brown grass

Bare Trees And Tall Brown Grass

close up of lite blue jean fabric

Close Up of Lite Blue Jean Fabric

yellow petals covered in yellow bokeh light

Yellow Petals Covered In Yellow Bokeh Light

draped textured fabric

Draped Textured Fabric

detail of a cedar tree

Detail Of A Cedar Tree

a person swimming lanes in outdoor pool by tall trees

A Person Swimming Lanes In Outdoor Pool By Tall Trees

pink and red marbling abstract view

Pink And Red Marbling Abstract View

abstract photo of orange and green marbling

Abstract Photo Of Orange And Green Marbling

red white and blue marbling abstract view

Red White And Blue Marbling Abstract View

curved metal and glass window

Curved Metal And Glass Window

close up of a sliced orange

Close Up Of A Sliced Orange

staples in urban pole texture close up

Staples In Urban Pole Texture Close Up

ornate brick building in blizzard

Ornate Brick Building In Blizzard

wet window with a tall building out of focus

Wet Window With A Tall Building Out Of Focus

person in boots stand on crunchy fall leaves

Person In Boots Stand On Crunchy Fall Leaves

purple and white marbling abstract view

Purple And White Marbling Abstract View

close up of jean fabric

Close Up of Jean Fabric

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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.