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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two matching archways side by side

Two Matching Archways Side By Side

office building with geometric masonwork on snowy day

Office Building With Geometric Masonwork On Snowy Day

smooth surface with droplets of water

Smooth Surface With Droplets of Water

sky view of a river and the shoreline

Sky View Of A River And The Shoreline

wet pavement reflects a building and city night lights

Wet Pavement Reflects A Building And City Night Lights

no parking sign on textured background

No Parking SIgn On Textured Background

bare trees and tall brown grass

Bare Trees And Tall Brown Grass

white daisies close up

White Daisies Close Up

blue terry cloth towel

Blue Terry Cloth Towel

wavy water creating pattern in swimming pool

Wavy Water Creating Pattern In Swimming Pool

detail of a cedar tree

Detail Of A Cedar Tree

close up of water droplets on smooth surface

Close Up Of Water Droplets On Smooth Surface

draped textured fabric

Draped Textured Fabric

curved metal and glass window

Curved Metal And Glass Window

long exposure on a moving escalator

Long Exposure On A Moving Escalator

flatlay of jade face roller laying on a grey stone

Flatlay Of Jade Face Roller Laying On A Grey Stone

persons in blue jeans lays their hands on their thighs

Persons In Blue Jeans Lays Their Hands On Their Thighs

a cobble stone residential street

A Cobble Stone Residential Street

fuzzy top of wild foliage

Fuzzy Top Of Wild Foliage

outdoor swimming pool with tall trees behind it

Outdoor Swimming Pool With Tall Trees Behind It

texture of a green leaf very close up

Texture Of A Green Leaf Very Close Up

blue wavy water of a swimming pool

Blue Wavy Water Of A Swimming Pool

a person swimming lanes in outdoor pool by tall trees

A Person Swimming Lanes In Outdoor Pool By Tall Trees

marbling of vibrant pink and purple colors

Marbling Of Vibrant Pink And Purple Colors

lush forest on a foggy day

Lush Forest On A Foggy Day

brown tree branches and abstract leaves

Brown Tree Branches And Abstract Leaves

glass jar full of dried lemons

Glass Jar Full Of Dried Lemons

textured channels in dry sand

Textured Channels In Dry Sand

worn wood texture close up

Worn Wood Texture Close Up

close up of green leafs

Close Up Of Green Leafs

close up of a sliced orange

Close Up Of A Sliced Orange

leaves from fall trees cover a pathway

Leaves From Fall Trees Cover A Pathway

abstract image of purple and blue marbling color

Abstract Image Of Purple And Blue Marbling Color

detail of paint on tree bark

Detail Of Paint On Tree Bark

water creates glass texture on city street

Water Creates Glass Texture On City Street

person in boots stand on crunchy fall leaves

Person In Boots Stand On Crunchy Fall Leaves

wet window with a tall building out of focus

Wet Window With A Tall Building Out Of Focus

smoke break by the plaza

Smoke Break By The Plaza

abstract image of lime green and pink marbling

Abstract Image Of Lime Green And Pink Marbling

close up wet fall leaves on the forest floor

Close Up Wet Fall Leaves On The Forest Floor

winter log pile

Winter Log Pile

close up of the pocket of lite blue jeans

Close Up of The Pocket of Lite Blue Jeans

close up of lite blue jean fabric

Close Up of Lite Blue Jean Fabric

abstract photo of red marbling into white

Abstract Photo Of Red Marbling Into White

two different textures of sand

Two Different Textures Of Sand

fresh rainfall on green leaves

Fresh Rainfall On Green Leaves

tall grey building with lines of reflective windows

Tall Grey Building With Lines Of Reflective Windows

looking up towards the sky at a grey building

Looking Up Towards The Sky At A Grey Building

hands grip a thick wool blanket

Hands Grip A Thick Wool Blanket

close up of two red cylinders on a reflective surface

Close Up Of Two Red Cylinders On A Reflective Surface

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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.