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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photographer frames their photo in a sunflower field

Photographer Frames Their Photo In A Sunflower Field

textured channels in dry sand

Textured Channels In Dry Sand

two paddleboarders coming into shore

Two Paddleboarders Coming Into Shore

grassy turf texture

Grassy Turf Texture

white packing peanuts on table

White Packing Peanuts On table

blue beaver patch sewn onto green fabric

Blue Beaver Patch Sewn Onto Green Fabric

dry tips on long slim leaves

Dry Tips On Long Slim Leaves

close up of the pocket of lite blue jeans

Close Up of The Pocket of Lite Blue Jeans

close up of tree bark

Close Up Of Tree Bark

two matching archways side by side

Two Matching Archways Side By Side

icy layers of winter shoreline

Icy Layers Of Winter Shoreline

red paint brush on textured background

Red Paint Brush On Textured Background

close up of a fern leaf in frame

Close Up Of A Fern Leaf In Frame

please pick up after your dog sign

Please Pick Up After Your Dog Sign

a close up of the bark on an old tree

A Close Up Of The Bark On An Old Tree

race track texture

Race Track Texture

thick curly grass

Thick Curly Grass

close up of packing materials

Close Up Of Packing Materials

black shoes on contrete with scattered leaves

Black Shoes On Contrete With Scattered Leaves

wet pavement reflects a building and city night lights

Wet Pavement Reflects A Building And City Night Lights

texture of dark waves on the shore

Texture Of Dark Waves On The Shore

landscape dry rough rock face texture

Landscape Dry Rough Rock Face Texture

close up of purple blooming flower

Close Up Of Purple Blooming Flower

pinecone close up

Pinecone Close Up

close up of a sliced orange

Close Up Of A Sliced Orange

seeds & pebbles

Seeds & Pebbles

moody pine tree branches

Moody Pine Tree Branches

old shingles

Old Shingles

steps down into a lush forest

Steps Down Into A Lush Forest

fire exit park 6 feet from door

Fire Exit Park 6 Feet From Door

corn in husk at harvest

Corn In Husk At Harvest

boxes and packages spread out

Boxes And Packages Spread Out

bamboo stand with carving and color variations

Bamboo Stand With Carving And Color Variations

blue wavy water of a swimming pool

Blue Wavy Water Of A Swimming Pool

mossy rooftop

Mossy Rooftop

shadows creating texture in soft beach sand

Shadows Creating Texture In Soft Beach Sand

close up of lite blue jean fabric

Close Up of Lite Blue Jean Fabric

a white building with beige windows

A White Building With Beige Windows

colourful light creates bokeh

Colourful Light Creates Bokeh

person standing in sunflower field

Person Standing In Sunflower Field

calm waves rolling on the shore at twilight

Calm Waves Rolling On The Shore At Twilight

bare trees and tall brown grass

Bare Trees And Tall Brown Grass

long exposure on a moving escalator

Long Exposure On A Moving Escalator

photograher standing in sunflower field

Photograher Standing In Sunflower Field

boxes and packages on white background

Boxes and Packages On White Background

tree bark texture close up

Tree Bark Texture Close Up

a closeup view of large jagged mountain rocks cover the ground

A Closeup view Of Large Jagged Mountain Rocks Cover The Ground

scattered coffee on a wooden table

Scattered Coffee On A Wooden Table

abstract arcitechture plays with light

Abstract Arcitechture Plays With Light

sky view of a river and the shoreline

Sky View Of A River And The Shoreline

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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.