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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abstract arcitechture plays with light

Abstract Arcitechture Plays With Light

facial tissue texture

Facial Tissue Texture

shellfish bed at low tide

Shellfish Bed At Low Tide

a pattern with a cement staircase

A Pattern With A Cement Staircase

close up of lite blue jean fabric

Close Up of Lite Blue Jean Fabric

muscles and barnacles close up

Muscles And Barnacles Close Up

sky view of a river and the shoreline

Sky View Of A River And The Shoreline

sandscape of badlands

Sandscape Of Badlands

bare trees and tall brown grass

Bare Trees And Tall Brown Grass

white daisies close up

White Daisies Close Up

dried sunflower field

Dried Sunflower Field

window cleaners portrait

Window Cleaners Portrait

water cascading over rock face

Water Cascading Over Rock Face

detail of a cedar tree

Detail Of A Cedar Tree

window cleaners

Window Cleaners

aerial view of frozen pier

Aerial View Of Frozen Pier

dock out into water

Dock Out Into Water

dry palm tree trunk

Dry Palm Tree Trunk

sunflower head texture close up

Sunflower Head Texture Close Up

brown tree branches and abstract leaves

Brown Tree Branches And Abstract Leaves

rolling shapes of red soil in badlands

Rolling Shapes Of Red Soil In Badlands

close up of jean fabric

Close Up of Jean Fabric

rooftop growth

Rooftop Growth

drone photography of badlands ontario

Drone Photography Of Badlands Ontario

curved metal and glass window

Curved Metal And Glass Window

leafy hedge spanning length of wall

Leafy Hedge Spanning Length Of Wall

close up wet fall leaves on the forest floor

Close Up Wet Fall Leaves On The Forest Floor

leaves from fall trees cover a pathway

Leaves From Fall Trees Cover A Pathway

draped textured fabric

Draped Textured Fabric

triangle made of round circles

Triangle Made Of Round Circles

fanned out rupees currency

Fanned Out Rupees Currency

fuzzy top of wild foliage

Fuzzy Top Of Wild Foliage

cliffside by the water in italy

Cliffside By The Water In Italy

lily petal close up

Lily Petal Close Up

pistachio nuts macro

Pistachio Nuts Macro

blue and orange lines create a wavy pattern

Blue And Orange Lines Create A Wavy Pattern

two large jars of dried lemon slices

Two Large Jars Of Dried Lemon Slices

packing peanuts on left of white table

Packing Peanuts On Left Of White Table

large leaves of a green plant overlaid

Large Leaves Of A Green Plant Overlaid

sandy hills with natural reds landscape

Sandy Hills With Natural Reds Landscape

abstract image of blue white marbling

Abstract Image Of Blue White Marbling

abstract marbled colors in pink and purple

Abstract Marbled Colors In Pink And Purple

abstract image of orange lines

Abstract Image Of Orange Lines

packing peanuts laid on a table

Packing Peanuts Laid On A Table

queen anns lace texture

Queen Anns Lace Texture

dry sunflower field texture

Dry Sunflower Field Texture

sandy veins of ontario badlands

Sandy Veins Of Ontario Badlands

brown and white boxes laid on table

Brown And White Boxes Laid On Table

a jar overflowing with dried lemon slices

A Jar Overflowing With Dried Lemon Slices

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.