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.

Are you looking to launch your online business? Try Shopify for free!

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


Start a business

Most everything you need to get started — photos, suppliers, and more

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.