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!

brown tree branches and abstract leaves

Brown Tree Branches And Abstract Leaves

close up of jean fabric

Close Up of Jean Fabric

muscle bed at low tide

Muscle Bed At Low Tide

a pattern with a cement staircase

A Pattern With A Cement Staircase

detail of a cedar tree

Detail Of A Cedar Tree

abstract image of blue white marbling

Abstract Image Of Blue White Marbling

shellfish bed at low tide

Shellfish Bed At Low Tide

white daisies close up

White Daisies Close Up

sandscape of badlands

Sandscape Of Badlands

close up wet fall leaves on the forest floor

Close Up Wet Fall Leaves On The Forest Floor

water cascading over rock face

Water Cascading Over Rock Face

window cleaners portrait

Window Cleaners Portrait

facial tissue texture

Facial Tissue Texture

muscles and barnacles close up

Muscles And Barnacles Close Up

curved metal and glass window

Curved Metal And Glass Window

dried sunflower field

Dried Sunflower Field

aerial view of frozen pier

Aerial View Of Frozen Pier

dock out into water

Dock Out Into Water

leaves from fall trees cover a pathway

Leaves From Fall Trees Cover A Pathway

triangle made of round circles

Triangle Made Of Round Circles

window cleaners

Window Cleaners

sunflower head texture close up

Sunflower Head Texture Close Up

draped textured fabric

Draped Textured Fabric

rolling shapes of red soil in badlands

Rolling Shapes Of Red Soil In Badlands

dry palm tree trunk

Dry Palm Tree Trunk

fuzzy top of wild foliage

Fuzzy Top Of Wild Foliage

abstract marbled colors in pink and purple

Abstract Marbled Colors In Pink And Purple

abstract image of orange lines

Abstract Image Of Orange Lines

drone photography of badlands ontario

Drone Photography Of Badlands Ontario

blue and orange lines create a wavy pattern

Blue And Orange Lines Create A Wavy Pattern

large leaves of a green plant overlaid

Large Leaves Of A Green Plant Overlaid

rooftop growth

Rooftop Growth

leafy hedge spanning length of wall

Leafy Hedge Spanning Length Of Wall

side of white building with windows and black balconies

Side Of White Building With Windows And Black Balconies

cliffside by the water in italy

Cliffside By The Water In Italy

fanned out rupees currency

Fanned Out Rupees Currency

lily petal close up

Lily Petal Close Up

two large jars of dried lemon slices

Two Large Jars Of Dried Lemon Slices

a jar overflowing with dried lemon slices

A Jar Overflowing With Dried Lemon Slices

pistachio nuts macro

Pistachio Nuts Macro

side of a building with no windows and a fences shadow

Side Of A Building With No Windows And A Fences Shadow

ornate brick building in blizzard

Ornate Brick Building In Blizzard

close up of a leaves texture with thick stem

Close Up Of A Leaves Texture With Thick Stem

sandy hills with natural reds landscape

Sandy Hills With Natural Reds Landscape

packing peanuts on left of white table

Packing Peanuts On Left Of White Table

sandy veins of ontario badlands

Sandy Veins Of Ontario Badlands

queen anns lace texture

Queen Anns Lace Texture

dry sunflower field texture

Dry Sunflower Field Texture

staples in urban pole texture close up

Staples In Urban Pole Texture Close Up

packing peanuts laid on a table

Packing Peanuts Laid On A Table

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.