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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dry palm tree trunk

Dry Palm Tree Trunk

varied colorful locks on a fence

Varied Colorful Locks On A Fence

window cleaners portrait

Window Cleaners Portrait

white daisies close up

White Daisies Close Up

close up of a sliced orange

Close Up Of A Sliced Orange

close up of lite blue jean fabric

Close Up of Lite Blue Jean Fabric

abstract image of blue and orange lines curving

Abstract Image Of Blue And Orange Lines Curving

dock out into water

Dock Out Into Water

aerial view of frozen pier

Aerial View Of Frozen Pier

detail of a cedar tree

Detail Of A Cedar Tree

bare trees and tall brown grass

Bare Trees And Tall Brown Grass

rooftop growth

Rooftop Growth

sunflower head texture close up

Sunflower Head Texture Close Up

leafy hedge spanning length of wall

Leafy Hedge Spanning Length Of Wall

rolling shapes of red soil in badlands

Rolling Shapes Of Red Soil In Badlands

close up of variety of padlocks

Close Up Of Variety Of Padlocks

lush forest on a foggy day

Lush Forest On A Foggy Day

sky view of a river and the shoreline

Sky View Of A River And The Shoreline

brown tree branches and abstract leaves

Brown Tree Branches And Abstract Leaves

curved metal and glass window

Curved Metal And Glass Window

building on an angle with colorful balcony walls

Building On An Angle With Colorful Balcony Walls

photo of large deep green plant leaves

Photo Of Large Deep Green Plant Leaves

draped textured fabric

Draped Textured Fabric

drone photography of badlands ontario

Drone Photography Of Badlands Ontario

close up wet fall leaves on the forest floor

Close Up Wet Fall Leaves On The Forest Floor

fanned out rupees currency

Fanned Out Rupees Currency

close up of jean fabric

Close Up of Jean Fabric

leaves from fall trees cover a pathway

Leaves From Fall Trees Cover A Pathway

look up to the exterior of a carved building

Look Up To The Exterior Of A Carved Building

fuzzy top of wild foliage

Fuzzy Top Of Wild Foliage

cliffside by the water in italy

Cliffside By The Water In Italy

triangle made of round circles

Triangle Made Of Round Circles

packing peanuts on left of white table

Packing Peanuts On Left Of White Table

pistachio nuts macro

Pistachio Nuts Macro

lily petal close up

Lily Petal Close Up

side of an angled building with balconies

Side Of An Angled Building With Balconies

two large jars of dried lemon slices

Two Large Jars Of Dried Lemon Slices

queen anns lace texture

Queen Anns Lace Texture

sandy hills with natural reds landscape

Sandy Hills With Natural Reds Landscape

packing peanuts laid on a table

Packing Peanuts Laid On A Table

brown and white boxes laid on table

Brown And White Boxes Laid On Table

dry sunflower field texture

Dry Sunflower Field Texture

sandy veins of ontario badlands

Sandy Veins Of Ontario Badlands

stadium risers and worn wooden bench seating

Stadium Risers And Worn Wooden Bench Seating

detail of paint on tree bark

Detail Of Paint On Tree Bark

staples in urban pole texture close up

Staples In Urban Pole Texture Close Up

blue and orange lines create a wavy pattern

Blue And Orange Lines Create A Wavy Pattern

abstract marbled colors in pink and purple

Abstract Marbled Colors In Pink And Purple

close up of green leafs

Close Up Of Green Leafs

a jar overflowing with dried lemon slices

A Jar Overflowing With Dried Lemon Slices

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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.