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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large leaves of a green plant overlaid

Large Leaves Of A Green Plant Overlaid


ornate brick building in blizzard

Ornate Brick Building In Blizzard


abstract image of orange lines

Abstract Image Of Orange Lines


sunlight and shadows catch every indentation of walking path

Sunlight And Shadows Catch Every Indentation Of Walking Path


fall leaves create ripples in water

Fall Leaves Create Ripples In Water


view of a rustic textured hillside

View Of A Rustic Textured Hillside


packing peanuts on white table

Packing Peanuts On White Table


side of a building with no windows and a fences shadow

Side Of A Building With No Windows And A Fences Shadow


looking up towards the sky at a grey building

Looking Up Towards The Sky At A Grey Building


tall grey building with lines of reflective windows

Tall Grey Building With Lines Of Reflective Windows


close up of a red sauce and a wooden spoon

Close Up of A Red Sauce And A Wooden Spoon


abstract image of blue white marbling

Abstract Image Of Blue White Marbling


close up of a leaves texture with thick stem

Close Up Of A Leaves Texture With Thick Stem


contoured landscape in black and white

Contoured Landscape In Black And White


side of white building with windows and black balconies

Side Of White Building With Windows And Black Balconies


a cobble stone residential street

A Cobble Stone Residential Street


office building with geometric masonwork on snowy day

Office Building With Geometric Masonwork On Snowy Day


black background and green leaves of a plant

Black Background And Green Leaves Of A Plant


close up of soft pink flower petals

Close Up Of Soft Pink Flower Petals


abstract image of red white and orange lines curving together

Abstract Image Of Red White And Orange Lines Curving Together


winter log pile

Winter Log Pile


smoke break by the plaza

Smoke Break By The Plaza


textured building exterior

Textured Building Exterior


abstract image of a blue clouds surrounded by white

Abstract Image Of A Blue Clouds Surrounded By White


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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.