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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close up of two red cylinders on a reflective surface

Close Up Of Two Red Cylinders On A Reflective Surface


colorful leaves fallen in autumn

Colorful Leaves Fallen In Autumn


tissue lit with red

Tissue Lit With Red


hand holding up red paint brush

Hand Holding Up Red Paint Brush


a person swimming lanes in outdoor pool by tall trees

A Person Swimming Lanes In Outdoor Pool By Tall Trees


smooth surface with droplets of water

Smooth Surface With Droplets of Water


silver and holiday horn

Silver And Holiday Horn


wet window with a tall building out of focus

Wet Window With A Tall Building Out Of Focus


cactus close up in green

Cactus Close Up In Green


purple and red marbling abstract view

Purple And Red Marbling Abstract View


dense snowy branches

Dense Snowy Branches


chain link fence in the city

Chain Link Fence In the City


weathered wall with grass growing on cracks

Weathered Wall With Grass Growing On Cracks


aged tree bark texture

Aged Tree Bark Texture


hands grip a thick wool blanket

Hands Grip A Thick Wool Blanket


close up of water droplets on smooth surface

Close Up Of Water Droplets On Smooth Surface


Waves In Vibrant Orange Sand With Small Footprints

Waves In Vibrant Orange Sand With Small Footprints


light reflecting on waves

Light Reflecting On Waves


close up of a worn barn exterior

Close Up Of A Worn Barn Exterior


outdoor swimming pool with tall trees behind it

Outdoor Swimming Pool With Tall Trees Behind It


abstract yellow light through wet glass

Abstract Yellow Light Through Wet Glass


macro photo of a veiny green leaf

Macro Photo Of A Veiny Green Leaf


aerial photo of an outdoor ice rink with a single person on it

Aerial Photo Of An Outdoor Ice Rink With A Single Person On It


packages ready to ship to customers

Packages Ready To Ship To Customers


jagged cliff rock texture

Jagged Cliff Rock Texture


grey brick building front

Grey Brick Building Front


layered wood up close

Layered Wood Up Close


organic green plant closeup

Organic Green Plant Closeup


water creates glass texture on city street

Water Creates Glass Texture On City Street


triangle of round circles create a tree light shape

Triangle Of Round Circles Create A Tree Light Shape


large cluster of clothespins

Large Cluster Of Clothespins


Rolling Orange Sand With Scattered Shrubs

Rolling Orange Sand With Scattered Shrubs


stacked boxes in abstract art

Stacked Boxes In Abstract Art


brown boxes tied up in a bow

Brown Boxes Tied Up In A Bow


grey worn wood bends separating in the middle

Grey Worn Wood Bends Separating In The Middle


dry rough rock face texture

Dry Rough Rock Face Texture


curves of modern architechture black and white

Curves Of Modern Architechture Black And White


jade face roller on a white cloth

Jade Face Roller On A White Cloth


squares on squares art

Squares On Squares Art


unique brick texture

Unique Brick Texture


ventilation texture

Ventilation Texture


pattern in snow

Pattern In Snow


geometric ceiling

Geometric Ceiling


anytime sign on wall

Anytime Sign On Wall


a close up of green wheat sheaf

A Close Up Of Green Wheat Sheaf


forest tree roots on path

Forest Tree Roots On Path


sporadic lights trail pattern

Sporadic Lights Trail Pattern


photo of black and pink shapes

Photo Of Black And Pink Shapes


sewing machine knobs

Sewing Machine Knobs


black and white view of abstract structure

Black And White View Of Abstract Structure


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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.