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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illuminated paint brush on orange

Illuminated Paint Brush On Orange

hand holding up red paint brush

Hand Holding Up Red Paint Brush

red paint brush on textured background

Red Paint Brush On Textured Background

landscape dry rough rock face texture

Landscape Dry Rough Rock Face Texture

dry rough rock face texture

Dry Rough Rock Face Texture

water cascading over rock face

Water Cascading Over Rock Face

waves moving through the ocean at dusk

Waves Moving Through The Ocean At Dusk

black shoes on contrete with scattered leaves

Black Shoes On Contrete With Scattered Leaves

cliffside by the water in italy

Cliffside By The Water In Italy

pattern in snow

Pattern In Snow

lily petal close up

Lily Petal Close Up

aged stone wall close up

Aged Stone Wall Close Up

a cobble stone residential street

A Cobble Stone Residential Street

puddle on a cobble street

Puddle On A Cobble Street

rain drops on a car

Rain Drops On A Car

rain drops on metal

Rain Drops On Metal

textured building exterior

Textured Building Exterior

winter log pile

Winter Log Pile

water falls like chandelier

Water Falls Like Chandelier

smoke break by the plaza

Smoke Break By The Plaza

strands of light and color

Strands Of Light And Color

sporadic lights trail pattern

Sporadic Lights Trail Pattern

spread of rounded stones

Spread Of Rounded Stones

close up of wood

Close Up Of Wood

striations in wood

Striations In Wood

layered wood up close

Layered Wood Up Close

black and white knotted wood

Black And White Knotted Wood

wood or rock?

Wood Or Rock?

decorative brickwork

Decorative Brickwork

pencils on desk

Pencils On Desk

tree bark texture close up

Tree Bark Texture Close Up

texture of old tree

Texture Of Old Tree

close up of tree bark

Close Up Of Tree Bark

brown and white wood

Brown And White Wood

wooden effect tiles

Wooden Effect Tiles

stackable chips in lines

Stackable Chips In Lines

sunlight and shadows catch every indentation of walking path

Sunlight And Shadows Catch Every Indentation Of Walking Path

rustic wooden window frame against exposed brick

Rustic Wooden Window Frame Against Exposed Brick

rustic living room feel with exposed brick

Rustic Living Room Feel With Exposed Brick

geometric ceiling

Geometric Ceiling

a close up of the bark on an old tree

A Close Up Of The Bark On An Old Tree

bamboo stand with carving and color variations

Bamboo Stand With Carving And Color Variations

texture of bark on old tree

Texture Of Bark On Old Tree

dense bamboo stand

Dense Bamboo Stand

large cluster of clothespins

Large Cluster Of Clothespins

ornate brick building in blizzard

Ornate Brick Building In Blizzard

office building with geometric masonwork on snowy day

Office Building With Geometric Masonwork On Snowy Day

leafy hedge spanning length of wall

Leafy Hedge Spanning Length Of Wall

wall of thick, waxy leaves

Wall Of Thick, Waxy Leaves

two piers on frozen sea

Two Piers On Frozen Sea

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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.