As digital artists or hobbyists, we often find ourselves in need of texture images, be it to use as a background, to finish a concept art piece, or as a material for a 3D model.
There are a lot of sites that provide free stock photos and most include textures, but while searching or browsing you’ll have to separate normal photos from textures, so I wanted to highlight websites that are specifically focused on textures. These usually have categories that make it easier to find what you’re looking for.
I’m focusing more on user-friendliness, navigation and presentation, than on gross number of textures. My thoughts behind this are the collections these sites have can and probably will grow overtime. But some of the most visited and well-known websites are visually very old, hard to navigate, and haven’t updated their thumbnail sizes in ages. I, personally, find those not so appealing anymore and end up leaving much sooner than required to find what I was looking for. This is why my criteria might differ from some, but now you know why, and I bet you’ll enjoy what these sites have to offer if you don’t know them. Let’s go!
This is a very easy site to navigate that has a very good amount of textures of all kinds. What I like about it is that it’s organized with categories and sub-categories, it also lets you know with a label when a texture is seamless, which is very handy.
I like this one because it has big thumbnails and you can see similar photos when you’re about to download one, so your options quickly multiply. Also, you don’t have to register or login to download, just click the download button when you find what you want, and you’re done.
This site offers free seamless PBR textures with Diffuse, Normal, Displacement, Occlusion, Specularity and Roughness Maps. It’s organized in categories, easy to navigate and has lovely renders of the material using all the maps.
This one is great looking, easy to browse with tree navigation, categories and subcategories, lovely masonry thumbnails, and direct downloads that require no registration.
With one of the largest collections of the bunch, this site has all the qualities I look for when it comes to navigating and finding content: tree navigation, categories, nice thumbnails and direct downloading.
I loved this one. It has big thumbnails, categories… you can even browse by color! But the best thing is that when you click on a texture you want to see, you get a page full of mock-up images using the chosen texture.
They’re not listed in a particular order, because ultimately, it’s up to you to decide which one is your favorite. But we’re talking about resources here, so, why not bookmark them all?
Barbara Din is a visual artist, graphic designer, painter, interior designer, crafter, musician and writer living in Argentina. Learn more about Barbara and her work at the following links:
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