Free textures and how to use them...

Textures are like spices, when used correctly they really enhance the food, but too much (or used incorrectly) then it just doesn't work.

That being said, I really like textures and have accumulated a long list of sites that offer high quality, high resolution textures for free.

Here's part of my list:

1. CGTextures has some of the best (and most) textures I have seen offered by one site. They have both a free and a paid service. The free service allows you to download 15mb of textures every 24 hours.

2. also offers a large variety of textures and does take donations that will help support their efforts.

3. Mayang's Free Textures has listed over 3,800 free high res, well categorized textures.

4. Texturise not only offers a large variety (and number) of free textures, but it is also one of the few sites I know of the allow you to use them for commercial purposes.

5. TextureKing, the name pretty much says it all.

6. The Roxor has over 80 high res paper textures. They also offer free fonts, brushes, icons, and more.

Below is a video tutorial on how to apply textures using Photoshop, as there is more than one way to do it, you will find other (really well done) video tutorials here, here, here, and here.


Steve Wetzel said...

Thanks for the info but I am wondering do you use this technique often? If so what kind of images do you mainly use it on?

Barb Parker said...

when I download a texture.. where to I save them, so I can find them in PS?

Scott said...


I would save them to a folder called "Textures" in a sub-folder of the "My Pictures" folder (or a sub-folder of what ever folder you use to store your images).

Then when you are in Photoshop simply select "Open" and browse to that folder.

Hope that helps.


Photography Course said...

Thanks for the info Scott, it helps a lot. :)

Scott said...

You are most welcome… glad you found it helpful.


joanna said...

Textures can definitely be interesting enhancement to photograph. Thanks for this post!

Miguel Palaviccini said...

Thanks for the links ... but more importantly, thanks for posting Jodie's tutorial. This opens up a "new can of worms".