Top-of-the-Line Texture and Background Image Resource Websites

I am currently working on a new website design project. For this new project, I decided I wanted to play around with using a real-world texture or photograph as a prominent part of the background. This is a trend that’s gained quite a bit of momentum over the last year. So, I thought I’d play around with the idea for at least one of the concepts I design for this project.

I have an idea of the types of images I’d like to use. So, where do I start? Do I grab my camera and start taking my own photographs in hopes that I’ll capture a nice image I can use? Do I search the internet to see what textures are available? While I do love photography, I don’t have the best camera or tons of spare time. So, I decided to look around online to see what texture and background image resources I could find.

During my online digging, I came across several great texture websites. So, I decided to write a post to share a few of these great sites with you. Even if you don’t use them, maybe they’ll provide a little design inspiration. So, without further ado, here is my list of top-of-the-line website design texture and background image websites.


Bittbox is a blog run by Jay Hilgert. Jay is a web designer and blogger from Oklahoma. Jay considers himself a “Freebie Maker.” What a great title! Bittbox is a great and growing resource for textures, fonts, and many other web and graphic design items and information.

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Graphic River

Graphic River is a site run by the folks at Envato who also manage the Tutsplus network of websites. All of their websites are dedicated to creative professionals. Each site provides valuable resources and a growing community of enthusiastic participants who are willing to share information and ideas. Graphic River is a marketplace website. It is a site where you can buy and sell royalty free layered Photoshop and Illustrator files. For those of you who are designers, you can even join the marketplace to sell your designs!

Visit Graphic River »

Smashing Magazine

I can see it now. Smashing Magazine is one of those websites that will show up in almost any list post I put together that is related to website and or graphic design. The Smashing Magazine website is one of the best resources I have come across. It includes freebie resources, inspiration galleries, and tons of other valuable content for designers. There are several posts that highlight wonderful texture and background images resources. Additionally, many of these posts are themed. So, it is easy to find the specific types of images and textures you are seeking for your project.

Visit Smashing Magazine »


PatternHead is a site by John Rawsterne. John is a UK-based website designer, blogger, freelancer, pattern designer, and more. PatternHead started out as an ecommerce store and has morphed into a blog that’s dedicated to providing resources related to patterns. The blog is shaping up to be a great resource for all-things pattern!

Visit PatternHead »

What Do You Think?

This is by no means an exhaustive list. There are tons of amazing resource sites out there. Are there any texture, pattern, and background image websites or blog posts that you’ve come across and would like to share? Please let me know in the comments below! I hope this post was helpful.

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