29 Most Useful Texture Packs of 2008

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The trend of using texture in web design has been around for a while, but in 2008 it was taken to a new level. Not only were there many beautiful sites launched that made use of textures, but there were also lots of useful texture packs created. I’ve taken the time to sort through them and hand pick the ones that I feel stand out in usefulness and beauty.

Grunge Textures

Christy Sobolewski Textures

Christy Sobolewski Textures

vintage grunge textures

vintage grunge textures

color grunge textures

color grunge textures

hardcore vintage grunge

hardcore vintage grunge

Large Paper Grunge Textures

Large Paper Grunge Textures

Anatomy of a Dumpster: 12 Textures

Anatomy of a Dumpster: 12 Textures

rust textures

rust textures

Grunge II Texture Pack

Grunge II Texture Pack

Old Grunge Photo Texture Pack

Old Grunge Photo Texture Pack

Grungy and Dirty Textures

Grungy and Dirty Textures

24 Free High-Res Textures

24 Free High-Res Textures

TEXTURES PACK 1

TEXTURES PACK 1

Vintage Textures

15 Old Book Cover Textures

15 Old Book Cover Textures

17 More Old Book Cover Textures

17 More Old Book Cover Textures

Free High-Res Texture Pack: The Anatomy of a *Really* Old Book

Free High-Res Texture Pack: The Anatomy of a *Really* Old Book

Vintage II Texture Pack

Vintage II Texture Pack

Vintage Texture Pack

Vintage  Texture Pack

Vintage Bum

Vintage Bum

Wood Textures

Textures – Wood

Textures - Wood

Local Texture: Three by One

Local Texture: Three by One

Dark Wood Texture Pack

Dark Wood Texture Pack

Free Hi Resolution Wood Textures

Free Hi Resolution Wood Textures

Fabric Textures

20 Fabric Textures to Dress Up your Design

20 Fabric Textures to Dress Up your Design

Free Fabric Texture Pack

Free Fabric Texture Pack

Paper and Cardboard Textures

Natural Paper Texture Pack

Natural Paper Texture Pack

Cardboard Textures and Objects

Cardboard Textures and Objects

Rough Paper Textures

Rough Paper Textures

5 Fantastically Free High Res Brown Paper Textures

5 Fantastically Free High Res Brown Paper Textures

Free High Resolution Plain and Grunge Paper Textures

Free High Resolution Plain and Grunge Paper Textures

About the Author

Henry Jones is a web developer, designer, and entrepreneur with over 14 years of experience. He is the founder of WDL and ThemeTrust.

70 Comments

  1. Niki Brown
    December 11, 2008

    Thanks for the post! Some great wood textures in there that I will definitely put to good use :)

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  2. Forte
    December 11, 2008

    Awesome picks! Thanks Much!!!

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  3. Ony
    December 11, 2008

    Great collection!

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  4. Alexandre J.
    December 11, 2008

    Nice compilation, i will add it in the texture section of my site : http://www.webdesignerheaven.com

    Thanks

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  5. Franz Jeitz
    December 11, 2008

    This is a great collection. I didn’t know half the textures you showcased. Bookmarked and stumbled it for future reference. Thank you for including some of my textures as well!

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  6. Henry
    December 11, 2008

    @Frank – I’m glad you like them, and great work on the ones you created.

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  7. Subjective
    December 11, 2008

    Excellent!

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  8. redwall_hp
    December 11, 2008

    A nice collection, I’ll bookmark for future reference.

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  9. Seth Stevenson
    December 11, 2008

    Best collection of textures I’ve seen in awhile. Thanks!

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  10. Ricks
    December 11, 2008

    Well compiled list guys! Excellent!!

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  11. Honour Chick
    December 11, 2008

    absolutely awesome textures. thanks for the compilation :)

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  12. Angel
    December 11, 2008

    Nice collection. Definitely bookmarking for future reference. I especially adore the vintage textures.

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  13. Jacque Armijo
    December 11, 2008

    My jaw dropped. And it didn’t stop until I finished looking. Beautiful collection! Will download for sure. Grazie!

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  14. Ashish Lohorung Rai
    December 11, 2008

    just wow!….love this textures…….got the link from smashing magazine twitter….

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  15. Torley
    December 12, 2008

    Also saw the link via Smashing Mag and popurls. =) Thanx for sharing these terrific textures! I love quality textures, they’re like wonderful little swatches of artistic intensity.

    I’ve also made many seamless textures in a variety of styles from painterly to grungy to outright surreal which I welcome you to use… even for commercial purposes. :) ENJOY http://torley.com/textures

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  16. Tomas
    December 12, 2008

    I guess most of people like free stuff. But don’t forget to read the rules and credit requirements.

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  17. Pokrate
    December 12, 2008

    I liked the collection. It would great if you can post some site links where these textures are used.

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  18. Deny Sri Supriyono
    December 12, 2008

    great textures collection!

    it will be great if there is an information below each texture about their licence.

    oh ya, color grunge textures seem to have a wrong link — it points to vintage grunge textures link.

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  19. Henry
    December 12, 2008

    @Deny – Thanks for pointing out the incorrect link. It is fixed now.

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  20. Timothy
    December 12, 2008

    Nice list! Delicioused

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  21. efimor
    December 12, 2008

    Wow! looks like awesome textures collection!

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  22. Photoclinique
    December 15, 2008

    You forgot this:
    http://www.photoclinique.de/webdesign/motion-texturen-von-photoclinique/

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  23. www.cerjy.net
    December 16, 2008

    Those are some awesome textures! I’ll definitely give some of those a try out! Thanks!

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  24. Mile
    December 16, 2008

    Thanks for the list, it’s very useful.

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  25. poomerchant
    December 16, 2008

    ‘shopped

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  26. Paul
    December 17, 2008

    Wonderful! This is an awesome collection. Very helpful. Thanks.

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  27. shehab6003
    December 17, 2008

    i love them they’re so helpful :)

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  28. Katie
    December 17, 2008

    Excellent choices! The fabric pack will be really helpful for custom content for The Sims. Thank you very much.

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  29. jasen
    December 17, 2008

    Amazing useful texture packs! thumbs up!!

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  30. max
    December 18, 2008

    great collection – just what i needed for a client – thanks

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  31. Jinky Williams
    December 19, 2008

    Holy crap.

    That’s so much stuff. This is an awesome collection. I am consistently amazed by the graciousness of people on the internet.

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  32. anna simmons
    December 19, 2008

    Thank you so much for these links, I grabbed all the free ones!

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  33. Pratahkal
    December 21, 2008

    Nice texture background collection. Thank you for your contribution.

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  34. Alex
    December 21, 2008

    Awesome textures. Thanks!

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  35. konekoya
    January 1, 2009

    Thanks so much!

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  36. Goph3r
    January 2, 2009

    Great list of textures, thanks!

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  37. Jil Nelson
    January 2, 2009

    Beautiful post. I love the textures you’ve presented. Thanks.

    j

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  38. Auggie4000
    January 7, 2009

    Thank you! These are very nice and will be VERY useful!

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  39. Hip Hop Maker
    January 7, 2009

    Great post. these are some great textures

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  40. projectgrafix
    January 8, 2009

    very nice! Thank you, will come handy in template designing :)

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  41. Nicolas.Pek
    January 10, 2009

    Thanks so much! great share. Facilitate the design process…

    More share website: http://www.gfxchina.com

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  42. Richh
    January 21, 2009

    Very good texture collection, one of the mosts useful I’ve found recently – with genuinely good resources too! Thanks a lot, you’ve saved me a lot of time trying to compile my own list :)

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  43. 30 Most Incredible Textures for Vintage Style Design | Web Design Ledger
    January 21, 2009

    [...] You are sure to find a use for these textures, but if you want more, check out the best texture packs from 2008. [...]

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  44. one giant
    February 5, 2009

    are any of these textures tile-able?

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  45. Jade
    February 9, 2009

    All so gorgeous.

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  46. NoVolume
    February 24, 2009

    A great collection and very useful resource!

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  47. Akrid
    March 21, 2009

    /get 2008

    Good thing I just installed my 1TB hardrive! Much obliged.

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  48. Regis
    April 8, 2009

    Tranks
    Perfect textures
    A great collection and very useful resource!

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  49. Alexander Gessler
    April 14, 2009

    Great article! I use some parts on my large background homepage.

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  50. moih60
    April 20, 2009

    really amazing work..thanks for your effort

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  51. z.Yleo77
    April 24, 2009

    very good awesome list… and i like it

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  52. nan
    April 29, 2009

    love these textures1!! thank youuuuuu!!

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  53. fevdsf
    May 12, 2009

    Please, make a discription at the top about license:)
    Can use it in commercial sites?

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  54. SMALL BUSINESS SEO
    May 26, 2009

    great textures..I think they’ll work for design site or an artist’s site but I think for something more corporate it might not be a good fit…

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  55. vans->
    June 4, 2009

    Genial, buen post, gracias por el buen aporte, de verdad. Son muy buenos las texturas de las paginas linkiadas. Thanks my friend!

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  56. Fred Campbell
    June 17, 2009

    Holy moly!Great resource and free. Thank you

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  57. Manuel
    July 29, 2009

    Awesome! Exactly what i was searching for.
    Thank you very much!

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  58. Personal finance blog
    August 3, 2009

    love these textures1!!Thank you very much.

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  59. Personal finance blog
    August 6, 2009

    Great resource and free. Thank you

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  60. Kaplang
    August 7, 2009

    really nice collection, thanks for sharing

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  61. Manprit
    August 18, 2009

    great site…thanks for sharing

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  62. pixeldope
    August 18, 2009

    lovely textures….

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  63. Gillian
    September 11, 2009

    Fantastic! Thanks so much!

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  64. bee
    December 8, 2009

    Just found *the* texture I’ve been looking for :)

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  65. bingrubl
    January 25, 2010

    Thank you very much!
    Just the texture I was looking for

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  66. Minnie
    April 15, 2010

    AWESOME, THANKS

    Reply
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  68. honour chick
    September 17, 2011

    great and beautiful textures, thanks for sharing them.

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  69. Maddy Quirk
    December 6, 2011

    Most of the links I tried to follow didn’t work. Might be an idea to remove the ones that go to broken links.
    Atleast 6 are no more.

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  70. The Texture Club
    August 30, 2012

    Great collection! Thanks for sharing

    Reply

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