29 Most Useful Texture Packs of 2008

By / Dec 11, 2008 / Freebies

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



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.

  • http://nikibrown.com/designoblog Niki Brown

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

  • http://theblackcell.net/ Forte

    Awesome picks! Thanks Much!!!

  • Ony

    Great collection!

  • http://www.webdesignerheaven.com Alexandre J.

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


  • http://www.fudgegraphics.com Franz Jeitz

    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!

  • http://henryjones.us Henry

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

  • http://www.subjectiveblog.com Subjective


  • http://www.webmaster-source.com redwall_hp

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

  • http://www.imsethstevenson.com Seth Stevenson

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

  • http://www.amrick.com Ricks

    Well compiled list guys! Excellent!!

  • http://www.honourchick.com Honour Chick

    absolutely awesome textures. thanks for the compilation :)

  • http://www.static-romance.org Angel

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

  • Jacque Armijo

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

  • http://ashishlohorung.com.np Ashish Lohorung Rai

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

  • http://torley.com Torley

    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

  • Tomas

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

  • http://nifty-tracker.blogspot.com Pokrate

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

  • http://blog.denysri.com/ Deny Sri Supriyono

    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.

  • http://henryjones.us Henry

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

  • http://www.duzodesign.com Timothy

    Nice list! Delicioused

  • http://www.grungybit.com efimor

    Wow! looks like awesome textures collection!

  • http://www.photoclinique.de Photoclinique
  • http://www.cerjy.net www.cerjy.net

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

  • http://www.freefotoedit.com Mile

    Thanks for the list, it’s very useful.

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  • http://www.globalpolitics.biz Paul

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

  • http://metalepitaph.wordpress.com shehab6003

    i love them they’re so helpful :)

  • http://www.nocturnalartist.com Katie

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

  • http://www.efispares.com.au/ jasen

    Amazing useful texture packs! thumbs up!!

  • http://myows.com max

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

  • http://jinkywilliams.com Jinky Williams

    Holy crap.

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

  • http://www.earthspiral.com anna simmons

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

  • http://www.pratahkal.com Pratahkal

    Nice texture background collection. Thank you for your contribution.

  • http://www.freshtilledsoil.com Alex

    Awesome textures. Thanks!

  • konekoya

    Thanks so much!

  • http://goph3r.com Goph3r

    Great list of textures, thanks!

  • http://www.designpatois.blogspot.com Jil Nelson

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


  • http://auggie4000.com Auggie4000

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

  • http://www.hiphopmakers.com Hip Hop Maker

    Great post. these are some great textures

  • http://www.projectgrafix.com/ projectgrafix

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

  • http://www.gfxchina.com Nicolas.Pek

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

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

  • http://www.tmrw.co.uk Richh

    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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  • http://www.onegiantmedia.com one giant

    are any of these textures tile-able?

  • Jade

    All so gorgeous.

  • http://www.novolume.co.uk NoVolume

    A great collection and very useful resource!

  • Akrid

    /get 2008

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

  • Regis

    Perfect textures
    A great collection and very useful resource!

  • http://www.alexander-gessler.de Alexander Gessler

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

  • http://thepharmashopist.blogspot.com/ moih60

    really amazing work..thanks for your effort

  • http://www.alive77.cn z.Yleo77

    very good awesome list… and i like it

  • nan

    love these textures1!! thank youuuuuu!!

  • fevdsf

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

  • http://www.affordablesmallbusinessseo.com SMALL BUSINESS SEO

    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…

  • vans->

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

  • http://www.northstar-website-design.com/ Fred Campbell

    Holy moly!Great resource and free. Thank you

  • http://limearts.de Manuel

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

  • http://www.facefinance.com Personal finance blog

    love these textures1!!Thank you very much.

  • http://www.facefinance.com Personal finance blog

    Great resource and free. Thank you

  • http://www.kaplang.com Kaplang

    really nice collection, thanks for sharing

  • http://www.manpritkalsi.com Manprit

    great site…thanks for sharing

  • http://www.pixeldope.com pixeldope

    lovely textures….

  • http://gillianfoley.com Gillian

    Fantastic! Thanks so much!

  • http://www.birgitengelhardt.de bee

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

  • bingrubl

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

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  • http://www.honourchick.com/blog honour chick

    great and beautiful textures, thanks for sharing them.

  • Maddy Quirk

    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.

  • http://www.thetextureclub.com The Texture Club

    Great collection! Thanks for sharing