So let’s start this off right, 3DX0 not only has a ton of textures for you to check out, but they also have a range of tutorials based in 3D for you to put those textures to good use.
I am always looking for good sky photography for a wide range of tasks. This site has a ton of panorama HDRIs and smaller versions available for free download. You can purchase the gigantic versions if you need them though. Think about using these in conjuction with pt_Panorama featured last week or Trapcode Horizon.
With around 500+ textures available for absolutely free, you can get quite a bit of use out of this little site. Better yet, they have a link where you can donwload all the textures from one direct location.
Texturama has a few free textures on their site, but the big part of why they make the list is their products.
An absolutely HUGE collection (2786 items to be exact), 2Textured has a wide variety of what you may need, broken up into categories so it makes them easy to find.
Free 3ds Textures
This site has a ton of textures that are actually mostly textures, instead of half stock photography that you can pull textures off of.
This site is pretty awesome, because not only does it have a ton images that you can use for different things such as 2.5d compositing, among the hundreds of other uses.
Another totally free texture website, they got categories for anything you might think of, and high quality, high resolution for you to download directly.
A very cool looking grungy site, Urban Dirty has a max size of all of their free textures set to 3027×2304 pixels. Thats huge… and useful!
Smashing Magazine Texture Contest
A while back, Smashing Magazine had a contest to go out and shoot textures and submit them to be judged and win a Canon Rebel XT, but who cares about that? There are around 2000 textures from all around the globe in their gallery for you to use free of charge.
This marketplace lets you use their medium sized textures absolutely free of charge, but for the higher resolution stuff it costs a couple bucks… good stuff if you need something low rez though!
Bittbox – Free Texture Teusday
Every Teusday Bittbox gives away a free texture pack based on a theme… this Teusday, it was brown paper, next teusday, who knows? Go back through the archives and load up!
Another site that does random freebie packs, Fudge Graphics has quite a few packs in their archives available for download, and they are well worth subscribing to for Photoshop tutorial needs as well as inspiration for design lovers.
Royalty Free Textures
Exactly what they are named. Download them all for free, and they are royalty free. Oh did I mention they are textures?
Spiral Graphics has invidual textures that you can browse through and pick your favorite, but if you are like me and like to download now, think later, use the link to download everthing they have in one go, and browse through them on your desktop and don’t worry about those pesky loading times.
At Image After there are a few ways to search for what you want with the drop down menus, or just suing the search box. Either way you will be sure to find what you need… all of these are completely free.
This site has around 337 textures, with more being added all the time, all totally free, all kinds of different genres and categories.
Another one of those blogs that gives away free texture packs periodically… again just go and peruse through the archives to get some texture goodness.
This site is pretty cool, because it has rollover images that let you see what the image is before you click on it. Its also really well organized and easy to find exactly what you need.
This site is HUGE with almost 10,000 texture files for you to pick and choose from. They are all free, just browse the categories of your choice and click the little dowload button, and the images that you download are super high quality, and gigantic resolution.
These guys have got 1,355 free high resolution images in 18 categories, and pretty sweet looking site to boot.
This is a very easy to navigate, straight-forward site and they have around 750 images to choose from!
This is a community based texture gallery, with computer generated pattens and things like that. You can even create an account and add your own stuff as you create it.
The Well Equipped Thief
This site has a ton of different texture families available for download, as well as browseable viewing before you commit to clicking.
We got about 250 free textures in 6 diferent packs available for download at this site, as well as 30 free timelapse skies that you can use in some video work.
A very simple texture site telling you exactly what is in every pack, and it is always updating, so bookmark it!
A very cool site to check out, provides large thumbnails of the textures in kind of a Tumblr type of format where you can browse through 65 pages of textures.
Free Texture Site
Awesome original name. Again, exactly what its called… they got over 600 textures to choose from and a ton of categories to browse through.
These guys got almost 350 textures in their colletion, and 10 categories to choose from with more being added all the time!
Holy moly… 3400 textures, 5GB of data, most at 2560×1920 and all are high quality jpeg. What more can you ask for?
A simple hobby blog with new textures popping up here and there. There are probably a good 300 textures on this site.
This site is riddles with ads and stuff, but if you can look past it there are some good little resources to grab some free textures, as well as a few tutorials.
A nice looking, easy to navigate site with some good content, Texturespot is a nice little resource for you to check out.
Sometimes sites aren’t pretty to look at, and well this site is just like that (competing with 3D Millenium), but it is the conent that counts right? Check out their well organized folder system to find what you need.
Yet ANOTHER design blog that offers up freebies from time to time, is Design Shard. Make sure you go through their archives and collect the free stuff they ahve put out lately!
Lost and Taken
It seems like there are quite a few of these… Lost and Taken is another freebie offering blog putting out texture packs every once in a while, and again, if you go back through the archives you can get a bunch of nice themed collections.
This is a very cool site, in which all you do is click one part of the background, and then the background transforms into the full size of the patten and offers it up for download.
Autodesk’s The Area
Anyone who uses any Autodesk products knows about The Area, but you might know they have a huge resource for textures as well. Keep in mind you have to register for this link to work.
When you look underneath the “textures” tag on Aduzeedo, you can filter through the massive onslaught that is Abduzeedo and just find all the free textures they have to offer.
Check out CGindia for a ton of different texture packs, as well as a bunch of news on the CG/VFX industry as well.
Media Militia has a lot of free packs, but only a few texture packs, but you have to look for them. There are tons of vector and image packs available for download as well.
These guys have around 150 free textures available, as well as some 3D models and tutorials.
This is a very cool site that has a ton of textures with a bunch of different categories for you to get what you need.
Some of you, like myself, don’t check the rest of the Tuts+ Network regularly, so in case you missed all the texturey goodness over at PSDTuts+, here they are.
Here you all go, I know how much you love free… and how much it loves you… Well, maybe not so much the latter, but you are going to be AMPED about this post! I got 44 sites with a ton of textures for you to use in your work. And it is all FREE!
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