Blog . Texture Resource Libraries
Last year in October, I talked about the importance of making your own assets for digital art by showing how to make your own custom Photoshop brushes and textures. Creating your own assets as a digital artist is very important and something that every digital artist should try to do, but there are also royalty-free resources available. Building a personal resource library with images free of copyright can save time for tough deadlines. Having a personal resource library is beneficial to avoid relying on the internet to grab resources from. I want to share a couple of sites that have some great texture libraries to use in your projects.
Plaintextures.com is a free texture website that offers a variety of textures like bricks, concrete, and food. The selection is limited to the smallest size of the image, unless you pay to become a premium member. The smaller sizes of the textures are at a pretty good resolution and size already, so they will be usable in most projects. You can download 10 free textures a day with the standard account.
Another texture website I like to use is CGTextures.com. This one offers a bigger texture library than Plaintextures, but you are limited to 15 megabytes of downloads a day. One of the larger free textures that I came across was 3000 x 1201 pixels.
LostandTaken.com is a recently discovered site that offers great texture packs. You can't do a search for specific textures, but you can download some of the assets they provide in order to expand your own library. I've also found that they offer some design resources for website developers like free UI elements. All of the textures and design elements on this website are completely free for personal and commercial use.
Mayang.com has 4,350 textures to offer and the most recent are at very high resolutions. You can download 20 free textures a day! One of the downfalls is a small watermark in the corner of the free images. You can buy all of the images on the site without the watermark for $45.
Hopefully some of these links will help you start a texture resource library or expand upon what you already have!