Backgrounds and textures are the unspoken heroes of graphic design—adding depth, interest and detail to layouts, they’ll be the hardest-working images in your collection.
In this article, you'll find ten essential backgrounds and textures to download once and cherish forever.
From cool grunge styles to gritty concretes and starry nebulas, here you'll find a background or texture style to suit almost every sort of design, from website projects to magazine layouts.
Read on to discover the background textures that will play an indispensable role in your everyday design process...
1. The Concrete Background Texture
Looking to give your designs an instant cool edge? Concrete textures can look grungy and distressed, or minimal and urban—take your pick from this selection of concrete backgrounds to find the perfect partner for your designs.
Concrete is an on-trend material across the board right now—in interior and product design, as well as graphics—so it makes a great addition to designs that need to look contemporary and aspirational.
Designing a website for a new retail brand? Putting together a promo flyer for a design event? Consider integrating a concrete texture* into your artwork, and make your media seem on-trend in an instant.
Check out this vector background pack for example. This pack comes with 40 background textures featuring concrete, stone, and so much more. Add some grit to your designs with a few simple clicks.
*Top Tip: Concrete can appear cold in the wrong context—warm up your design by pairing the texture with a warmer metallic tone, like copper.
2. The Space Background Texture
We all wanted to be an astronaut at some point in our childhood (or, indeed, adulthood), but you can bring a touch of celestial wonder to your designs without leaving Earth.
Scenic space backgrounds might not be the plainest of backgrounds, but they are surprisingly versatile. They look fantastic layered behind poster artwork, and can help to create a more immersive online experience when placed as a background skin on a homepage.
Space backgrounds have an instant psychological effect on the viewer—they can inspire feelings of adventure and intellectualism (perfect for science media or business pitch documents), but they can also be calming and spiritual. Their stunning beauty requires only simple typography in the foreground to make them shine.
Check out this selection of space backgrounds, which has a huge range of different color tones to suit any project. Add them to your posters or websites for a sublime space effect.
3. The Grunge Background Texture
Grunge backgrounds and grunge textures will never go out of style—they always give a cool, edgy look to designs. Look for peeled paint textures, faded edges, and gritty color schemes.
Grunge backgrounds and textures look great because they contain so much detail and visual interest. They are versatile too—try layering them under photos and setting the opacity to multiply to bring through some of that interesting texture and give your images an aged, vintage-style effect.
Try adding a grunge background to a festival flyer, a gig poster or a magazine cover to add depth and interest. These unique grunge backgrounds will also look fantastic placed in games and apps, bringing a more immersive quality to digital designs.
Enjoy a premium selection of 12 painted backgrounds featuring beautiful colors and more. Created with a variety of tools, this set has high resolution backgrounds you'll definitely want to add to your collection.
4. The Polygon Background Texture
Polygons might not seem like the most exciting building block for a background, but the final effect is incredibly versatile and professional-looking.
Polygon textures have a tech-forward style that suits corporate media, like reports, business websites or expo displays.
They are a great way to add polished texture quickly, which is a great timesaver for corporate pitches. They also have a very modern, even futuristic quality that helps businesses to look forward-thinking.
If you’re looking to add texture to apps, polygon designs are perfectly suited for the job—they’re stylish without being obtrusive, and they balance flat and 3D styles to keep your designs looking on-trend.
You can adapt polygon textures easily to different color schemes too—take a look at the beautiful selection of colors in this polygon backgrounds package.
This pack contains 10 noisy polygon backgrounds with incredible colors and textures. Use the abstract shapes to complement your next project.
5. The Blackboard Background Texture
Blackboard backgrounds will be a real workhorse for your design projects. Set behind simple or cursive typography, they’re great for emphasizing points in sales pitches, on educational materials, or on motivational posters or flyers.
Team a blackboard texture with a handwritten or, even better, chalkboard typeface for the ultimate back-to-school pairing. This will work just as well on college lecture slides as it will for advertising early Fall sales with a back-to-school theme.
Blackboard backgrounds don’t need to be black either! Liven up a conventional blackboard texture with chalky, muted shades, as in this blackboard image collection.
Or dress up your designs with blackboard backgrounds in different grey shades. This pack contains nine blackboard backgrounds at 300 dpi. Make any clean design pop with these incredible graphics.
6. The Watercolor Background Texture
Want to add a painterly, artistic touch to your designs? Watercolor backgrounds and painterly textures are perfect for bringing a craft-inspired look to your designs, without needing to pick up a paintbrush.
Watercolor textures aren’t just suited to advertising art sales or craft fairs—because they represent something that is hand-crafted, they are perfectly suited to branding and packaging for organic products or independent businesses.
Try integrating them into cosmetics or jewellery box designs to add a home-made, authentic touch to packaging designs.
Watercolor textures can bring a very different character to your layouts when set in different colorways. In this watercolor texture collection, a clear turquoise blue has a summer holiday vibe (great for hotel flyers or websites); a bright red gives has a bold graffiti feel, and an olive green, navy blue and black blend has a natural style, which would also swing towards a grungy look if darkened.
This watercolor texture pack contains 10 high quality backgrounds with gorgeous colors. Use it to add beautiful texture to your posters or stationery.
7. The Bokeh Background Texture
Bokeh backgrounds and abstract light textures are made up of diffused light pixels to create an ethereal effect. They can add a dreamy, idealistic quality to your designs.
Suited to all sorts of media, bokeh textures are great for softening layouts, helping to add a beautiful, soft-focus style to websites, magazines, book covers—you name it.
Bokeh backgrounds are also perfect for fashion catalogues, wedding stationery, or for simply showcasing beautiful photos or typography.
Keep a collection of bokeh backgrounds on hand for when a client wants to tone down a design or make it appear more soft and calming. This bokeh backgrounds pack features 10 high resolution images perfect for any website or app.
8. The Paper Background Texture
I personally find paper backgrounds to be one of the most versatile and heavily-used texture styles in my own work, and I'm building quite the collection as a result.
Paper backgrounds add subtle texture to posters, flyers, stationery, and web pages.
For vintage-inspired and flat-style designs, a paper background is indispensable—see your designs magically transform from crisp and contemporary to suitably aged in an instant.
Even if you’re intending to print your items on paper or card, adding a ‘fake’ paper background will only add to the tactile feel of your finished item. It’s also a great trick for making a printed item feel more luxurious if your budget won’t stretch to printing on expensive paper.
This collection of wrinkled backgrounds includes an interesting texture that will add a cool grunge element to your designs.
Enjoy 10 high quality images all at 3000x2000 pixels to make the most of your designs. Download this set of versatile paper textures today!
9. The Brick Background Texture
Bricks are a fantastic texture to have to hand, ideal for placing behind mocked-up framed images, or for sitting behind graffiti-style typography.
Brick backgrounds provide enough interest to be the main visual feature of a layout, while remaining uniform enough to allow text to stand out.
They can have a worn, grungy look, or a clean, red-brick style, making them suitable for a range of projects and styles.
This broad range of brick textures has styles to suit every taste, from clean burnt terracotta to distressed painted walls. Download 20 different textures for the perfect brick background for your designs. Also included is a quick vignette layer for a dramatic effect.
10. The White Background Texture
Likely to be the most versatile of all the backgrounds in your collection, a basic range of white backgrounds and textures will no doubt become a firm favorite for using in your design projects.
While white backgrounds lack in color, they are infinitely adaptable as a result and are an instant hack for giving print designs a polished look.
Layered behind or over graphics, typography and other textures on posters, stationery, websites, cards and covers, they give an instant ‘texture-boost’ to layouts.
This collection of white abstract textures contains 10 hi-res backgrounds, with bokeh and glittered effects. Add some subtle sparkle to your work by trying this pack of stylish white textures today. Watch it quickly become the most used backgrounds in your collection.
Your Ultimate Background and Texture Collection
Backgrounds and textures are the backbone of any great design layout, adding subtle detail, depth and color while allowing the main elements to shine.
This collection of 10 essential backgrounds will see you through any design project, whatever the theme and whoever the client:
- The concrete background
- The space background
- The grunge background
- The polygon background
- The blackboard background
- The watercolor background
- The bokeh background
- The paper background
- The brick background
- And don’t forget...the white background
With this unbeatable team of textures to hand you'll be able to take your future design projects to the next level in an instant.
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