Where to find free textures for 3D projects

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While you can create textures yourself, there are several great sites that can provide you with new and interesting textures for 3D work. One of them is Creative Bloq, as we've got 40 superb free textures for you to download and use today.

But if there's something specific you're looking for, here are 10 great websites where you'll find thousands of quality, high-resolution textures for 3D work to choose from.

01. 3D Textures

At 3D Textures you get those all-important maps, too

At 3D Textures you get those all-important maps, too

João Paulo's collection of free 3D textures isn't as big as some other libraries, but the quality of them is great and they come with the added advantage of diffuse, normal, displacement, occlusion and specularity maps. You can download them one by one, but if you buy Paulo a coffee he'll give you a link to the folder containing all of his textures so you can grab them all easily.

02. Texturer

Free 3D textures

Visit Texturer for a comprehensive selection of high resolution textures

Texturer is a creative resource for 3D artists, designers, web designers and animators, providing a comprehensive selection of high resolution textures. For ease of use, all textures are organised into categories and sub categories, featuring everything from brick, buildings and doors to animals, food and fabric.

03. Texturemate

Free 3D textures

Designer Bill Scott shares his resources on Texturemate

Texturemate is the online repository of Bill Scott, an electric engineer who also works as a web designer and graphic designer. Here, Scott shares textures, stock photos, brushes and other design resources he creates. The site has a fantastic library of free textures, all organised in named folders so you can easily find exactly what you're looking for.

04. 3D Total

3D Total has thousands of free textures available

3D Total has thousands of free textures available

3D Total is a brilliant resource for CG artists, which includes training, an inspiration gallery, 3D assets and a free textures library. Currently, 3D Total has 16,631 free high-res royalty free images, which you can search through by category or using the search tool provided on the site. Note: images offered here are subject to this License Agreement.

05. Marlin Studios

Computer graphics company Marlin Studios has been providing low poly 3D models and textures to the community for over 15 years

Computer graphics company Marlin Studios has been providing low poly 3D models and textures to the community for over 15 years

Marlin Studios has been providing low poly 3D models and textures to the computer graphics community for over 15 years. Head to the site's Samples page where you'll find freebies from its texture packs. It offers less generic textures, including samples such as sci-fi textures, textures of Asia, classic architectural ornaments and much more.

06. Textures.com

Free 3D textures

Textures.com features everything from animals to X-Rays

Featuring everything from animals to X-Rays, Textures.com features a wide array of textures for 3D work that you can download once you've registered for an account. You can browse by texture type or view the latest additions to the site. There's even a small selection of tutorials for you to try.

07. 3D Texture

Free 3D textures

3D Texture includes categories such as cloth and fabric and glass and metal

Like CG Textures above, the 3D Texture gallery is a showcase for texture libraries and backgrounds. Browsable categories include cloth and fabric textures, glass and metal textures, sky textures and vehicles/car textures. You can also view new and the most popular images, as rated by the site's members.

08. TurboSquid

TurboSquid's good for textures as well as models

TurboSquid's good for textures as well as models

Not only is TurboSquid an extensive library of pro-grade 3D models, but it also hosts "the world's largest collection of textures". It's certainly crammed with stuff and encourages its users to submit their own textures for sale. Simply search for what you need, then narrow down your choices by checking compatibility with 3ds Max, Cinema 4D, Maya and many more modelling apps.

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