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 9 great websites where you'll find thousands of quality, high-resolution textures for 3D work to choose from.
With 623 free textures currently available for download, 3DXO's collection isn't the biggest but it's quick and easy to scan through the collection and find exactly what you're looking for, whether it's simple wall or floor surfaces or something a little more exotic. The site also has a small library of 3D models and stock photos for you to rifle through, so stock up while you're there.
02. 3D Textures
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.
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.
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.
05. 3D Total
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.
06. Marlin Studios
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.
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.
08. 3D Texture
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.
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.