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Free textures: Where to get 3D textures for your artwork

High-quality 3D textures will transform your art. The internet is full of free textures to download, saving you valuable time you could be spending elsewhere. In this article, we've collated the best best places to look for free textures online so you'll know where to go. On this page, there's a rundown of the best websites to visit, or jump straight to page 2 to download Creative Bloq's awesome starter pack of 40 free textures.

However specific your needs, you're bound to find the 3D texture you want somewhere here. Keep reading for the websites you need. If you'd like some inspiration for your artwork, see our roundup of the best 3D portraits, or if you've been meaning to upgrade your kit, here's our pick of the best laptops for 3D modelling in 2020.

01. Pixar One Twenty Eight

Free textures: Pixar

Created in 1993 but fully updated for use now (Image credit: RenderMan.Pixar)

This texture library features 128 textures from animation giant, Pixar. It was created in 1993, but has been updated for modern times. Containing everything from brick to animal skins, there's sure to be some gems here to use.

02. 3DXO

Free textures: 3DXO's library

3DXO's library makes it easy to find the texture you need

With around 620 free textures currently available for download, 3DXO's collection isn't the biggest. However, it more than makes up for that with its usability – it's quick and easy to scan through the collection and find exactly what you're looking for, whether that be a simple wall or floor surface 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.

03. 3D Textures

Free textures: 3D textures

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 textures that are on offer are great quality, 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.

04. Texturer

Free textures: Texturer

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.

05. 3DTotal

Free textures: 3D Total

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. It doesn't look like it has been updated since 2012, but how much do textures change, really? 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. Environment-textures.com

Free textures: environment textures

A range of free textures, plus plenty more to download for a low cost

There aren’t millions of free textures to download here, but there is a varied selection of free options. If you're willing to pay out a little bit, there are also a range of textures available at a very low cost, with plenty of discounts available. 

07. Textures.com

Free textures: Textures.com

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.

08. Arroway Textures

Free textures: arroway textures

Download a lower-res version of almost any of these paid textures for free

Arroway Textures offers a range of fantastic surfaces. This site sells individual and bundled textures, but the neat system lets you download lower resolution examples of just about any texture they sell, for free. The only restriction is that is must be for non-commercial use.

09. 3D Texture

Free textures: 3D Texture

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.

10. TurboSquid

Free textures: TurboSquid

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 3D modelling programs like Maya.

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