Where can you get textures for 2d and 3d digital art?

I sometimes use textures in my digital art work to create different effects. The most common use in my 2D digital painting is for creating paper texture backgrounds for a touch of realism. You can create any type of canvas texture you want in the computer with tileable textures or scanned in backgrounds of canvas or paper. Sometimes I also use textures to add more interest to specific areas of the artwork. Creating your own scanned in textures from photographs or paint marks is often a fun and creative process in itself. There are ways you can create your own tileable textures as well, but I will leave that to a future article for now.

Since I’ve been learning 3D art I have also had a need for textures geared toward that, but the basic 3D textures (referred to as diffuse map) can be useful in 2D art as well. In 3D art tileable textures are often used to create different materials for your objects such as wood, stone, fabric etc. Photographic tileable textures can add realism. There are also some hand-painted textures available online but creating your own is probably the best way to go with that unless you are in a rush or can’t do it. 3D art also uses things like bump maps, normal maps and occlusion maps to create depth in the texture. Specularity maps create how shiny a texture will look and where.

Disclaimer: I’m not being asked or paid to write this article.


Here are some links where you can find downloadable textures. Free and paid in no particular order.


Graphic Burger

Lost and Taken

Quixel Megascans

Texture Haven

LuGher Texture Library

Texture King

Texture Mate

Texture Ninja


3D Total Free Textures



Pixologic’s Texture Library

CG Bookcase


Blender Market





Further Reading

I’ve included links to articles that help explain how to use textures in 2D art and some that offer deeper explanations of textures in 3D art.

Using Texture in Digital Art: Adding Imperfection

15 tips for using texture in art & illustrations

2D / 3D Texture Artists — Digital Painters

Photoshop tutorial: How to add texture to hand-drawn artworks

How to get more from digital textures

Texture Types for 3D art

Elliminate Texture Confusion: Bump, Normal and Displacement Maps

I’m a digital and traditional artist and Illustrator who is learning 3D art as well. My main background and specialty is drawing and digital painting but I also do vector artwork and I’m using basic 3D in my future workflows. You can see my portfolio here if you want: