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.
fuzzimo - visual arts sandbox - graphic design, web design, free high quality textures, vectors, icons and other…www.fuzzimo.com
Today we have for you a collection of 6 paper marbling textures suitable for a variety of design projects, such as...graphicburger.com
Lost and Taken
We're provide designers with the largest library of free textures.lostandtaken.com
Discover a world of unbounded creativity. Explore a massive asset library, and Quixel's powerful tools, plus free…quixel.com
LuGher Texture Library
Welcome on luGher Texture, the online texture library of unique, high-resolution textures and HDRI 360. Our Textures…www.lughertexture.com
Free high resolution, high quality textures for personal and commercial use from TextureKing.www.textureking.com
Welcome to the new texturemate 2.0 site! It's been a rocky couple weeks with the website unexpectedly going doing do to…www.texturemate.com
Free textures for 3d modeling, texturing, photoshop and game development. All images are free for personal and…texturer.com
3D Total Free Textures
All images within this library are royalty free for you to use in your work, but please note that they are subject to…freetextures.3dtotal.com
Textures.com is a website that offers digital pictures of all sorts of materials. Sign up for free and download 15 free…www.textures.com
Search online texture library for industrial, architectural, nature-inspired and assorted backgrounds for your cg…www.turbosquid.com
Pixologic’s Texture Library
Find ZBrush Retailers, and stores that offer prodcuct sales, pricing and purchase.pixologic.com
Having trouble using the textures in Blender? You can download the free pdf provided below which will teach how to use…www.cgbookcase.com
Find game assets tagged textures like 500 HD Textures Vol.1, Hand Painted Tiling Textures, Mega Pixel Art 32x32 px…itch.io
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
Creative Market is a platform for handcrafted, mousemade design content from independent creatives around the world…www.sketchbook.com
15 tips for using texture in art & illustrations
Top illustrators give conceptual and practical advice on using textures to add depth and feeling to artworks.www.digitalartsonline.co.uk
2D / 3D Texture Artists — Digital Painters
Texture artists are the digital painters of the CG world, coloring everything in a film or game. But texturing is not…www.3dwombat.com
Photoshop tutorial: How to add texture to hand-drawn artworks
By applying scanned patterns and halftones to drawn linework, you can add extra depth and modern freshness to your art.www.digitalartsonline.co.uk
How to get more from digital textures
Digital working frees you to make as many mistakes as you like, in a workspace where the element of risk is taken away…www.creativebloq.com
Texture Types for 3D art
These are some of the map types used when texturing game models. In all cases, the different map types work together to…wiki.polycount.com
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: