Free Textures For Blender

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This is a list of the best websites to get free textures for Blender. Editorial: you can use the textures, but you can’t resell them in any form.

or use them in professional work. CC0: 100% free, the original creators hold no rights, you can do whatever you want with the textures!

There are a lot of tutorials covering this online, Here is a good one by Jayanam.

Alternatively you can use LilySurfaceScraper (which I talked about here) to import the textures and setup everything for you.

Now without further ado, let us begin:. Download: Clicking the “Download Maps” button brings you to google drive where you can choose which maps to download. Every Texture has a very unique library of textures both seamless and non seamless.

true to it’s name it has a very extensive archive, images varying in usability and quality. Downloading: Lets you choose which maps to download, in case you do not want to download all the maps (normal, roughness etc.).

It does not however let you choose your resolution while downloading. Share Textures is another great library with hundreds of free textures, there are some weird obviously procedural textures, but other than that it is a great place for free textures.

Download: Gives you several image resolution options, but does not let you select individual maps.

3Djungle has a massive texture library, with over 5000 textures!

Many seem like there would never be a reason to use them in a 3D scene, but there are just so many that it can be used as a back-up, if textures are not available on other texture websites.

Download: Easy download, The image sizes are random (usually fairly high res) and no map choosing options when downloading.

Though this site does not offer textures itself, it is an extremely helpful platform which allows you to search for textures across multiple free texture websites at the same time!

After clicking on an image, you will be taken to the website where you can download the files.

wdt_IDNameNameTexture typesLicensePaid premium optionsNotesRequires account
1AmbientCGAmbientCGPBRLicenseNoNo
2BlenderKitBlenderKitPBRLicenseYesYes
3CGBookcaseCGBookcasePBRLicenseNoNo
4PolyhavenPolyhavenPBR,HDRILicenseNoNo
5SharetexturesSharetexturesPBRLicenseNoNo
63DTextures3DTexturesPBRLicenseNoNo
7BlendermadaBlendermadaPBRLicenseNoNo
8FreePBRFreePBRPBRLicenseYesNo
9Icons8Icons8PBRLicenseYesNo
10ChocofurChocofurPBRLicenseYesYes
11Substance 3DSubstance 3DPBRLicenseYesRequires processing through Substance playerYes
12Textures.comTextures.comPBRLicenseYesYes
13PoliigonPoliigonPBRLicenseYesYes
14TextureNinjaTextureNinjaTexturesLicenseNoNo
15DuionDuionTexturesLicenseNoNo
16TexturerTexturerTexturesLicenseNoNo SSLNo
17SketchuptextureclubSketchuptextureclubTexturesLicenseYesYes
18ArchivetexturesArchivetexturesTexturesNoNo
193DXO3DXOTexturesNoNo
20All3DfreeAll3DfreeTexturesLicenseNoNo
21PixabayPixabayImagesLicenseNoNo
22UnsplashUnsplashImagesLicenseNoNo
23PexelsPexelsImagesLicenseNoNo
24VecteezyVecteezyImagesLicenseYesNo
25GratisographyGratisographyImagesLicenseNoNo
26MorguefileMorguefileImagesLicenseNoYes
27StockvaultStockvaultImagesLicenseNoYes
28PicjumboPicjumboImagesLicenseYesNo
29PikwizardPikwizardImagesLicenseNoNo
30RawpixelRawpixelImagesLicenseYesYes
31ReshotReshotImagesLicenseNoNo
32TextureCanTextureCanPBRLicenseNoNo

License: You may not resell these textures. Download: Resolution varies per image.

cgbookcase has just over 500 textures. It also has an awesome search bar allowing you to pick resolution, category and color to filter out the options.

Download: Easily downloaded, allows you to choose resolution, but many textures are only 2k.

Poly Haven has a small collection of textures, just over 200, but the quality is outstanding, with every image being at least 8k.

Poly Haven

Download: Very great download options, lets you choose resolution, which maps to download and what format each map should be (options are PNG, JPG and EXR).

ambientCG is one of the best places to get your textures, It is also compatible with LilySurfaceScraper making it very easy to import textures strait into blender. Download: lets you choose resolution and format, downloads all maps in a zip. Thanks for reading this article, if you have any questions feel free to contact me!

This is a list of the best websites to get free textures for Blender. Editorial: you can use the textures, but you can’t resell them in any form.

Texturer

or use them in professional work.

CC0: 100% free, the original creators hold no rights, you can do whatever you want with the textures! There are a lot of tutorials covering this online, Here is a good one by Jayanam. Alternatively you can use LilySurfaceScraper (which I talked about here) to import the textures and setup everything for you.

Now without further ado, let us begin:. Download: Clicking the “Download Maps” button brings you to google drive where you can choose which maps to download.

Share Textures

Every Texture has a very unique library of textures both seamless and non seamless.

true to it’s name it has a very extensive archive, images varying in usability and quality. Downloading: Lets you choose which maps to download, in case you do not want to download all the maps (normal, roughness etc.).

It does not however let you choose your resolution while downloading. Share Textures is another great library with hundreds of free textures, there are some weird obviously procedural textures, but other than that it is a great place for free textures. Download: Gives you several image resolution options, but does not let you select individual maps.

3D Textures

3Djungle has a massive texture library, with over 5000 textures!

Many seem like there would never be a reason to use them in a 3D scene, but there are just so many that it can be used as a back-up, if textures are not available on other texture websites.

Download: Easy download, The image sizes are random (usually fairly high res) and no map choosing options when downloading. Though this site does not offer textures itself, it is an extremely helpful platform which allows you to search for textures across multiple free texture websites at the same time!

After clicking on an image, you will be taken to the website where you can download the files.

3Djungle

License: You may not resell these textures.

Download: Resolution varies per image. cgbookcase has just over 500 textures. It also has an awesome search bar allowing you to pick resolution, category and color to filter out the options. Download: Easily downloaded, allows you to choose resolution, but many textures are only 2k.

Poly Haven has a small collection of textures, just over 200, but the quality is outstanding, with every image being at least 8k. Download: Very great download options, lets you choose resolution, which maps to download and what format each map should be (options are PNG, JPG and EXR).

cgbookcase

ambientCG is one of the best places to get your textures, It is also compatible with LilySurfaceScraper making it very easy to import textures strait into blender.

Download: lets you choose resolution and format, downloads all maps in a zip. Thanks for reading this article, if you have any questions feel free to contact me!

Welcome to this curated collection of textures and image resources. This collection is an on-going project, as with each movie we create a number of textures based on our own resources (photographs, scans, etc.), made completely from scratch, or contributed by the community.

3DAssets.one

You can now browse this (and your own!) Texture Library within Blender!Get the Add-On.

Andrea Weikert, Andy Goralczyk, Basse Salmela, Ben Dansie, Campbell Barton, Enrico Valenza, Gleb Alexandrov, Ian Hubert, Kjartan Tysdal, Lech Sokolowski, Manu Järvinen, Massimiliano Puliero, Matt Ebb, Pablo Vazquez, Rob Tuytel, Roland Hess, Sarah Feldlaufer, Sebastian König, Sebastian Platen, Sönke Mäter.

All textures are licensed as CC-0.

Free to use anywhere, for any purpose.

A pretty large library that has been around for a while but doesn't seem to get updated a lot. Last blog update was in 2020 at the time of this writing.

But still, textures and materials don't get worse with time even if the world around might run past.

Worth checking out.

ambientCG

Link: FreePBR

This site has about 400 PBR texture sets available free for download. The license is a bit vague, but my interpretation would be that you need to pay a small fee for commercial use. But I am not a lawyer so don't take my word for it.

Anyway, most textures seems to be 2k in size. Completely fine for most projects in my opinion.

Another gem worth checking out for sure.

Every Texture

Link: Icons8

Icons8 was another new site for me as I set out to research for this article. They have a very convenient one click button to download all of their textures. Something that isn't very common. Most texture sites don't encourage bulk downloading. Instead they want you to come back.

I think Icons8 has a really nice texture library. They also have quite good variation amont the other assets they offer.

Very much worth checking out in my opinion, but there is one caveat. They for a link if you use their assets, not unreasonable at all, but it can still be annoying because there is always some vagueness around how you should link when it is required. Also sometimes it is not feasible to link at all depending on the nature of your project.

Different licenses:

Link: Chocofur

Chocofur's texture library is really nice because they take a kind of middle way approach. They have high quality textures but encourage you to generate the PBR maps needed from fewer texture maps to conserve resources on your computer.

I think this is a really smart way of working with textures in larger 3D scenes. You can often get away with much less than you may think.

A highly recommended library that is still quite limited in what kinds of textures it offers.

How do I add textures to models in Blender?

Link: Substance 3D

As most 3D artists know by now, the Substance suite was acquired by Adobe. The formerly named Substance source library is still available and it is a really high quality set of materials. To get textures from this library though you need at least an account and Substance Player to be able to export textures.

The library is primarily paid and part of Adobes 3D suite offering, But there is also a healthy amount of free substances in the library.

I hope you find these free textures for Blender as helpful as I have

Link: Textures.com

This texture library has been around since forever it seems. They have a huge variety of textures. Both in quality and quantity. It would be hard to not find what you are looking for here.

Their free offering comes in the form of limited daily downloads in low resolution. But the sheer amount of textures available makes it worth checking out.

Poliigon

Link: Poliigon

While this is primarily a paid service, they still provide a good amount of high quality textures for free that you can check out.

If you are going to spend money on textures, I would say that Poliigon is probably one of the best places you can go. Very affordable and high quality. Once you have bought a texture set it is yours forever and you can download it from their site multiple times even if your subscription has expired.

Start by checking out their free collection and create something awesome!

TextureCan

Link: TextureCan

This is a bit of a newcomer. At least for me who didn't know about this site until I did my research for this article. While the website could use some work and a facelift, the content is really nice. It seems like most material are made using Substance Designer. A common theme for a lot of the sites on this list that provide PBR quality textures.

TextureNinja

Link: TextureNinja

Textureninja is the perfect texture library when you need something quick and simple and you don't want to worry about license problems. All textures on this site is under cc0 license and be used how you like.

There are no PBR materials available here but there is still a lot of variation and unique textures available. Highly recommended if you are not in need for full PBR sets.

Duion

Link: Duion

Duion has an older interface and some of the textures have problems like being less sharp at the edges or some chromatic aberration. But if you are looking for textures for background props or something that you didn't find elsewhere Duion might just be worth a look.

All textures are cc0 licensed and there are both post-processed textures and raw texture photos available along with a library of more normal photos.

Texturer

Link: Texturer

This is another older site but it is easy to navigate and has clear categories to browse through. The available textures are a bit lower resolution than other sites since it is an older library and there are no PBR textures.

The site also doesn't have a cc0 license but still allows both commercial and personal use. Another oddity is that it does not have a SSL certificate and therefore is not considered secure.

But still there are plenty of textures available and the site is snappy to browse with some categories that I couldn't find elsewhere.

Sketchuptextureclub

Link: Sketchuptextureclub

As the name suggest this texture site is primarily aimed at Sketchup users, but there is nothing stopping Blender users from getting in on the action. In the free collection they provide primarily diffuse textures or base color textures but there are also other maps available if you pay.

I find the textures here to be most useful when you don't necessarily need realism, but perhaps textures that just show what material a surface should be.

Archivetextures

Link: Archivetextures

This is one of the sites that I couldn't find any license related information for so it is hard to know what you are allowed to use these textures for. Personally I would not go past personal projects.

The library is probably the one I have used the least on this list since the library mostly consist of low resolution and way zoomed in images.

I am sure that there are uses for it out there but for most 3D projects, this is not the first place on this list that I would visit.

3DXO

Link: 3DXO

3DXO is the second site on this list that doesn't have a license page that I could find but on each asset it says "free for privat use", so I would assume that no commercial use cases. That still leaves us with a lot of use cases for any personal projects.

In terms of quality I think this site is on par with other texture sites that doesn't offer the full PBR sets. Very much like Textureninja or Texturer for example.

However those sites have more permitting licenses.

All3Dfree

Link: All3Dfree

The last site in the texture category that primarily offer color maps or raw image textures. This one is a pretty large collection with good variety. You can find a lot of the usual kinds of textures like brick, plaster, wood etc. But also leather textures, wallpaper patterns and art painting textures.

Their license permit personal use only.

Pixabay

Link: Pixabay

From here we are looking at more general stock image services. But using images as textures is as old as texturing itself. At this point, it feels like Pixabay has been around for just as long.

If you haven't heard of Pixabay, it is primarily a free stock photo library. But you can easily find images in their library that could fit awesome into your 3D project. The library is vast, with countless images in all sorts of categories.

Use as background, textures, or perhaps to light a scene?

Unsplash

Link: Unsplash

Unsplash is quite similar to Pixabay, that it offers a huge library of free stock images. If you try to search for textures in their library you will find plenty of images that could be used as masking textures or to create abstract effects.

It can be really inspiring to just search through and look at different textures and think about how they could be used. Another highly recommended source.

Pexels

Link: Pexels

Another one of those well known free stock photo sites. Among the stock image kind of libraries this is probably the one I personally use the most. I think the site is easy to navigate and has some really nice quality images.

I have used it for both backgrounds and occasionally texture a background prop.

Vecteezy

Link: Vecteezy

I think I only used this service once. But it is a nice site with a good library. The free images are marked with a tag so that you can easily distinguish between them and the premium images they offer. You don't need an account if you just want to use the free images. But if you find what you are looking for among the premium images, that is also an option.

Gratisography

Link: Gratisography

At this point, most of these sites offer the same thing. Gratisography however still manages to fill a role no other site does. They have a more funky library with some stuff you wont find anywhere else. While I find it less useful overall it can still be inspirational to just have a look around.

Or for those occasions when you do need something quite different, this is the place to go. You can also tell that it isn't your usual stock photo site by looking at the design of the site.

In terms of finding images for use as textures it is probably one of the least useful sites on this list.

Morguefile

Link: Morguefile

On this site there are a suprising number of images that could be used as textures. Quite a bit of detailed close up shots and scattered around the otherwise quite stock feely images on the site.

For free it is well worth checking out if you can't find what you are looking for on the more well known entries on this list.

Stockvault

Link: Stockvault

While stockvault require you to have an account, it is worth your time to create one because they have some really nice close up, especially of flowers and foliage. There are also some really nice images that could be used as reference or inspiration.

Picjumbo

Link: Picjumbo

This is more of a travel and nature focused library. Not so much for texturing, but still, if you need a background or similar you might just be able to find it here. There is no requirement to create an account, but there is a premium option for those that are willing to pay or support the site.

They also have a paid option to simply download all pictures.

Pikwizard

Link: Pikwizard

I found pickwizard to be a bit slower than the average site on this list. They do have an occasional sky image that could be used as a background texture, but in most of their library there is a lot of people in most photos.

For 3D work, I think this is less ideal, but if you need something like that, this is the place to check out. No requirement to create an account.

Rawpixel

Link: Rawpixel

Visiting this library gives the impression that color is really important. Just by scrolling you can easily find images that fit well together. There are also quite a bit of alpha masked images in here that could be used in a 3D scene. Either as a mask or some detail or other kind of texture.

Rawpixel do require you to create an account and there is also a paid alternative.

Reshot

Link: Reshot

This site is a bit too minimalistic for my taste. It seems like you have to search for something in order to start to browse.

Appart from that, they do have some really nice images in their library and a lot of the material can definitely be used in a 3D scene.

They also have quite a bit of icons available. Something that I think is underused by 3D artists.

Final thoughts

That is quite a list! But if you still haven't found what you are looking for despite all these free textures, I can suggest that you start to look at paid alternatives or some of the premium alternatives offered by some of the sites above.

All in all I think that we are absolutely spoiled in this day and age with the amount of free digital assets available.

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