Download free background textures from LostAndTaken.com and DeMilked.com. The textures available at LostAndTaken.com are repeatable, which means that they can be used as tiles for a website, computer or design project background. The texture styles include paper, cardboard, fabric and noise. DeMilked.com contains links to almost 150 free textures as of 2015, in a similar range of styles. Old paper and notepaper are represented, as are canvas, other fabrics and music manuscript.
For an unobtrusive background, check the range of textures available at SubtlePatterns.com. The site offers a wide range of subtly patterned backgrounds for free. The site's curator requests that anybody who uses one of his patterns credits the site in the source code.
When someone views a site on a large monitor, he may be dazzled by large areas of blank white background. A texture helps reduce the brightness and lets the user focus on the site's content. Avoid using textures that contrast heavily with the existing content, as well as any color that is too striking. The texture may relate to the site's topic through color or visual motifs.
You can also use textures to give digital photographs a vintage look. Open the photograph in Photoshop, and import the texture as a new layer. Experiment with different blend modes, opacity and color balance adjustment layers.