Natural textures are some of the most fascinating of all, allowing us to get up close and personal with the world we live in. So often, natural phenomena like the texture of sand, the ripples on water and the vessels running along a leaf’s surface go unnoticed, which is why it’s great to take a better look at them in high-resolution. Below, you‚’ll discover 30 jaw-droppingly beautiful natural textures, covering everything from human skin to turkey feathers, limestone, snow and even rainbows. Take a look and be inspired!

1. Ice


These textures are so cool, they’re positively freezing.

2. IRough Textures


15 high-res, rough, rocky textures for you to use.

3. IWater Textures


Shot in a swimming pool, these textures are a beautiful, aquatic blue colour.

4. ILimestone


The crystalline form of the rock in question is visible in this terrific texture.

5. ITree Bark Texture


A tree bark texture complete with pits, cracks and scratches.

6. IMud Stucco Texture


As you can see from this texture, mud stucco is beautiful when dry.

7. INatural Paper


This texture pack contains nine paper types in total.

8. ICracked Granite Rock Texture


The fascinating patterns caused by rocks cracking can be witnessed in this texture.

9. ITexture of Nature


These textures will change the way you look at leaves.

10. IPressed Leaves Texture


Once dried and pressed, the texture of a leaf changes completely into something resembling the most natural of papers.

11. ITurkey Feather Texture


Who knew that a turkey could be so stunning? The light reflecting off a turkey’s feathers brings out the true colours of the bird.

12. INatural Textures


A pack of 8 textures, including stone, rust, moss and earth.

13. IHuman and Animals


Textures of animal skins – tiger, giraffe, zebra and even human included.

14. IJuniper Wood Texture


Sanded, treated and polished, this is juniper wood as it might appear in your home.

15. IAloe Pattern


The powdery, spiky surface of the aloe vera plant is even more noticeable at this scale.

16. IBrown Black Hair


Straight and silky, this hair looks like “human” to me, but what do I know?

17. ISkin Texture


Human skin – nothing more, nothing less. The simplicity of the image makes it extremely versatile.

18. ILeathery Skin 1


This leathery texture looks so touchable, you just want to reach out and give it a stroke!

19. INight Sky Texture


There’s no view more mystifying than the sky at night. Prepare to be dazzled.

20. ITexture 7


Another texture depicting the night sky, this time full of snowflakes, not stars.

21. IGold


This is one of the few gold textures out there which actually looks like the real thing. The colour is perfect.

22. ISoil Ground Texture


A close up of iron-rich, red earth.

23. INasty Cracks IV


There’s nothing nasty about these cracks. In fact, the scorched earth is rather beautiful.

24. ICloud Texture


The sky doesn’t get much darker and more tumultuous than this. Get ready for the storm!

25. ICloud Texture A


Quite the reverse of the last texture, this one shows sunny skies above.

26. IRainbow Cloud Texture


It’s the same sky, but looking completely different once more. Here, a gorgeous rainbow takes centre stage.

27. ISnow


A sumptuous texture of light, powdery snow.

28. ITexture 68


The sea floor looks absolutely spectacular in this particular texture.

29. ITexture – Water Drop


Like beads of water sitting on your windscreen, the moisture has been captured perfectly here.

30. ISandpaper


Incredibly, this mesmerising pattern of dots is nothing more than a sheet of sandpaper.

James Adams is a writer who covers the latest tech news and analyses hardware like the Canon CLI-521 at a leading supplier of Canon cartridges based in the UK.