30 Great Free Paper Backgrounds and Textures

One of the best free stuff Graphic Designers can find on the Web for free are high resolution backgrounds and textures. Long gone are the days when you had to buy very expensive CDs in order to obtain good quality backgrounds for your design projects.
By that time, marble and granite textures were all the rage. But now it seems that paper is becoming the new king. Lots of Web Designers are embracing the delicate look of a piece of paper with a subtle shadow. And if it is torn or folded, much better.
This gallery shows some paper backgrounds I collected from different sites. If you would like to add some nice effects to some of these textures, you can read a tutorial I wrote about creating paper folds and creases to paper textures in Photoshop.
Please, read about the usage rights: All of these textures should be free for commercial use, but to be absolutely sure, check each web site usage terms and license before downloading. Below each image sample, there is a link to the usage license. In some cases, where the scope of the license was not clear enough, I placed a link to the author profile so you can contact him. You can also read this excellent Guide to Finding and Using Incredible Flickr Images to help you find more free images for your work.

Free high resolution Paper Textures and Backgrounds

Click on each image sample to go to the high resolution version download page.

Paper background

Author: Playingwithbrushes  |  License: Some rights reserved

Paper background

Author: Splendor and Demise  |  License: Some rights reserved

Paper background

Author: Playingwithbrushes  |  License: Some rights reserved

Paper background

Author: CGTextures  |  License: Some restrictions apply

Paper background

Author: Playingwithbrushes  |  License: Some rights reserved

Paper background

Author: Crinity  |  License: Some rights reserved

Paper background

Author: Christie Lacy  |  License: Some rights reserved

Paper background

Author: Spiteful-Pie-Stock  |  License: Some rights reserved

Paper background

Author: Nevermoregraphics  |  License: Contact the author

Paper background

Author: Mademoiselle Phoenix  |  License: Contact the author

Paper background

Author: Mademoiselle Phoenix  |  License: Contact the author

Paper background

Author: Enchantedgal Stock  |  License: Contact the author

Paper background

Author: Enchantedgal Stock  |  License: Contact the author

Paper background

Author: Aleeka Stock  |  License: Contact the author

Paper background

Author: Temabinastock  |  License: Contact the author

Paper background

Author: KillxThexScenexStock  |  License: Contact the author

Paper background

Author: Deadcalm Stock  |  License: Contact the author

Paper background

Author: Temabinastock  |  License: Contact the author

Paper background

Author: Arpadstock  |  License: Contact the author

Paper background

Author: Maladie Stock  |  License: Contact the author

Paper background

Author: CGTextures  |  License: Some restrictions apply

Paper background

Author: net effekt  |  License: Some rights reserved

Paper background

Author: Playingwithbrushes  |  License: Some rights reserved

Paper background

Author: Playingwithbrushes  |  License: Some rights reserved

Paper background

Author: CGTextures  |  License: Some restrictions apply

Paper background

Author: CGTextures  |  License: Some restrictions apply

Paper background

Author: CGTextures  |  License: Some restrictions apply

Paper background

Author: CGTextures  |  License: Some restrictions apply

Paper background

Author: CGTextures  |  License: Some restrictions apply

Paper background

Author: CGTextures  |  License: Some restrictions apply

Commercial FREE High Resolution Paper Backgrounds

Click on the image below to view a gallery, and download 60 high resolution paper backgrounds collection.

Paper background

Author: Development01  |  License: Free Personal and Commercial usage allowed, except reselling or redistributing.