50 Free Rusted Metal Texture Backgrounds

If you ever heard the phrase ‘you can find inspiration everywhere you look’, then this article is for you. Today we look at rusted metal textures as both an unusual source of inspiration as well as an option for unique backgrounds.

Textured backgrounds are a great way to add an extra dimension to any graphic design project. Magazines and printed media can resort to textured paper for added impact however, this is impossible to do on the web, and the closest we can do is adding texture to simulate this effect.

We’ve compiled a list of 50 free rust metal texture backgrounds that will really look great on your websites, blogs, Twitter backgrounds or even wallpapers. Most of these are available under a Creative Commons License requiring attribution however, check each source for any specific details.


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Have you used textures like these in your projects? We’d love to see them, please post your links below…

  • http://desizntech.info desiztech

    Nice find thanks for sharing…retwitted as well!

    • http://www.webdesignerdepot.com Walter

      Thanks for that :)

  • http://we-design.it tobi

    thanks! they’re grrrreat!

  • http://www.highresolutiontextures.com 2lip

    great list! If you are looking for more, I have a nice texture pack with 9 colorful rust textures on my site:

    http://www.highresolutiontextures.com/9-colorful-rust-textures

  • http://www.kaminholz-iserlohn.info Kaminholz

    Hi!

    Some very nice textures are with it! Also a very good source for high-res textures can be found here: http://cgtextures.com/. But i guess you know this page already :-)

    Greetings from germany

  • http://www.thisinspires.me Brandon Cox

    Rusty metal never looked so good – this is inspiring!

  • http://www.mankot.de Mankot

    Nice Collections. Great for all kind of grungy layouts. I love this one http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrysti/2348621264/
    Grungy elements with a clean metallic surface.

    Thanks for sharing!

    • http://chrysti.wordpress.com/ Chrysti

      Thanks! I appreciate it… love seeing how these are used, provided the terms are adhered to, I do offer a commercial license though.

  • http://www.pushingbuttons.net Timothy

    The colors are amazing. Thanks!

  • http://www.joyoge.com/ joyoge designers’ bookmark

    nice metal textures thanks..

  • http://www.minimalshowcase.com/ Lee Milthorpe

    Fantastic collection!

    I will definitely be using several of these!

  • http://webdesignsandiego.wordpress.com/ Jen Ruhman

    Wow! These are so unique and amazing. These will spice up many designs.
    Thanks, great find!
    xxoo Jen

  • http://apps.facebook.com/rate_mylooks/ B3ckstage

    Woww ! thats really help ful !

  • http://webitect.net Kayla

    Wow, second freebie post I came across today! It’s amazing how just one material can take on so many different forms. I love working with metal textures.

    • Zaibi

      hi Kayla …
      i also like such materials i am a graphics designer….
      will you mail me i wanna talk to you..

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  • http://www.logodesignguru.com LOGO DESIGN GURU

    rust is a kind of scary looking sight, but you have demonstrated how it can also be beautiful. Thanks for the post. I think these would look great for some background options.

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  • http://loveby.me/ jesse

    I love this type of collection, thanks! and keep up the good work:)

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  • http://www.inspiks.com loswl

    WOW!!..those are some great textures, thanks for sharing :o)

  • Paul

    I own at least one of those images. Honor the licenses, kids.

  • http://www.link-m-link.blogspot.com Jana

    Great textures! But…. where is the zip file? :-(

    • http://www.webdesignerdepot.com Walter

      Please click on the images to go to the author pages where you can download them. Please respect terms of use as set by each author.

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  • http://www.vmalni.com Buzzlair Voufincci

    Great textures! But…. where is the zip file?

    yea, please provide zip file. its tiring to donwload one by one :D

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  • http://socialnaming.info Michi

    Great collection!
    Thanks for the post.

  • http://www.thevideomarketingpro.com Paul

    Just use my own rustic photo for twitter background which I took last week in Chicago.
    http:www.twitter.com/paulsaunders

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  • Pff

    This is pointless if your not going to provide any zips. n dont try n say we’re ungrateful b/c this post is misleading. i can put a post up too saying 1,000,000 free textures then put some links up, we’re all thinking there’s some kinda texture pack in a zip that we could download.

  • jisoo

    thank you. great collection!

  • http://www.jilozinho.com Eliza Nunes

    very coolll, thanks :D

  • http://www.myspace.com/zerdster ZeRd

    Love the colours and textures….doesn’t bother me that there’s no zip file

  • http://chrysti.wordpress.com/ Chrysti

    Thank you for NOT offering these as a zip file. As the owner of some of these, it would be against the terms of use & licensed they are offered under.

    While linking to it is fine, distributing it is not. So those who are complaining, can go create their own textures :)

  • http://www.coverarts.com Eric

    Great collection! Even more cool rust textures can be downloaded here:
    http://bit.ly/2uSFap

  • http://texturezine.com/ texturezine
  • http://www.nilerbarcelos.com Niler Barcelos

    Great collection!

  • http://www.ronarts.com Ron Arts Web Design

    These textures are so unique and I really like the color schemes. Keep up the good work!!!!

  • http://webstandard.wordpress.com 30ML

    great collection + supurb grunz

  • http://www.webbydesignguru.com Webby Design Guru

    It is really inspiring to see that rusty metal can be used in such a nice way for backgrounds. Interesting work!!!

  • http://ramalhowebblog.blogspot.com Ramalho

    Hi WEB Family,

    Excellent Collections that we must have to improve our works. Are also nice for designers that love realistic art ou design.

    Thanks for sharing

  • gary barber

    amazing textures. thanks for sharing

  • http://www.socialjitney.com iPhone Developers

    I really like these free rusted metal backgrounds. I wish to learn that how can i create this. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.eplywood.com plywood

    wooowww great metalic texture…

    great post

  • http://www.web-hosting-critic.net Jenna

    Thank you for gathering all of these great backgrounds together and sharing them with us. They are fabulous! What a great way to enhance the fame for these background creators and help us web designers out at the same time!
    Cheers!
    Jenna

  • http://www.logoinn.com Custom Logo Design

    wow, that’s amazing, wonderfully captured images.

  • http://www.mammut-medien.de Daniel

    Thanks yo much for all these textures. They are amazing. I am looking forward to use them on my upcoming designs or 3D models.
    Thanks so much.

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  • http://www.neubauer-daniel.de Daniel

    This is an awesome list of metallic textures. And I hope more people act like Valid here and post more and more. Thanks for the work to collect all these textures.