You can tell a lot about the character of a piece of writing or artwork from the type of paper it's on. Business documents are printed on professional stationery, while party invitations are more likely to be seen on colorful patterned paper and any respectable treasure map is bound to be on yellowed parchment with burnt or torn edges.
In the same way, paper textures are an easy way set the tone of any design, whether you want to come off as smooth and retro or modern and edgy. You could spend a lot of money finding the right paper texture if you wanted. But why would you? There are literally hundreds of free paper textures downloads out there.
We've put together a sample of the most popular free paper textures to help you find the one that's right for you.
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Have a favorite texture we missed? Know of other sites that have great paper texture downloads? Let us know in the comments!