We’ve come a long way since making the first type of paper around 5-220 CE. Today, there’s a type of paper for every need: from wrapping gifts, writing notes, covering books, to making business cards, printing receipts, for construction, and even holding food.
Simple, versatile, and recyclable, there’s virtually nothing paper can’t do for mankind.
What You Didn’t Know about Paper
Although you’ll find the terms ‘parchment’ and ‘paper’ used interchangeably, they really shouldn’t be. Parchment is NOT paper. The difference is in the source – paper is made from plant-based fibers, whereas parchment is prepared from goat, calf, or sheep skin. Vellum on the other hand, is made from calf skin. The word came from the French term, ‘veau’.
For those who love reading Regency novels or historical fiction, you’ll find authors using ‘parchment’ when their characters need to write on something. While this is true to some extent, it’s rather absurd as actual parchment in those days was costly enough. Also, even the wealthy wouldn’t use it for frequent letter-writing.
Another thing you might find interesting is that papyrus isn’t technically paper, either. Ancient Egyptians would paste thinly-sliced papyrus plant strips together until it resembled a scroll or sheet, which is not how real paper is produced. Though one can say that papyrus is ‘paper-like’.
When paper was first invented during the Han dynasty, it was said that they used mulberry fibers with fishing nets, old rags, and hemp waste. The technique then spread to neighboring countries, such as Japan, Vietnam, and Korea. By the 8th century, paper-making reached the Islamic world.
Eventually, it made its way to Europe by the 11th century, where techniques were refined and wood-based materials were explored.
Great Paper Textures
As the world takes on a digital form, so does this amazing material. If you want to incorporate the organic feel of paper in your digital designs, there’s no better way than to use these fine paper textures. Use them for your office presentations, e-cards, online portfolios, or graphic novels.
1. 30 Blush Craft Paper Textures
NassyArt brings you this collection of soft beige, pink, and blue textures with gold flakes and dried flowers. Beautiful, trendy, and practical, these hi-res (6000×4000 px; 300 DPI) JPEGs will certainly make you blush.
2. Black Vintage Paper Textures 2
Like a little black dress, your toolkit should never be without black backgrounds. This high-resolution pack from M-e-f is a nice little investment for future design projects.
3. Old & Grunge Paper Textures 3
Aged by time (and expert hands), this graphics product contains 30 textures for web design, photo overlays, office presentations, or printed materials.
4. 15 Coffee Stain Paper Textures
Your favorite caffeine fix also makes for a neat design effect. See what you can make with a bit of help from this set of tea and coffee stained backgrounds.
5. 14 Old Paper Textures
Looking for simple, aged paper textures? Then this handy collection from WildOnes is just the thing to give your works that natural, vintage feel.
6. Collage White Paper Textures
This collection features pieces of white, slightly grey, and off-white paper torn, pasted, and stacked together to form various interesting scenes.
7. White Simple Paper Textures
There is nothing more down-to-earth and clean than a basic white background. Setup the perfect canvas for your presentations, layouts, and more with this texture pack.
8. 26 Cardboard Paper Textures
Get your imagination moving when you use these cardboard backdrops for your website, presentations, posters, banners, branding, or on just about any artistic idea.
9. Handmade Hemp Paper Textures
Rough, uneven, and clumpy, this set of 10 brown and white handmade hemp paper textures makes for a great setting for creative fonts, fun graphics, cut-out illustrations, and more.
10. Constructivism Paper Textures
What can you do with these 18 unique white constructivism paper textures? Well, lots – if you’re up to the challenge.
11. Fold Paper Texture Pack Background
Mihis Design brings you this pack of 20 vector fold paper textures that will work well for all kinds of projects – from business cards, posters, and websites, to photos, merchandise, as well as crafts.
12. Natural Earth Toned Paper Textures
Create stylish, eye-catching designs for business presentations or for your own scrapbook using this collection from Fire Spark Studio. Featuring 4 seamless styles (Burlap, Grainy, Cracked, Natural) in versatile color schemes, it’ll make a nifty addition to any toolkit.
13. Scratched and Torn Paper Textures
Give your posters, slides, web pages, invitations, photos, and postcards that natural worn look in an instant using this graphics pack by Guerilla Craft. You’ll get 32 textures in PNG and EPS formats, 72 textured brushes, plus a 12-page instructions guide.
14. 21 Paper Textures
Simple but stunning, this collection comes in various color schemes so you set the right tone for your project – be it a commercial or personal endeavor.
15. 40 Paper Textures
Eldamar Studio brings you this graphics pack of lovely and realistic HD paper backgrounds that come in ready-to-print 4096×2160 px resolution.
16. Dirty Paper Textures
This practical set contains all kinds of paper textures: from slightly stained brown cardboard to creased, off-white cardstock. Perfectly imperfect, they are the ideal setting for colorful, contrasting elements.
17. 18 Paper Textures v2
Realistic and high-quality, these paper backdrops will add a subtle yet splendid touch to your projects, be it online or in print.
18. Old Paper Textures
Searching for crumpled, torn, burnt, or creased effects on paper? Look no further than this collection of 53 textures that’s sure to lend an authentic, vintage feel to scrapbooks, websites, postcards, posters, invitations, business cards, and more.
19. Creased Paper Textures
This pack by Ghostly Pixels includes 10 fully isolated, finely detailed textures in multiple formats (AI, EPS, PNG) so you can manually combine, or layer individual styles for desired results. Compatible with both Illustrator and Photoshop.
20. 12 Isolated Paper Rips
Whether for branding, marketing, or scrapbooking, you can count on this collection by Vasaki. It contains high-res transparent torn paper rips with realistic shadows, all taken optically using Canon 5D Mark II camera for crisp, clear details even when you zoom in.
21. Terrazzo Textured Paper Bundle
Andrew Timothy proudly presents this bundle of elegant paper textures that are available in Light, Earth, and Noire color schemes. Works with Photoshop, Affinity Designer, Canva, or any other photo editor!
22. Grunge Creamy Paper Textures
Make the ultimate vintage-themed projects using this texture pack with a bonus of 4 Polaroid frames (PNG). Use these backdrops on menus, book covers, portfolios, banners, web pages, posters, business cards, invitations, etc.
23. Torn Paper Mockup Templates
Create show-stopping designs with this versatile pack from Veila. Contains 15 editable torn paper mockups in PSD, as well as 7 paper textures for easy editing and seamless results.
24. 220 Rough Paper Textures
This collection from Jnawrocki has a whopping assortment of textures to give your works that distressed paper, plastic, or cardboard look in seconds. They comes in 2480×3280 px and 300 DPI resolution to retain that edgy, grunge vibe.
25. 40+ Ripped Paper Transparent Shapes
26. Glued Paper V2 Texture Background
Want to make it appear as if your design is glued haphazardly onto a wall? You can with this paper effect by Freeject.Net. It’s also ideal for urban, street, racing, music, hip-hop, and grunge, themes.
27. Edges.zip Torn Paper Textures
These premium ripped texture PNGs (edges only, edge and paper, paper only) from BLKMARKET© will take your digital or print projects to the next level. Includes FREE PSD example file in your purchase.
28. Paper Tears 01
Nashville Assets Co. proudly brings you this awesome collection of scanned colorful paper shreds. Celebrate life in beige, blue, red, yellow, and other hues that represent the richness of our world.
29. Grunge Artistic Toolkit Torn Paper
Designing the next grunge album cover or edgy fashion magazine spread? This bundle by Marie T has got you covered. With scenes containing torn paper pieces, chains, safety pins, wires, spray paint elements, letterings, barcodes, and more – it’s a guaranteed wild ride!
30. Deckle Edge Frames and Overlays Vol. I
Add a handcrafted feel to your work in seconds with this beautiful deckle edge frames set from Wilde Mae Studio. These work best on photos, scrapbooks, and postcards.
31. 7 Torn Paper Rips with Transparency
Is your piece missing a little bit of ‘attitude’? Mix in the right amount using this graphics pack from Fendell Projects. Includes 7 individual JPG and PNG files with detailed paper texture that looks incredible from every angle.
32. Torn Construction Paper
Straightforward yet surprisingly beautiful, this colorful collection by Jesse Makes is super easy to use and adjust; it’s one of the best assets you can keep in your toolkit.
33. Paper Edges
Clean, simple, but with realistic torn effects, this texture pack by SC includes 15 PNG paper edges with separated objects and shadows so you can edit in a flash.