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250+ Outstanding Mockup Background Images & Textures

250+ Background Images & Textures for Print Design MockupsWere you the type of kid who just had to have the radical laser backdrop instead of the plain blue backdrop when it came time for picture day at school?

Even if you weren’t, we’ve got good news for you. Our folder design mockups feature a completely customizable background; allowing you to have any kind of image or texture you want—and many of them look even better than that laser background.

We’ve gathered up some of our favorite background images and textures to use with our folder design mockups, or with an original business card, flyer, or other printed design mockup of your choice.

Please be advised that some of these mockup backgrounds come from paid stock photo sites and the prices may vary. Many of these sites allow you to buy images for less when you prepay for multiple download credits, and some offer free image downloads if you subscribe to a monthly plan. The prices we have listed are for the least amount of downloads or commitment possible; it’s the price you can expect to pay if you only want the single image.


 


Texture Background Images

The best thing about folder design mockups is that they look like the real thing. Chances are you’ll want a background graphic for your mockup that matches in realism. These organic textures are taken directly from the world around us and include the types of materials you might actually use as a backdrop when physically photographing a folder.

Presentation Folder Mockup with Wood Background

 

Wood Background Images


Wooden textures are great for folder mockups because they create a nostalgic feeling of home. Wood is earthy and natural with a distinct smell and touch, which creates powerful sense memories in our brains. It’s also the material we tend to associate with professional desks and offices, making it a great choice for corporate folder designs.

Cherry Wood (Free)

Cherry Wood

Mahogany Wood Grain (Free)

Mahogany Wood Grain Background


Cherry 2 (No longer available)

Cherry 2 Background

Gray Ash (No longer available)

Gray Ash Background

Old Gray Wood Planks (No longer available)

Old Gray Wood Planks Background


 

Stone Background Images


Stone and masonry create a sense of permanence, establishment and strength. Stone provides a strong foundation for whatever’s built on top of it, so putting your mockup on top of a stone background instills trust and confidence in your folder design.

Granite Flooring Tiles Texture (Free)

Granite Flooring Tiles Texture

Hand Troweled Grey Wall Surface (Free)

Hand Troweled Grey Wall Surface Background


Gray Marble (No longer available)

Gray Marble Background

Gray Marble Tiles (Free)

Gray Marble Tiles Background

Marble 8 (Free)

Marble 8 Background


 

Cloth/Fabric Background Images


If you really want your folder mockups to look like an actual photograph, then you can’t go wrong with a fabric texture for your backdrop. That’s because fabric is a popular choice of backdrop when photographers take pictures of printed materials. Fabric can be accessible and friendly like gingham, or it can be plush and sophisticated like silk, giving you a lot of options for finding the best cloth for your design.

Black Llama Coat Texture (Free)

Black Llama Coat Texture

Red Velvet (Free)

Red Velvet Background


Blue Plaid (No longer available)

Blue Plaid Background

Light Brown Fabric (No longer available)

Light Brown Fabric Background

Red Fabric (No longer available)

Red Fabric Background

Synthetic Gray Fabric (No longer available)

Synthetic Gray Fabric Background


 

Metal Background Images


Metal is simple, clean and strong. Though you often see it in designs for industrial brands, it’s versatile enough to work for a wide array of professional fields. Metal isn’t just cold steel and sterile aluminum, it’s also shimmering silver and glittering gold.

Gold Metal (Free)

Gold Metal Background

High Contrast Brushed & Scratched Metal Sheet (Free)

High Contrast Brushed & Scratched Metal Sheet Background


Metal with Blue Paint (No longer available)

Metal with Blue Paint Background


 

Leather Background Images


Leather is a rare material that’s outdoorsy, rough, professional and distinguished all at once. But unlike real leather, these leather textures are 100% vegan and cruelty free.

Leather Texture – Campo Series – Post Box Red (Free)

Post Box Red Leather Background

Leather Texture – Campo Series – Walnut (Free)

Walnut Leather Background


Green Genuine Leather Upholstery (No longer available)

Green Genuine Leather Upholstery Background


 

Paper Background Images


What better way to show off a faux paper product than to use a matching background made of faux paper? Like fabric, paper is also commonly used as a backdrop in photography because it’s simple, clean, versatile and practical.

Black Parchment (No longer available)

Black Parchment Background

Sky Blue Speckled Paper (Free)

Sky Blue Speckled Paper Background


Crumpled Paper (Free)

Crumpled Paper Background


 

Abstract Background Images

From technological arcs and waves to repeating patterns and fractals, these abstract images and textures are a bit of a mixed bag, but they all have one thing in common-they aren’t supposed to look like anything real. These aren’t the type of textures that you would use to make your mockup look a real photograph—but that can be a good thing. The use of abstract color won’t always work with every print design, but it’s a great tool to use when appealing to an audience’s emotions.

Pocket Folder Mockup with Abstract Background

 

Red Background Images


Red is the color of passion, love, energy and excitement, so it makes the perfect choice for attention-grabbing folder mockups. Red also stimulates hunger, so it’s often used in designs related to the food industry.

Digital Red (No longer available)

Digital Red Background

Texture 52 (Free)

Texture 52 Background



 

Orange Background Images


When you think of orange, you get that warm fuzzy feeling of campfires and fall leaves that just takes you back to your childhood. Perhaps that’s why these orange textures are perfect for infusing youth, fun and friendship into your folder design mockups.

Rotational Symmetry Orange (Free)

Rotational Symmetry Orange Background

Fractal Orange Tangle (Free)

Fractal Orange Tangle Background



 

Yellow Background Images


Who doesn’t like yellow? It’s the color of sunlight, sweet lemonade, and those smiley face emojis you use when you send texts. Yellow is bright, cheery and full of happiness and energy, which are all great qualities to bring to your folder design mockup.

Digital Yellow Orange (Free)

Digital Yellow Orange Background

Yellow Squares (Free)

Yellow Squares Background


Abstract Background (No longer available)

Abstract Background


 

Green Background Images


Green is so deeply rooted in nature and health that we even say we’re going “green” when we take efforts to improve the health of our environment. But green is also the color of money and security, which is why you see it used in designs for everything from medical and insurance designs to banking and finances.

Electronic Circuits (Free)

Electronic Circuits Background

Rotational Symmetry (Free)

Rotational Symmetry Background



 

Blue Background Images


Blue is the color of tranquility. It’s a popular color in marketing because it displays a sense of professionalism to the audience. Blue is also the color that people most often pick as their favorite, so you really can’t go wrong with using these blue abstract textures for your mockups.

Digital Blue (Free)

Digital Blue Background

Sky Blue Diagonal Stripes (Free)

Sky Blue Diagonal Stripes Background



 

Purple Background Images


When we think purple, we often think of kings and queens, as it’s a color that’s often associated with royalty and wealth. However purple also has a softer, feminine side that’s full of whimsy and fantasy. Purple is hardly the most conventional choice for a folder mockup background-which makes it the perfect choice for when you want your designs to look unconventionally creative.

Fractal Soft Background (Free)

Fractal Soft Background

Pink and Purple Blur (Free)

Pink and Purple Blur Background


Abstract Background (No longer available)

Abstract Background

Abstract Background Stock Image (No longer available)

Abstract Background Stock Image


 

Black Background Images


Even if black is the absence of color, it is not the absence of emotion. Black has a simplicity to it that makes it bold, authoritative, powerful and elegant. But black can also be mysterious with a hint of danger lurking underneath. Best of all, it goes with everything, so your folder mockup will look great on a black background (unless of course, the folder is also black or another dark color).

Gold Petals on Black (Free)

Gold Petals on Black Background

Patterned Black Background (Free)

Patterned Black Background



 

Multicolored Background Images


Color brings emotion to design, so it stands to reason the more colors you add to your design, the greater range of emotion you can utilize. Whether you are having a hard time picking just one color to complement your mockup or you just like the idea of coloring with a full box of crayons, here are some multicolored abstract textures that are sure to make your folder mockups look fun and vibrant.

Remember that your background should complement your print design, not compete with it. A multicolored background may work best if your design is plain or monotone; that way, it will add interest without making the mockup too busy.

Blurry Rainbow Colors (Free)

Blurry Rainbow Colors Background

Stock Photo: Abstract Background 1 (No longer available)

Stock Photo: Abstract Background 1



 

Grunge Background Images


Grunge textures add a look of antiquity to your folder mockup background by making it look weathered, beaten, rusted and aged. These aren’t your father’s background textures-they’re dirty, grimy and a little too punk rock for the corporate world. And sometimes that’s exactly what you need to get your audience’s attention.

Digital Grunge Blue Green (Free)

Digital Grunge Blue Green Background

Grunge Pink Canvas (Free)

Grunge Pink Canvas Background


Dark Grunge Mosaic Background (No longer available)

Dark Grunge Mosaic Background


 

Lights/Bokeh Background Images


Light has the ability to extract a wide range of emotions from your audience, from the energy and excitement of a light blur to the nostalgic, warm feeling of a string of holiday lights. Light textures are typically formed by long exposures and blurred lenses-an artform unto itself which the Japanese call “bokeh.”

Multicolor Light Streaks (Free)

Multicolor Light Streaks Background

Rainbow Fiesta Bokeh (Free)

Rainbow Fiesta Bokeh Background



Conclusion

When picking a texture or image for the background of your folder mockup, there’s one cardinal rule to keep in mind. The background should only serve to enhance your folder design, but not be so interesting that it takes focus away from the design itself.

If you can’t find anything to your liking, remember that you can download or create your own custom background texture. We recommend an image that is at least 3000px x 2000px and 72 DPI for best results (or, alternatively, use a texture that is seamless, allowing you to tile it into a larger pattern).

Now we want to hear from you. Do you have a favorite texture you’d like to share with us? Have you created your own texture that other designers can share and utilize? Post your comments and share your textures below. And hey, while you’re at it, if you have any old-school pictures of you in front of a radical 90’s laser backdrop, we definitely want to see those too.

Vladimir Gendelman
Author: Vladimir Gendelman

As CEO of CompanyFolders.com, Vladimir is a knowledgeable authority in print marketing and graphic design for businesses. With his team of designers and experts, he helps customers put forth the best possible impression with high-quality collateral. Learn more about Vladimir’s history and experience, and connect with him on Google+ and Twitter.

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  2. Great texture wallpapers. Thank you for this collection.

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