A good collection of patterns and textures is an invaluable asset for any designer. However when it comes to finding the right pattern or texture; one can easily spend hours searching for it. W3Avenue has compiled a list of resources which will help you find high quality free patterns and textures. As an added bonus you will also find a list of useful online tools that will help you quickly create simple patterns yourself.
All of the resources presented in our list are available free for personal use, most of these are also available free of charge for commercial use. But always remember to read terms under which you can use these free resources.
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The Round Up
Our list is organized in alphabetical order, with some popular / recommended resources highlighted in bold.
- 3Quarks (Patterns)
Around seventy light colored background patterns for websites.
- Absolute Cross (Textures)
There are 10 separate “Texture Packs” for you to choose from, each one containing 50 original seamless textures.
- Alice Grafixx (Photoshop Patterns)
Adobe Photoshop Patterns from Alice-Grafixx graphic resource community.
- AppendixSquared (Photoshop Patterns)
Patterns work in Photoshop CS2, but come with imagepacks for use in other programs.
- Ava7 Patterns (Patterns)
Easily find patterns by color and/or shapes.
- Ben Cloward (Textures)
Ben Cloward’s personal collection of textures divided into useful categories.
- BittBox (Textures)
Provides new texture sets on regular basis.
- Brusheezy (Photoshop Patterns)
A place for artists to download and vote for the best custom Photoshop Brushes and Photoshop patterns on the internet!
- CG Textures (Textures)
A large collection of textures divided into useful categories.
- CircleBox Textures (Textures)
Provides free high resolution textures.
- Citrus Moon Patterns (Patterns)
Nice collection of free patterns organized by colors.
- Colorburned (Textures)
A design blog which regularly features free texture sets & Photoshop Brushes.
- Colorfilter (Patterns + Textures)
Graphics site providing a wide free textures, brushes, patterns, and gradients.
- COLOURlovers (Patterns)
Thousand of patterns from COLOURlover community.
- CreateSk8 (Illustrator Patterns + Textures)
Provides freebies for Adobe Illustrator including patterns and textures.
- deviantART (Patterns + Textures)
Ultimate resource for designers.
- Dezignus (Textures)
Provides free graphics resources vector graphic, Photoshop brushes and shapes, textures, wallpapers, PSD source…
- DinPattern (Patterns)
Dedicated site providing patterns for any personal or commercial use.
- Everyday Icons – Patterns (Patterns)
Good collection of colorful patterns.
- Fractured-Sanity (Patterns + Textures)
Offers patterns and textures for personal use.
- FreeStockTextures (Textures)
Large collection of good quality textures that you can find by category or color. All textures may be used for both personal and commercial purposes.
- Gaming Textures (Textures)
A large collection of textures, primarily for game developers.
- GRSites (Textures)
Large collection of seamlessly tiling background textures sorted by color and motif.
- Grunge Textures (Textures)
Provides high resolution background textures that can be used free of charge. Specializes in weathered and worn surfaces.
- HighResolutionTextures (Textures)
Regularly features free high resolutions texture image sets.
- Kaliber 10000 (Patterns)
Features large collection of pixellated patterns.
- Kollermedia – Pattern4u (Patterns)
Good collection of patterns organized in categories based on shapes.
- Image Abstraction (Patterns + Textures)
Offers free high resolution abstract backgrounds, patterns and textures for digital art and graphic design.
- LoveTextures (Textures)
Gives you textures in hi-resolution for print and on screen
- myPhotoshopBrushes (Photoshop Patterns)
Also provides good collection of Photoshop patterns.
- PatternCooler (Patterns)
Allows you to add your own colors to contemporary and retro pattern designs, or browse from thousands of pre-colored patterns in the seamless pattern background library. All artworks on this site can be used freely.
- Pattern8 (Patterns)
Dedicated to providing you with free repeat patterns, searchable by colors. You are allowed to use Pattern8 files for both personal and commercial work.
- PatternHead (Patterns)
Offers free vector and pixel patterns.
- Patterrific (Patterns)
Provides seamless pixel patterns. All images are for personal and non-commercial use only.
- PixelDecor (Patterns)
Good collection of patterns free for personal use only.
- RepeatXY (Patterns)
Provides repeating background images and online tool to manipulate it before downloading.
- Seamless Textures (Textures)
Allows you to download and share seamless background textures
- Squidfingers (Patterns)
Over 150 free to use patterns.
- Texture Lovers (Textures)
Texture Lovers archives quality textures that are free to use in commercial and personal work.
- Texture Warehouse (Textures)
Free high resolution textures licensed under a Creative Commons License(Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0).
- TextureKing (Textures)
Growing repository of high quality texture photos that are free for personal and professional use.
- TextureWell (Textures)
Free high resolution textures organized by colors, materials and styles.
- TextureZ (Textures)
Collection of textures organized by material type and available free for commercial and non-commercial use.
- Urban Dirty (Textures)
Regularly updated online photo library featuring gritty, grimy and sslimy images; free for both commercial and non-commercial use.
An index of free vector graphics, including Patterns.
- Vector Portal (Backgrounds)
Large database of free vector files offered under Creative Commons Attribution License. Also include vector based backgrounds.
- Zen Textures (Textures)
Hundreds of free textures for both commercial and personal.
If you want to quickly create simple background patterns, try following online tools:
- Dotted Background Generator
This tool generates unique background-tiles matching the color-theme of your site.
Online pattern creator that turns your images into patterns.
- Tiled Background Designer
Useful tool to create patterns. Experiment with pictures, colors, textures and transparency to get best result.
- Tartan Maker
- Online Tools to Generate Stripes: Stripe Generator, Stripe Designer, Stripe Mania, Striped Backgrounds
Pixel based background generator.
- Texture Maker
Online tool from GRSites.
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