20 Useful Websites for Graphic Design Textures and Patterns
Patterns and textures, when applied correctly, can produce amazing and truly unique designs. Typically, they are used for site backgrounds, but can also be used as repeating patterns on site components such as the header and the footer. If you use right type of patterns it can really improve your site visually for the viewer.
In this article, we share 20 excellent sites where you can find and download seamless textures, patterns, and tiles free of cost.
Seamless Textures, as the name of the site implies, provides high-quality textures. Defined by the site, a seamless texture “can be repeated infinitely without showing any edges. They are primarily used in 3D design, website backgrounds, graphic design, and desktop wallpapers“.
Pattern8 has a gallery style thumbnail layout so that you can quickly view a large amount of patterns in one page at once. The site also has a nifty filter feature that permits you to narrow down what you see by color.
Pattern Library has a beautiful collection of free patterns created by some of the most talented designers.
PatternCooler is an excellent site for getting seamless patterns. With each pattern featured, you’re able to modify the color, rotate and resize their resolution, and save them to your PatternCooler account (if you have one).
Ava7Patterns provides beautiful patterns for you to download. You can search patterns through the site’s collection of over 1,200 patterns by color or by shape.
6. Vector Valley
Vector Valley, a resource repository for vectors, has a section on patterns that provides simply gorgeous, vector-based background patterns.
7. Texture Palace
Texture Palace offers over 2000 free textures you can download and use in your designs.
8. One Odd Dude
One Odd Dude has a Textures section on the site with a large variety of stock textures that you can filter by category and order by popularity, user rating, and the date it was published.
GRSites is a directory-style resource center for background textures. They’re one of the (if not the) biggest archive of background patterns on the web.
10. Background Labs
Background Labs features many backgrounds for you to download. They have a tag cloud search feature so that you can easily search background textures by keyword.
DINPATTERN is a developer site with free seamless patterns. There is even a set of mobile compatible patterns for your web development needs.
12. Pixel Buddha
Pixel Buddha provides you with different styles of free patterns and textures. Take a look at their Monochrome palette.
13. Wild Textures
Wild Textures offers unique beautifully designed background patterns and textures for your use. If you don’t see what you are looking for, they are also open to new ideas and suggestions.
14. Better Textures
Patterrific is a blog-style site that features beautiful and note-worthy graphic design patterns, alongside helpful posts that showcase the users’ designs.
Patterns of Change, by Liza Phoenix, features unique and truly brilliant graphic design patterns such as this pastel mushrooms pattern.
17. Background Archive
Background Archive is a showcase of background patterns that you can download. They have an excellent search feature on the right-hand sidebar so that you can find precisely the background pattern for you.
Background Labs features downloadable patterns, graphics and textures fit for any of your inspirational ideas.
Started in 2004, Citrus Moon Pattern provides original graphic design patterns. The site updates stopped around 2005, but patterns were featured almost every day, so there are a lot of patterns to find there still.
20. Pattern Head
Pattern Head is a blog-style site that features beautiful graphic design patterns such as beautiful vintage patterns.