The Ultimate Collection Of Free Photoshop Patterns


Photoshop users can save themselves a great deal of time and end up with better results by taking advantage of readily available freebies, such as brushes, patterns and shapes. With the wide variety and (often) high quality of resources available, whatever you need or are looking for is in most cases already available somewhere. The only problem is that the vast quantity of freebies can make it difficult to track down what you need. Hopefully this collection of excellent Photoshop patterns will help.

The resources featured here are all available as downloads in PAT format, which can be placed in Photoshop. In addition to this format, there is also a number of quality resources online for creating or using patterns in other formats that can be used by any program, not just Photoshop. As with any type of freebie, always be sure to check the license or requirements set by the creator.

Skull Patterns1
Two skull patterns from Go Media using an image from one of its vector packs.

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Carbon Fiber3
A carbon fiber pattern.

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Patterns from PunkSafetyPin5
This set of 15 patterns from a deviantART user6 offers more than 30 other packs of patterns.

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Grunge Pattern Set8
Nine large and high-quality grunge patterns.

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Dots Pattern Set10
Eight dot patterns of various colors and styles.

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Hexagonal Patterns12
Seventy-two black-and-white horizontal and vertical patterns.

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Skulls and Hearts14
Three different gray, white and pink patterns.

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Charcoal Demask16
One seamless pattern.

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Victiorian Dreams Textures18
Ten textured patterns of different variations.

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A set of eight stylish paisley patterns.

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Checkered Patterns22
Three different patterns featuring a checkered design.

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Different Texture24
A swirling flourish pattern.

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Scanline and Screentone Patterns26
A big collection of 27 different patterns.

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Spiderman Pattern28
One tileable metal pattern.

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Patterns from DesignSpice30
A set of 10 repeating blue patterns.

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Zig-Zag Pattern Set32
Eight colorful zig-zag patterns.

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A set of 21 transparent patterns of scan lines.

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Patterns by Raimyu36
A set of 20 patterns of different kinds.

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Squidfingers Pack38
A huge set of 108 different patterns of all kinds.

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Textured Stripes40
Six patterns of textured diagonal stripes of various colors.

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Floral Patterns42
A set of 17 patterns with different floral styles.

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Tile Patterns44
A large set of 36 patterns of tiles. Brick and wood patterns are also included.

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Animal Print Patterns46
This set includes 18 different animal-fur print and skin patterns.

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Grungy and Dirty Patterns48
Seamless, big texture patterns. There are 27 in the set.

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Micro Patterns50
A big collection of 54 patterns.

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Vector Patterns52
Twelve attractive patterns in this set.

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Wallpaper Patterns54
A total of six patterns (two different sizes of three patterns).

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Dots and Stripes Patterns56
Ten patterns, four of stripes and six of dots.

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Floral Patterns58
Includes 28 patterns, plus PNG files for each.

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Cards Pattern60
Eight different variations of the pattern are included.

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Handmade Paper Patterns62
A set of seven patterns (the same pattern in seven colors).

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Patterns by Camilak364
A set of 17 patterns that include stars, butterflies, hearts and paw prints.

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Web 2.0 Pattern Collection66
A huge set of 133 patterns in various Web 2.0 styles.

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Seamless Patterns68
Six different patterns to choose from.

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Wood Pattern Textures Set70
This set includes 19 wood patterns with different shades and styles.

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Plaid and Checkered Patterns72
A total of 25 patterns are included in this set.

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Lace Patterns74
This set contains 19 seamless lace patterns.

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Noise Patterns76
Ten seamless noise patterns for adding texture.

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Brick Texture Patterns78

This set includes eight brick patterns.

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Composition Patterns80
Five patterns of notebook paper and a composition book.

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PS Patterns Pack82
A set of three different patterns, including squares, dots and hearts.

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Fire Patterns84
A set of 20 high-resolution fire patterns.

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Chevrons Pattern Set86
A set of eight patterns of different shapes and colors.

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Fiber Paper Pattern Set88
A set of 10 patterns of different colors with a textured look.

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Patterns #2290
A set of 30 colorful patterns.

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Spring Fling92
This set includes 36 pink and green patterns.

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Stripes Patterns94
A set of 30 disturbed stripe patterns.

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Line Patterns96
This set contains 25 colorful patterns of lines.

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Bourbon Stripes98
A set of 12 stripe patterns, both vertical and horizontal, with different color combinations.

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Hearts and Boxes100
Three patterns in a hand-drawn style.

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Related Resources, Tutorials and Articles:

How to Install Photoshop Patterns102
If you’re unsure how to install and use the patterns featured here, this article explains the simple process.

Photoshop Tutorial: Creating Custom Patterns103
Hongkiat has a tutorial that demonstrates the steps in creating a simple repeating pattern.

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Creating Patterns in Photoshop CS2105
Veerle demonstrates how to use Illustrator and Photoshop to create a seamless pattern.

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A fun and useful tool for creating your own JPG file to use as a repeating pattern.

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Stripe Generator109
If a striped pattern is what you’re after, this tool will let you create your own any way you like it.

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COLOURlovers has a great collection of user-submitted patterns for downloading in PNG format.

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Steven Snell is a Web designer and blogger. In addition to maintaining his own blog and writing for a number of other top design blogs, he also manages an online shop that offers premium graphic design resources.

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    Very cool collection that designers can use in so many different ways. As always, Thanks.

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    Thanks SM for posting this. Excellent references. Love Squidfingers, BGpatterns and especially colourLovers.

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    Now that is what is really Ultimate!
    A great thanks for the great post

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    Those are fantastic. Thanks for compiling.

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    February 12, 2009 7:27 pm

    Great collection, thanks for adding patterns from our site.

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    beautiful collection….

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    Wow, great collection. Bookmarking!

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    great collection as usual SM, I would like to see how some of these are used in SM readers designs and layouts… anyone?

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    Most of these are not very good.

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    Wonderful collection. Nice touch with the resource sites and tutorials at the bottom.

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    That’s one amazing collection of patterns, I’m going to be downloading all night now! Keep up the good work SM!

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    Pretty nice collection, thanks!

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    I liked the photoshop tutorials. Thanks

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    Nice collection, is that Stripes Patterns link really working?

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    as usual .. great post .. great stuff .. tks a lot :)

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    Very nice collaction I like it…:)

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    Wow, excellent collection, thanks! :)

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    incredible source!

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    More freebies…. Nice !!

  21. 22

    Very useful, where do you get all that stuff! ;-)

  22. 23

    thanks for this collection. That what i was looking for.

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    this is great! I love reading the news and using the stuff of smashing magazine!

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    File not found on the “stripe patterns” link.
    Nice collection.

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    They look beautiful but is there a way to convert pat files to png?

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    An awesome post as usual.

    These patterns would really serve my small purpose. But, I wish their creators to be highly proactive as these things are superb.

    Thanks for sharing these.

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    This is a nice collection!

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    February 13, 2009 1:10 am

    “Stripes Patterns” link doesn’t working, could you please fix it?

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    … and thank You! :)

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    jumi Promotional Products

    February 13, 2009 1:30 am


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    great links!

    thanks for sharing …

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    Thx! Beauty pattern!

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    Really nice collection! Thanks ;)

    Does anybody know where to find more WOODEN PATTERNS?.. Thanks for help!

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    Nice collection. The tuts are usefull too! Thanks.

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    More, more, mooore! Excellent stuff, again :)

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    great! thanks a lot for the recollection!

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    In the voice of Chandler from Friends….. Could Smashing Magazine be any more useful??

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    K10K has a nice gallery of pixel patterns that you could have included as well: If you haven’t, you should check them out.. :)

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    Finally, thx. :)

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    “The Ultimate Collection Of Free Photoshop Patterns” till SM releases a new collection. Maybe the title should be “Another Awesome Collection Of Free Photoshop Patterns”.

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    The main problem with 70% of these is that they are bricked by attribution clauses in the terms of use. This doesn’t seem to be as big of a problem in many of the icon and font galleries.

    Sometimes it is good to share just for sharing’s sake.. all of us designers post a few things here and there without restriction (except that someone doesn’t resale the collection), and we all have more tools to use in our work.

    In 3 years, if I choose a pattern out of the thousands on my computer and throw it over an element in my design, I won’t be able to dig around and figure out who I am ‘required’ to link back to in order not to violate the copyright.

    Plus, what bank, corporation, government agency or business is going to allow the designer to throw “Random square pattern barely visible in background of contact form by [link]PhotoshopPWNRdood[/link]”? They won’t, therefore the pattern is completely useless for downloaders.

    I quickly check the Terms of Use on each set, see if there is an attribution or ‘ask permission’ clause, and if there is, I have to skip it. When I post my own freebies, I un-cuff them and let the community use them, knowing others will do the same and it will benefit me. These designers should do the same. If you want credit and money, then please just sell your work.. but don’t tease us with a free download that is anything but.

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    thank you for this awesome post

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    The Stripes Patterns link is broken :/

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    thx for huge archive especially for Web 2.0 Pattern Collection its amazing!
    i was seeking for a long time something like that

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    You all are absolute saints. Lovin’ SM.

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    love smashingmagazine more than my desktop :)

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    thanx for all the Patterns

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    Wow! Thanks you very much for sharing this! It’s a good damn jungle out there on the net – but Smashing Magazine makes it easy to find things!

    You are my heroes!!


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    Wow! Wow! Wow! All great one of the Stripes Pattern Links are working any chance of updating called ‘Stripes Pattern’


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    Thank you for the common sense post. They should include it at the top of the article.

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    Abrishca Digital Media

    February 15, 2009 3:45 am

    This has to be the ultimate pattern resource going around…whatever you need, I’m sure you can find it here!

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    Couldn’t agree with Jesse (#42) more. Great post.

    So many times I have wanted to use a pattern or font or icon offered here on SM only to find its restricted in some way. Its awesome to see the level of thought and design skill that goes on, but I know that most of the ‘free’ stuff is anything but.

    I can see the fear you may have that somehow your designs end up being stolen and used for what you didnt want it used for, but lets face it, people who do that arent going to care a jot for any permission you may put on it.

    Protect what you really want to protect, but please for those of us who are design challenged, let the others fly.

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    NICE INPOH GAN ! Kasih ijo2 nya gan …

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    Aravind M Potadar

    February 16, 2009 3:17 am

    Wow!!! Thanks for sharing these kind of pattern collections. I’ve been searching for this. ;) finally got here

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    Great Post, keep putting up buddies.

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    Thanks for sharing!

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    Too bad there isn’t a good grass or clouds pattern.

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    really nice collection

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    I’m with you number 10…

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    The “striped pattern” link to “″ doesn’t work. Great collection otherwise.

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    Mane bau maja padi…Atla sundar chitra joine maru man gadgadit thay uthyu…Kyathi uthavya…Bijo kai kam dhandho chhe ke nai….Navra betha betha aaj karo chho ke su?…Amara gam ma kehvat chhe..” Navro betho nakhod vaare “….haru to biju kai sotado to kejo…….hoke…gud of luck……Billu barber joyu ke nai….Chhokra ne lai ne joi aavjo ho….

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    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    February 19, 2009 1:39 pm
    can’t update this. link & picture deleted. sorry.

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    What a great design ressource!!! Please keep up the great work – one of the patterns saved my day!

    Kind regards

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    Buy Adobe Photoshop

    February 26, 2009 2:04 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing these patterns and all of the resources you share with the design community!

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    Some really nice textures here, ideal for subtle website backgrounds. These types of images can really bring to life a simple coloured gradient.
    thanks for sharing…

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    so happy i found this

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    Ok, this can sound a bit odd, but how do you open a .pat file? I’m using PS CS4 and it won’t open it. No errors, no nothing, it just won’t open it.

    Thank you,

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      Alex, it did open them. Go Edit>Preset Manager and then select Patterns in the drop down…there they are.

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    Thank You

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    its from bottom of my heart.
    I am really speechless and happy with ur wok.

    Once again thanks….

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    they r good but i could not find water drop patterns in ur collection . pls send it to my mail if they r with u .

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    These things are just so great. Time saving and just add some perfections to your work. If u a novice to photoshop, use these

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    Great PAtterns :D thx

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    Wallpaper Patterns
    A total of six patterns (two different sizes of three patterns). – that url is not working,

    if anyone can get back to us or fix that link for that set, or find it on deviantart, that would be super good.



  78. 81 is another great source for Photoshop patterns.

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    i want to make love to it

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    Thank you for sharing with us !

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    I learn more photoshop guides

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    The whole design community owes you a big thank you for these…extremely useful and time saving. I use them all the time and really appreciate having sites like this to come to for tweaks and improvements.

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    Good list of patterns and backgrounds. Using a couple of them for my website.
    Thanks for listing these cool patterns and backgrounds.

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    Thank you very much
    sincerely ! great collection

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    Try and Feel pride, This is realy great.

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    great… thx…


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    really nice list of pattern

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    feel like i just hit a goldmine.

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    ok! :)

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    Thanks, I was only looking for a couple of different stripes – ended up downloading loads of them!

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    Loved them!!

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    Awesome collection. The only problem (for me, because I’m not really a design god) is choosing the right pattern.

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    Excellent stuff, some good patterns there to use.

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    Great collection, nice way to add depth to a design.

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    Once again, Smashing Mag provides an awesome resource for designers (and wanna-bes).

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    Alright, this is a huge collection, thanks!

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    Awesome list of patterns

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    thank u! ^_^

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    great collection, thank you!

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    Awesome .. Love it

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    Thank you so much, really helpful…

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    Hi I love your patterns but I kind of would like a diffrent style of brick. If yuo can do that, that would be nice! thxs

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    Superb patterns, in this collection you should also include some grass patterns, because they are very popular. You can find a free set of grass patterns here:

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    Thank you for these resources. They have been helpful!

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    would be nice if most links would work,
    but sadly, lots of dead-links,


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