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.
Two skull patterns from Go Media using an image from one of its vector packs.
A carbon fiber pattern.
Grunge Pattern Set
Nine large and high-quality grunge patterns.
Dots Pattern Set
Eight dot patterns of various colors and styles.
Seventy-two black-and-white horizontal and vertical patterns.
Skulls and Hearts
Three different gray, white and pink patterns.
One seamless pattern.
Victiorian Dreams Textures
Ten textured patterns of different variations.
A set of eight stylish paisley patterns.
Three different patterns featuring a checkered design.
A swirling flourish pattern.
Scanline and Screentone Patterns
A big collection of 27 different patterns.
One tileable metal pattern.
Patterns from DesignSpice
A set of 10 repeating blue patterns.
Zig-Zag Pattern Set
Eight colorful zig-zag patterns.
A set of 21 transparent patterns of scan lines.
Patterns by Raimyu
A set of 20 patterns of different kinds.
A huge set of 108 different patterns of all kinds.
Six patterns of textured diagonal stripes of various colors.
A set of 17 patterns with different floral styles.
A large set of 36 patterns of tiles. Brick and wood patterns are also included.
Animal Print Patterns
This set includes 18 different animal-fur print and skin patterns.
Grungy and Dirty Patterns
Seamless, big texture patterns. There are 27 in the set.
A big collection of 54 patterns.
Twelve attractive patterns in this set.
A total of six patterns (two different sizes of three patterns).
Dots and Stripes Patterns
Ten patterns, four of stripes and six of dots.
Includes 28 patterns, plus PNG files for each.
Eight different variations of the pattern are included.
Handmade Paper Patterns
A set of seven patterns (the same pattern in seven colors).
Patterns by Camilak3
A set of 17 patterns that include stars, butterflies, hearts and paw prints.
Web 2.0 Pattern Collection
A huge set of 133 patterns in various Web 2.0 styles.
Six different patterns to choose from.
Wood Pattern Textures Set
This set includes 19 wood patterns with different shades and styles.
Plaid and Checkered Patterns
A total of 25 patterns are included in this set.
This set contains 19 seamless lace patterns.
Ten seamless noise patterns for adding texture.
This set includes eight brick patterns.
Five patterns of notebook paper and a composition book.
PS Patterns Pack
A set of three different patterns, including squares, dots and hearts.
A set of 20 high-resolution fire patterns.
Chevrons Pattern Set
A set of eight patterns of different shapes and colors.
Fiber Paper Pattern Set
A set of 10 patterns of different colors with a textured look.
A set of 30 colorful patterns.
This set includes 36 pink and green patterns.
A set of 30 disturbed stripe patterns.
This set contains 25 colorful patterns of lines.
A set of 12 stripe patterns, both vertical and horizontal, with different color combinations.
Hearts and Boxes
Three patterns in a hand-drawn style.
Related Resources, Tutorials and Articles:
How to Install Photoshop Patterns
If you’re unsure how to install and use the patterns featured here, this article explains the simple process.
Photoshop Tutorial: Creating Custom Patterns
Hongkiat has a tutorial that demonstrates the steps in creating a simple repeating pattern.
Creating Patterns in Photoshop CS2
Veerle demonstrates how to use Illustrator and Photoshop to create a seamless pattern.
A fun and useful tool for creating your own JPG file to use as a repeating pattern.
If a striped pattern is what you’re after, this tool will let you create your own any way you like it.
COLOURlovers has a great collection of user-submitted patterns for downloading in PNG format.