The Ultimate Collection Of Free Photoshop Patterns

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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.

Photoshop pattern2

Carbon Fiber3
A carbon fiber pattern.

Photoshop pattern4

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

Photoshop pattern7

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.

Photoshop pattern11

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

Photoshop pattern13

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

Photoshop pattern15

Charcoal Demask16
One seamless pattern.

Photoshop pattern17

Victiorian Dreams Textures18
Ten textured patterns of different variations.

Photoshop pattern19

Paisley20
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.

Photoshop pattern31

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

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Scanlines100034
A set of 21 transparent patterns of scan lines.

Photoshop pattern35

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

Photoshop pattern37

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

Photoshop pattern39

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).

Photoshop pattern55

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

Photoshop pattern57

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

Photoshop pattern59

Cards Pattern60
Eight different variations of the pattern are included.

Photoshop pattern61

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

Photoshop pattern63

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.

Photoshop pattern69

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

Photoshop pattern71

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.

Photoshop pattern75

Noise Patterns76
Ten seamless noise patterns for adding texture.

Photoshop pattern77

Brick Texture Patterns78

This set includes eight brick patterns.

Photoshop pattern79

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

Photoshop pattern81

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

Photoshop pattern83

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

Photoshop pattern85

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.

Photoshop pattern89

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.

Photoshop pattern101

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.

Photoshop pattern104

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

Photoshop pattern106

BgPatterns107
A fun and useful tool for creating your own JPG file to use as a repeating pattern.

Photoshop pattern108

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

Photoshop pattern110

COLOURlovers111
COLOURlovers has a great collection of user-submitted patterns for downloading in PNG format.

Photoshop pattern112

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Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.brusheezy.com/brush/732-Skull-Patterns
  2. 2 http://www.brusheezy.com/brush/732-Skull-Patterns
  3. 3 http://www.brusheezy.com/brush/647-Carbon-Fiber
  4. 4 http://www.brusheezy.com/brush/647-Carbon-Fiber
  5. 5 http://punksafetypin.deviantart.com/art/Photoshop-Patterns-Pack-05-63696436
  6. 6 http://punksafetypin.deviantart.com/
  7. 7 http://punksafetypin.deviantart.com/art/Photoshop-Patterns-Pack-05-63696436
  8. 8 http://silver-.deviantart.com/art/Grunge-Patterns-94453201
  9. 9 http://silver-.deviantart.com/art/Grunge-Patterns-94453201
  10. 10 http://graphicssoft.about.com/od/photoshopdownloads/ss/glifticpat200_6.htm
  11. 11 http://graphicssoft.about.com/od/photoshopdownloads/ss/glifticpat200_6.htm
  12. 12 http://www.brusheezy.com/brush/988-72-Hexagonal-honeycomp-patterns
  13. 13 http://www.brusheezy.com/brush/988-72-Hexagonal-honeycomp-patterns
  14. 14 http://www.brusheezy.com/brush/871-Skulls-and-Hearts
  15. 15 http://www.brusheezy.com/brush/871-Skulls-and-Hearts
  16. 16 http://www.brusheezy.com/brush/865-Charcoal-Demask-Seamless-
  17. 17 http://www.brusheezy.com/brush/865-Charcoal-Demask-Seamless-
  18. 18 http://jodipheonix.deviantart.com/art/Victorian-Dreams-pattern-set-84505133
  19. 19 http://jodipheonix.deviantart.com/art/Victorian-Dreams-pattern-set-84505133
  20. 20 http://www.brusheezy.com/brush/55-Paisley
  21. 21 http://www.brusheezy.com/brush/55-Paisley
  22. 22 http://www.brusheezy.com/brush/46-Checkered-Patterns
  23. 23 http://www.brusheezy.com/brush/46-Checkered-Patterns
  24. 24 http://www.brusheezy.com/brush/766-Different-Texture
  25. 25 http://www.brusheezy.com/brush/766-Different-Texture
  26. 26 http://www.brusheezy.com/brush/608-Scanline-screentone-patterns
  27. 27 http://www.brusheezy.com/brush/608-Scanline-screentone-patterns
  28. 28 http://www.brusheezy.com/brush/465-Spiderman-Pattern
  29. 29 http://www.brusheezy.com/brush/465-Spiderman-Pattern
  30. 30 http://www.designspice.com/main/free/free_downloads.php
  31. 31 http://www.designspice.com/main/free/free_downloads.php
  32. 32 http://graphicssoft.about.com/od/photoshopdownloads/ss/glifticpat200_10.htm
  33. 33 http://graphicssoft.about.com/od/photoshopdownloads/ss/glifticpat200_10.htm
  34. 34 http://shankonator.deviantart.com/art/scanlines1000-28926957
  35. 35 http://shankonator.deviantart.com/art/scanlines1000-28926957
  36. 36 http://raimyu.deviantart.com/art/Patterns-72950088
  37. 37 http://raimyu.deviantart.com/art/Patterns-72950088
  38. 38 http://myphotoshopbrushes.com/patterns/id/1012
  39. 39 http://myphotoshopbrushes.com/patterns/id/1012
  40. 40 http://aeiryn.deviantart.com/art/Textured-Stripes-6-patterns-58683430
  41. 41 http://aeiryn.deviantart.com/art/Textured-Stripes-6-patterns-58683430
  42. 42 http://redheadstock.deviantart.com/art/Floral-Photoshop-Patterns-89785528
  43. 43 http://redheadstock.deviantart.com/art/Floral-Photoshop-Patterns-89785528
  44. 44 http://redheadstock.deviantart.com/art/Tiles-Photoshop-Patterns-10527621
  45. 45 http://redheadstock.deviantart.com/art/Tiles-Photoshop-Patterns-10527621
  46. 46 http://redheadstock.deviantart.com/art/Animal-Prints-PS-Patterns-37342057
  47. 47 http://redheadstock.deviantart.com/art/Animal-Prints-PS-Patterns-37342057
  48. 48 http://www.obsidiandawn.com/grungy-dirty-photoshop-patterns
  49. 49 http://www.obsidiandawn.com/grungy-dirty-photoshop-patterns
  50. 50 http://basstar.deviantart.com/art/Micro-Patterns-74512283
  51. 51 http://basstar.deviantart.com/art/Micro-Patterns-74512283
  52. 52 http://basstar.deviantart.com/art/Vector-Patterns-76584539
  53. 53 http://basstar.deviantart.com/art/Vector-Patterns-76584539
  54. 54 http://c130.deviantart.com/art/Wallpaper-Patterns-for-PS7-37656885
  55. 55 http://c130.deviantart.com/art/Wallpaper-Patterns-for-PS7-37656885
  56. 56 http://colourgallery.deviantart.com/art/Dots-and-Stripes-Patterns-76735990
  57. 57 http://colourgallery.deviantart.com/art/Dots-and-Stripes-Patterns-76735990
  58. 58 http://toybirds.deviantart.com/art/Floral-Patterns-01-48817016
  59. 59 http://toybirds.deviantart.com/art/Floral-Patterns-01-48817016
  60. 60 http://malstir.deviantart.com/art/PS-7-0-Cards-Pattern-26310557
  61. 61 http://malstir.deviantart.com/art/PS-7-0-Cards-Pattern-26310557
  62. 62 http://melemel.deviantart.com/art/Handmade-paper-pattern-set-86405485
  63. 63 http://melemel.deviantart.com/art/Handmade-paper-pattern-set-86405485
  64. 64 http://camilak3.deviantart.com/art/Patterns-50319495
  65. 65 http://camilak3.deviantart.com/art/Patterns-50319495
  66. 66 http://ademmm.deviantart.com/art/web-2-0-Pattern-Collection-72334096
  67. 67 http://ademmm.deviantart.com/art/web-2-0-Pattern-Collection-72334096
  68. 68 http://onethirtytwo.deviantart.com/art/Patterns-2-94122739
  69. 69 http://onethirtytwo.deviantart.com/art/Patterns-2-94122739
  70. 70 http://graphicssoft.about.com/od/photoshopdownloads/ig/Photoshop-Patterns/Wood-Pattern-Textures.htm
  71. 71 http://graphicssoft.about.com/od/photoshopdownloads/ig/Photoshop-Patterns/Wood-Pattern-Textures.htm
  72. 72 http://graphicssoft.about.com/od/photoshopdownloads/ig/Photoshop-Patterns/scpatterns2.htm
  73. 73 http://graphicssoft.about.com/od/photoshopdownloads/ig/Photoshop-Patterns/scpatterns2.htm
  74. 74 http://www.obsidiandawn.com/lace-photoshop-patterns
  75. 75 http://www.obsidiandawn.com/lace-photoshop-patterns
  76. 76 http://photoshopninja.com/2006/11/noisepatterns-vol1/
  77. 77 http://photoshopninja.com/2006/11/noisepatterns-vol1/
  78. 78 http://cubsocer10-stock.deviantart.com/art/Brick-Textures-58507139
  79. 79 http://cubsocer10-stock.deviantart.com/art/Brick-Textures-58507139
  80. 80 http://myphotoshopbrushes.com/patterns/id/1028
  81. 81 http://myphotoshopbrushes.com/patterns/id/1028
  82. 82 http://myphotoshopbrushes.com/patterns/id/1022
  83. 83 http://myphotoshopbrushes.com/patterns/id/1022
  84. 84 http://www.obsidiandawn.com/fire-photoshop-patterns
  85. 85 http://www.obsidiandawn.com/fire-photoshop-patterns
  86. 86 http://graphicssoft.about.com/od/photoshopdownloads/ss/glifticpat200_3.htm
  87. 87 http://graphicssoft.about.com/od/photoshopdownloads/ss/glifticpat200_3.htm
  88. 88 http://graphicssoft.about.com/od/photoshopdownloads/ss/glifticpat200_7.htm
  89. 89 http://graphicssoft.about.com/od/photoshopdownloads/ss/glifticpat200_7.htm
  90. 90 http://crazykira-resources.deviantart.com/art/Patterns-22-89358517
  91. 91 http://crazykira-resources.deviantart.com/art/Patterns-22-89358517
  92. 92 http://zinzibar.deviantart.com/art/Patterns-CS2-Spring-Fling-55120489
  93. 93 http://zinzibar.deviantart.com/art/Patterns-CS2-Spring-Fling-55120489
  94. 94 http://crazykira-resources.deviantart.com/art/Patterns-17-77996234
  95. 95 http://crazykira-resources.deviantart.com/art/Patterns-17-77996234
  96. 96 http://crazykira-resources.deviantart.com/art/Patterns-26-100023979
  97. 97 http://crazykira-resources.deviantart.com/art/Patterns-26-100023979
  98. 98 http://melemel.deviantart.com/art/Bourbon-Stripes-pattern-set-95475356
  99. 99 http://melemel.deviantart.com/art/Bourbon-Stripes-pattern-set-95475356
  100. 100 http://www.brusheezy.com/brush/886-Patterns-of-hearts-and-boxes
  101. 101 http://www.brusheezy.com/brush/886-Patterns-of-hearts-and-boxes
  102. 102 http://graphicssoft.about.com/od/photoshop/qt/installcontent.htm
  103. 103 http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/creating-custom-pattern-in-photoshop/
  104. 104 http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/creating-custom-pattern-in-photoshop/
  105. 105 http://veerle.duoh.com/blog/comments/creating_patterns_in_photoshop_cs2/
  106. 106 http://veerle.duoh.com/blog/comments/creating_patterns_in_photoshop_cs2/
  107. 107 http://bgpatterns.com/
  108. 108 http://bgpatterns.com/
  109. 109 http://www.stripegenerator.com/
  110. 110 http://www.stripegenerator.com/
  111. 111 http://www.colourlovers.com/patterns
  112. 112 http://www.colourlovers.com/patterns

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  1. 1

    @Jesse:

    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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  4. 154

    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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  5. 205

    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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  7. 307

    Great Post, keep putting up buddies.

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  8. 358

    Awesome!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  9. 409

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

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  10. 460

    really nice collection

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  11. 511

    I’m with you number 10…

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  12. 562

    The “striped pattern” link to “http://patterndepartment.deviantart.com/art/pd-stripes-pattern-54693766″ doesn’t work. Great collection otherwise.

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  13. 613

    awesome!

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  14. 664

    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

    patterndepartment.deviantart.com
    can’t update this. link & picture deleted. sorry.

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  16. 766

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

    Kind regards
    Daniel
    DForm

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  17. 817

    Thanks

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  18. 868

    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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  19. 919

    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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  20. 970

    so happy i found this

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  21. 1021

    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,
    Alex

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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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  22. 1123

    Thank You

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  23. 1174

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

    Once again thanks….
    sudhir

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  24. 1225

    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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  25. 1276

    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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  26. 1327

    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.

    thanks.

    Stoj

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  28. 1429

    http://idesignpatterns.com is another great source for Photoshop patterns.

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  29. 1480

    i want to make love to it

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  30. 1531

    Thank you for sharing with us !

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  31. 1582

    I learn more photoshop guides

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  32. 1633

    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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  33. 1684

    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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  34. 1735

    Thank you very much
    sincerely ! great collection

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  35. 1786

    Try and Feel pride, This is realy great.

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  36. 1837

    wow…
    great… thx…

    —-

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  37. 1888

    really nice list of pattern

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  38. 1939

    feel like i just hit a goldmine.

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  39. 1990

    ok! :)

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  40. 2041

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

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  41. 2092

    Loved them!!
    Thanks!!

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  42. 2143

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

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  43. 2194

    Excellent stuff, some good patterns there to use.

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  44. 2245

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

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  45. 2296

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

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  46. 2347

    Alright, this is a huge collection, thanks!

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  47. 2398

    Awesome list of patterns

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  48. 2449

    thank u! ^_^

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  49. 2500

    great collection, thank you!

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  50. 2551

    Awesome .. Love it

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