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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.

Photoshop pattern9

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 Textures
Ten textured patterns of different variations.

Photoshop pattern

Paisley18
A set of eight stylish paisley patterns.

Photoshop pattern19

Checkered Patterns20
Three different patterns featuring a checkered design.

Photoshop pattern21

Different Texture22
A swirling flourish pattern.

Photoshop pattern23

Scanline and Screentone Patterns24
A big collection of 27 different patterns.

Photoshop pattern25

Spiderman Pattern26
One tileable metal pattern.

Photoshop pattern27

Patterns from DesignSpice
A set of 10 repeating blue patterns.

Photoshop pattern

Zig-Zag Pattern Set28
Eight colorful zig-zag patterns.

Photoshop pattern29

Scanlines100030
A set of 21 transparent patterns of scan lines.

Photoshop pattern31

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

Photoshop pattern

Squidfingers Pack32
A huge set of 108 different patterns of all kinds.

Photoshop pattern33

Textured Stripes34
Six patterns of textured diagonal stripes of various colors.

Photoshop pattern35

Floral Patterns36
A set of 17 patterns with different floral styles.

Photoshop pattern37

Tile Patterns38
A large set of 36 patterns of tiles. Brick and wood patterns are also included.

Photoshop pattern39

Animal Print Patterns40
This set includes 18 different animal-fur print and skin patterns.

Photoshop pattern41

Grungy and Dirty Patterns42
Seamless, big texture patterns. There are 27 in the set.

Photoshop pattern43

Micro Patterns44
A big collection of 54 patterns.

Photoshop pattern45

Vector Patterns46
Twelve attractive patterns in this set.

Photoshop pattern47

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

Photoshop pattern

Dots and Stripes Patterns48
Ten patterns, four of stripes and six of dots.

Photoshop pattern49

Floral Patterns50
Includes 28 patterns, plus PNG files for each.

Photoshop pattern51

Cards Pattern
Eight different variations of the pattern are included.

Photoshop pattern

Handmade Paper Patterns52
A set of seven patterns (the same pattern in seven colors).

Photoshop pattern53

Patterns by Camilak354
A set of 17 patterns that include stars, butterflies, hearts and paw prints.

Photoshop pattern55

Web 2.0 Pattern Collection56
A huge set of 133 patterns in various Web 2.0 styles.

Photoshop pattern57

Seamless Patterns
Six different patterns to choose from.

Photoshop pattern

Wood Pattern Textures Set58
This set includes 19 wood patterns with different shades and styles.

Photoshop pattern59

Plaid and Checkered Patterns60
A total of 25 patterns are included in this set.

Photoshop pattern61

Lace Patterns62
This set contains 19 seamless lace patterns.

Photoshop pattern63

Noise Patterns64
Ten seamless noise patterns for adding texture.

Photoshop pattern65

Brick Texture Patterns

This set includes eight brick patterns.

Photoshop pattern

Composition Patterns66
Five patterns of notebook paper and a composition book.

Photoshop pattern67

PS Patterns Pack68
A set of three different patterns, including squares, dots and hearts.

Photoshop pattern69

Fire Patterns70
A set of 20 high-resolution fire patterns.

Photoshop pattern71

Chevrons Pattern Set72
A set of eight patterns of different shapes and colors.

Photoshop pattern73

Fiber Paper Pattern Set74
A set of 10 patterns of different colors with a textured look.

Photoshop pattern75

Patterns #2276
A set of 30 colorful patterns.

Photoshop pattern77

Spring Fling78
This set includes 36 pink and green patterns.

Photoshop pattern79

Stripes Patterns80
A set of 30 disturbed stripe patterns.

Photoshop pattern81

Line Patterns82
This set contains 25 colorful patterns of lines.

Photoshop pattern83

Bourbon Stripes84
A set of 12 stripe patterns, both vertical and horizontal, with different color combinations.

Photoshop pattern85

Hearts and Boxes86
Three patterns in a hand-drawn style.

Photoshop pattern87

How to Install Photoshop Patterns88
If you’re unsure how to install and use the patterns featured here, this article explains the simple process.

Photoshop Tutorial: Creating Custom Patterns89
Hongkiat has a tutorial that demonstrates the steps in creating a simple repeating pattern.

Photoshop pattern90

Creating Patterns in Photoshop CS291
Veerle demonstrates how to use Illustrator and Photoshop to create a seamless pattern.

Photoshop pattern92

BgPatterns93
A fun and useful tool for creating your own JPG file to use as a repeating pattern.

Photoshop pattern94

Stripe Generator95
If a striped pattern is what you’re after, this tool will let you create your own any way you like it.

Photoshop pattern96

COLOURlovers97
COLOURlovers has a great collection of user-submitted patterns for downloading in PNG format.

Photoshop pattern98

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Footnotes Link

  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://www.brusheezy.com/brush/55-Paisley
  19. 19 http://www.brusheezy.com/brush/55-Paisley
  20. 20 http://www.brusheezy.com/brush/46-Checkered-Patterns
  21. 21 http://www.brusheezy.com/brush/46-Checkered-Patterns
  22. 22 http://www.brusheezy.com/brush/766-Different-Texture
  23. 23 http://www.brusheezy.com/brush/766-Different-Texture
  24. 24 http://www.brusheezy.com/brush/608-Scanline-screentone-patterns
  25. 25 http://www.brusheezy.com/brush/608-Scanline-screentone-patterns
  26. 26 http://www.brusheezy.com/brush/465-Spiderman-Pattern
  27. 27 http://www.brusheezy.com/brush/465-Spiderman-Pattern
  28. 28 http://graphicssoft.about.com/od/photoshopdownloads/ss/glifticpat200_10.htm
  29. 29 http://graphicssoft.about.com/od/photoshopdownloads/ss/glifticpat200_10.htm
  30. 30 http://shankonator.deviantart.com/art/scanlines1000-28926957
  31. 31 http://shankonator.deviantart.com/art/scanlines1000-28926957
  32. 32 http://myphotoshopbrushes.com/patterns/id/1012
  33. 33 http://myphotoshopbrushes.com/patterns/id/1012
  34. 34 http://aeiryn.deviantart.com/art/Textured-Stripes-6-patterns-58683430
  35. 35 http://aeiryn.deviantart.com/art/Textured-Stripes-6-patterns-58683430
  36. 36 http://redheadstock.deviantart.com/art/Floral-Photoshop-Patterns-89785528
  37. 37 http://redheadstock.deviantart.com/art/Floral-Photoshop-Patterns-89785528
  38. 38 http://redheadstock.deviantart.com/art/Tiles-Photoshop-Patterns-10527621
  39. 39 http://redheadstock.deviantart.com/art/Tiles-Photoshop-Patterns-10527621
  40. 40 http://redheadstock.deviantart.com/art/Animal-Prints-PS-Patterns-37342057
  41. 41 http://redheadstock.deviantart.com/art/Animal-Prints-PS-Patterns-37342057
  42. 42 http://www.obsidiandawn.com/grungy-dirty-photoshop-patterns
  43. 43 http://www.obsidiandawn.com/grungy-dirty-photoshop-patterns
  44. 44 http://basstar.deviantart.com/art/Micro-Patterns-74512283
  45. 45 http://basstar.deviantart.com/art/Micro-Patterns-74512283
  46. 46 http://basstar.deviantart.com/art/Vector-Patterns-76584539
  47. 47 http://basstar.deviantart.com/art/Vector-Patterns-76584539
  48. 48 http://colourgallery.deviantart.com/art/Dots-and-Stripes-Patterns-76735990
  49. 49 http://colourgallery.deviantart.com/art/Dots-and-Stripes-Patterns-76735990
  50. 50 http://toybirds.deviantart.com/art/Floral-Patterns-01-48817016
  51. 51 http://toybirds.deviantart.com/art/Floral-Patterns-01-48817016
  52. 52 http://melemel.deviantart.com/art/Handmade-paper-pattern-set-86405485
  53. 53 http://melemel.deviantart.com/art/Handmade-paper-pattern-set-86405485
  54. 54 http://camilak3.deviantart.com/art/Patterns-50319495
  55. 55 http://camilak3.deviantart.com/art/Patterns-50319495
  56. 56 http://ademmm.deviantart.com/art/web-2-0-Pattern-Collection-72334096
  57. 57 http://ademmm.deviantart.com/art/web-2-0-Pattern-Collection-72334096
  58. 58 http://graphicssoft.about.com/od/photoshopdownloads/ig/Photoshop-Patterns/Wood-Pattern-Textures.htm
  59. 59 http://graphicssoft.about.com/od/photoshopdownloads/ig/Photoshop-Patterns/Wood-Pattern-Textures.htm
  60. 60 http://graphicssoft.about.com/od/photoshopdownloads/ig/Photoshop-Patterns/scpatterns2.htm
  61. 61 http://graphicssoft.about.com/od/photoshopdownloads/ig/Photoshop-Patterns/scpatterns2.htm
  62. 62 http://www.obsidiandawn.com/lace-photoshop-patterns
  63. 63 http://www.obsidiandawn.com/lace-photoshop-patterns
  64. 64 http://photoshopninja.com/2006/11/noisepatterns-vol1/
  65. 65 http://photoshopninja.com/2006/11/noisepatterns-vol1/
  66. 66 http://myphotoshopbrushes.com/patterns/id/1028
  67. 67 http://myphotoshopbrushes.com/patterns/id/1028
  68. 68 http://myphotoshopbrushes.com/patterns/id/1022
  69. 69 http://myphotoshopbrushes.com/patterns/id/1022
  70. 70 http://www.obsidiandawn.com/fire-photoshop-patterns
  71. 71 http://www.obsidiandawn.com/fire-photoshop-patterns
  72. 72 http://graphicssoft.about.com/od/photoshopdownloads/ss/glifticpat200_3.htm
  73. 73 http://graphicssoft.about.com/od/photoshopdownloads/ss/glifticpat200_3.htm
  74. 74 http://graphicssoft.about.com/od/photoshopdownloads/ss/glifticpat200_7.htm
  75. 75 http://graphicssoft.about.com/od/photoshopdownloads/ss/glifticpat200_7.htm
  76. 76 http://crazykira-resources.deviantart.com/art/Patterns-22-89358517
  77. 77 http://crazykira-resources.deviantart.com/art/Patterns-22-89358517
  78. 78 http://zinzibar.deviantart.com/art/Patterns-CS2-Spring-Fling-55120489
  79. 79 http://zinzibar.deviantart.com/art/Patterns-CS2-Spring-Fling-55120489
  80. 80 http://crazykira-resources.deviantart.com/art/Patterns-17-77996234
  81. 81 http://crazykira-resources.deviantart.com/art/Patterns-17-77996234
  82. 82 http://crazykira-resources.deviantart.com/art/Patterns-26-100023979
  83. 83 http://crazykira-resources.deviantart.com/art/Patterns-26-100023979
  84. 84 http://melemel.deviantart.com/art/Bourbon-Stripes-pattern-set-95475356
  85. 85 http://melemel.deviantart.com/art/Bourbon-Stripes-pattern-set-95475356
  86. 86 http://www.brusheezy.com/brush/886-Patterns-of-hearts-and-boxes
  87. 87 http://www.brusheezy.com/brush/886-Patterns-of-hearts-and-boxes
  88. 88 http://graphicssoft.about.com/od/photoshop/qt/installcontent.htm
  89. 89 http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/creating-custom-pattern-in-photoshop/
  90. 90 http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/creating-custom-pattern-in-photoshop/
  91. 91 http://veerle.duoh.com/blog/comments/creating_patterns_in_photoshop_cs2/
  92. 92 http://veerle.duoh.com/blog/comments/creating_patterns_in_photoshop_cs2/
  93. 93 http://bgpatterns.com/
  94. 94 http://bgpatterns.com/
  95. 95 http://www.stripegenerator.com/
  96. 96 http://www.stripegenerator.com/
  97. 97 http://www.colourlovers.com/patterns
  98. 98 http://www.colourlovers.com/patterns
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  1. 1

    Sweet!

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  2. 2

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

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  3. 3

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

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  4. 4

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

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  5. 5

    Those are fantastic. Thanks for compiling.

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    myPhotoshopBrushes

    February 12, 2009 7:27 pm

    Great collection, thanks for adding patterns from our site.

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  7. 7

    beautiful collection….

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  8. 8

    Wow, great collection. Bookmarking!

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  9. 10

    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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  10. 11

    Most of these are not very good.

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  11. 12

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

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  12. 13

    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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  13. 14

    Pretty nice collection, thanks!

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  14. 15

    I liked the photoshop tutorials. Thanks

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  15. 16

    Nice collection, is that Stripes Patterns link really working?

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  16. 17

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

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  17. 18

    Very nice collaction I like it…:)

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  18. 19

    Wow, excellent collection, thanks! :)

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  19. 20

    incredible source!

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  20. 21

    More freebies…. Nice !!

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  21. 22

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

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  22. 23

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

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  23. 24

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

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  24. 25

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

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  25. 26

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

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  26. 27

    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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  27. 28

    This is a nice collection!

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  28. 29

    Oğuz ÇELİKDEMİR

    February 13, 2009 1:10 am

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

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  29. 30

    … and thank You! :)

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    jumi Promotional Products

    February 13, 2009 1:30 am

    nice

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