Ultimate Round Up of Free Photoshop Patterns
Photoshop users can save a lot of time and create beautiful designs by using patterns. Photoshop’s presets (like brushes, styles, patterns, custom shapes, and gradients) are highly-powerful tools when used effectively.
Whether you are creating your own custom patterns or using pre-made patterns that you have downloaded for free or purchased, having an arsenal of patterns at your disposal will allow you to quickly create high-quality work. Patterns can be extremely useful for a variety of different types of design including websites, business cards, flyers, posters, and much more.
Patterns are often used as backgrounds. Sometimes more subtle patterns are used to give a background some texture or character as opposed to just using a flat, solid color. This is especially common in web design. You can see our article Showcase of Patterns in Web Design for some inspiration and ideas about how you can use patterns in your own web design work. In other cases, the pattern may stand out and be a more dominant part of the design.
In this post we’ll showcase 50 sets of free Photoshop patterns for your own use. I think you will find them to be highly useful for quickly giving great effects to your designs in Photoshop. You may also be interested in our recent post, Ultimate Collection of Free Photoshop Styles.
If you’re looking for high-quality Photoshop patterns that you can use in your own commercial projects you may be interested in some of the pattern sets that we offer at Vandelay Premier. GraphicRiver is another excellent place to get quality patterns for affordable prices.
These patterns are awesome for backgrounds, especially when you are looking for a vintage effect.
Simple pixel patterns are a great choice when you are looking for a subtle background pattern. Every web design should have some quality pixel patterns in their pattern library.
An interesting and colorful pattern that may be appropriate for your fall-inspired designs.
These patterns have a cool metal effect.
A different pattern that may serve as an effective background.
Like pixel patterns, grids are also exceptionally useful for web design backgrounds.
Looking to re-create a vintage wallpaper effect? These patterns are a great choice.
Repeating texture patterns are perfect for backgrounds when you want large areas of texture without using a huge photo that will slow down page loads.
The patterns have a unique retro look.
Excellent for abstract backgrounds and space-inspired design.
These can also be used to create subtle patterns for backgrounds.
If floral designs are what you are looking for, be sure to check out this set.
Stylish repeating baroque patterns can be very useful for vintage designs.
A set of floral-inspired patterns.
This is another very unique set of patterns that has a distinctive grunge feel.
What can be better than a background full of skulls?
A unique swirly floral pattern.
More baroque patterns are available here.
An interesting set of patterns with a sort of abstract floral design.
Nature-inspired designs can make use of these grape vine patterns.
This set is another option for subtle patterns to be used by web designers.
A simple striped pattern can be extremely useful, and this set takes a slight variation by adding some texture.
Dots can be subtle or more dominant, depending on the contrast between the dots and the background.
An intricate, hand-drawn style pattern.
Another great option for nature-inspired designs.
If you love Helvetica you may be able to find a use for this ABC pattern.
Swirls always seem to be useful.
If you’re looking to replicate a plaid pattern, this set can make it very easy.
A pattern with interesting geometric shapes that is sure to play tricks on your eyes.
This set includes a lot of texture.
More textured and grungy patterns can be found in this set.
The simple polka dot can prove to be very useful.
A set of green tint patterns in a variety of different designs.
Paper textures are highly useful, and repeating tileable paper textures are even more useful.
A colorful, fun pattern.
These patterns are very useful for posters, flyers, and space-inspired web designs.
Another set of pattern patterns, this one feature colorful options.
A set of very rough and grungy repeating textures.
A variety of different textures are used in this pattern set.
Metal patterns are always great for backgrounds, and this set includes some nice tread plate patterns.
More textured patterns in this set.
This pattern set is useful for creating your own abstract backgrounds.
More metal patterns for awesome backgrounds.
A set of patterns made with various vector shapes.
A beautiful, repeating paper texture pattern.
Cloud patters can be an excellent background for nature-inspired design.
Subtle scanline patterns can be used on top of your photos.
A great choice when you need a dark metal background.
The same thing, just in a lighter version.
A beautiful set of plaid patterns.
For more resources please see:
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Published June 21st, 2011 by Steven Snell