When you’re designing a website, the background pattern used can be the defining factor in your website’s appearance. We all remember those sites from the ‘90s that had the blocky 400px600p picture repeating over and over again — and we all remember how terrible those looked. That’s why finding a pattern that can be seamlessly used is important for all graphic designers. Seamless patterns look more professional. Thankfully, there are plenty of websites that offer seamless patterns for free use.
ThePatternLibrary offers many brightly-colored options for the designer who wants to add a festive vibe to his or her website. Additionally, this site shows each pattern in full-screen mode so you can see how the image naturally repeats itself. Designers can send their own patterns to the website’s creators, so new images are constantly being added.
I recently talked about creating palette colors using ColourLovers, but it also offers numerous patterns that can be used as well. There is also an option to create patterns using pre-made templates that you can easily customize to your own preference.
DinPattern offers a wide variety of patterns on its website. The patterns here have deeper, richer colors than some of the options on the previous websites mentioned. DinPattern offers its patterns in numerous formats — .jpeg, .png or .gif — so you can use the most convenient option for your site.
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PatternCooler has thousands of pre-made patterns on it website for free use. The patterns are tagged with various descriptions, so if you’re looking for something with polka dots, clicking on that tag will take you to all of the options with dots on the site. PatternCooler also offers an editing tool to customize its palettes. You can choose the colors you want to use or you can select RandomCustom Palette to experiment with unique color palettes.
Although bright colors add festivity to a website, many clients prefer a subtler, more professional approach for their website design. SubtlePatterns hosts many patterns that are more subdued than other options on the Internet. The preview option is pretty cool because instead of creating its own little window, the pattern is used for the website background. This allows you to see it in actual use on a website and give you a good feel for how it looks.
BGPatterns allows you to create your own patterns in just a few simple steps. First step: select the color scheme. Second step: choose the texture/canvas type. Third step: choose an image. Fourth step: rotate the image as you see fit. That’s it! You can preview your pattern on the website and make any adjustments before downloading it. This is a fun option and can take less than five minutes to use.
Patternizer is a good option for the designer who wants seamless striping backgrounds, but wants to use CSS instead of an image. You can choose the size of the stripes, the number of them, the colors and the stripe orientation, as well as many more options. The code for the final product can then be downloaded and used on your website. There are also patterns that other people have made in the featured patterns gallery that you can use as well if you don’t feel like playing around with the generator.
Patternico is a newer addition to this list, and has some strong features that make it a great tool for generating seamless patterns quickly. First of all, you can set any canvas size you’d like for your tiling background. Choose a background color or upload a background image, then search through font awesome or line icons to add icons to your pattern. Edit their size, color, and transparency and arrange them exactly how you’d like them, seeing the results tiled across the rest of the screen in real time. When you’re ready, click “export” to open a lossless PNG in another window, or click “create new” to start over.Buffer