When you’re designing a website, the background pattern you use can be the defining factor in your website’s appearance. We all remember those sites from the ‘90s that had the blocky 400 x 600 picture repeating over and over again — and we all remember how terrible those looked. That’s why finding a pattern that can integrate seamlessly into any website is important for all graphic designers. Seamless patterns look more professional. Thankfully, there are plenty of websites that offer seamless patterns for free use.

1. ThePatternLibrary

7 Free Places to Find or Generate Seamless Patterns: ThePatternLibrary

ThePatternLibrary offers many brightly colored options for the designer who wants to add a festive vibe to their website. Additionally, this site shows each pattern in full-screen mode so you can see how the image naturally repeats itself. Designers send their own patterns to the website’s creators, so new images are constantly added. Just scroll down to see how the pattern appears on a full-width website.

2. ColourLovers

I recently talked about creating palette colors using ColourLovers, but the site also offers numerous patterns. There is an option for creating patterns using pre-made templates you can easily customize to suit your preference. Check out trends to see how other designers use various patterns to bring their designs to life. If you still aren’t sure which pattern to use or how to use it, join in on any of the thousands of discussions going on in the community for feedback.

3. DinPattern

7 Free Places to Find or Generate Seamless Patterns: DinPattern

DinPattern offers a wide variety of patterns on its website. The patterns here have deeper, richer colors than some of the options on the previously mentioned websites. DinPattern offers its patterns in numerous formats — .jpeg, .png or .gif — so you can use the most convenient option for your site and design software. The patterns on the site are quite unique, some resembling wallpaper and others featuring complex geometric designs.

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4. PatternCooler

7 Free Places to Find or Generate Seamless Patterns: PatternCooler

PatternCooler has thousands of pre-made patterns on its 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 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.

5. SubtlePatterns

7 Free Places to Find or Generate Seamless Patterns: Subtle Patterns

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 website switches its background to the pattern you select. This feature allows you to see it in actual use on a website and give you a good feel for how it looks. The patterns on this site work well with nearly any site, because they are neutral and have a soft, faded appearance.

6. BGPatterns

7 Free Places to Find or Generate Seamless Patterns: BGPatterns

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. This is a fun option and can take less than five minutes from start to finish.

7. Patternizer

7 Free Places to Find or Generate Seamless Patterns: Patternizer

Patternizer is a good option for the designer who wants seamless striped 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. Then, you can download the code for the final product and use it on your website. The featured patterns gallery highlights patterns others made for use by anyone. This saves time if you see exactly what you want and don’t want to bother with the generator.

8. Patternico

7 Free Places to Find or Generate Seamless Patterns: Patternico

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 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.

 

Generate Seamless Patterns

If you want your site to have a unique look unlike any other site out there, you need to generate a unique background pattern. The key to creating a seamless one is to use the right tools and make sure the pattern repeats in a way that allows all elements to line up perfectly. That symmetry is especially important if you’re using stripes or a pattern that connects across the page. Don’t worry. With a little practice, your tiled backgrounds will look just as beautiful as a full-width graphic.

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