Patterns and textures are great for inspiration and kickstarting designs, so we’ve put together a post of essential links to bookmark. You can use these free patterns and textures in Photoshop and various other design programs.
Don’t forget to check the licences/terms and conditions before using these resources.
If you’re not familiar with using Photoshop patterns, check out this complete guide.
Instant Shift: The ultimate list of sources for free background patterns
Patternhead Free Patterns
CreativeNerds: 45 sets of seamless vector patterns
Smashing Magazine: The ultimate collection of free Photoshop patterns
Designm.ag: 2000 Photoshop patterns
1stwebdesigner Photoshop Patterns
50 extremely beautiful Photoshop patterns for elegant designs
Obsidian Dawn Patterns
Designm.ag: 650 free Photoshop patterns
DJ Designer Lab: Beautiful free Photoshop patterns for web designers
Re-encoded: Awesome freebies – 500 of the best Photoshop patterns
Designzzz: Free Photoshop pattern sets
Top Design Mag: 45 superb background patterns
Artatm: Amazing collection of Photoshop patterns
Lined Paper patterns
Here’s a quick tutorial on using textures in Photoshop.
There are thousands more links we could have included, so let us know your favourites in the comments!