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.

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Charcoal Demask Patterns

These patterns are awesome for backgrounds, especially when you are looking for a vintage effect.

Free Photoshop Patterns

Pixel Patterns

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.

Free Photoshop Patterns

Autumn Leaves

An interesting and colorful pattern that may be appropriate for your fall-inspired designs.

Free Photoshop Patterns

Spiderman Pattern

These patterns have a cool metal effect.

Free Photoshop Patterns

Gears and Cogs

A different pattern that may serve as an effective background.

Free Photoshop Patterns

Grid Patterns

Like pixel patterns, grids are also exceptionally useful for web design backgrounds.

Free Photoshop Patterns

Wallpaper Patterns

Looking to re-create a vintage wallpaper effect? These patterns are a great choice.

Free Photoshop Patterns

Tileable Stone, Pavement, and Marble Textures

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.

Free Photoshop Patterns

Vintage Retro Grunge Wallpaper Patterns

The patterns have a unique retro look.

Free Photoshop Patterns

Starfield Patterns

Excellent for abstract backgrounds and space-inspired design.

Free Photoshop Patterns

Manga Patterns

These can also be used to create subtle patterns for backgrounds.

Free Photoshop Patterns

Flowers Patterns

If floral designs are what you are looking for, be sure to check out this set.

Free Photoshop Patterns

Baroque Collection Lite

Stylish repeating baroque patterns can be very useful for vintage designs.

Free Photoshop Patterns

Grandma’s Patterns

A set of floral-inspired patterns.

Free Photoshop Patterns

Grungy Retro Wall Patterns

This is another very unique set of patterns that has a distinctive grunge feel.

Free Photoshop Patterns

Skull Patterns

What can be better than a background full of skulls?

Free Photoshop Patterns

Different Pattern

A unique swirly floral pattern.

Free Photoshop Patterns

Classic Baroque

More baroque patterns are available here.

Free Photoshop Patterns

Simply Floral Patterns

An interesting set of patterns with a sort of abstract floral design.

Free Photoshop Patterns


Nature-inspired designs can make use of these grape vine patterns.

Free Photoshop Patterns

We Like Striped

This set is another option for subtle patterns to be used by web designers.

Free Photoshop Patterns

Textured Stripes

A simple striped pattern can be extremely useful, and this set takes a slight variation by adding some texture.

Free Photoshop Patterns

Dotted Patterns

Dots can be subtle or more dominant, depending on the contrast between the dots and the background.

Free Photoshop Patterns

Hand-Drawn Scrolls

An intricate, hand-drawn style pattern.

Free Photoshop Patterns

Stylized Clouds

Another great option for nature-inspired designs.

Free Photoshop Patterns

Helvetica ABC

If you love Helvetica you may be able to find a use for this ABC pattern.

Free Photoshop Patterns

Ornate Swirls

Swirls always seem to be useful.

Free Photoshop Patterns

Plaid Patterns

If you’re looking to replicate a plaid pattern, this set can make it very easy.

Free Photoshop Patterns

Geometric Links

A pattern with interesting geometric shapes that is sure to play tricks on your eyes.

Free Photoshop Patterns

Grungy Natural Beige Patterns

This set includes a lot of texture.

Free Photoshop Patterns

Grungy Natural Beige Patterns – Part 2

More textured and grungy patterns can be found in this set.

Free Photoshop Patterns

Seamless Colorful Grunge Polkadot Patterns

The simple polka dot can prove to be very useful.

Free Photoshop Patterns

Cool Mint Green Patterns

A set of green tint patterns in a variety of different designs.

Free Photoshop Patterns

Seamless Paper Patterns

Paper textures are highly useful, and repeating tileable paper textures are even more useful.

Free Photoshop Patterns

Nebulae Space Patterns

These patterns are very useful for posters, flyers, and space-inspired web designs.

Free Photoshop Patterns

Handmade Paper Pattern Set

Another set of pattern patterns, this one feature colorful options.

Free Photoshop Patterns

Grunge Patterns

A set of very rough and grungy repeating textures.

Free Photoshop Patterns

Ground Texture Patterns

A variety of different textures are used in this pattern set.

Free Photoshop Patterns

Tread Plates Patterns

Metal patterns are always great for backgrounds, and this set includes some nice tread plate patterns.

Free Photoshop Patterns

Light Rock Patterns

More textured patterns in this set.

Free Photoshop Patterns

Honeycomb Patterns

This pattern set is useful for creating your own abstract backgrounds.

Free Photoshop Patterns

Metal Mesh Patterns

More metal patterns for awesome backgrounds.

Free Photoshop Patterns

Vector Patterns

A set of patterns made with various vector shapes.

Free Photoshop Patterns

Paper Pattern 2.0

A beautiful, repeating paper texture pattern.

Free Photoshop Patterns

Tileable Cloud Patterns

Cloud patters can be an excellent background for nature-inspired design.

Free Photoshop Patterns

Scanlines Patterns

Subtle scanline patterns can be used on top of your photos.

Free Photoshop Patterns

Dark Metal Grid Patterns

A great choice when you need a dark metal background.

Free Photoshop Patterns

Light Metal Grid Patterns

The same thing, just in a lighter version.

Free Photoshop Patterns

Softly Plaidly

A beautiful set of plaid patterns.

Free Photoshop Patterns

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  • Patternhead, June 21, 2011

    Great list.

    Thanks for the mention :)

  • aledesign.it, June 21, 2011

    The best collection for me is the Baroque patterns..so wonderful set. My last work have a background like this!

  • David, June 21, 2011

    Great collection, thanks for putting this together.

  • Zoe Sparks, June 21, 2011

    I’m restarting my blog by deleting all my posts and restarting. It needs a new look and I would greatly appreciate this. Thanks.

  • Will, June 22, 2011

    This is great, especially for a youngin’ like me who’s not earning a living from design thus can’t afford much :P

    Very much appreciated.

  • Komikoyunlar, June 26, 2011

    Thanks very good nice web site

  • Benten Oyunları, June 26, 2011

    I’m restarting my blog by deleting all my posts and restarting. It needs a new look and I would greatly appreciate this. Thanks.ss

  • Araba Yarışı Oyunları, June 27, 2011

    Thank you for sharing very nice collected

  • kate, July 28, 2011

    The patterns are of great use for compositors ,i guess it will be of great help in 2k projects,as bg with effects..

  • Rawan, August 30, 2011

    Thank you so much for devoting a great deal of your time and effort to give us these wonderful sets! Greatly appreciated.

  • Mark Armstrong, September 1, 2011

    Totally fantastic! One of the best resource collections I’ve seen– thanks so much for making it available, much appreciated!

  • Angel Ceballos, November 20, 2011

    thank you so much for sharing these wondering patterns with us, and great discover of high quality patterns for projects.

    Keep up the great work!

    – Angel

  • Jack, February 3, 2012

    Thanks, I think I’m downloading just about everyone of these awesome patterns! Can’t wait to try them out on my latest projects.

  • sarah, August 31, 2012

    thanks they are really good
    i am downloading a lot