The best free pattern generators

A screenshot from Pattern Monster, one of the best free pattern generators
(Image credit: Pattern Monster)

The best free pattern generators can help you find seamless vector patterns for you to use in your designs, whether for backgrounds, text effects or to put on mock ups. Patterns can enhance illustrations and provide the seed for complex graphic design projects. A subtle pattern effect can enliven flat web builds, while more eye-catching designs can stand alone as abstract artwork for when an illustration or stock art won't do the job.

If you have Adobe Illustrator you can create patterns with the new Adobe Firefly-powered text-to-vector tool. But if not, there are a range of free pattern generators online, many of which allow you to save SVG files. If you also need typography for your designs, also see our roundup of the best free fonts.

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Jim McCauley

Jim McCauley is a writer, performer and cat-wrangler who started writing professionally way back in 1995 on PC Format magazine, and has been covering technology-related subjects ever since, whether it's hardware, software or videogames. A chance call in 2005 led to Jim taking charge of Computer Arts' website and developing an interest in the world of graphic design, and eventually led to a move over to the freshly-launched Creative Bloq in 2012. Jim now works as a freelance writer for sites including Creative Bloq, T3 and PetsRadar, specialising in design, technology, wellness and cats, while doing the occasional pantomime and street performance in Bath and designing posters for a local drama group on the side.

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