Subtle Patterns is created and curated by me, Atle Mo. My goal is to be a high quality resource for anyone in need of tilable textured patterns, free to use.
There has always been great resources available online for designers and developers, and I’ve been using these myself since I started making websites some twelve years ago – that’s the fantastic thing about the web community. Now I’m using Subtle Patterns as my way of giving back to the next (and current) generation of web designers and developers or anyone else who needs some high quality patterns.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes you can, but you have to credit subtlepatterns.com in your theme description or source code.
Is it OK to use your patterns in commercial projects?
Yes it is, as long as you credit subtlepatterns.com some where in the project.
Can I publish your patterns for download on my site/blog?
You can link to subtlepatterns.com, but not directly to the patterns.
Can I make CSS3/coded versions of your patterns?
Yes, but please link back to the original pattern (ex: http://lea.verou.me/)
Can I sell your patterns in my texture pack?
No, absolutely not. The patterns are free to use and download, but you are not allowed to re-sell the patterns and make money off other peoples work.
I guess you could, but being nice about it and crediting the original author is always a nice thing to do.
If I link to your site, will you link to mine?
Can I use the patterns for my print projects?
If you find the resolutions satisfactory, and it works for you – sure.
Can you make the collection available as Gimp files?
Not at the moment, sorry.
How can I change the color of the patterns? (or make them transparent)
Take a look at this blog post.
Not all the patterns are subtle, why is that?
It’s a collection of patterns, not the Holy Bible. Most are subtle, but some times I publish a pattern just because it looks good on it’s own.