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Portrait: Atle Mo


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.

I also want to thank @jgorset, @Tsheeeep, @sebastianhoitz and @Idered for helping out with different parts of the html/css/js where my knowledge came short.


Frequently Asked Questions


How can I add Subtle Patterns as backgrounds to my web pages?

Watch this tutorial created by Webucator.

Where can I buy the Photoshop Plugin?

Right here!

How do I credit you on my site?

You can credit using a comment in your HTML or CSS code. Example for CSS:
/* Background pattern from subtlepatterns.com */

Can I use the patterns in themes I make and sell on ThemeForest (or similar sites)?

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/)

If I make a new pattern based on one of your patterns, can I publish it as my own?

Yes you could, but being nice about it and crediting the original author is always a nice thing to do.

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/Pixelmator/etc files?

Not at the moment, sorry.

How can I change the color of the patterns?

Take a look at this video tutorial.

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.

Where can I download a vector version of your logo?

You can download an Illustrator file with the logo and mini badges here http://cl.ly/3s2w3h31342C

Do you have a JSON feed?

Yes, it’s here!