Ultimate Source for tiled background patterns

Repeating background patterns and images, patterns such as these can be used for a host of things such as a web page backgrounds, or adding that extra detail to a containing block, adjust the visibility and you’ve got a great new look for some thing that would normally look quite plain.

Here you’ll find some tutorials on how to create your own patterns and some resources to download patterns.

Download Patterns

Below are a few sites that have huge collections of background patterns for you to download and use for free.

Brusheezy Patterns

brusheezy_patterns

Deviantart Patterns

deviantart_patterns

Squid Fingers Patterns

squidfingers_patterns

Pattern 8

pattern8

Patterns Ava7

ava7

Din Pattern

dinpatterns

Everyday Icons Patterns

everydayicons

Pattern Cooler

patterncooler

k10k Pixel Patterns

k10pixelpatterns

Noqta Patterns

noqta

Make your own patterns online

Make you own custom patterns online and downlaod them, or use someone elses as a base for you own creation.

Stripe Mania

stripemania

Bg Patterns

bgpatterns

Stripe Generator

stripegenerator

Tutorials

A collection of useful tutorials on how to create repeating background patterns of your own.

Other Resources about patterns

There’s probably a lot more sources out there and id love to know about them, so if you’ve seen any awesome pattern sites or tutorials on how to create patterns feel free to leave a comment where they can be found and ill add them to the list, hope this has been useful.



22 Online Web / Design magazines you should look at

I was looking for some nice resources and found some really cool online art and design magazines that provide some very interesting reading while I wasn’t working,

This post isn’t based around web design in particular and explores other areas of art and design, there are a lot of interesting ideas that can be found once you start looking.

some of them have a few links to other new and exciting websites and blogs, The work found on these sites are very artistic and inspirational and I’ll certainly be looking further into some of these, hope you all find it as interesting as I did.

  1. Computer Arts – Awesome online tutorials as well as an inspirational gallery of work by readers.
  2. Urban Collective – creative images and design sites worth a look
  3. Beast the bible of inspiration – Design, typography, art, illustration, photography, mind & matter and all kinds of creative exhausts, published in PDF format but sadly no longer in publication.
  4. Vitamin – Excellent source of reading just choose which topic you want, some of the categories are CSS, Design, Web Apps
  5. Booooooom – Cool articles about art, design, music etc also check out their friends list for more cool work.
  6. Communication Arts – Showcasing some of the best advertising graphic design, check out some of the links on the features dropdown.
  7. Smashing magazine – Huge amounts of web design information and inspiration.
  8. CSS Globe – A site dedicated to web standards, and fresh articles contributed by members.
  9. .net – Tutorials and interviews with professionals for developers and designers.
  10. Design is kinky – Showcasing some of the most inspiring art and design portfolios.
  11. Design melt down – Excellent galleries of websites as well as articles covering problems in web design.
  12. Digital web magazine – Educational articles about aspects of web design such as css, business, and social networking.
  13. Eye magazine – Intriguing articles about graphic design, check out some of their issues lots of reading and not a lot of pictures though just click on issues.
  14. Format – Some very nice work and articles can be found on this site that will defiantly inspire.
  15. Graphis – Under construction but will provide a good source of photographic inspiration i expect.
  16. Net diver – Design and digital culture some exciting pieces of work.
  17. Sitepoint – Interesting industry news.
  18. Surf Station – Interesting art and design news.
  19. The dezine – Galleries of inspirational work.
  20. Think Faest! – A peculiar blog with excellent, work check out the categories and blog roll sections.
  21. My computerlove – More interesting articles to get you thinking.
  22. Design Diary – art and digital design lounge, check out the links signal part lots of nice sites to be seen.

 

Reader Recommendations

  1. Typesites – Weekly showcases of websites with interesting typography
  2. I love typography – A vast resource of every thing to do with typography
  3. Free Design Magazine – created to inform designers about the latest news about design, and also free resources
  4. Destructed – Art and design PDF magazine
  5. A list Apart – Explores the design, development, and meaning of web content.
  6. Graphic Competitions – Graphic design competitions.

Any one knows of any other magazine sites that provide a good source of interesting reading and imagery.



Create a stunning grunge background – A video Tutorial

With the release of my 300+ hi-res grunge texture pack i thought id do a nice quick simple video tutorial to create a stunning grunge background using the colours from a photo on deviant art and a texture from the texture pack,

The result from this method creates a cool background that could be used for the basis of a poster, showing off your work or as web site background etc. just add your own cool designs to the mix.

This is what we shall be creating:

Using the colours from “Be nimble”:

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The Online Video tutorial


Watch the HD version here

Download Files

  1. Stock Image (deviant art link) Credit to anaritalanca on deviantart
  2. Slate Texture Right Click – Save As

Download Video Tutorial Versions

  1. HD Version (66 mb)
  2. ipod Version (20 mb)

A cool background made simple, if some one could test the ipod version for me and tell me what it is like that would be great as I don’t have an ipod, and I cant preview it that would be awesome. Thanks for looking and don’t forget about the RSS feed.



300+ Free Hi-Res grunge textures you’ve never seen before!

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Here is a free Hi-Res texture pack that i have made over the weeks for you all to download, the pack contains over 300 grunge, worn, torn and weathered textures that i have taken in and around my house with my camera,

Below is an example of what is in the pack streamed from my Flickr profile, 45 of the textures included can be seen on my Flickr see more or you can use the links below to download all 300+ of the textures.

Random textures included in the pack see more

Additional info:

  • Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ 18
  • DPI: 72
  • Resolution: 1600 x 1064
  • Original Resolution: 3264 x 2448
  • Contains: Wood grain, Slate, gravel, tarmac, dirt, peeling paint, rust, paper, carpet

Note

  • Please do not host these textures on you own servers for download, please link to this page if you want others to know about them.
  • You are free to use these textures for what ever purpose you intend, commercial and personal, show me the work if you want id be interested to see what you make.


11 Interesting ways to browse Flickr images

Flickr is a great tool but there are so many ways to view the images located on Flickr with these exciting mash-ups, some let you browse by specific colours while others let you browse by tags.

In Suggest

This tool allows you to search a specific word and then pick your favourite images to return photos that are related and have been liked by other Flickr users

insuggest

Related Tag Browser

Similar to tag galaxy, this returns related tags to a specific word for you to browse the images associated with each.

airtightinteractive

Tag Galaxy

Enter a tag to be searched and it will return a host of related tags taht you can search and view the images from Flickr

taggalaxy

Flickr cc

Search for creative commons images as well as for commercial use images

flickrcc

Compfight

Search for tags, or text and returns a huge galley of images to look through

compfight

Montager

This service allows you to search a specific tag and your results will be returned in a mosaic style, you can even upload your own.

montager

Flickr Color Selectr

Choose a colour and it returns images of the same, you can also enter RGB values too.

flickrcolorselectr

Colr Pickr

Anouhter tool to browse flickr by colour

colrpickr

Interestingness

Check the most interesting pictures from a specific date on Flickr

interestingness

Flickr Hive Mind

A more extensive Flickr search, using contacts, tags, and dates

flickrstorm

Pixel-Peeper

If your into cameras this one is for you, you can select a specific camera model and browse the photos that have been taken using that camera.

pixelpeeper