Tuesday, 25 March 2014

The Best Background And Pattern Generators

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After I shared a fun way to turn handwriting into a font, it got me thinking about what other great online tools I use that other people might not know about. Which led me to putting together this post; the best background and pattern generators on the internet.

Pattern generators are really useful. Obviously, you can use them to make backgrounds for your blogs and websites, but there are a ton of other uses too. For example, you can use the patterns for making images, printables, your own scrapbook paper - loads of stuff! Using free online generators is much easier and faster than fiddling around with Photoshop, trying to get your edges to match up when you tile an image.

Polka Dot Background Maker

There are a few generators online which can make spotty patterns, but this one is my favourite because it is so easy to use. Just choose the colours, the size of the dots and the spacing in between the dots and download your finished background.

Stripe Generator

This is one of the most versatile stripe generators out there. You can alter the number of stripes, spacing, colours and orientation of the stripes. The preview tool helps to determine when you've got it looking just how you want it.

Tartan Maker

Like a bit of plaid or tartan? This user friendly tool will help you to make your perfect pattern in a matter of minutes.

Fun And Fancy Backgrounds

This is perhaps the most fun out of all of the pattern generators I've found online. There are plenty shapes available to make your pattern from, and you can change the opacity of the elements and even add texture to the finished image.

Design Your Own

I stumbled across this website when looking for a chevron background maker. The tool looks really basic, but if you check out the gallery you will realize that there is a great potential for creating fancy backgrounds (if you have the talent and patience).

Gradient Maker

The last generator I am sharing creates a horizontal or vertical gradient pattern, using the colours of your choice.

Hope you have some fun with these!

You might also be interested in:

Make Bunting in Word
How to Make Bunting in Word
Calendar Tutorial
Personalized Calendar Tutorial
Make Labels in Word
How to Make Labels in Word
Create Chalkboard Art
Chalkboard Art Tutorial


  1. I have been looking for a polka dot generator - I am polka dot mad - Thanks Angela :)

  2. OOh this is fab, thanks for sharing x

  3. I can't wait to try this. Always searching for ways to make my Etsy banner, web page look better. Thanks a ton!

  4. Great sites, Angela! Thank you for sharing this at Brag About It Link Party on VMG206.
    ~ Megin of VMG206

  5. Another great blog idea. I've pinned this to look at more thoroughly later. Seen on brag about it.

  6. Wow! You are generating some terrific resources. Especially for people like me who are somewhat computer illiterate.....
    Thanks!!! :)
    “hugs” Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

  7. Very handy to know! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Pinning!! I need to remember this for various projects. Thank you so much for sharing this Angela! And for linking up with us a Project Inspire{d}!!

    Hope your week is filled with Extraordinary creativity!

  9. Wow. This is so useful. Thanks for the tips. I know what I'm doing this afternoon. I found you at the Wicked Awesome party on Handy Man, Crafty Woman.

  10. Love this! Pinned for the future.

  11. These are awesome! I know I am one who gets bugged when my tiles don't match up when I used to change them in Blogger backgrounds. Now I am all white on my blogger site and my wordpress, too. I tend to change things around a bit, so these will come in handy. Pinned! Stopped by from Whatsits and yumeating.com (non blogger site)

  12. Well, you've done it again. Thank you!!

  13. This is great information to have for my blog and for my crafting! Thanks for sharing!

  14. i'm a sucker for digi paper so I'm excited to use this to try my hand at DIY'ing it!
    I shared you with all my socials!
    @shabbynot4gotten on Pinterest
    @shabbynot4gotn on Twitter
    Shabby not 4gotten on FB

  15. I actually looked at this post 3 or 4 times (through different link parties) before taking the plunge. What a difference on my blog! Thank you for the tip!
    Kim @ pinspiredhome.blogspot.com

  16. Angela!! This is just what I needed for some photo's and gift tags I'm making. I had no idea you could make your own! Pinned!

  17. Had to pin this post or I'd be out of ink too quickly. Thanks for these excellent computer tutorials. I am so digitally held back it's not funny, duh! I printed out the bunny one and will print this one out soon.
    Appreciate all the work you go to to give this info to us. Now if I can "get it", maybe I'll be able to do something besides open posts, lol. A 5yr old knows pc's better than I do. Happy Spring days


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