10 Free Vector Patterns, Volume 3

You may have seen my 20 free vector patterns and the follow-up 20 free line patterns. Well, I woke up early again one morning and decided to make some more patterns. This time I have 10 great dot patterns—some are like halftone patterns, some more random. (Late news: I couldn’t help myself and snuck in one more bonus random dot pattern, so now there are 11.) The key here is that most of these would be somewhat painful for you to create manually.

Note: The small patterns below are just “thumbnails” of the patterns. Each pattern file is a PDF file big enough to cover either an A4 or Letter-sized page. (Of course, because they’re vector, you can scale them up or down as much as you want and they’ll still be high-quality.) You can Place the PDF files in InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, or almost any other program. You can also open each PDF in Illustrator, allowing you to go in and tweak the lines to your heart’s content.

Some Examples

Here are a few examples of how you might use these patterns:


As I said, each of these patterns is a full page. The graphics below are just samples cut from the middle of the pattern. Click on each image to download its PDF and see the whole page. Or you may want to right-click on the image and choose Save As (or Save Link As, depending on your web browser).

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If you use these patterns, I’d love to hear about it! Put links to graphics in the comments below! And if there are other patterns you wish you had, let us know, too.


Posted on: December 11, 2013

David Blatner

David Blatner is the author or co-author of 15 books, including Real World InDesign, Spectrums: Our Mind-Boggling Universe From Infinitesimal to Infinity, and The Joy of Pi. He is also the author of InDesign Essential Training and the InDesign Insider Training titles at lynda.com. David is the co-host of InDesignSecrets and PePcon: The Print + ePublishing Conference, and is the co-founder of Creative Publishing Network.

9 Comments on 10 Free Vector Patterns, Volume 3

  1. Clicking on image does not work to send you to PDF only gets you to a thumbnail PNG.

    Would love to have access to the PDFs

  2. What am I missing here? A .pdf will give me vector file? How?

  3. Hi Wool-

    Not sure why clicking the image isn’t working for you. All the links in the article point to PDFs. If you have a choice, be sure that you’re choosing Save Link As, and not Save Image As. 

  4. Okay. I stand corrected. Learned something today. Yeah!

  5. A PDF can contain both vectors (like an Illustrator file) and pixels (like a TIFF). In this case, David made PDFs that contain only vectors and you can use them just like an Illustrator file. In fact, you can open them with Illustrator and edit the vectors if you like.

  6. Thanks for your generosity in sharing these!

  7. The seventh pattern in the Downloads section above looks like it was inspired by Conway’s game of Life.  Just a coincidence?

    Brad from Aurelian Design

  8. You’re right! Funny. Yes, it’s mostly coincidence, but I was fascinated with Life when I was young.

  9. Super cool, thank you David!

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