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Where can I get a traditional wallpaper background that I can use for my website?

Asked by chromaBYTE (652points) March 21st, 2009

I’m looking for a traditional wallpaper pattern, kinda like fluther’s background, for a website I’m designing. Been looking online but can’t find any patterns that I’m allowed to use or that are a high enough quality.

I’m not fantastic at graphic design so I can’t make one myself.

Also what if I scanned some actual wallpaper? Is it possible that the pattern of the wallpaper could be copyrighted?

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jrpowell's avatar

Maybe something here could work. They are free to use.

asmonet's avatar

You’ll have to wade through some serious crap, but Photobucket has a giant album full of background photos.

irondavy's avatar

Here’s a post I stumbled across recently with a bunch. Unfortunately there’s not really any one good resource for these things (that I know of), I wish there was.

Good search terms for this are: seamless, wallpaper, pattern, background.

richardhenry's avatar

@johnpowell I’ve been using one of Travis’ backgrounds for my Twitter for a while. I love his stuff.

pekenoe's avatar

Let me know as exact as you can what you want and I’ll try to pull it together for you. I’m a photo hound out here on the prairie and lived in the mountains for a good spell so I have lots of unique photos that I would be more than willing to share. Plus, I’m a fair hand at Photoshop.

dynamicduo's avatar

The wallpaper pattern is copyrighted. Never ever assume anything is not copyrighted unless you have written proof saying this.

I have made many bgs similar to these. It’s very easy to generate, hence why you are likely having a problem finding a variety of it for free.

There is a site which I can’t remember now, which is a gallery of user submitted tiling backgrounds, and it has a tool to build and submit your own using a library of preset shapes etc. It is a good place to start from. I’m sorry I can’t find the link now, maybe someone else remembers it.

pekenoe's avatar

I finally saw the background for this page…. just catch a glimpse at the top.

It would be an easy task to generate your own design into a repeating pattern for wallpaper. Modifying an existing design would also be easy to do to get away from copyright issues.

chromaBYTE's avatar

thanks everyone for the links and help.

To give you a closer idea, this website is where I got the inspiration from. I want a similar colour and similar style, something that’s subtle but detailed.

@johnpowell I seem to remember this website from ages ago. there’s one pattern there that I might play around with that could work.

@irondavy found a really good dA pattern in the post that you linked to.

I’ll play around with what I’ve got and see what works best, thanks everyone! I’ll post a link to the website once it’s finished.

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