I’ve mentioned Subtle Patterns in a Links Loved post before, but since I’ve been visiting the site a lot more lately, I feel that it deserves a post of its very own. The patterns are all on the quiet end of the spectrum, surely, but that’s what’s really nice about them. That, and they’re free. You can download the pattern images individually. You can even download all the Photoshop .pat files all in one zip file at Github. I like to think of these patterns as virtual stationery — they make great backgrounds that don’t overwhelm. They can also serve as small patches of texture that can add interest to a graphic image. You can find a variety of textures at Subtle Patterns including fabric and woodgrain. You’ll even find a subtle Lauren Harrison floral pattern over there.