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Tiled Backgrounds Designer

By Char

I love finding cool new tools!! I literally Stumbled across this really neat tool for creating custom tiled backgrounds that you can use for just about anything! The site is

tiled background pattern designer

Using the web-based designer, you select a combination of colors, canvas texture, images, rotate them, scale them and test them. Then you can download the background tile to use how ever you see fit. There is also the social aspect of the site which allows you to share your creations using the major social bookmarking/sharing sites, save your backgrounds and vote on others’ creations.

Bgpatterns is definitely one of the coolest tools I have discovered recently and it is another staple in my designer toolbox – along with the 13 sites for great patterns and backgrounds and 13 sites for unique textures I shared in previous posts.



It really looks like a cool tool, thanks for sharing it! We all need a nice looking background at some point, it’s nice to know you can do it fast and online, no software installation required.


Yep, it’s great. I’ve been using it a couple of times now, it’s easy to use, and saves a lot of time.

I’m a first time visitor to your blog, I like it so I bookmarked it. Keep it up!

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