200+ Free Editable Illustrator Patterns and Swatches

Using  patterns and swatches in your Adobe Illustrator projects lets you save time but still presents you with an opportunity to create beautiful designs. I have always been fascinated with plaid and swirl patterns, so in this roundup, I am going to list some 200 free illustrator patterns contained in 15 sets and includes designs in plaids, floral, swirls, retro and other types of patterns that I found online.

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You may use these patterns for not only graphic or web design but also for fashion design, textiles and package designs. Also, since these illustrator patterns are in vector format, you can also alter them if needed using drawing programs such as Illustrator or Corel Draw. Vector format also allows you to scale these background patterns into whatever size you want without losing quality. To download the background pattern that you want to use, just click on the link provided below each preview image.

Want more? Checkout a newer post about vector patterns in floral designs that you can download for free.


ILLUSTRATOR PATTERNS AND SWATCHES TO DOWNLOAD

Below, you will find 15 sets of useful Illustrator patterns. To download the set that you want, simply follow the link below each preview image.

25 Woven Plaid Swatches

Plaid patterns have countless uses for fashion design or textiles, graphic or web design, package design and more. It is flexibility that you can perform a number of transformations on them including scale and rotate without affecting the shape of the object they are applied to.

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10 Incredible Seamless Destroyed Vectors

Here is a set of very detailed and very large distressed vector that you can use for free. Aside from being detailed these4 illustrator patterns are also seamless and have the ability to repeat. The patterns are in SVG format that are perfect for creating distressed vectors. This may be opened and edited in Adobe Illustrator.

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Ocean Waves Pattern Pack

These nice illustrator patterns are useful for anything, including for desktop wallpaper, website background or any artwork that needs pattern. This set contains 20 patterns and are available in both JPEG for those who do not have Illustrator or vector program and the Adobe Illustrator format.

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Ginko Leaves Pattern Pack

Another background patterns pack containing 20 patterns/swatches. As in the previous set, these Illustrator patterns are available in both JPEG and Illustrator formats.

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Swatch Patterns in Illustrator

This pack consists a total of 20 useful Illustrator patterns featuring swatches in various designs and colors.

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Batik is Beautiful

This design takes inspiration from a beautiful Indonesian batik fabric. Feel free to play around with these exotic background patterns  available in 3 different color schemes.

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Magic Patterns – free resources for Photoshop and Illustrator

This set contains 6 patterns of cute graphics in different colors. You may download them as Photoshop .pat file (the tile size is 600pixels by 600pixels) or in vector format as Adobe Illustrator pattern swatches. Free for both personal and commercial use.

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Argyle Pattern Swatches for Illustrator

Here are 50 argyle pattern swatches that you can use freely in Adobe Illustrator. These argyle patterns take inspiration from those popular patterns we usually see in sweaters, scarves, hats and socks. The preview below shows only 4 of the swatches you will find in the download pack.

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Climbing Flowers – free patterns for Photoshop and Illustrator

Another pack of flower patterns featuring vines and flowers. There are seven color variants in set which you may use them freely for you personal and commercial projects.

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Autumn Leaves: Free Illustrator Pattern Set

A set of free repeat patterns with a leaf motif inspired by the beautiful Autumn/Fall colors. There are three EPS files that you can load into Adobe Illustrator (or your favorite vector editor) and edit to change the scale, colors etc.

For those who do not have vector program, the patterns are also available in PNG thumbs that you can use right away in your web designs or load them into your Photoshop pattern library (Edit->Define Pattern).

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Iris Pattern Pack

The archive file that you can download includes .jpegs of the patterns to be used as wallpaper tiles as well as an Adobe Illustrator file with all of the patterns on hand. Simply go into Illustrator and select (depending on your version of Illustrator) Window > Swatch Libraries > Other Libraries… and select your desired pattern file. A swatch box filled with the patterns will show up for your use. Feel free to use these for anything that needs a pattern. Desktop wallpaper, website background, artwork, etc.

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Pattern Set 1 by Fudge Graphics

This set features 26 seamless vector pattern swatches that you may use for Adobe Illustrator CS and higher. It includes basic geometric shapes that are perfect as overlay.

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Pattern Set 2 by Fudge Graphics

There are 20 seamless vector Pattern swatches for Adobe Illustrator CS and higher. The pack includes some basic geometric shapes that are ideal as overlay.

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Halftone Illustrator Patterns

This is a selection of 8 vector halftone patterns created in Illustrator. Use them for masks, grunge work, or vector halftone saturation. Whatever you come up with. CC License, Royalty Free.

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15- Free Seamless Vector Patterns – Abstract Gears

In the download you will find these files: 3 EPS files that you can load into Adobe Illustrator (or your favorite vector editor) and edit to change the scale, colors etc. and 3 PNG thumbs that you can use right away in your web designs or load them into your Photoshop pattern library (Edit->Define Pattern).

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Author: Gisela

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