Resources for free graphics and backgrounds

Just like with photography, graphics can play an important part of your web design. And not every designer has access to an illustrator or artists. There are plenty of free design resources out there if you know where to look. Here are 16 websites that offer a variety of free patterns, vector graphics, backgrounds, brushes, and shapes. Be sure and check the license agreement for any revisions to usage rights before downloading.

In the spirit of giving, here are five free Photoshop patterns created by Sumy Designs for you to download and use in any project for any reason - either commercial or non-commercial. We hope you enjoy them, and if you put them to good use leave us a comment with a link so we can see how fabulous you are. (If you need instructions on how to load the patterns into your Photoshop library, click here.)

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