I have been looking frequently for a site, a service that provides a repository of semi-transparent tiling backgrounds. I've found some grain generators, but I would like some more things that I could use for effects like; etchings, smoke, blur, rust or dirt.

I love these kind of background tiles as it can really add a lot of depth to your design. It's just so hard to find a go-to place where I can buy and download.

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    I don't think transparent backgrounds are in high demand, since you can make any background transparent very easily.
    – Joonas
    Commented Jan 31, 2013 at 12:46

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I have been finding some really great ones on http://subtlepatterns.com/. They're all free to use, provided you credit them somewhere.

  • Thank you so much, this is exactly what I've been looking for!
    – Philip
    Commented Jan 31, 2013 at 21:28
  • they have good ones, but i wish i knew more.
    – user8795
    Commented Feb 26, 2013 at 21:09

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