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Have you ever wondered what your website’s plain, white background would be like if it was a little more interesting? Normally, you would have to create a graphic mock-up or go into the code and mix things around. However, thanks to Brad Jasper’s SubtlePatterns bookmarklet, this is a relatively easy task.

The Subtle Patterns tool incorporates a script that will change the background for almost any site you happen to visit in-browser. There are over 300 seamless background options to choose from, and all of them are very unique. From blue jean fabric to simple diagonal lines, you’ll be able to find what you are looking for (or at least something very similar).


This tool is installed in the form of a bookmark that you click after you have arrived at your desired website. A screen-bug menu will then appear, allowing you to choose the different types of backgrounds. Honestly, that’s all there is to it, and that’s a pretty great idea.

All backgrounds are pulled from the Subtle Patterns website, making this an unofficial preview tool. The only problem I had with it is the inability to somehow use custom patterns. Understandably, Jasper alone can’t host a bunch of image patterns uploaded by the bookmarklet’s users, but perhaps the ability to input an image URL would be nice.



Should you use the SubtlePatterns bookmarklet? Well, if you’re a designer, I’d say so. It’s a great way to flip through your options and perhaps even show clients what is available with the click of a button.


  • In-browser background previews.
  • Over 300 background options available.
  • All backgrounds downloadable from the Subtle Patterns website.
  • Easy to use – simply visit your desired website and you’re good to go.

Install the SubtlePatterns Bookmarklet for your browser now.

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