Terms of Use

License and Terms of Use for PatternHead Files

Last Modified: November 17, 2010

Please read the Terms & Conditions carefully before using PatternHead files. If you’re unsure about anything please leave a comment or contact me directly. I’m always happy to help.

Terms and Conditions

By using the files and content from PatternHead.com, you agree to these Terms & Conditions. If you do not agree to these Terms & Conditions please do not use any files or content from this site. We reserve the right to change, modify, add, or remove portions of these Terms & Conditions at any time. Your continued use after any changes or modifications is acceptance of those changes. All users of PatternHead files are subject to the following Terms & Conditions and other applicable law.


  1. Copyright for all the original source files remains with John Rawsterne.

Things You Can’t Do

  1. You may not redistribute files downloaded from PatternHead in any way, shape or form. That is, you may not download the orignal Patternhead source files and make them available, in whole or part, from a different server. To share the files you must link to the article on PatternHead.com
  2. You may not create derivatives of these patterns for resale or distribution. That includes microstock/stock photography sites.
  3. You may not offer items created with Patternhead files for resale. That includes, but is not limited to scrapbooking, apparel, web design, t-shirts, business cards, greetings card, stationery, posters, flyers etc. in both physical and digital formats.
  4. You may not use any Patternhead files as part of a package that will be distributed from another server. That includes, but is not limited to, HTML/CSS templates, or themes for a CMS.
  5. You may not claim any PatternHead file as your own work.
  6. You may not copy a whole article from PatternHead onto your own site. You may post an excerpt from the original PatternHead article with a link back to the original post.
  7. You may not “hotlink” to any PatternHead files.

Things You Can Do

  1. You may use PatternHead files for personal and commercial work.
  2. You may use PatternHead files in your own design work. That includes web design, t-shirts, business cards, greetings card, stationery, posters, flyers, branding etc. but you may not offer items created with Patternhead files for resale.
  3. You may capture a screenshot (or download an image from a post) and use some of the article text to create an article on your own site that links back to the original PatternHead article.

31 thoughts on “Terms of Use

  1. Thank you for allowing me to download your pattern. You are so creative and very intelligent. I wish I had a skill like yours because if I did maybe I wouldn’t be in the shape I am in today. Unemployed. I would donate if I could. Please excuse me!

  2. Ah, I found the button. It’s on the download pages. Sent you a couple of cups of coffee! Thanks again for creating these wonderful designs!

  3. Hi,

    great patterns!
    May I use your patterns to create a cloth-picture to texture 3D furniture models (for example armchairs etc.)? (We trade in 3D models)
    I would be pleased to hear from you, if you want further information about the way of use just ask!

  4. I love your site! You have great stuff! But I’m a little confused about the license. It says, “You may use PatternHead files for personal and commercial work.” But then says, “you may not offer items created with Patternhead files for resale.” Does that mean we actually can NOT use them for commercial work?

    • Hi Jenna, I’ll have a look and see if I can make the license a bit clearer.

      You can use patterns for some kinds of commercial work. For example, if you’re a designer and you’re creating a website for a client that’s fine. If you’re a designer and you’re creating a theme for a website that will be sold or distributed to multiple users then that isn’t allowed. If you’re using the pattern for your own site or promotional material that’s fine too.

      Basically, if you’re creating items for resale or redistribution then that isn’t allowed.

  5. I love your patterns and would like to use one for a design I’m creating for a client.

    Like others, I just wanted to make sure I’m understanding the license correctly.

    From what you’ve written, I gather that I’m allowed to use your patterns to create a one-off custom design (e.g. for a couple’s wedding invitation set).

    But I’m not allowed to use the patterns to create a generic greeting card that would be sold to many.

    Is this right? Sorry, new to the world of licenses!

  6. Hi. I want to ask if is it posible to use those templates for make them a high class email. So everyone can use it to make their own good looking email.

    I will show the link of your page so, the people can return here and see your work. So they always will know those templates are yours.

  7. hi, i want to create a one off brochure for a client can i use your pattern for this?? licence question again but best to make sure

  8. I think you should just say that this beautiful work is non-commercial :)It really takes time to figure out if one can use it or not in business.

    • Hi Ece,

      Thanks for the feedback.

      The license does allow you to use the patterns for commercial work as long as the end result is not resold. I guess that does sound a bit confusing so maybe an example or two will help clear things up:

      1. You have a client that needs a website design – You can use the pattern for this
      2. You have a client that wants to commission you to design a theme for sale or giveaway – You cannot use the patterns for this
      3. You want to design some greetings cards or scrapbook paper for resale or giveaway – You cannot use the patterns for this
      4. You have a client that commissions you to design a poster – You can use the patterns for this as long as the end product is not for resale

      Hope that helps clear things up :)

  9. Sorry, like many others, just want to clarify.

    Can I use your patterns (will probably be altered or combined with other elements in some way) as subtle background patterns for a few pages in an issue of the print and digital magazine I work for? Since, obviously, the magazine is for sale… Thanks

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