How can I create a background pattern with small, cartoon-like, hand-drawn stencil images?

For example, in this picture (ignore the logo):

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I love how the background is cute and made up of small, simple images. Where can I find resources like this background, or how can I recreate it?

Answer

I had misread the original question, and Matt’s extensive answer covers the ‘finding resources’ part of it perfectly. But in case you want to re-create the background pattern yourself, you can do it quite easily using probably any graphic software.

The steps would be something like this:

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  • Create a square canvas / artwork for the background color
  • Add your drawings (you can use vectors, PNG images with transparency, shapes, etc)
  • Make the drawings semi-transparent (these are 20% alpha)
  • Making sure the design is seamless, and convert it into a pattern (in Photoshop, this can be done via Edit > Define Pattern.

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Source : Link , Question Author : Doug Smith , Answer Author : Yisela

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