10 Photoshop Tips for Surface Designers

Mel Armstrong, Illustrator, Pattern Addict & Teacher

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12 Lessons (1h 17m)
    • 1. Introduction

      1:06
    • 2. Drawing with Lasso & Using Brushes

      17:07
    • 3. Clipping Masks & Blending modes

      5:05
    • 4. Create a brush

      8:03
    • 5. Create Texture

      4:09
    • 6. Puppet Warp Tool

      5:45
    • 7. Cleaning scanned in artwork

      8:54
    • 8. Colour palette

      5:05
    • 9. A Simple repeat

      8:21
    • 10. Textured background Repeat

      6:29
    • 11. Create a Mockup

      6:10
    • 12. Final Words

      0:44
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About This Class

In this class I’m going to take you through 10 different tools and techniques that I use frequently in Photoshop to create my pattern designs.   

Starting with a sketch of a simple motif, I’ll show you all the tools I use in Photoshop to transform it into a surface pattern design.  This includes how I draw and colour my motifs in Photoshop, what brushes I use, how I create background texture, a simple repeat and how I create mockups.   

It’s jam packed with lots of useful tricks to make Photoshop fun!

By the end of the class hopefully you’ll have created a pattern design in a totally new way to add to your portfolio.

The class is broken down into 3 parts:

  • Tools for creating motifs & textures

    • Lasso tool & Kyle Webster Brushes
    • Clipping Masks & Blending Modes
    • Create a brush from a simple motif
    • Create texture using brushes
    • Puppet warp tool
    • Cleaning up scanned in artwork
    • Create a colour palette from a photo
  • Tools for creating repeats

    • Create a simple repeat
    • Create a repeat from texture
  • Tools for displaying your work

    • Create a simple mockup using smart objects

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