10 Photoshop Tips for Surface Designers | Mel Armstrong | Skillshare

10 Photoshop Tips for Surface Designers

Mel Armstrong, Illustrator, Pattern Addict & Teacher

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

    • 2. Drawing with Lasso & Using Brushes

    • 3. Clipping Masks & Blending modes

    • 4. Create a brush

    • 5. Create Texture

    • 6. Puppet Warp Tool

    • 7. Cleaning scanned in artwork

    • 8. Colour palette

    • 9. A Simple repeat

    • 10. Textured background Repeat

    • 11. Create a Mockup

    • 12. Final Words

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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



Music Source:  Bensound





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Mel Armstrong

Illustrator, Pattern Addict & Teacher

Hello and welcome!

I’m a full-time illustrator from Wellington, New Zealand.  I’m obsessed with creating beautiful things, from craft to illustration to sewing to IKEA flat packs (no kidding).  

I’m also obsessed with learning, which is what drew me to Skillshare.  Years ago I stumbled across this little (well actually big) gem, did some classes, then voila, I became a teacher!  I teach what I love - illustration and surface pattern ...

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