Bring Your Patterns to Live Using Photos as Mockups

Agnieszka Kobylinska, Surface pattern designer

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9 Videos (25m)
    • Trailer

    • General introduction

    • Preparing your pattern file

    • Choosing the right photograph

    • Gather all materials in one working file

    • Working with the layer mask

    • If your pattern has a black background

    • How to change the object's colour

    • Good luck!


About This Class


This class is aimed at surface pattern designers and other artists who create their artwork so that it can appear on products later on. I will teach you in a few easy steps my way of preparing the photoshop file so you can use your photo mockup over and over again. I will also provide a useful list of links where you can look for free photos, & tips on what to take into consideration when choosing one/taking your own.  No matter if you would like to show your designs to a client and make your portoflio more appealing or just to see how your artwork presents on products, this class is for you!

This class is for the Photoshop beginners, and will cover only very basic and easy techniques. I use Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud for Windows, but for this class it doesn't really make a difference if you have a previous version of the Photoshop or/and you work on Mac. The shortcuts introduced in the video lessons work for PC, but in the class materials you will find a pdf with their equivalents for Mac.

What you will need:

Below are a few of the tools that will be helpful in this course.

  • Adobe Photoshop (begin a free trial here)
  • Your own pattern design (or the one I provided in a class project section)
  • A photograph that you will use as mockups (here are the ones I use during the class: a baker girl, a girl in a black t-shirta girl over the sea)
  • Wacom Tablet (not mandatory, but useful)


*For the trailer video I used a free background music from

201 of 203 students recommendSee All

Very useful, thanks!
An excellent introductory course to the functions within Photoshop that enable this simple, yet essential, process. Agnieszka precedes at a pace that is easy to follow and presents with admirable concision and charm. I can't recommend this course highly enough.
Luke Husseini

An eye for detail, a love for decoration

Thanks for a great video class. Clear concise instructions and screen labeling. Delivered in a friendly pleasant way. Plus source files to follow along. Extremely helpful.





Agnieszka Kobylinska

Surface pattern designer

Hi! My name is Aga (this is abbreviation from my full name which is Agnieszka, but I suppose it would be hard to pronounce for most of you!). I am a surface pattern designer based in Warsaw, Poland.

My adventure with the pattern design has started over two years ago with Make It in Design courses, but it's only on December 2014 I have left my job in advertising to fully concentrate on this career. Since then, I've been constantly learning new skills, painting and designing patterns for fabrics and other goods. I feel to be still at the beginning of this path but I totally love it!

I'm truly obsessed with learning. It may sound crazy but I graduated with a degree in three faculties - psychology, french philology and latinamerican studies (thanks God the higher education in Poland is free)! Then I was working in advertising for 4 years, in the meantime taking various design classes. So as you can imagine, Skillshare is just a perfect place for me as I can learn endless skills in my free time! I hope I'll be able to add at least a tiny slab to this with my classes :)

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