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Create Full Repeat Patterns in Photoshop with Photoshop Guidelines

teacher avatar Raquel Torres, Freelance Surface Pattern Designer

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4 Lessons (17m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Setting Up Your Workspace

    • 3. Repeat Method

    • 4. Outro

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About This Class

This class introduces you to putting artwork into a full repeat in Photoshop with a simple method with no maths involved.

I take you step by step through the process of setting up your workspace and creating your layout as you put your design in full repeat.

You can work from the same icons/motifs I show in class (free download available) or you can use your own work.

You can apply the same principles to any type of artwork once you know the basics of this technique. 

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Raquel Torres

Freelance Surface Pattern Designer


I'm a Textiles & Surface Pattern Designer from London UK.  I love getting the most out of my day and spending as much time as I can being creative; whether sketching, painting or developing artwork in my computer.

For this reason, I've created a mini tutorial series called: "Productivity Tools for Creatives" suitable for anyone who wants to learn new tools that can have a positive impact on their creative workflow and time management. 

I've also created a class to show you step-by-step how to get a portfolio site up and running in minutes. 

If you use Photoshop for surface pattern design, you'll love my class on creating full repeats.

All my classes are suitable for complete beginners so join me in this creative endeavour and let me k... See full profile

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1. Introduction: welcome to this class about creating a full repeating photo shop using Photoshopped guidelines. I'm a free textiles on surface baton designer from London, and this is a technique I most commonly is for developing simple, uncomplicated stuff. I must give credit to the textile design for introducing me to this where working in I've seen a few variations of this technique being taught here or skill chef, but to me they seem a bit more complicated. What I like about using this method is that it's maths free. Yes, you don't have to do any calculations at any point. It's all of us placing your at work with one point of reference within a time and estimize in the position of all your elements of along. This is a really flexible. You can use this method whether you're breaking your work and for the shop, or you can use it to put any placing at what you have already created. Scam. It can also be a create after offered, but for the purpose of this class will show you how to create the former beef. And if you'd like to sell along, you can use the same Aikens, which are available for download with class, got something to practice with straight away, so let's get started 2. Setting Up Your Workspace: So now I'm going to show you how to set up your workspace. Visible measurements. If you're not sure what you're using, I go to control or command K. This will open up your preferences. Go Two units and rulers, you can see I've got lying. Set something. You just so you can change that here if you want to. So you find that under edit preferences units and rulers for control or command K, I like to keep go to select on shore transform controls Pick. Because when I'm building my my fist saved me a lot of time to show you the rest. We have to open a new document, So just go ahead and open a document of any size. Go, Teoh Human. You make sure that you have snow and not school picked. Look, I will be useful later on and goingto be come. Besides for a repeat that will really depend on the scale of the repeats on the scale of them keeps that also the important is the cruelest joke Cut gets control of German art and were able to get our guidelines out straight from the ruler like this in the next lesson I'm going to show you a quick overview of how this technique works. You can practice and get confident that it before you tackled doing a complex repeat or working from a painting or something more complicated, see in the next lesson. 3. Repeat Method: So in this lesson, I'm going to give you another few off how this repeat technique works. I have created very simple caves with just flour. To those that I created with a photo shop slash just for the purpose of this demo. I have all my elements in separate layers, and I have also named them. I can also go ahead on call it come from so that when I build my with teeth, I know how many of which flower I have to pick it. My compass, by the way, is a 13 by 19 inches. Depending on the size of the repeat, I may have to increase it. So now I need to think about the big size. To do that, I'm going to press M for very tangled to set to fix size with 60 centimeters in height of 60 centimeters this usually month for Fed repeat size, I'd like to work or multiples of eight. If it was very small, it would be eight by 18 commuters or bigger 32 by 52 or 64 64. This is just my preference. A 16 by 16 is good. Repeat size. Put this out I just click anywhere on the compass on the square will come up. By the way, you don't have to use a square if you don't want to. If you're at work was created as a painting, for example, as a jungle, you can go ahead and keep to a rectangle shape rather than square. So I'm going to place my square somewhere. Don't worry about them motifs. We just need to get our guidelines out way We're going to pick the same and we have to do the same for the horizontal repeat. But as you can see, my compass is too small. So we need to increase the size of the compass by going into image compass eyes. It's currently 33 centimeters going to increase that to say. And because I want that to appear on this right side, I click on this arrow. Impressive. I'm not gonna go to again, So I'm going to control command t to be selective. So with the move to as I have food to select IQ and show transform calls, I can simply click on any elements that I want moving on. Apply transformations directly from that selection. So now two more things before we start building a layout 1st 1 is I want to drag and drop this onto here so that my zero measurement starts from this angle and the other thing I want to do is to go into view on lock guides. That way I don't accidentally move them. So the next day I need to do is to decide on which marquee on which part of the Matif is going. Teoh cross this perpendicular corner here because that's going to be the basis off. How are guidelines work? So I'm going to select part of them, Akif, that I can line up with this point and then stop placing for the other motives around it to stop building. What's important during this process is that I don't create any lines that will form horizontal Dark, tickles your obvious diagonally on. If you want control, look munge a duplicate and play around with the orientation. So to start duplicating individual case I selected when I pressed the old or option key on drug out, making sure so that there's no obvious petition. And of course, I can also increase or decrease the size so they don't look too. Dealing with that will not be is this one? Because that is my point of reference for when I'm with you. So you can see from the color codes that I have. I have a copy of each. Except I think one we're gonna drive to fucking and just fill out any off your big gaps and that you can see. I'm also avoiding to similar shapes of the same color matching each other this to the same size on a forming this horizontal line here, which is not going to look great. So I need to come up. OK, so I think it's going to stop testing our peak time to do that festival. Hide back, then go control a then shift control. See to copy matched or option command See, and then called control or command V to paste. Get the background layer back. So it's easier to line up our work. And remember my point of reference These that edge off that flower. So straight off I see that I have a problem here with two pink flowers that you want another this one on this one because I don't want to move this one I'm going to have Teoh do something with this one. Let's try this again. Steak up back. I believe the match lay. I just reacted. Control Command a shift Control C Control feet Bring back the background line Days I'm going to people. Oh, drag option and black. And I'm going to work on my horizontal Keep time. Okay? I need to line up my murky here. I have different sorts of problems. I have this flower and this flower off the same color, touching one another. There's a big gap here. I'm just gonna show you with the brush. This two flowers are touching. Also this to flowers attaching, and there's a bit too much space around. So to help me when I'm going to do is I'm going to reduce capacity. So I know what land. So let's bestest again. It could take a few guys for this. Hi, background. Then I matched, uh, try back then. This time I'm going too much older. I could work on this cup that I see here. That's basically this base here, that it's closing this problem Also, I think there's a bit of a diagonal line going on between these two, which I could avoid. So I've decided Teoh, fix up problem by duplicating another. Okay, so let's see how that works. It's a lot better. This only one other area that I think I would work on. And it's basically this up here used to be a better we got here. I don't to fix that. I'm going Teoh one of these peace bring all the way to and resize it. And I just need the I think this match down to the bottom. You can make the decisions at this stage. It's really a year. So what we need to do now is high in the background. Select on the duplicate them control or command J and then match them control. And then little layers were going to on heightened. No, I just have a match. Cool that match. Now we're going to bring back 16 centimeter square press on your keyboard on Places Square somewhere in the middle. I think we're going to see and then control. Look on my feet and this is a swatch to getting the best much what we need to do. Define it as a button first converted into a smart object open this, I can remove the guy drinks now control center column and then I'm going to edit name if you wish to, then we're going to break your document control, and I'm going to make this a 13 by 19 inches. Then I'm going to at my pattern layout as an adjustment layer I going to hear Select pattern and the very last button that was created Welcome a at 100%. So here's where you can play around scale press beef and move your you can see it's a sinless full repeat. 4. Outro: thanks very much for watching this class, I hope is giving you the knowledge and confidence to try this repeat method with your own work. Repeat work is an arc of itself, so practice loads and you'll get fascinated. And with time you'll develop the I that you need to great, beautiful and violence repeats for the class project. I'd love to see an example of your work with. You can post in the project section below this class. If you have any questions, do post them in the community section and I'll do my best to help If you enjoyed this class that appreciate the quick thumbs up. And don't forget to follow me So you know when I've gotten your classes out in the future and also check out some of the other classes have already published on Skill Ship. Thanks again and best of luck with your design work