Create Repeat Patterns in Photoshop With A Maximum Control (and Minimum of Maths!)

Agnieszka Kobylinska, Surface pattern designer

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7 Videos (26m)
    • Trailer

    • Introduction

    • Preparing Your Motifs

    • Designing A Repeat Tile ("Traditional" Way)

    • Designing Patterns Easier and Faster!

    • Designing a Half Drop Repeat

    • Goodbye & Good Luck!


About This Class

This class is for all of you who want or/and need to create patterns in Photoshop. It's the best software to use if you want to make patterns out of your paintings, drawings or photographs, but if you ever tried to use it for pattern making (or you use it regulary) you know how annoying it can be to make the calculations again and again to make the repeat correct! If you have seen my previous class, you already know that I'm a fan of easy and quick techniques, smart objects AND watercolour. This class is the combination of all of it! I will teach you my way of making repeat patterns in Photoshop with maximum control & minimum of maths using a few easy tricks. For those of you who don't know what I mean by "calculations" I included a short video about creating patterns in a "traditional way".

No matter if you already know how to make repeat patterns in Photoshop and just want to learn new tricks or you are a total newbie in this field, this class is for you!

I use Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud for Windows, but for this class it shouldn'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.

In this class you will learn:

  • how the repeats work and how to create them in a "traditional" way
  • how to make patterns quicker and easier using my "inverse" technique
  • how to create half drop repeats in both techniques
  • and how to take a maximum advantage of smart objects in the pattern making!

What you will need:

Below are a few of the tools that you need for this class.

  • Adobe Photoshop (begin a free trial here)

  • Your own illustrated motif(s) scanned into your computer

  • Wacom Tablet (not mandatory, but useful)


110 of 116 students recommendSee All

Amazing class, I finally got it !!!!
This is a great class, it is exactly what I'm looking for but like others I struggle with the speed. It would really help me if there were written instructions to download with the class: not just for this class but for most to do with photoshop/illustrator then I can go through after at my own slow speed and reinforce what I've learned :)
Many thanks to the teacher, I especially loved the half drop repeat method!
Mira Metzler

I Teach Makeup @Skillshare





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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