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)


135 of 143 students recommendSee All

Thank you for doing a class using only photoshop for seamless repeat patterns and I love your inverse technique. I still don't understand the math though. I need to review that part again. Now I'm going to take your other class(es).
very useful!! I learned new methods
Adrianne Lee

Fashion & Textile Design

This class was REALLY helpful. I took this class because I wanted to learn how to do a half-drop repeat tile. I have minimal skills using Photoshop and had never attempted a half drop repeat before. The inverse method was great too. I know I will watch this over many times until these skills become second nature. Thank you so much Agnieszka for sharing your knowledge. The only negative feedback I would find is that I had to slow the speed down to 0.5 as you speak and carry out the actions rather quickly. I watched many sections over again. I would highly recommend this course to those interested in learning many different techniques for creating their Surface Pattern Designs.





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 a few years ago with Make It in Design courses. I loved designing patterns so much, that I have left my job in advertising to fully concentrate on this new career. Since then, I've been constantly learning new skills, painting and designing p...

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