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

Aga Kobylinska, Surface pattern designer

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

Aga Kobylinska, Surface pattern designer

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7 Lessons (26m)
    • 1. Trailer

    • 2. Introduction

    • 3. Preparing Your Motifs

    • 4. Designing A Repeat Tile ("Traditional" Way)

    • 5. Designing Patterns Easier and Faster!

    • 6. Designing a Half Drop Repeat

    • 7. Goodbye & Good Luck!

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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)


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Aga 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 patterns for fabrics and other goods. I've beed working with fabric manufacturers and brands owners to bring new, beautiful designs into the world. Nothing feels better than seeing your work serving others everyday! 

I'm truly obsessed with learning. It may sound crazy but I graduate... See full profile

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1. Trailer: I mean, any second companies? Can I mess every designer working for us from my home studio? Worse, this'll class I would like to share with you are kind of short at the clinic to creating this pattern designs. If you have created repeats in, let's say, a traditional way. Using this software, you have probably income turned a problem that, with your repeat, is ready. It sometimes doesn't look really well on The larger service in this case is you have to go back to your tile and do all the mess again, with no guarantee that this time the effort will be perfect. I have to see the effects of my work on the way. That's why I came up with a technique that focuses on the larger surface. Feel fumed with your pattern so you have bigger control over it, even if you steal money Polite, only one big pile free is very simple, and it takes advantage of my favorite smart objects. It could be applied both by those of you have never tried to use for the shop for making batteries on. For those who do it, my creative process. This technique works perfectly and six me a lot of time during my class and took out 2. Introduction: Hi, everyone. Welcome to the class. I'm Africa police guy, and I'm so happy you have decided to join us. I hope that this curse will inspire you to create patterns out off your illustrations or paintings and that it will help you to feel more confident in other before the ship for this purpose, the first thing I would like to talk about is what we will cover in this class. We'll start out by explaining how the repeats work and how you make them in other before the shipping and traditional way. This section is mainly for those of you who have never really tried to make bothering designs in photo shop, as it really helps to understand how it works before going into shortcuts. I also talk about advantages and limitations of this technique, and if you have already worked with repeating Photoshopped begun, skip this part. Then we'll talk about my favorite technique after eating pattern designs in photo shop that I call in verse technique. It's easy to handle doesn't require too much of calculating ad, and it enables you to see the whole brother and service along the way. It takes a maximum advantage of smart objects. Eso if you had seen my previous class, you know that I just love them. Finally, I will show you how to make helped rip repeat brother and designs using moved techniques as a class project. I will ask you to create your own buttering design and share it on the web for the presentation purposes, You can use a mocha picture following instructions from my previous plus. Okay, so let's get started. 3. Preparing Your Motifs: no matter which technique you would prefer like the wrong. We need a bunch of scant and cut out motives that we will compose into Katherine. So here are some fruits I have painted for the purpose of this glass. I scanned them in 600 peopie. I as I like to have my images in high resolution. Now we'll cut them out to separate layers and turn into smart objects. A. To this stage, I'm doing it roughly without focusing too much on the edges off the fruits. Once your motive is selected, right, click on it and just layer via copy and a new layer with your element of year. I would call this layer with Ramallo one. As you see a useless it'll for making the selections. But if you prefer, you can also use their mental. Uh, essential issue here is not to get out any part of our um, that's a hero fruit, so it's better to cut out the elements a few millimeters from their edges. Repeat this action for all your motives, remembering to have a layer with all your illustrations selected because otherwise is that program will shout that there is nothing in the layer. Okay, I will accelerate that little bit. This cutting out in order not to bore you to match. Um, okay. Let's say we have all our fruits on their separate layers now Convert all the motives into smart objects. It's particularly important in case of traditional technique off designing bothers. Because if you make a copy off a smart object and then make any modifications inside, it automatically changes all the copies. Here is the example. You see, there is a part of watermelon in this G, so I will go into the smart object. I will, um, e race this parent. And you see, there is no, uh, no water. My long on any off this joke you is here. This is also the reason why I would like to work with smart objects. Because if you you don't have to lose your time and energy now, to precisely cut out the motives that you will maybe not use in your final design, you can, uh, reward particular motives. One serie people's them. Okay, so once we have our collection off smart objects, we can move to create a repeat style 4. Designing A Repeat Tile ("Traditional" Way): Now let's talk a while about repeats I offer can call them repeat tiles because I like to imagine them as elements of almost like If you take a close look at the fabrics or wallpapers in your house, you're probably spot an element that repeats It can have different sizes and stripes, but the most common are a rectangle Repeats. Here are some examples of my patterns with the repeats. If you design the repeat in, let's say traditional way you fuck was just on this element and the rest follows a Here s a quick instruction how we do it. So create a new document. To make things easy, I suggest you to use the settings. Resolution 300 BP. I size 3000 peak cells. It's about the interest square on 25 centimeters square. This will be your tile. Now move your fruit smart objects from the original document and place them around the tile If you want to change the scale or the position of the object Taper Control Gusti on the controls up here. Don't be afraid off Decreasing the size as the original illustration is inside this smart object states unpatched s I don't lose the resolution. Try to arrange the elements quite even the so the composition this plays into the eye. Remember that this is, um, tiled that will lie next to the other. So the elements that overlooked the edges had to repeat on both sides. In order to do this, copy the layer with the overlapping element by holding out or just by using this copy bottom. In our case, this will be a what? That melon I used the short call cat control T toe open at transfer box at the top off the screen. That's our water Mile needs to be repeated vertically at the height of our tile to the Igric value. This is the reason why we set our timeto 3000 pixels. It's just easier to camp. Once you have a copy off your watermelon in a good place, think about the layers. So if you want to move your element like their own, you moved in. Both. As you can see, our waterman along overlaps also the right edge. This time, we'll have to copy it and move to the left, so the calculation will be a little bit harder because we need to subtract the wave off our repeat from the X value. I will use the calculator for this service. I will repeat the process for the manana, a copy and kids vertically. You can already see that it overlaps the other one. That is, it's closer to the center of the repeat. So I will move this one a little bit. I will repeat all the steps with the star foods that needs to be copied, resent early and vertically. Now I will ran into old the immense, too. I feel this the time. And if any fruit overlaps the edges, it's the timeto Repeat the process that I had shown before. Once you are sure that all the elements overlapping the edges repeat on both sides, it's time to check your composition to do so. Goto Adede. You find father friend's name your button open and your document and fill it with your pattern. Change the scale. So you see, uh, more more repeats on one surface. Check if there are any errors in repeats on that you like the general. Look, I would like to feel this wet areas. Here s oh, I have to go back to my tile and put some elements in this areas. Once it's done, I have to define a pattern again. Mm. Let's Jack how it looks now. Okay, I'm quite happy with the composition, and this is the moment to refine particular elements, especially if you want to change the background color. This is why smart objects are so essential. You just go into your smart object by clicking twice on it and do all the necessary amendments. I would not go into details here, but I will show you on an example. I will find the edges off my watermelon by adding Sleeping Mosque and say you immediately see the changes on all the elements, but also on all its copies. You can do whatever you want, including the change of the element here. They will all change in your repeat tie, which saves you a lot of time. Congratulations. You have your repeat style and now you can save your final bothering. Take again If everything is fine to delight, the previous versions go to into edit presets, presets, manager pattern, mark their unwanted patterns and delight them. If you want to have a J bag or thief to print it out, take your manufacturers guidelines and go to safe, safe us. I will say with a straight pick. As you see this way off, designing pattern is quite easy to understand and gives you quite a lot of control, thanks to smart objects. However, if there is something wrong, you see it on Lee after finishing the repeat, so it often requires several Siri's off amendments. That's why I want to show you an inverse technique, so here we go. 5. Designing Patterns Easier and Faster!: So now it's time to go to the main subject of this class, which is a short cut technique are in virus technique of creating creepy bothers. Here is how we use it. Uh, create the new document. This time it should be quite big because it represents a surface containing several repeat style slink next to the other. And this is exactly what we will do. I will make my document for the interest square in 300 b p I No, this is 9000 pig cells and about 76 centimeters. Now let's decide which will be the size of our repeat and make a square or a rectangle off this size. I will create a square off 3000 big cells in the properties books changed the field, Kohler to any color just to see your square. And, uh yeah, and make this. It's a, uh, look. Align your square to the left of corner of your document. And I will include the size in the layer name and converted. Teoh. Yes, my subject. Copy the layer with the rectangle eight times and arrange them exactly next to the other. I think the fastest way to do so is to copy the layer by holding out and dragging it up in the lawyer bundle. And I think they lift and high in the peaks and or Greg area inside the transfer box. You open it by using shorter cat contra post e Do you already guess where I'm going? Yeah, this is our surface and the square are our repeats. If you click twice on any off the squares, you enter every Pete dial. So if you put there any of your fruits and safe, you will see all the most like in the neighbouring window. Let's take advantage of its to create a pattern. I will rock here All the fruits I prepared in the previous tutorial eso they are already cut off, cut out and arrange them around the tile Each time you say If you're a smart object, you can see in the next we know what's the overall result of your action? Yeah, it's that simple. The back row polar here serves us your guide, but you can turn it off in any moment. Ah, but don't be like this us. It's a very useful element. What if you would like to put an element off the edge like here. Well, the easiest way is to a large the workspace of your smart object, while saving the proportions the fastest way to do so. Iss by using the crop tool Dracula right bottom corner, and hold it while holding shift to maintain the proportions. Okay, I think this will be sufficient. As you see, all our most like has moved, but the tiles called tight and nicely lying next to each other. If I put acuity on this corner, well, let's check what will happen. As you see, the queue disappears behind our example. But we only need to turn off its visibility and you can play around as much as you want. Once you're happy with your brother and surface, save your PSD dial. I will call mine in verse for its most like No. Now we need to get a single repeats that will be needed both for defining a pattern and for your fabric manufacturer, as we have noted before, what is the size of our repeat? We don't need Teoh. Look for it anyway. And we will use the marquee tool to define a tile. I sure that in the style box. The fixed rate is checked. And put your values there. No, the units. Once it's done, click on any place off. You're barred excluding tied bottom corner. Of course, as there are some tiles missing there, you have. Repeat, selected now Jews there from toe type and third wise. And you have your style. I will say with us for a sale. And then we can define it s brother and safe as day bag or a thief. And that's it. Is there any cook? Well, actually, the smart objects take up quite a lot of system memory. So if you have any problem with your computer, just, um I will recommend you to arrest. Arise your or your fruits. This way, you will not have so much levels. Let's say off smart objects. That and that That's your health. It, of course, um, foreign forces you to prepare your elements before starting your pattern. But ah, you may not have a choice if if you're if you're like their memory. Okay, so that's it. I hope you left this technique 6. Designing a Half Drop Repeat: us. We already know how to create basic repeats. I have a little bonus for all of you who would also like to learn how the health Europe repeats work. It's like the basic repeat, except that design is repeated with half step vertically as you move to the right. It's often helps to make your repeat lis off this, and it's easy to make. Even after your type is finished. I will quickly show you how if you have your repeat style prepared in a traditional technique safe and your document as fruits, repeat helped her up. If you don't remember what was the size of your tile ticket by going to image image size, our tile is 3000 big cells, so helpful off it will be 1500 pixels. This is the distance that our right edge motives will have to move vertically, so select its motives, overlapping the right edge on delight them, and now select all the models that overlap. Left edge on a copy them and click control post E, uh, enter the value, um, increased by 3000 pixels wide and 1500 big cells. Um, if I I will need to copy thesis. Fremont Eaves, uh, again and moving up. So we will have to subtract for 1000 from the Y value. Um, Now, uh, change the arrangement off the elements from the tiled center. If there is something on that, overlaps are there is something in the composition that you don't like. And your help would be this ready. For example, for the spoon flour, it will be It will be okay, can save this. Repeat as the day bag on, um, and putting Ausubel flour and check the helper of repeat there. But in a photo shop are the saving repeat won't work us. This application supports Onley basic patterns. So instead, use the shortcut control all shift e, which will create a new layer out off the all visible layers. And now go to image a canvas size and enlarge the canvas one under good percent horizontally. Be sure that this icon this check no cope your new layer by remembering to hold the appropriate business. It made sound annoying, but in fact it works cause it trust. So now you have, uh, a tile that is 1/2 privy tile, that it's actually a basic reached die if you know what I mean. You can save with us pattern. You can define this us pattern in photo shop and check. Check out if everything's works. Fine. I think the process is much faster with our inverse technique because it waas you have your documents and opens. I mean this document where you have a lot of this big service. Select the middle vertical roll off tiles, a type control toasty and at 1500 pixels into the Y axis area. As before, you can dio any modifications while seeing they result on this department. So if there are any elements overlooking or if you don't like the composition, you can easily railed Range it any way you want. You can define a pattern as the basic repeat by using a marquee tool like I had shown in the previews to throw Leo. Now, uh, repeat all the core ping process and you can save you're Thailand, say, and to be finding that part time I sound schools and you say, check it out by yourself 7. Goodbye & Good Luck!: Okay, That's the end of the glass. I think it's so much for joining us on day. I hope you have a lot of fun creating about us using new skills. Please don't forget to share your project in the class Partick section. I hope you will have a lot of fun. Why? Creating your foot patterns using the new skills? If you hadn't done it yet, I invite you to join my previous class where I was showing how to represent these ants on Mother Cups and, uh, see you next time. Bye.