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Create Repeating Pattern Wrapping Paper with Procreate

teacher avatar Genevieve Wilson

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Lessons in This Class

7 Lessons (37m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. All About Your Project

    • 3. Creating Your Moodboard

    • 4. Drawing Your Pattern

    • 5. The Recurring Pattern

    • 6. Mocking It Up

    • 7. Congratulations

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About This Class

Welcome to my class. Do you love to create amazing looking presents that have meaning and are unique and purposeful?   

In this class we will create an exciting and intention based wrapping paper you can use for the that special present or as an expression of your creativity. 

I will hold your hand as we work together to develop your project. This simple process of creating your pattern is easy to learn and such a useful skill to have. It can be applied to so many artistic endeavours. 

You will master the skills of creating a recurring pattern in Procreate and use some simple Photoshop processes to bring it all together.

While you learn these skills you are having fun and bringing awareness to a cause that is meaningful to you.

By steeping this course in a worthwhile action we are drawing attention to something that is worthwhile and motivating. I have based my creation on "Save The Bees" this means a lot me and I am happy to raise awareness to this cause

When you have finished this short course you will have the skills to create a recurring pattern that can be adapted to wrapping paper, screen savers, fabric design and so much more.

I look forward to working with you and seeing you on the inside.


Meet Your Teacher


Hello and Welcome!

My name is Genevieve and I'm so excited that you've landed here!
I'm a Graphic Designer, Composer and Artist originally from Australia, but have called New York City home for almost 10 years.
I am passionate about creating clean, minimalistic and individualistic artwork across a range of mediums! 

I've thoughtfully crafted short courses that I believe would be super helpful for anyone who is looking to get into creative design or graphic work, but also for those looking for a artistic outlet. I cover the complete basics of using Photoshop for the first time if you're new and a little intimidated. Then I'll take you all the way to building cool logos, images for companies and small businesses, as we... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Hello and welcome to this course. My name is Genevieve Wilson and I've been a graphic designer for over 10 years. I'm so excited to show you this course to you. I have designed a super small bite-size course to teach you some really cool skills in Procreate, specifically how to make a repeating pattern. Now, once we have a repeating pattern, we can use this for really cool things like custom wrapping paper. We can also use this as a background for your phone or your laptop or anything like that as well. Now, I have based this specific course in a cause that is meaningful to me because they also want to show you that it's okay to give yourself permission to design something that is grounded in something that's meaningful for you as well. Often we create better work when we're working from a cause that has meaning to us. So I want to show you how to do that as well. So join me in the next class for I'm going to go over the class project. I'm going to show you all the things we're going to need going forward and we can get started. 2. All About Your Project: So let's talk about the class project. We are going to design some custom personalized wrapping paper using a repeating pattern designed in procreate. As a bonus, I'm going to show you how to take that patent and pop it into a mock-up so that you can see what it looks like as some wrapping paper that would make a really personalized, great gift. I also want you to think about something that inspires you and something that you'd like to make a patent of that for me, I chose the Save the bees movement, which is really important to me. But I want you to have a think about something that resonates with you personally. So let's create ourselves and mood bullet. We're going to design a color palette from that moodboard. Then we're going to get to drawing and make a pattern that repeats itself in procreate. I'll show you exactly how to do that. And then like I said, as a bonus, I'll show you how to mock it up in Photoshop and create yourself a wonderful present using some customer racking. Take them. So let's jump in. 3. Creating Your Moodboard: Okay, so let's make a mood board together. Now, you might be wondering why we need a mood board. I love to make one just so that I can stay super focused in the work that I'm making. I feel like it seems a lot of time down the road when you have a direction that you're going in and you know exactly what you've been inspired by and why you're making what you're making in the first place. So I'm going to zoom through this quite quickly actually because I want you to spend the time on an inspiration. I want you to find a cause that's important to you and become inspired by that cause. You can use the template that I am using in order to make a mood board. And that is splitting my screen up like this. I have a Photoshop file. I blank one on the right-hand side. And on the left I have a Pinterest board that I'm going to be looking for some things to keep myself inspired from my coils, which is the Bs and saving the bees and how important they are and those kind of things. So without further ado, let's get started together. Jump into my computer with me, and I'm going to step you through how I make a mood board. I'm going to speed this up for the most part because boring watching someone else build their own moodboard, but please follow along, please make your own and don't forget to share it because I would love to see your inspiration and then your final product as well once we get into making the patterns down the road. So let's go in here. I'm going to start with something as simple as save the bees. And I'm going to just see what pops up here. Now. I am not pinning anything that I want to copy. I am simply drawing inspiration from things they see on Pinterest that I like the look of this particular one I have grabbed straight away because I love the hexagons here. They definitely represent B's beehives, those kind of things. I've dragged the image straight across, dumped it kinda anywhere on my mood board over here. I'm going to rearrange that a little bit later. So I'm going to go back and I'm looking for things like simple design. I like how that's been drawn. I like the drawing style of that, so I'm going to cut that down here. I love that associate the b's. We might want to put that on our pattern if you'd like. You can look for things that are certain color schemes. I love the plants here. I have a feeling I'm going to add a lot of plants to my pattern because these of course, exist without the right kind of plants. So I'm going to pop that in there, maybe for some inspiration to draw. This is a very cool-looking be patented. It looks like it's actually a wallpaper. So I'm definitely going to put that in because we're making wrapping paper. And I want to be inspired by what someone else has done in the past. So that's all I'm doing here. I'm finding things that jump out to me. I'm looking for colors, I'm looking for style of torturing, and I'm looking for things that are gonna keep me motivated to design the stuff that I'd like to design. So I'm going to speed this up and I hope you're building your board alongside with me. Now there's certainly doesn't have to be meat. It doesn't have to make sense to anybody else except you. You were the only person the board needs to inspire because at the end of the day, this is what is keeping you motivated to make the work that you would like to make. So this to me really speaks to me. You might look at this and say, I am not getting inspired by this, but that is totally okay. That is the beauty of a Moodboard into supposed to inspire you personally. So for me, when I look at this, I see a ton of beautiful bees and creatures. I see a motive here. It's saying life is better with bees, save the bees. It's giving me information on why they built in hexagons. I have inspiring colors here, I have plants to look at. And in general, this brings me a lot of joy. So I'm going to take this and kind of have this live inside me while I get onto the next lesson, which is drawing our fest patterns so that we can turn that into some wrapping paper down the line. So please upload your mood board. I want to have a look at it. Mind how messy or clean it is, but should be what inspires you. And I'll see you in the next lesson so we can get drawing. 4. Drawing Your Pattern: So now is the super fun part. This is my favorite pot and that is getting started with our pattern. So I'm going to show you exactly how you need to set up your Procreate document and a couple of little tips and tricks along the way. And then we can get straight to sketching out drawing. In my case, it's going to be the themed. But you of course, to whatever it is that you would like there are no wrong answers here. This is your wrapping paper and you'll patterns. So jumping to the iPad with me and I'm going to show you firstly how to set up our document. So the first thing you are wanting to do is create a brand new document. And we're going to choose the square size right here. Great. So here we have a brand new square canvas. And the first thing we're going to do is put our drawing assist lines on. So we're going to go up here into our settings and we're going to tap Canvas. Now right here you see covering guide. We're going to make sure that's toggled on. And you'll see that there are a ton of squares being put here on our canvas. We don't want that many. We only want four distinct areas because it's going to help us stay within certain margins and it's going to help us line up our Patton later on down the road. So let's tap Edit, Drawing Guide. And down the bottom here it says grid size. We're going to make that bigger and bigger and bigger. You can see those squares getting larger and larger. We're going to put it all the way to the top, where there are just four different squares on the grid. So the middle dot is right there in the center. And when we're done, we're going to tap Done at the top. And you'll see we have a drawing guide. We don't have to worry about trying to draw within this guide at the moment that the most important step when first setting up your patent is not to draw anything that is going to touch the sides of the square. All of your drawing needs to stay within the middle because a little down the line, we're going to want to line things up and they'll leak over the sides on purpose. And I'll show you that in a little bit. I have gone ahead and made myself a color palette here. But I've drawn this from inspiration from my mood board that we set up a little earlier together. You can put pick whatever color palette you want. Or if you just want to go freehand and choose colors that look good to you as you go, then, please, by all means do that. I'm going to change my background color first. That's going to be the first thing I do. And I'd like it to be this sort of this very pale yellow color that's going to be the background of my design. So you can do that by going into your lays, testing the background color layer, and just going ahead and selecting a colony you like. The next step I'm going to do is make sure that I'm on my first layer here. I'm not trying to draw on a background layer or anything like that. If you find you don't have a first layer, just tap a new layer like that and you could draw in on that layer. We're going to be merging our layers a little bit down the line. But for now, I like to keep things nice and clean so that I can merge them on my own terms. So I'm going to go ahead and do some drawing. I'm going to speed this up for you so that you don't have to watch me during this in real time. But I really encourage you to take your time here and draw from your hot. You can draw some inspiration from all the pictures you found a little earlier. Or you can just do some patents and scribbles on here. Again, there's no wrong answer. This is completely up to you. So I'm going to select my pin. And I'm going to start by drawing my bumblebee. I like to use the monoline brush and I'm going to zoom in a little bit now. It doesn't matter where I draw it so long as I don't draw something that goes off the side of my grid like that. Sometimes I like to draw in my colors all first and then create a layer over the top of that. It doesn't just all bleed into each other. Okay. A common ion. I haven't come to your lunch. You're happy. All right, So here I am with the couple of basic elements from my pattern. Now this is probably not what my final pattern. I'm just going to make much I like. There's definitely going to be some additional things that are thrown in here for sure. But for now, this is where I am studying. So now that I've drawn this, I'm going to show you the very first step we need to do to make our pattern snow, to move toward me climbing patterns. So it might seem like it's a little bit overwhelming, but just follow the steps really. And you'll find that you can do this as well. So the first thing we're going to do is merge all of our layers together so that it is all one complete flat layer. Now that does include our background color. And usually you can't actually merge with the background layer here. So what we're going to do is just create ourselves a brand new layer, drag it underneath, and drop in the color of our background onto that layer so you can't see anything here. But if I switch off that background layer and merge those two, this is all the one lay in there. So first things first, merge your background layout with all of your drawers. And now here is where I want you to follow along. Hopefully, we are going to duplicate this layer, so spike on it and duplicates it. Now we have two versions of the exact same layer and this top layer here, we're going to move this entire thing to the left. Now the one thing that you wanted to make sure is on is this snapping function right here that's going to help us on the line everything into the right places. So first things first, let's move our whole document across to the left, just so that arrow right-hand border snaps to the center. Now you'll see when that happens right there. You see the lines go nice. Yellow when that happened. We can see. So I've shifted the whole thing across to the left. Now I'm going to grab that layer that is underneath here. And we're going to shift this entire thing to the right. So we're going to flip this to the other side, using those snapping guides to make sure things are in line there we go all the way to the right-hand side with that snap in the middle and then release. So this is what our picture looks like currently you can see how EY has been cut off if you've drawn something kinda close to the edge or to this actually to the syntax. It's now going to be overlapping the edge, but this is what helps out Patton's snap together down the line. Now I'm going to merge these two. And now this is our thing that we are working on. I'm going to duplicate this and now I'm going to fill in some of these gaps with a couple of other little pictures. It won't take me very long to draw, so I'm going to speed this up for you. So when you think that you have decorated all the middle of your page exactly how you want. We are now ready to start making our pattern. It looks a little over the place at the moment. So join me in the next lesson and I'm going to show you how to make three specific size prints so that we can start making them a patch and then throw them into our mockup. 5. The Recurring Pattern: Okay, So we have made the base of our patent him ready for us to turn into a couple of different sizes that we can go ahead and layer up to use for our wrecking paper or our continuous background or whatever it is that you're going to use your design for. So let me show you exactly how we're going to go about making these just a couple of different sizes. I'm going to give us a small, a medium and a large patent to choose and use from. So we have this right here. Let's jump into the iPad together. And the first thing we're going to do is if you haven't already given this bottom layer here is one that we're looking at altogether. Go ahead and give it a name. I'm calling it just the base layer because I'm going to make a copy of this, duplicate that, and keep that there as a sphere because you never know, you might really, really mess up and made a totally new stats, so great. So I'm going to go ahead and copy this. I'm going to duplicate it twice. So these are the ones that we're actually using gear and this top one, I'm going to re-size. So go ahead and grab that, make sure you're snapping here is on because if it is not on, you're going to have a hard time getting this to line up. And we're going to put a copy of this in every single one of these four quadrants. I like starting at this bottom left hand side because it's nice and easy to see exactly how the patent is getting down there. So again, I'm just going to wait for that to snap into place there with our Snapping, you saw those lines turn orange and we have a little bit of a patent right here. So then I'm going to duplicate this again because it's already our smaller size does look like we're making a lot of these layers, but we do need them all. So duplicate that. And then I'm going to select the Move key and move this across again, making sure we're snapping into place. And snap that to our bottom right quadrant right there. And you'll see already how B has lined up here. We have the wing from this side is lining up with the B right there in the center. That's already giving us exactly what we want. So this is super exciting. Duplicated again because we need four of these copies. And we're going to move that up into this space. Snap view had anything that came over this border that will snap into place right there for you. And already you're seeing how cool this patent looks when it is old in place. So I'm going to copy it one more time. Duplicated across to our top right at top left-hand corner, you'll see that snap into place. And now when I de-select everything, we have a smaller version of our patent. B lines up across the joint here. That's actually the only thing that I have going across the borders. But as you were drawing, you might have a few extra things that cut across those sides. So look for that. I always find that really exciting. You can zoom in and really just make sure everything is lined up there. But it looks pretty good to me and I am super happy with that. So now what we need to do is lock them into place. Now, it looks like we have a million different ones of the base here, but we're only going to take the top floor. We're going to go 1234. And from those four, we're going to merge those all together and give it a name. We're going to rename this. Number one. You can just go ahead and name it. If you want to give it a size name, you can, you can get rid of the word base if you like. Going to do that this way. A little bit of Genki way of going around that, but that is fine. So now we have number one, I'm going to hide that layer below it. And now we're going to duplicate number 1 again, turn off our spare. So at each time we go, we're going to be turning off each one of the spears and we're going to do all of that again. So just to reiterate, we have our base pattern. This is how large you can call this lodge if you want. We have the one that we just made, number one, which you could call medium if you wanted. This is the medium size and now we're going to make a smaller size. So with that copy, duplicated again, because that is how we are working our pattern. And we're doing the same thing. We're going to drag this down into this bottom quarter, down the bottom left, right here. Nice and slow until you hear that snuff right there. And we have everything lining up in this side. Now that this is already the right size, duplicate that again and move it across the bottom right-hand corner right there. For that to snap. Perfect. And you can see again, I'll be actually lines up if I zoom out a little bit. We now have two b's here that line up when our patented. And you can see this wrapping paper is super taking shape and we haven't even put this on a mock-up yet. So duplicate again. Moving that up to the top right-hand corner. Snapping into place. Lovely. And one last time to the top right-hand, sorry, top left-hand side. Taking that away cross waiting for that to snap. And when I de-select, now we have our small patent and this is so cool to come in and look out because we drew this, we made this ourselves, and this is now a full on patent. So let's merge together. We've got 1, 2, 3, our top four here, where merging them altogether. And let's give this a rename. You can bring up the keyboard if you want and call it a coolant or two. Excellent. So just to check all of our layers here, we have two or f small pattern right there. When I turn that off, we have number 1 or our medium Patton. And then when I turn that off, we have our base pattern right here. And all of those three things, you can get rid of that span one now we don't need that. And we also don't need that. I'm just keep them there because sometimes they get a little paranoid, I'm going to delete the wrong layer, so make as many copies as you want to make. So we have 1, 2, and 3. Now what I'm going to do is go ahead and press the spinner or the wrench option, hit share and we're going to use a Photoshop file. We're going to export the Photoshop file. I'm going to AirDrop that to my computer and I will see you there. Where are we going to actually take these patterns now and put them into the mockup that I've provided for you in the project resources and see what our wrapping paper looks like on an actual presence. So I'll see you there. 6. Mocking It Up: Okay, so now is the fun part where we get to see our patent that we designed mocked up onto a present. And we get to see it like real life wrapping paper. So feel free to use any of your own mockups that you would like to use. But if you don't have access to any of them, I've given you one for free in the project resources. So feel free to download that right now so that we can use the same one together and you can follow along with my steps. So jump into my computer screen with me. And you will see that I have opened our Photoshop file that we got from our procreate file. And inside this we get all of our layers. That's what's great about using Procreate in correlation with Photoshop is that you do get to keep all of your layers just like you were using them inside Procreate. So remember we have number two here, which is how small patents. So turning that on and off, you can see it. And we have number 1, which is our slightly medium Patton, and then we have our base patent or our lodge patent right here. So that is good to have access to all of those. Now. Now, go ahead and open up the gift Photoshop file here, the PSD file. And I'm going to walk you through a little bit what all the layers. Obviously we have our string on the, on the right-hand side here. We can change that to be whatever color we like. If you double-click on that, it's going to bring up this color palette here. And you can obviously change the color of your string to literally whatever you want. So if you had a specific theme that you use, do you maybe yours was blue. Mine. I'm just going to probably keep brown for now. I don't know how that looks with my patent yet, so I might do that last. You can also switch it off and have that be out of the way if you would like. Now the paper indicates the COD here. We also have a little gift card here. So we can go ahead and double-click on this smart image. It's going to open up a PSB file. Now this is a file that is linked directly to our original file. You don't have to worry about how this works. All you need to know is if you double-click the smart object over here, the little piece of paper with the tiny square on it. It's going to open this up for you and you can adjust your gift card here and just close and save when you're done. I'll talk you through that in a moment. But the thing that we wanna do is the present. So let's make our present. So right now they have this dot patent here. Let's double-click on that smart object TO opening up their patent. And we're going to instead import the one that we made for ourselves. Now before we go any further, I often like to do this thing where I bring in a textured image that I have saved somewhere on my computer. This texture right here. It looks like sort of concrete. And I'm going to multiply that so that it blends with the layer below and lighten the opacity slightly so that that falls into place. You can see it getting lighter and lighter. It just gives out paper a little bit of texture. If I zoom in here, you can see now our bumblebee has a little bit of texture around it, whereas before it just looked quite flat. Now it's got a little bit of texture and you can of course, lighten the opacity so that it's a little bit less or dock in it so that it's cool. I do think that this creates more depth and it makes it look a little more real, especially when you're doing some mockups. So let's start with number 2 patent. I'm going to duplicate those layers here by right-clicking and taking them across into our PSB file. So it's going to bring up where I would like to send my duplicate layers. I'm going to enter it into our PSP. Remember, which is our wrapping paper patents. So here it is. All you have to do to put that in place is close this file and make sure you save the changes. And when you go back into the present, you'll see that our bees have been put onto our present with the texture on them. So I'm going to zoom in a little bit so you can see that properly, but have a look at what this looks like now you can see the folds in the paper that they have, the creases here and outputting fit seamlessly in amongst that with the right shadows and everything. So let's, let me show you just how to change that maybe to a smaller patent if you want, double-clicking on that smart object going into our actual Photoshop file. Let's turn that off and let's use our, let's use our medium layer. So number 1, duplicating that over onto our PSP. Going in over here, dragging that behind our texture, and saving. Going back to our present. And seeing now we have even bigger bumblebees, even bigger patents here on our present with which I actually really love. I loved that you can just see just one bumblebee haha, and a lot of plants. Let's go back in. And it's easy as that, we can just turn that off. Save that. That is how easy it is to adjust our mockups. So that's, that's something I really want you to take note of. Is. None of this is permanent. You can make as many changes here as you'd like. Now that we've got our patent there, Let's go ahead and change the color of our string so that it matches something on our page. We can College or we can even color drop from that orange here, from the oranges or the yellow from our bumblebee, that might look really cool. That looks quite cool. We can also just have plain white or we can have this kind of dark green. I love that. I'm going to keep that. Now let's talk about how gift certificate, what are we going to put on there? We haven't drawn anything specific, but that doesn't mean we can't come in and borrow something from our patents. So let's open up the patent. Let's open up the paper. And we're going to double-click on the, your image here, which brings up our gift card back across to our bees. And let's duplicate this lay here onto our PSB file. And we're going to press Command T and make that just a little bit smaller. So this is definitely taking up a lot of space because it's a little tiny gift card and our patent is quite big. So I only want one bumblebee here. And what I might do is actually cut it out. So I'm going to use this Maki tool, draw roughly around my bumblebee. I'm not too fussed about making it perfect. And I'm going to hit this mosque button now, if you haven't used a mosque before, it basically shows what you'd like to hide or show on each layer. And I selected this bumblebee. Everything else is still there. It's just being hidden right now if I turn off my mask, you can see my plants come back into view, but I don't need them for this. I'd like the bumblebee to be there alone. And let's change the color of the background to match what is around the B. I can move and resize this. Have this nice and central down the bottom here. And instead of this saying gift mock-up, I am going to get rid of that. And let's grab our text tool and write our own lovely message here. Let's say Happy Birthday. Now this is just a mockup. So it doesn't really matter what I put here, but feel free to borrow some of the colors maybe from our painting. Write anything on this, on this page that you like. At the end of the day, this is just for fun. So have fun. I keep that white font actually, I like that a lot. And then let's borrow a gain from our picture. We can duplicate this over into our PSP. Again, I'm going to borrow some of these plants. And coming quite logic in which is fine, make them smaller. And I'm going to mask out if something from this layer as well. I'm going to have this tree here. So just roughly going around the shape of it with my marquee tool. And then once it's been selected, I'm going to put my mask on and that's all you'll be able to save from that original layer. I can put that anywhere I like. Lovely. Now this doesn't look super complete, but I'm not too fast because I'm only showing you how the smart object works. You can put whatever you want here. So I'm going to close that, save that, go back across to our president. And now you'll see our birthday card matches the rest of our president because we've put our own patent on it. So there you go. That is how you make your own wrapping paper on procreate using a mock-up. If you want to use this in real life, you can go ahead and print your patent and use it on actual paper and wrap actual gifts with it. I think that would be so cute. Please show me what it is you've made below. And I'll see you in the next lesson for some final thoughts. 7. Congratulations: So congratulations for finishing this class. I hope that you've been able to successfully create yourself a patent in Procreate, get guided by something that is meaningful for you. And then as a bonus, mock it up into a great looking present on Photoshop. I would love to see what it is that you have created. So don't forget to post your work in progress down below or your mockup if you're at that stage as well, because I would love to say it. If you enjoyed this course, please check out some of my other Skillshare courses where I showed you old the basics of graphic design work, Photoshop work, and we do some really cool and creative projects together. I hope to see you in the next class and have a great day.