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Create a Half Drop Repeat Pattern in Photoshop using Smart Objects

Mel Armstrong, Illustrator, Pattern Addict & Teacher

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9 Videos (35m)
    • 1 : Hello!

    • 2 : Your project

    • 3 : Setting up your document

    • 4 : Creating a pattern tile

    • 5 : Using Smart Objects

    • 6 : Extracting the repeat

    • 7 : Applying your Repeat to a Product Mockup

    • 8 : Uploading your Design to Spoonflower

    • 9 : Final Thoughts


About This Class

Are you a surface pattern designer and always wanted to know how to create seamless repeats in Adobe Photoshop?  Do you create patterns in Adobe Illustrator and always wanted to learn how to do it in Photoshop? Join me in this fun class to learn how to use Smart Objects to create seamless complex repeats in Adobe Photoshop.

This class is suitable for all surface pattern designers or artists with a basic knowledge of Adobe Photoshop. In this class, I’ll take you through my process of creating a seamless repeat pattern that can be used to apply to products such as fabric, bags, stationery and much much more.

Some of the topics you’ll learn about include…

  • Pattern Creation - create your pattern using your own icons/motifs
  • Smart Objects - learn what they are and how to use them in pattern design.
  • Pattern tile  - learn how to extract your seamless pattern tile from the design
  • Applying your repeat pattern - apply your repeat pattern to a mockup
  • Spoonflower - Upload your design to Spoonflower to create fabric, wallpaper or giftwrap.

Adobe Illustrator is great for creating patterns , but Adobe Photoshop is best suited to artists who use traditional media or digital artists that use use various texture to create a traditional painterly look which is difficult to achieve in Adobe Illustrator.  

For your class project you will use your own artwork to create a seamless pattern using the half drop repeat using the technique that I’ve shown you.  It can be any theme or style.

 As a bonus video I’ll show you how to use your repeat pattern to upload to Spoonflower to create fabric, wallpaper or gift wrap.

If you post your work on Social Media, please use the hashtag #melarmstrongskillshare so I can like, share and comment on your work.

126 of 127 students recommendSee All

Enjoyed learning half repeat a new way. She is very thorough in teaching her technique.
Thanks Mel! Loved the class. Fantastic, easy to follow and effective process to make repeats in photoshop!
Excellent and different way to create a half drop in PS! Thank you Mel!





Mel Armstrong

Illustrator, Pattern Addict & Teacher

I love drawing! If I don't have a sketchbook with me I panic. It's an addiction that started a few years ago after trying to find some fabric for my son. I couldn't find what I wanted so decided to design my own and then somehow fell into a new career illustrating and pattern designing.

In 2016 I won the Make it in Design scholarship (2016) and it changed my life. I signed up with art agent Advocate Art where I license designs to all sorts of products such as baby products, sho...

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