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.

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Hi Mel! I've really enjoyed your class. I mainly work in Illustrator, so that was a great lesson for me :) Thanks so much for making such a comprehensive set of videos. I love your design as well xx
I enjoyed her class and look forward to viewing more.
I found this class to be very enjoyable to watch, easy to follow and very informative. I liked the extra bonus that Mel gives by showing us how to upload to spoonflower. A good length to take in all in one go, i wrote notes as i followed along. I can make repeats in adobe but had no clue about doing it in photoshop and now feel excited to try it and confident. A great class and her work is beautiful too. Thanks for a great class Mel. Joanne





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 couple of 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 signed up with art agent Advocate Art.  I love working both traditionally and digitally and my illustrations have appeared on baby products, shoes, greeting cards, journals, fabric, stationary and phone covers.

I love creating designs for kids, which are mostly inspired by the imagination of my own kids, but I also like to draw from nature…birds & flowers are never boring!  My mind is a juggle of design ideas.  I love bright, bold colours that will put a smile on your face and I like to break the rules!