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Create an Editable Pattern in Procreate with Color Variations

teacher avatar Maja Faber, Surface Pattern Designer & Illustrator

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Lessons in This Class

14 Lessons (1h 26m)
    • 1. Intro

      2:00
    • 2. Your Project

      0:18
    • 3. Downloads

      4:53
    • 4. Canvas Size

      2:46
    • 5. Sketching

      10:24
    • 6. Draw the Motifs

      13:06
    • 7. Build the Pattern 1

      7:29
    • 8. Build the Pattern 2

      11:10
    • 9. Test the Pattern

      3:07
    • 10. Make Changes 1

      6:54
    • 11. Make Changes 2

      7:48
    • 12. Recolor

      11:54
    • 13. Export

      2:31
    • 14. Final Thoughts

      1:40
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Learn how to create an editable pattern in Procreate in this class by me, Maja Faber. You will learn a fun and simple technique, including how to recolor your design into several different color variations - and how to make your pattern editable so that you can make changes to the pattern in the future.

Creating patterns in Procreate has always seemed like a pain to me. It just never felt as intuitive and easy as creating patterns in Adobe Illustrator. And not to mention the loss of editing possibilities that I used to feel that Procreate patterns had.

But lately, I’ve been exploring making patterns in Procreate, and I’ve found a process to use that I love. It’s fun, simple, and quick. Your patterns will be editable and you’ll be able to change the colors to create several different color variations. I’ve actually created over 200 patterns in just two months - with this technique. And I will show you just how you can do the same.

This is beginner-friendly class, as well as for you who know your way around Procreate - and wants to learn my technique of creating editable patterns in Procreate.

FREE DOWNLOADS

I’ve included a bunch of freebies in this class. My blobber brush, that has become my favorite brush to use in Procreate lately. Our Faber Co Everyday Liner brush, which is an amazing brush to add some texture to your illustrations, and a Procreate color palette that you can use alongside me in class. Follow the instructions in class to download the freebies.

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Maja Faber

Surface Pattern Designer & Illustrator

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I’m Maja Faber (previously Maja Rönnbäck), a surface pattern designer & illustrator based in Stockholm, Sweden. I create artwork that I license to collaborators worldwide and I teach fellow creatives all I know about surface design and life as a creative entrepreneur. 

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My creative journey started with me believing that I couldn’t draw and sitting at my job as a marketing manager, having this itchy feeling that I was meant to do something else with my life. 

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1. Intro: If you want to learn how to create a repeat pattern in Procreate, including how to recolor your pattern into several different colorations, and how to make it editable, so you can make changes to your pattern in the future, then this class is for you. I'm Maja Faber, a surface pattern designer who have up until this point created of all my patterns in Adobe Illustrator. Why? Because for me, it felt like the simplest way of creating editable patterns in several different cutaways. Creating patterns in Procreate have always seemed like a pain to me. It just never felt as intuitive and easy as creating patterns in Adobe Illustrator, and not to mention the loss of editing possibilities that I used to feel that Procreate patterns have. But lately, I've been exploring creating patterns in Procreate, and I found a technique that I love to use. It's fun, simple and quick. Your patterns will be editable, and you will be able to change the colors to seven different color variations. I've actually created over 200 patterns in just two months with this niche, and I will show you just how you can do the same. This is a class for beginners, as well as for you who know your way around Procreate, but you want to learn my technique of creating editable patterns with several different calibrations. I've included a bunch of freebies in his class, two Procreate brushes, my blubber brush and everyday liner. The blubber brush has become my favorite brush to use lately in Procreate, and the everyday liner creates such a nice texture for basic shapes, and appropriate color palette that you can use alongside with me in class. If you want to learn a fun technique of creating editable patterns in several different cutaways in Procreate, then join me in this class. 2. Your Project: In this class, your project is to create editable pattern in Procreate, and a few different color variations of your pattern. Be sure to share your project here in class and if you share it on Instagram, feel free to tag me with @maya_faber. I would love to see what you create. 3. Downloads: There are two freebies included in this class, or actually three, but there are two files that you can download. The freebies are one Procreate brush set, the Faber Company FREE number 3, with the blobber brush and everyday liner. The blobber brush is a solid brush with blobby edges. It is pressure-sensitive, so if you press hard you'll get a thick line, and lose you will get a thin line. You can use it as a liner with thin strokes or as moral filler brush with thick strokes. The everyday liner is an amazing textured brush, which you can use as a liner but also as an all-around brush. It gives you this really nice dry ink texture. The everyday liner brush with an amazing drawing texture, which you can use as a liner, but also as an all-around brush in all of your art projects. The everyday liner is available in our favorite company, Dry Ink brush set, which the whole set is available to buy at my website. The blobber brush is a brush that I created exclusively for my Skillshare classes. It's not available anywhere else at this moment, at least, than here in my Skillshare classes. The blobber brush is also included in my class, How to Draw a Stylized Wildflower Illustration in Procreate. If you watched that class, you might already have downloaded this brush. I've also included a Procreate color palette, which you can use alongside with me in class if you want to use the same colors as me. You can, of course, use any colors you like but if you don't want to spend time thinking about color choice while you take this class, you can just use the same color palette as me. I just wanted to mention that you don't need these downloads to follow along in class. You can use any brush and any colors you wish. To download these freebies, click on the "Project and Resources" tab here in class and download the file that says Download freebies. Or you can go to the URL that you see on screen now. If you have used to file that says Download freebies, you tap here to download. That will bring you to a page that looks like this. Here you will type in your name and your email address and tap "Unlock". That will take you to a Dropbox folder online that looks like this. To download the files, you tap the file and tap "Download". Direct download. Then you can go back and download the brush set as well. Tap it "Direct download" and "Download". If you tap the little Downloads symbol, you have both of your downloads here and then we just tap the brush set and that has imported the brush set in Procreate. Simple as that. Then the next the color palette, we tap the color palette and that has imported the color palette as well. Sometimes I've found that the color palettes are imported to the very bottom of your color palette menu. In that case, you scroll down to fetch it. I like to place the palettes that I work with at the very top. Then you can tap "Default" on that palette so that you have it in your classic view option. That's all you need to do to download the files. A little note before we get started with the class. When you download these resources, you will automatically be added to my email list. This is the best place to be to get news about my free resources, tutorials, classes, creative inspiration, and much more. You can, of course, unsubscribe at anytime. 4. Canvas Size: The first thing that we will do is to create a new canvas in Procreate. Tap the "Plus" symbol in the top right corner and "New Canvas", the little folder symbol with a plus on. Here, we will create a canvas that is 3,600 pixels, wide and high. Make sure that you have pixels set into units and then type in 3,600. We will keep the DPI at 300, which is high resolution, and that will bring us 47 layers to work with in this document. I usually create my patterns in squares. I just find that the easiest. I found lately that the size 3,600 pixels with a 300 DPI is perfect for me if I want to upload the patterns to, for example, Spoonflower because with raster or pixel patterns or images, you can always scale them down, but you can't scale them up so much. You want to create a large pattern that can be used for many different purposes. I found that 3,600 pixels is a good size for that. Also, with this technique that I will show you in this class to create an editable pattern, we need a bunch of layers to work with. If we would create the double size of this canvas, you would only have eight layers to work with. That will be a little bit hard. When we use this technique, that will make it able for you to edit your patterns in the future. I can't tell you exactly how many layers you need. That depends on what type of pattern you create and how you draw, but for me, it's good to have a bunch of layers to work with so that I don't run out of layers and are forced to merge my drawings, which will make them uneditable. If you didn't follow along with this, you will learn later in class what I mean. We hit 3,600 pixels on 300 DPI. You can name this so that you can save it for later, 3,000 pixels square, and hit "Create". Here we have our canvas. 5. Sketching: The first thing that we will do is to create a sketch for our pattern. This is not a must. If you don't like to work with sketches before you draw, you don't need to. I tend to think that it's easier to stay in the right direction if I have a sketch to follow but sometimes I just go with the flow and draw straight out of my mind or from inspiration images. But for this lesson, I wanted to show you how to create a sketch for your pattern and just a few things to think about. Let's just use black color and I will go for the sketching brush, "6B Pencil." I tend to use a few different sketch brushes, but this 6B Pencil is nice because it gives me thick line, which is good for this class because you will hopefully be able to see it clearly on your screen. I will create a cacti pattern and this is a simple pattern with separated objects. I'm going to start with drawing a few very simple cactus shapes to get the feel of how I want them to look. Maybe something like this and I probably want some flower at the top. Then now we just continue with this really rough sketch. I won't be very detailed at all but what I would think about is how I want my cacti to be placed on the canvas and in the pattern. You don't need to follow this sketch thoroughly when we create our final piece of artwork, when we draw the final motifs in our pattern but it's good to get a feel for the balance of the pattern where you want to place your objects, and how they will work together. The thing that I love the most about creating patterns in Procreate is that it will give me an imperfect look compared to when I create patterns in Adobe Illustrator, which is really, really easy in the pattern tool which I've shown you in my previous classes and as it's so easy, it's also easy to keep everything symmetrical and somehow my brain tends to want to keep everything symmetrical when it's so easy to do it. But here in Procreate, you will get more of a hand-drawn feel, at least I feel that, and an imperfect look because everything won't be placed perfectly aligned, perfectly balanced. At this point, that is what I'm drawn to, the imperfect look and the more hand-drawn look, even if it's digital. If you don't understand exactly what I mean, that's totally fine. I think that you will see what I mean later on in class when we finalize the pattern. At this stage, I just draw a few cacti. I never remember which is many and which is one, cacti and cactus or if it's cactuses but let's just call all of these cacti. If you feel that one of your objects, for example, this cactus is small compared to the other ones and maybe you want them all the same size or kind of the same size, then we use the tool that looks like little s to select your object and then tap the arrow and you can resize the object. What is important when we work in raster format pixel images as we do in Procreate compared to vector images as we do in, for example, Adobe Illustrator, is that raster images or pixel motifs shouldn't be scaled up too much because then you will lose the resolution. But as this is just a sketch, I won't mind to scale this up because this is not defined pattern. At this stage you can scale it up or scale it down however you wish. The important thing is that you get a good flow in your drawing and we will draw new cacti on top of these, which we will be more careful of scaling up. You can always scale down, but you should be careful to scale up. Now I think I want to move this a little bit around on my canvas to make the whole composition more balanced and as you can see, it snaps little bit in different positions. I want to have a more free way of moving it. Tap the snapping at the bottom-left corner, turn off the magnetics and off the snapping, and that will give you a smoother move for your cacti. Let's see how this looks. Maybe somewhere around there. When you're happy with the placement, tap the arrow and that will place your cacti. Maybe I want to move this one as well. I'll just do the same technique, drag around it with S tool, tap the arrow to be able to move this around the canvas. What we want to think about in our pattern and in the sketch is that you don't want to draw anything outside of the edges that are falling off the edges. You don't want to draw a half of a cactus over here because that will make it impossible to repeat. The basics of creating a repeat pattern is that everything that is placed at this side needs to be perfectly placed on this side as well. I will show you how to do that later on but for now, what you need to know is that you need to keep all of your objects, the elements that you draw inside of the canvas. I prefer to keep my objects in the center of the canvas. It doesn't need to be perfect, but somewhere around there, and I think that I will draw something over here as well. Let's draw another one over here, something like this. This pattern, it has a free flow to it. It's one direction. All the cactuses are pointing upwards and it's not tossed because the cacti aren't aiming in different directions. It's one direction upwards, but it's not that all the objects are placed in one line like this. I want it to be a little bit more dynamic. So I want them to be placed a little bit more free over the canvas and the pattern tile. This one, I feel got a little bit too big. If I want to bring down the size but I don't want it to be proportional, I'll just tap "Uniform" or I just have "Freeform" over here and then I can drag on the sides to make it a little bit thinner if that is the look that I want, or taller. Maybe some like that and then tap the arrow again. Now we have a few cacti on our canvas. On this pattern, I think that I also want some dots to make it a little bit more playful and some small objects can also make the pattern a little bit more dynamic and it can also make it easier to make the pattern look more balanced when we create the pattern tile because you can always fill out the empty spaces with these little dots. That's about it. This is all that we need at this stage for the sketching part. 6. Draw the Motifs: So next thing that we will do is to draw the motifs. We will use this sketch and draw our cacti with color. The first thing that we will do is to create a new layer in the layers panel. Tap the little plus sign and drag that layer beneath the first layer. On this layer, we will add a background box. If we use the Cute Cacti color palette, let's just clear that so you don't get confused. I will use the pink color as the background. Tap and drag to create a background box. If you wonder why we don't use the background color to create a background is because we will need this box to create our pattern later on. Just follow along with my steps and you will understand later on what I mean. Now we have our background color and above that, our sketch layer. Then we tap the plus sign in the layers panel once again. Here we will draw the cacti in one color. Before we begin to draw anything, the most important thing to think about if you want to create an editable pattern where you will be able to change all of the colors in your pattern, is that all other objects with the same color needs to be on the same layer. Let's start with the middle green color, the medium green color, and draw our cacti with that color. I will go up to our free brushes that are included in this class. I will draw the cactus with the everyday liner. Let's just try out and start to draw. If you feel like your sketch is a little bit in a way that is too strong black, then you can tap the little N symbol on the sketch layer and drag down the opacity to wherever you feel is comfortable to draw. I will keep my opacity high for this class so that you can see through the camera lens, the sketch. When you're on your new layer and with everyday liner, let's start to draw our cactus. As this brush is a little bit rough or it's little bit texturized, I won't drag in the color to fill the shape because I still want the textures on the whole cactus. I will just continue to draw, we can break up the size of the brush and continue to draw to keep that texture on the whole shape. If I would fill in the shape, I would only use the texture on the outline. Like this, I will just draw in the shape, and you don't need to follow your sketch exactly. You can just use it as a guide. Something like that. If I turn off the sketch layer now, you can see that this is the first cactus that we have drawn on that layer with the medium green color. Turn on the sketch again. Now we will continue to draw everything that is supposed to be in this color on the same layer. For me, that is all of the cacti, the base shape of the cacti. Let's continue with the everyday liner and draw in all of these shapes. Here I would just speed up the process for you a bit while I draw all of this cactus shapes. Maybe something like that. Now if we turn off the sketch layer, you can see that we have drawn all of these cacti shapes. We can just go in and fill in some details if you wish. Maybe some of them are a bit too short, then I can just make them a little bit taller. Maybe something like that. You don't need to mind the exact position of the cacti at this moment. We can change that later on. But for now, let's turn on the sketch again. If we drag the sketch above our layer with the green base shape, you can see that I wanted to have some lines on the cactus. I will just drag down that sketch layer again because I don't need to see all of these lines. These were just a rough sketch and I know how I want the lines positioned. To create the lines, create a new layer. I can actually turn off the sketch layer for this one because I don't need it. Tap the plus sign to create a new layer. I will use the darker green color to create these lines. I will try the everyday liner for this, and that will probably look good. Decrease the size a bit on the brush. Maybe that will look good. I will also try that blobber brush. I think maybe it will look good with the blobber brush for these lines. We'll just tap two fingers to delete those. Also to make sure that my lines don't fall off of the shape like this, but are inside of the shape. I will tap that layer and tap Clipping Mask. That way, the line is clipped with this shape. Everything that you draw outside of the shape won't show, it will only show what you draw inside. Tap two fingers to undo, and then make sure that you have the Clipping Mask turned on. I accidentally undid that too, and then use the blobber brush, decrease the size a bit, and I will zoom in on my cactus to draw the little lines. I will do this pretty quickly. You can go in this detail as you wish. I will just speed up the process here for you a bit. Something like that looks good to me. Now we have the lines on one layer, which is all in one color. That is very important. Keep everything that is supposed to be in one color on one layer. Then we have our base shape of the cactus that is on one layer. Now let's go ahead and turn on the sketch layer again and draw the little flowers on top of the cactus. I'll just tap the plus sign and the Layer symbol in the layers panel and tap the orange color in our color palette. For this, I will use the blobber brush and I will decrease the size a bit. Now, increase the size a bit to, I don't know, maybe 15. Let's try that out. I will just use the blobber brush to create some nice blobs on top of my cacti. The blobber brush in itself will create these little blobs. If you just press and hold and move the brush around a little bit. That's a nice effect to get some nice looking flowers. That looks good to me. Let's turn off the sketch layer again and have a look at our drawings. These are our cacti. We have made sure that we have the flowers that are orange on one layer, the lines that are darker green on one layer, and the cacti, the basic shape of the cactus that is some medium green on one layer. Now we only have one layer left to draw, and that is the little spots or dots. Let's tap to create a new layer. I will use the white color and the blobber brush once again, and here I will draw with the blobber brush to create some oval shapes. At this moment, I draw these dots where I have the dots on my sketch, because I think that they were placed good for this pattern. But if you don't want to follow the sketch, you can create some more dots around, and we will also see how the dots work in the balance and the composition of the pattern when we create the pattern tile later on. Now we have all four layers with our motifs. We have the background layer. We have the layer with the white dots and the layer with the flowers, the layer with the lines and the layer with the base shape of the cacti. All that is supposed to be in one color is supposed to be on one layer. Now I mentioned that many times around, but this is very important to this technique to be able to make this pattern editable and to be able to change the colors later on. 7. Build the Pattern 1: Here comes the fun part. Actually, all of these parts are creating this pattern, it's fun. But now we will build the pattern tile with these motifs that we created in the previous lesson. The first thing that we will do is to group all of our layers. We will select our layers by swiping to the right. We'll group all of these layers by tapping "Group". So this is our original group. Usually, when I create patterns, I am a little bit lazy, so I don't name all of my layers. But for this example, just to keep everything clear for you in class where we have our different groups and layers I will name this Original. Then we know that we always have our original layers here. This group, we will never touch again if we don't want to change something to our base drawing, or motifs. What I will do is to swipe right and tap "Duplicate". Then I will just turn off the visibility of that layer. Here we have all of our layers that we have drawn the cactus on, and the sketch layer, and the background layer. This we will rename to just the group. Doesn't matter what you name this group, because we will delete it later on. You'll understand what I mean in a way. The first thing we will do in this new group is to swipe to the right on the sketch layer and delete that one. Then we will make sure that we have a background layer in this group. Then all of the layers that we have drawn our motifs on. The colors on separate layers. Then we swipe right on the new group, duplicate it, duplicate it again and one more time. Now we have four groups with the same motifs. The next step to create the pattern out of this is to turn on your drawing guide. Tap the "Actions" panel and drawing guide. Now we want to create a drawing guide that is in the middle, a square. We will want this canvas has to be divided into four squares. You tap "Edit Drawing Guide" and under the grid size is the only thing that you need to change. You will type in half of the size of your square. R-square was 3600 pixels. Make sure that you have pixel selected. Then type in half of 3600 pixels, which I know is 1,800, tap "Done" and here you have your square. You can change the color of your drawing guide over here. Make sure that you see them so that they're not close to the colors of your pattern. I will keep mine dark so that you can see this on screen. Then tap "Done". Now we have a drawing guide and we have divided our canvas into four pieces. The next thing we will do is to create our pattern, or at least the first draft of our pattern. What we'll do is to tap our first group. We will move that one. We will tap the arrow. We need to make sure that we have the magnetics and snapping turned on at the bottom left setting when you tap your arrow. Under setting, turn on the magnetics and snapping, make sure that they are blue. Then we take our first group and we drag that down to the bottom left corner until the edges of your background box meets the drawing guide in the center. Zoom in and make sure that the yellow lines are aligned with the drawing guide in the center of your canvas. Don't mind if your background box is outside of the edge of your drawing guide. Like this pink background box here. It's the dashed line that is the correct line. The background box is just showing outside because I think there's something a little bit fault with pro grade that it shows the background box outside of where it's actually is. When you have the dashed line in the center of your drawing guide, tap the arrow. There you will see that your background box did place itself at the right position. Now we have dragged the first group, this group, to the bottom left corner. Then we continue with the next group. We'll select the group and drag it down to match the drawing guide. Zoom in, make sure it snaps and tap the arrow. We drag 100 groups to the bottom left, one to the bottom right. Then the next group, tap and drag to the upper left, zoom in to make sure it's placed correctly, tap the arrow to place it. Then the last group. Drag to the bottom right. Make sure that it snaps. Then tap that arrow to place it. Now thanks to our move of the groups, we have placed the motifs that are falling off the edges on the right side, to match the ones that are falling off the edges on the left side. The same at the top and the bottom. This motif is clipped off here. That means that it's repeated. When you put the pattern tile next to each other, which makes it a repeat pattern. 8. Build the Pattern 2: The next step is to fill in these blank spaces. The first thing that we will do is to draw a few more cactus. Before we do that, we will make sure that all of the objects that are on the same color are grouped together. Open up all other groups in the layers panel, swipe to the right on all of the layers that are named the same. For me that's Layer 6. Swipe to the right on those to select them and drag them above the group. Then to merge these into one layer, you just swipe all of the layers together. Now we have all of the objects that are of the white color in one layer. Then we'll do the same with the Layer 5. Swipe to the right to select them, drag them above the group, and merge them. The same with the Layer 4. Drag above the groups and swipe them together to merge them. As you see, the clipping mask effect disappeared from this layer, but don't worry about that. It will work itself out when we select the Layer 3 with the base shape of the cacti, swipe them together to merge them. Then tap the Layer 4 again with the lines and tap clipping mask. Now we can delete these groups with the backgrounds. Swipe to the right on all of the groups and tap "Delete," and delete. As you saw the background box disappeared, we will open up the original group, swipe to the right on the background box, hit "Duplicate" and drag that above the group to create a full background box for our pattern. Now the next step is to fill in the spaces with drawing more cactus. We will select the layer with the medium green color and the base cactus shape. Select the medium green color in the color palette and Everyday Liner, which was the brush that we used to draw the base shape of the cactus. Now you can see how this will repeat. I will try to create a good flow with the new cactus that I draw. But if you don't succeed at that the first time, you don't need to worry because I will show you how to make changes in the pattern later on when we have tried out that pattern type. Now we just try to fill in these blank spaces and make the flow of the objects dynamic. As you can see, at this moment, I tried to not place the objects in the exact same line because that will make it a little bit less dynamic. This cactus is a little bit to the right, and this is a little bit to the left, it's not a straight line. Let's see how that will work, and I will draw one more over here. I can already see that there might be an issue with some space here, that there's a lot of space here. I also see that I've drawn these cactus too big compared to the other ones. First, I will just select them and drag them precisely with not freeform, but uniform and magnetics and snapping turned off. I will just arrange them so that I feel that white space that is there and there a little bit better. That one might be placed there, and then this one, bring that down a little bit and it might be placed. That will probably be a problem with the space up here. Let's move this one here, but first, let's move this one. Select all the layers, not the white layer, but the three layers that are the cacti layers. Then drag around that cactus to select it and use the arrow to move it around. I think that I want to move it somewhere here. Then I can select that layer with the base shape to move this cactus up here, I think that will make it a good flow. Then I need to move those white blobs. That one might be over there and this one might look good over there. Then I will select the base shape layer again. I may move that one there, and this one, I might want to move there. Here we have some more space to draw some more cactus shapes. Let's just go ahead and then we continue to draw some more cactus and move them around to make the whole composition look balanced. This might take a little while and if you don't get it right this time, it's okay. We will try out the pattern and you have opportunity to change the flow of these objects later on as well. But I usually try to get it as good as possible at this moment, so that I save myself from more work later on. Now let's continue to draw the cactus. We will select the layer with the lines, the darker green color and a blobby brush, and I will just bring down the size of the brush a bit and draw the lines of the cactus. Zoom in and continue to draw the lines. Then we will draw the orange flowers. Select that layer, tap the orange color, the blobby brush, and I will just increase the size a bit and draw those orange little flowers on the cactus. Let's go ahead and select the layer with the white dots, and I will actually move one of the white dots that I saw was in the way of a cacti over there, and then maybe we'll move this one over there. Now we can draw some new white dots to fill in the blank spaces. Now we have our finished pattern. Let's try it out. 9. Test the Pattern: Now we have built the pattern or at least a draft of the pattern. Let's try it out. What we will do is to tap the Actions panel and to share a JPEG of this pattern and save the image to our camera roll. Then we will create a new layer on top of all of these layers. Tap the access panel again and add that photo. Turn on Snapping. This is really important. The magnetics and snapping, I have said many times before in class. Zoom out a bit so you can see your pattern. Then drag down the size of this important image so that it is exactly 1,800 pixels. Let go and tap the arrow to place the image. Now, we want to repeat this pattern tile, which is actually this whole tile that we just reduced the size on. I want to repeat it four times to see how it is repeated as a pattern. Swipe to the right on that layer and duplicate that image four times. Tap the arrow, drag to the right, zoom in to make sure that you are in the right position. You want to be exactly in the drawing guide. Tap the arrow to place it. Tap your next image. Drag that one up. Zoom in. Make sure that your lines are aligned with the drawing guide. Zoom out. Tap your third image, and make sure that you have pasted exactly in the center. Tap the arrow, and let's see how our pattern is repeated. I will tap the Actions panel and Canvas and turn off the drawing guide so that we can see how the pattern is repeated. Let's have a look. What I love the most about creating patterns in Procreate is that you will get more imperfect look, or at least the way I create patterns, I get more imperfect look, than when I create patterns in, for example, Adobe Illustrator. But even if I like the imperfect look, as I still need to make a pattern that looks professional. This pattern is dense with the cacti. But someplace around here, I have a lot of error, and that looks not on purpose. It doesn't have balanced, it doesn't have a flow that looks good. What I need to do is to make changes to this pattern. 10. Make Changes 1: To make changes to this pattern, the easiest way, at least for me to see where the flaws are on my pattern tile, is to turn on the Drawing Guide again. That way I can see where my pattern tile is, and where on my pattern tile that there is too much air or too crowded or where I need to do changes. Let's see. It seems to be in the top middle, here is a lot of air; and also at the bottom right corner here. There also might be a problem here. Then I can already now plan out what can I do to fill in these spaces? Well, here I might be able to bring this cactus down a bit. Also, maybe bring that one down and bring that one up a bit. Here, I can bring this one down a little bit and maybe that one up a bit. Here, it's a little bit crowded. I don't know what to do with this space. But let's start and see where we can take this editing. The first thing we will do is to just delete these four images. Actually, what I will do to make sure that I have saved everything that I've done so far is to group this, so I know that I keep my original. You can even name it to Original 2. Then swipe to the right and duplicate it. Turn off the visibility of Original 2. Then I will actually select all of these layers in the new group and drag them above the group; and swipe to the right to delete the group. Now we have our original ones and Original 2. If I make changes that I don't want to keep, I know that I can always go back to this one. Let's see what we can do. I think what we need to do first is to maybe move this one a little bit down, so I will swipe to the right to select all of these, and then drag around that one and turn off the Snapping and drag it down a bit, maybe someplace there. Then I also want to move these white dots. I will select the white dots layer and move that white dot around there. Now I filled in that space. I even want to move that white dot to make it a little bit more balanced; maybe something like that. Then let's see, this one had a lot of space up here, if you remember. We can bring that one down a bit too, make sure that we have selected the three layers with the cactus. Then drag a selection around this one and drag it down a bit. That looks better. Here, it's a little bit crowded. I don't know what I will do with that. Maybe I want to bring that one to this side a bit. I know that I have my cactus layers selected. I select this one and drag that to the side, so I can select this one and drag it down a bit. Now I think it looks a little bit better. Maybe I want to add a white dot somewhere to make it a bit more balanced, like here, it felt like it needed a white dot. Maybe this white dot should be a little bit bigger. This one is a little bit misplaced. I will just go in and erase these ones and add new ones that make it look a little bit more balanced. Maybe something like this. No. Maybe something like that. We will see something over there. Let's try out the pattern once again. Share at JPEG, save the image, go and create a new layer, add the photo, the new one, tap Snapping, and turn on magnetics and Snapping, and drag down until it's 1,800 pixels. Let go, tap the arrow. Then swipe to the right, duplicate, drag that one down, zoom in, and drag it to the middle. Just like we did before. Duplicate, drag that one up, zoom in, make sure you're in the middle, and duplicate the last one. zoom in, and place it. Let's see now if we turn off the drawing guide, it looks better, but I think we have one problem and that is here. There's a little bit too much space here, so turn on the Drawing Guide again. Let's see where that problem is. I instantly can see that the problem is this one. It might work if we just make that one a little bit taller and drag it down a bit. 11. Make Changes 2: We can do that in the last round of changes to the pattern. I also wanted to show you that if you want to make changes that are on the edges of your pattern tile at this moment, there are objects that are cut off, you need to do a different technique, and that I will show you now at the same time as we do the other changes. Delete this, and first I will go in and add a little bit to this cacti with the Everyday Liner, make sure you're on the right layer, and I would just draw a little bit more so that it's taller, and I think that will fill out the space better. Then select the layer with the line, the Blobber brush and I can just draw in the line like that. Then I will select the layer with the white dot and just move this white dot a little bit. Make sure you don't have Snapping turned on, like that. Maybe something like that. Now that cactus is a little bit taller. Let's see what we would do if we would like to change a cactus that are on the edge, for example, this one. Maybe we want to move this one up. What we need to do then is to group everything again, and create the pattern once more. Just as we did before create the group, swipe to the right, create the group of these layers. Then swipe to the right on the group, and duplicate the group four times. Now we zoom out a bit, select the group, make sure that you have Magnetics and Snapping turned on, and drag it down to the center. This is the exact same technique that we did in the beginning when we build the pattern. You will create the pattern tile once again and this is to be able to adjust the objects that are on the edges of our pattern tile. Just as we did before, place your groups on the bottom left, bottom right, top right, and top left corner. Drag them up and drag them down to make sure that you place them correctly. Now, we can see if we turn off the Drawing Guide, that we have some new objects to be able to move around. What I might want to do now, is to just check this space and see that this one, I can move up a little bit to make this space feel better, and now I can make changes to the objects that were falling off the edges. Now we need to once again open up the groups, select the layers by swiping right that are the same color, the white dots, merge them. The orange flowers, select them, drag them above the group, merge them. I'm doing this a little bit quicker than the last time because this is the exact same technique as in the lesson of building the pattern. Swipe to the right and merge them. Then tap the Layer 4 and tap Clipping Mask. Now we can delete all of these groups. Now our background disappeared so we will just open up original two or the first original, and duplicate the background and drag it above the layer and drag it above the group. Now we can do the exact same technique. If we select the layers with the cacti, you can select one of these, turn off the Snapping, and maybe drag that one a bit up. Maybe you also want to make that one a little bit taller, so I can go in with my Everyday Liner, and draw that one a little bit taller. Just as we did before, select layer with the lines, the Blobber brush, and just fill in the last of those lines. Then I will go in on the white dots layer and I will just erase a few dots, and place new dots where I think that they are more fitted to be. Use the Blobber brush, draw a white dot here, there, and maybe there, and yeah, that is all there is to it to make changes. Sometimes you can make changes on the first pattern tile that you created, and sometimes you need to do the pattern tile all over again to be able to adjust the objects that are falling off the edges. Let's check this pattern one more time to see how it looks. Click the "Actions panel", Share, and JPEG, Save Image, new layer in the Layers panel, add, Insert a photo, insert your image, and then we will just turn on the Drawing Guide in the Actions panel, tap the arrow, turn on Snapping and Magnetics. I'm doing this a little bit quicker this time because we've done it previously. Make sure that you drag it down to 1,800 pixels, tap the image or tap the arrow, duplicate it, drag it to the side, make sure it's snapped correctly to the drawing guide, duplicate the image again, drag it up, make sure it's snapped. Then once again, duplicate, drag it to the side, and tap there. Turn off the Drawing Guide, and here we have our finished pattern. If I would've created this pattern to be used somewhere, I might go in and change some more details like I think there's a little bit too much space around here, but for this class, I showed you everything that you need to know to be able to make these changes. Now you can go ahead yourself and change all the details that you wish for your motifs in this pattern. 12. Recolor: Now it's time to create a few different color variations of our finished pattern. Let's start with duplicating our artwork. Tap, ''Select'' and ''Duplicate''. Then I will tap and drag one into another to create a stack so that I keep all of my patterns in one stack or folder. Then, tap the first pattern and I will rename this to Cute Cacti and Original All Layers. In this file, I know that I will keep all of my original layers so that I always can go back and edit my original drawings if I need to later on. I won't touch this file anymore from now on and the next file I will call Cute Cacti-Pink. That is my first color wave of this pattern. I will tap that file and tap the "Layers" panel to delete all of the layers that aren't the original pattern type. So all of the four images that we use to show the repeat of the pattern and then the original number two group and the original group. Now, all that we have in this file are the objects that are the original pattern type. Tap ''Gallery'' again and now we have our finished pink cactus pattern over there. Then tap ''Select'', select that file and duplicate it, and here comes the fun part, now we will start to recolor our pattern. The first colorway, we could just try to recolor the background because that is a nice way of creating a different color variation of your pattern but with very little effort. So tap your ''Layers Panel'' and make sure that you're on the background box layer, and I will just select the mint green colored, the lightest of the green colors in the color palette. Tap and drag to recolor the background box. That way, I have created a new color variation of this pattern. That was pretty simple, just to recolor the background box, so let's rename this one to green and then select the green one, duplicate it, and tap the ''New file'' and here, we will recolor all of the objects. Maybe we will keep the white spots white but otherwise we will recolor the background and all of the objects that are the cacti. So tap the ''Layers Panel'' and first we will just recolor the background. This time, we will go for the light blue color. Now, I've recolored the background to light-blue and then we will recolor the rest of the three layers. We will keep the white spots white but all of the layers that are a part of the cactus. There are a few different ways that you can recolor in procreate. I will show you three ways and which one you use depend on which one you prefer to use but also it can depend on the brushes you have used. Sometimes it is easier to recolor one way than the other. Let's just start with one way and you can try them all out and then you can see which one you prefer or which one suits your pattern the best. The first way to recolor is to select your layer, third layer, tap ''Select'' and then when the Option box appears at the bottom of the screen, make sure that you have color fill selected. Then, you can go in your color palette and tap different colors to recolor all of the objects on that layer. For this example, I want to go with a medium blue color for the base shape of the cacti. That is one way that you can recolor all of the objects of your layer. If you zoom in and you have used a textured brush like we have here, the everyday liner, you might see that you have some parts of the original color, the medium green, are showing, and if that is the case for you, you might try to recolor a different way. Let's just tap ''Undo'' and then recolor the second way. This way, you will swipe to the right to create the alpha lock on that layer. You will see that it's alpha log, if you have a square, a square pattern in the background of your layer. That way you have selected all of your objects on your layer but the rest is transparent on that layer. So swipe to the right and that will bring it alpha lock, swipe to the right again, and you're out of alpha lock. But to recolor, swipe to the right, tap the layer and make sure that you have the medium blue selected in the color palette. Tap the layer and tap ''Fill layer''. That was pretty simple too, tap the layer again and zoom in. This way, at least for me, the little textured green dots or pixels that wasn't recolored in the first way when we recolored with a color field, aren't showing here. It seems that this way of recoloring worked better for me with this pattern. You might need to try out which ones work for you. The first way with a color fill is simple because you can just try out different colors and that's a nice way of trying which color you would like to fill it with. But if you notice that you use the texture brush and when you zoom in, not all of the pixels are recolored, then try out this way with alpha lock instead. The last way to recolor is to go in and recolor the objects separately. We will just tap ''Undo'' again, and we can swipe to the right to remove the alpha lock. Select the color in our color palette and if we drag that color to an object, you will see color dropped threshold up at the top. That way, you can recolor one object at a time and swipe down or up to add threshold. Actually, if you are close to 100 or if you are at a 100, all of the objects in that layer will be colored. You can zoom in and that also seemed like a good way to recolor these objects. Tap to undo, and you can also go in and use less threshold which will bring a lower fill, I might say, or higher threshold and this way you can go in and recolor objects to different colors if you would like to do that. But you can also, as I showed you, tap the layer, drag up the threshold to 100 and that way you have filled all of the objects on that layer with the color. Moving on, I think that the Alpha Lock way of re-coloring was what worked best for me with this pattern that is a little bit texturize, so let's do that with the next layer. Swipe to the right to create alpha lock on that layer and I will recolor the lines with a dark blue color. Tap the layer and tap "Fill Layer". You can zoom in and see that all of the pixels are recolored on that layer. The last layer to recolor is the orange dots. I think I want them in different colors, so swipe to the right, tap the color, or actually, this time I want to try out different colors to see which one I would like. So I will tap the layer, tap ''Select'', make sure I have color fills selected, and then I will go ahead and try out different colors. The pink one looks pretty nice and also the brown. Maybe I will go for the brown one. Tap the selection tool again and then zoom in because this time we'll use the color fill tool to fill the layers, so let's zoom in and see that all of the pixels are recolored, and they are. That worked fine for that layer. Now we have recolored all of the objects that we wanted to recolor in this pattern. I hope that you followed along with the three different ways of re-coloring using the color fill, using the Alpha Lock and tap and drag to recolor one object or up with a threshold to recolor all. Which technique you use to recolor, depends on your pattern, the brushes that you use, the textures, and also how you prefer to work. Let's tap gallery, and we will just rename this to blue, and here we have our three different color variations. Swipe out on one of them to get a preview and then you can swipe to the right to see all of your different color variations. 13. Export: Now, we have finished our pattern. We have three different collaborations that we can use, and it's time to export the file. From the preview, swipe in and you will get back to your stack. What I usually do when I export the file is to export them as JPEGs so that I can use them directly on, for example, spoonflower or any other print on demand shop,, or on my website, or something like that for print or digital. But I will also export them as PSD so that I can work with them in Photoshop if I need that later on in future. Also, as Procreate files so that I save my Procreate files somewhere if, for example, Procreate would crash. Tap ''Select'' and select your three different calibrations. Tap, ''Share'' and ''JPEG.'' You can just choose how to save these. I will AirDrop them to my computer. That was successful. Let's share again, and I will share it as PSD. Same there, I will air them to my computer, and then share again as Procreate files, and AirDrop them to my laptop. That was all the way is to exporting these files. I would love to see what you create in class. If you click the same cacti pattern as me, or if you create your completely unique pattern. Feel free to upload all of the three different color variations. If you feel like it, you can also upload how your pattern repeats in the original or layers file. That way you just select that file and share it as a JPEG as well. 14. Final Thoughts: That's all for this class. Making patterns in Procreate is a bit different than creating patterns in Adobe Illustrator, which is the technique that I used all of the time before I got hooked at Procreate. One thing that I love about using Procreate is that it makes it easier to create imperfect patterns, as I mentioned earlier in class, which might sound like a strange thing to want to create, but I do feel sometimes that the imperfect can be so much more interesting than the perfect. When I have the possibility to create perfectly symmetrical and balanced patterns, which Adobe Illustrator allows me to do very easily, I tend to make them more perfect. But this technique in Procreate is to me more like rating hand-drawn patterns, especially when you build a tile and try to tail out. The whole process of building patterns in Procreate makes it easier for me to settle with good enough instead of perfect. That is at least for me what makes this process so interesting to explore. I hope that makes sense. With that said, thank you so much for watching. If you like this class, hit the Follow button by my name to make sure that you don't miss out on my future classes. 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