Creating Organic Abstract Patterns in Photoshop | Evgeniya & Dominic Righini-Brand | Skillshare

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Evgeniya & Dominic Righini-Brand, Graphic Design & Photography

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17 Lessons (1h 32m)
    • 1. Introduction & Overview + Contest Details

    • 2. Document Setup

    • 3. Generating Organic Shapes

    • 4. Creating Transparency & Colouring the Pattern

    • 5. Adding More Pattern Layers

    • 6. Adjusting Pattern Coverage & Shapes

    • 7. Scaling Pattern Shapes

    • 8. Manual Pattern Adjustments

    • 9. Re-arranging the Pattern to Make It Repeatable

    • 10. Editing the Seams in a Repeatable Pattern

    • 11. Defining Pattern Presets

    • 12. Using Your Pattern Presets & Pattern Fill Layers

    • 13. Managing Pattern Presets

    • 14. Further Development & Alternative Looks

    • 15. Saving Your Patterns for Print & Web

    • 16. Final Thoughts & Conclusion

    • 17. Bonus: Making of Organic Design with Distorted Type

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About This Class


Learn a new surface pattern design technique in Photoshop which will enable you to quickly and easily create tons of unique awesome organic patterns for print and digital projects!

Organic abstract patterns are mesmerising, trendy and extremely versatile in their application. And whilst they might seem to be very time-consuming to create, they don’t have to be!

In this class I will show you a quick and easy process of generating organic abstract patterns using smart filters in Adobe Photoshop. This technique will allow you to create as many different organic patterns as you want, each of them being unique and random, and all of this without needing to draw hundreds of elements!

In this class you'll learn:

  • how to use a combination of smart filters in Adobe Photoshop to generate organic abstract patterns;
  • how to adjust these filters and customise your organic patterns;
  • how to edit your patterns to make them seamlessly repeatable;
  • how to define, manage and use pattern presets in Adobe Photoshop;
  • how to optimise your Photoshop workflow and take full advantage of Smart Objects, Smart Filters and Colour and Pattern Fill Layers;
  • how to save your patterns for print & web;
  • how to apply additional effects to your finished patterns to take them a step further.

By the end of the class you will have your own organic abstract patterns, which you can then use to create your own range of print-on-demand products, incorporate into branding or packaging projects, use in illustrations and digital collages, or any other way you can think of!

This class is for anyone who wants to add a new image-making and surface pattern design technique to their creative arsenal, and learn a few new Photoshop tricks along the way!

I cannot wait to see what you create with this Photoshop technique! Join in and let's make some awesome organic patterns!


To celebrate the new year of learning ahead for the first 3 weeks of this class we’ll be running a special contest and one lucky winner will get a 1 year Skillshare Premium Membership! So be sure to post your project in this class before Thursday, 25th January 2018 for a chance to enjoy a whole year of free learning!

Related Classes:

Creating Trendy Abstract Patterns in Illustrator — in this class you will learn about approaches to designing abstract patterns, how to create various vector pattern elements in Adobe Illustrator and how to make your patterns seamlessly repeatable.

Creating Trendy Designs with Abstract Patterns in Illustrator — in this class you will learn how to combine patterns with each other, create pattern collections, use patterns with other graphic elements and how to create exciting colour groups in Adobe Illustrator.

Research & Reference:

Abstract Patterns — our research & inspiration board on Pinterest