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Easy Peasy Pattern Making

teacher avatar Rosemary Atwood, Artist and Innovator

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8 Lessons (37m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Getting the Shortcuts App

    • 3. First Patterns

    • 4. Seamless Repeating Pattern

    • 5. Playing with Colour

    • 6. Half-Drop Repeating Pattern

    • 7. Modifying your Pattern

    • 8. Final Thoughts

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About This Class


This class is all about making patterns in the most simple and easiest way possible! I’ve created automated pattern shortcuts for you to use, so let your iPad do the hard work and so you can focus on the designs. I will be sharing all my most useful shortcuts for making patterns, with lessons on how to use them. Whether you are completely new to pattern making or a seasoned pattern designer, you will really benefit from the tools learnt in this course! 

You will learn the following:

  • How to use the Shortcuts app
  • Laying out your images in a simple grid
  • Seamless repeating patterns 
  • Half drop repeating patterns
  • Easy ways to view your patterns on a bigger scale
  • Experimenting with colours and layouts

You will need:

  • An iPad 
  • Any drawing app (I will demonstrate in Procreate)
  • Apple Shortcuts App

If you enjoyed the course and would like to know more about Shortcuts, my other course goes into much more detail on how to make and build you own shortcuts. Click the link below to see the course:

Speed up your pattern making workflow


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1. Introduction: Pattern-making does not need to be difficult. I'm going to show you how to make really easy theme is repeating patterns and hostile repeating patterns. Using the shortcut app. There's no dragging around images. And it's so simple once you have the shortcuts installed. So what I will be doing is sharing all my shortcuts with used to say you can concentrate on making the artworks. So during this course, I will show you how I make my patterns and then feel free to follow along at the same time or create your own patterns completely from scratch. And then he would be great if you could share them in the project section of the course. I hope you had fun and let's get started. 2. Getting the Shortcuts App: To make the past tense, I have devised a range of different tools in the short cuts up in order to move the images around to make your repeating patterns. So in this section, I'm going to be showing you how to get those tools on your iPad. So firstly, what you will need is the shortcuts. Here is tissue applets up. You can get it from the app store. If you type in short cuts into the set. This is the app you need, is basically an app made by Apple, where you can program in a series of steps that the iPad will carry out on your behalf. So this can be cropping images. It can be compiling images together in a grid. And all these sorts of things that are really useful for pattern-making. So when you get the shortcuts are made sure it's the official one by Apple. It's a free app to download and then press load. So once you've got the shortcuts up on your iPad, you just need to change a few settings to make sure that you can download shortcuts that other people have made. So if you go into settings and then under the on the left-hand side, you will see the list of all the apps here. So all the Apple ones are grouped together and shortcuts is just tear. Several click onto cuts. They, I shoud think is optional. Between your iPad and your iPhone or iOS updates on. And the books you need to make is taped, is allow untrusted shortcuts. So this will allow you to download the shortcuts that I've made on from the Skill Share website. So it's basically allowing that parties to give you shortcuts. Once that's ticked, I will show you how to get the shortcuts from the website. If you go to the projects section of the course. And under project description, if you press the more, you will see a whole list of different shortcuts. Dialyze, say these rules, ones I've made to help with pattern-making and they do various different things which you will learn in the course. So if you click on one of those, it basically opens up the shortcuts app and it shows you what the shortcut does. So if you have, whenever you download a shortcut from the internet or from someone who's not Apple, you need to make sure you review what the shortcut does to make sure you're happy with it. So what does shortcut does in this one is a two-by-two grid, which it takes one value and put it four times in a grid. So this is what happens when you run this shortcut. So firstly, accepts images because you need to share an image to the short cut to get it to work at least four times. And then it combines that list that you've made here. Integrate. And it asks you what you, where should the image goes? And you can have two options, Copy to Clipboard or safety photos. And these are basically what that does is it copies the combined image. So the force goes together to the clipboard. Or it saves that to your recent photos. So to add it, you just need to click at untrusted shortcut. But basically, if you've reviewed it and you're happy with it, then you can add it. I mean, I've already got this particular one installed, so I don't need to add it again. And once you've downloaded all the shortcuts, they should become under your module section here. And if you scroll down, I've, I've grouped all the easy passivation ones together in one folder. So feel free to group your chocolates together or just keep them in MySQL clouds. We've got various different ones. This one is the one we just saw, which is a two-by-two grid. The four by four, which is four charities across and four down to make a much bigger grid. And then combining the percentiles and basically lots of different options. So now we've done that and you've got all your shoulders there. Let's go and make the first pattern. 3. First Patterns: Making the patterns in pre-create. But you can use the short clubs in any design app for drawing out that's compatible with shortcut, say, procreate works, Affinity Designer works, but don't have Photoshop. So potentially that could work as well. So I'm opening up procreate. And I'm going to set up a new canvas. And when you set up a new tab, this amazing 2 thousand by 2 thousand pixels. You can't go bigger than 300 thousand to 4 thousand pixels because the shortcut app just wouldn't be able to cope with that large file size. So if you came to 2 thousand perfectly, and the other thing you need to do is in the color peripheral on the left in it, make sure the color is set at SRGB. This is because when you export the images and then reimport that in order to make the patterns, you basically need reinforcement in RGB. So if you have it set on P3 and then re-import into S RGB, a format. It can change the color slightly so you need to keep it fixed on SRGB. So now I'm going to create and I've got my new catalyst. So first of all, we'll start off by drawing something really simple. So I can show you a really basic pattern. So I'll start off by changing the background color to a nice minty green. Maybe they won't blue. And then the brush. I'm using an acrylic brush. You can download this from the project section in the course because I basically amended it to make it a little more opaque. So feel free to use that brush, the AIF adjusted, or use any brush that you like best for making patterns. So a patent is basically a repeat of an image over several tiles across the page. So let's just draw something very simple. Start off with a nicely. The most basic personal goal is to have this tile repeated over several squares. So I'll just show you what that would look like. So basically, if you press the share button and PNG, PNG or JPEG, it doesn't matter. And then if you combine that, let's do a four by four basic grid. So there'll be 162 tiles. And I'll just copy that clipboard. So that's a very simple person. It's quite nice, but it looks very regimented because they're all in a very strict grid. So to make the patterns more interesting, you can start adding an element in order to blend between the tiles. This is just a standard Pete. So I'll uncheck that and go back to our basic leaf and then add a new layer. And so I can draw another leaf. You can choose how complicated or simply want your patent today. Sometimes I find simple patterns work just as well as more complicated ones. And now I'm going to add another jewel. So if I was to repeat that in the pattern, it adds a bit more interest because you've got some more elements in the picture. But I think we still need something to fill in the gaps in between. So in the next section, I'll be showing you how to make this button theorists. 4. Seamless Repeating Pattern: So in order to fill out the scenes, you'll notice that when I joined my original shapes by not going over the edge, and that's very important. So in order to join the seams, we need to make the outside edges come into the middle and the inner edges go to the outside. It's quite hard to explain without showing you. So for this, I need to remove the background layer. If you remove the background layer, it means that in future adjustments you can change the background color and also change the color of the leaves. That's why I've done that. So now I can use my basic repeat pattern shortcut. So if I click Share, and this time we definitely need to use a PNG because if you use a J peg, it will save it. We'll add in a background to it. So it has to be a PNG because it has a clear background. Down to easy pattern. And find Y basic, repeat. And this time I can copy to clipboard again. If I take that and add and paste, say now I need to uncheck and check the previous leaf images. So basically, you will see that the big Lee has gotten to the edges. This one has gone up, the sun's going down. So now it leaves a nice big space for us to fit in some detail. In the middle. You can either draw a new leaf or you should use one or the previous elements that he made. So for example, let's try this one. If you click on the layer and then move it into place. And looks quite similar to the one below. So if I flip vertical and then just change the angle slightly. And then there's still a bit of space in the middle between these two. So, and one thing I've added in two extra short cuts, which instead of moving all four corners of the same outwards, it will move just the middle section out and the interception in or the top session out and top section in. So if I go to share again. Png. And this one is quite sure when they need is shift horizontal. So that basically moves the images from outside. It will swap and round like that. And then concrete clipboard again and then add a new layer. Pay for new pattern in Maine to expose it, I need to add now I need to just uncheck all the previous days and that's added in one more small leaf in the middle. Bit. Two-fingered out. One day, I need to make sure it's on the new layer. Now. I had the background color. We can have a leg to see what pattern looks like. So if I press share TMJ and divide the four by four basic grid, let's see what that looks like. Not just copy it. And once you've imported any fashion, it's very important that you always click the Select button before touching anywhere on the screen. Because if you touch anywhere on the screen, it could move your image slightly and then offset it so you'd get white light. Here we have a basic repeating pattern. And yeah, this seems a covered up with a really nice. So one thing you can't do is uncheck this and group these two together by pinching them together. And then you can start playing around with the background images. So I'll show you that in the next section. 5. Playing with Colour: Now that we've got our basic compete patent, how ready? Let's play around with some colors and savory make nice completion. Starts off with you can, because they're on a separate layer, you can change the background color to something different. So let's make it slightly low. It started with this nice purple. Share, share that. And you can say this as a pattern tile. So I'm sharing as a PNG and just click Save Image. And then add in. Let's change the background color to a nice green. Sharing it again, TMG. Save image. And then change it one more time to an orange pen. And then to purple, green, orange, and pink, you save image. So saved all these as separate files. So now if I go to the photos up my four images and saved tears there, if I press Select and press the share button, then I can use one of my shortcut to combine them in a grid that will be combined pattern tile and stay that photos. So now we've touched on tau and you can combine this into a bigger grid, which really cool, say, give me share that. And if you do the two-by-two basic gradient will bind, you will make four copies of this and saved photos. Now, here's my patchwork button. So it's a really fun thing to do. And you can just have a go at playing around with the different shortcuts and see what you can make. Now that you found out how to make your own team as pattern, I'd like to have a go with your own drawing and see if you can make a thymus pattern for yourself. You should do leaves, plants, animals was heavy, fancy. 6. Half-Drop Repeating Pattern: Now we're going to look at a bit more complex pattern, which is the afterall repeat pattern, fits with the shortcut. It's not anymore difficulties. Let's open procreate again. And this time I'm going to choose a new canvas. So go to gallery and press the plus and use my 2 thousand by 2 thousand canvas. What the half dropped okay, does, is offset the images in a pattern like this. And then you cover up the scenes in the middle. So let's start off by having a nice very pale pink for the background. And then let's show the brush. And choosing a white. One trick that I do to check that it's definitely on white, is going to make sure it's in the very top corner. I'll start off with drawing. Some hearts. Fill the color in this. So before adding more detail, I'm just going to show you what the hafta repeat shortcut does say if I share this P and G, and I can do repeat and provide pad. You will see that the outsides have moved, its sort of swapped the image all around. This bit is gone. From here to here. The speeds go down to the left. And there's, the other part of this heart is up here, so it's quite complicated, but you don't need to worry about how it actually works because you just need to worry about adding in detail. So if I was to share and make the pattern tile, you can see what the pattern would end up like. So with the harsh blow to repeat patterns, you always need to make your tile with. Pete, shortcut and then use the half to refeed tile square to follow. So this makes four versions of the patterns so that you can then tie that doesn't normal grid. Added a new diet and then cut and paste. So you can see that the Hadza here, but they're offset. Say, now we can add some more detail and to make the pattern a bit more complex. When I share this first one. For demonstration, I didn't actually get rid of the background layer so that it's not actually that helpful for us. So I just wanted to read. So we just got our basic picture. And then you need to remove the background layer. And then share PNG and do the half drop, repeat, repeat clipboard, and then add that. Again. Remove the original. And then we can start adding in some more detail. Like you said, maybe I did another heart and perhaps some I didn't, some decorative lines. And from spots. Anything really just have fun and make things that you think would look good. Just be careful to not go over any outside lines. So now I can share this. And it's a good thing to repeat. Drops for paid pattern a few times because it shifts the image around and you can just see if there's any gaps before you look at the final version. And then I need to make new to amend and paste. So yeah, that's quite good. So now we can make our pattern tile. Share that PNG. And companies grateful again. Here we have the best information, save it as anything missing pet. I think maybe just some data that heart here would look quite nice. So we go back to my original one and lecture the heart where I need at the detail. I think this is the one with the data on the right and it needs to have something. Now, it's data along the left and it needs to have something added to the right. To this one. We can find that specific one. I think it is this one here in two dashes. And then shared it. And who PNG again and share it as a half overhead and copied hip board. Injected previous one. Most recent. Yeah. That's life. The background color. And even see it on an even bigger scale. You can share PNG and then this time is the one. You can do the normal basic grid that we did previously and save it as a fighter to save out the photos. And here we have a nice hot button that was very quick to do. Basically, spend hours coming up with doodles and designs and just keep practicing and looks really nice and they're designed. And the way you can view it as a big scale, you can quickly see where you need to add more detail or change some elements. Looking at this pattern, if I wanted to maybe move this hard because it looks kind of a little bit off center is tilted this way. I'll show you how to do that. 7. Modifying your Pattern: I've gone back to my previous layer before I made the patent tile. Sorry, the I can edit the heart that we have here, which is I said it was kind of slightly tilted to those to the left. So what you can do it because it's on its own layer and the background separate. It's easy to, to basically press this tool here. And with the free hand section. If you can draw around the area, you want to adjust. I just want to make it slightly more upright. And I think I'll leave it slightly left. So now, if I share that again. As before doing the normal gradient age, do your Time Square. Copy to Clipboard. I actually did it with the background color on, but anyway, you should always do it again without that. And then I need to add and paste it. So I've got my task where you see the angle is change is not so tells it. And then I can just do the same thing that we did before and make it into a basic grid. Here we have the adjusted patterns. It's been tilted, tilted in a better way and it just looks a bit more balanced. I find a lot in sites where you place your tongue to print on demand. They usually have a banner at the top where you can upload your own design. I think repeating pattern works really well for a banner at the top. So sometimes you have a square image, but you actually want a really long elongated image. So this is a really easy way to make an elongated pattern tile image. Starting with the basic patents that we made before. I've made a couple of shortcuts which will be really helpful. So shape here and j. And then I've got easy pattern, four times vertical, line 4x four times horizontally. So this, put this tile four times in the diamond horizontally or vertically. So let's do the four times horizontal line. And then say that the fighters. And then if you go to photos, very quickly, you got a nice banner that you should put on top of print on demand sides or anything you want to read. So that's just a simple trait. And the vertical ones as well. 8. Final Thoughts: I hope you enjoyed the course and I'd love to see what patterns you've made, say cliche, applied them in the project section of the course. And I've also got another clause on shortcut. Say, if you want, see, make your rain or learn how to customize your eye ensure carts. And please the checked out in my profile. Thank you and have a good day.