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From Painting to Pattern: How to Create Repeat Patterns using Photoshop

Juliet Meeks, Designer and Artist

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10 Videos (47m)
    • Intro

    • Watercolor Supplies

    • Painting Your Elements

    • Scanning Your Artwork

    • Editing Your Artwork

    • Setting Up Your Tile

    • Pattern Time!

    • Testing Repeat and Color

    • Mockups and Exporting

    • Bonus Video! Alternate Pattern Method

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About This Class


Are you ready to turn your watercolor paintings into a seamlessly repeating pattern, for use on products, fabric, and more? In this class, I will cover the steps involved from painting your watercolor elements, to scanning them in and cleaning them up in Photoshop, and finally creating your repeat pattern.

• Discover my tips for designing elements for patterns using watercolor
• Learn how to clean up your watercolor paintings in Photoshop and remove the paper background
• Have fun designing your pattern in Photoshop and learn how to create a perfectly repeating tile
• Mockup your new pattern on products, and share your work with the class! 

There are lots of methods out there for creating repeat patterns - this method is perfect for you if you want to keep the handmade texture of your watercolor paintings or drawings and prefer using Photoshop over Illustrator. This is also a great class for any new or aspiring surface designer. 

• Basic Photoshop and watercolor painting skills are helpful for taking this class (check out my Watercolor Basics class here if you are brand new to watercolor!)
• Supplies needed include a scanner, basic watercolor painting materials, and Adobe Photoshop
• Visit the Class Project for more guidelines on your project, and links to supplies mentioned in the video

Share your pattern on Instagram! Tag your pattern #frompaintingtopattern so we can all check out and like each other's work!

Music credit: "Carefree"
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Jeanette Jackson

Cake Artist

Juliet's classes are really inspiring and helpful. Now all i have to do is get my paints out.
Very useful information, especially for beginners who want to make patterns in Photoshop. Thank you for the class!
Dina Dankers

Surface design and illustrations





Juliet Meeks

Designer and Artist

Hi! I'm Juliet Meeks, a designer and artist based in my hometown New Orleans, LA. I have been freelancing and owning my business, Juliet Meeks Design, full-time since June 2015.

No work day is the same, but you can usually find me painting watercolor patterns in my studio, designing products for my online shop, designing branding for clients, or collaborating with other brands on fun products. Or creating classes here on Skillshare!

I'm inspired by creating with my hand...

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