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Half-Drop Seamless Repeat Designs in Procreate! Second Class in the Series

Jennifer Nichols, Leila & Po Studio

Half-Drop Seamless Repeat Designs in Procreate! Second Class in the Series

Jennifer Nichols, Leila & Po Studio

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11 Lessons (1h 35m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Update! Before you watch!

    • 3. Half-Drop VS Regular Grid Design

    • 4. Drawing leaves for your design

    • 5. Adding texture and interest

    • 6. Designing your initial pattern.

    • 7. Added video: Affinity Designer OR Pixelmator

    • 8. Half-drop: 1st Step in Pixelmator

    • 9. Checking your final design.

    • 10. Spoonflower

    • 11. Extra! Using Affinity Designer for Half-Drops

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About This Class

There are a few ways to make repeat patterns on the ipad and right now, in Procreate 4, there is no way to get a pixel-perfect placement of your designs without the use of an additional app to help. Pixelmator and Affinity Designer have very quick and easy ways to get your Procreate art to snap into place for that perfect placement. No nudging. No gray layers to help you "eyeball it".

In my previous tutorial, Seamless Repeat Patterns on the iPad, I show all the details about making a regular grid repeat design and now I want to show you how to make a half-drop repeat for a more random appearance. We will make a fall leaf design and I will show you my favorite way to illustrate highly textured, simple leaf drawings. You can use your skills for all sorts of designs! And we will also take a look at some Spoonflower products as an example of what can be done with seamless repeat patterns!

Here are some examples of a half-drop repeat style.



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Jennifer Nichols

Leila & Po Studio


I’m Jennifer Nichols and while I’ve always been an artist, I’m also a teacher, a musician, and a lifelong learner which is one reason I love Skillshare! I love sharing what I know about iPad art and the Procreate app. My teaching style allows you to follow along with me which is a great way to retain information and apply it elsewhere. 

If you are new to Procreate, I would start with the Beginner class and then you’ll be ready for any of my other classes! I gear most classes toward beginner and intermediate level procreate users. ANYONE can succeed at the projects I teach no matter what your artistic abilities are! All resources that are needed for my classes are given as free downloads, including palettes and brushes!


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1. Intro: come join the class to learn about half drop seamless repeat patterns. An extension on my last class on the regular, seamless repeat patterns. Here you can see the difference. Slight difference gives a bit of a more random effect. We'll be learning how to color leaves texturizing. Hm. Play around with blend modes, clipping masks and make a beautiful design. I'm Jennifer Nichols at Leyland Post Studio. Let's go get started. 3. Half-Drop VS Regular Grid Design: so I wanted to show you the difference between 1/2 drop repeat and a regular repeat. I don't know all the technical terms. I call this a grid. If you look at this son, you can really see this square, and then you can start spotting that with all of the elements with Mars. So when you see him out on that, it ends up being pretty obvious, depending on your design. I take the son out of this design for some of the other projects, and it is less noticeable because the other planets are kind of the same tone that there's not a big, bright element in it. But it's all depends on the look you're going for all of its fine. This is 1/2 drop. Repeat so you can see that it's shifted. There's not a square made out of the sun is now. And when you see this in a bigger piece of fabric, for example, it ends up looking a little less like a grid. I guess so. In my last video, I showed you how to make the regular repeat pattern, and I wanted to add this supplemental video to show you how to make this half drop repeat pattern. It is a little bit different. You have to think of it in a different way. If you have not taken my previous video to see the ins and outs of, um, just the general, um, skills to know for making a repeat pattern, you might want to check that out first, but I will try to explain most of it with this video as well. You will need the pixel meter app as well. We'll go ahead and create our own canvas unless you have it already in your list. I like to use 12 inches by 12 inches, so I goaded inches. Name on with 12 height. 12 dp I 300 create You can do 10 by 10 just is easily and, um, might be better if you have Ah, iPad that has less ram and you need more layers that will give you more layers. If you have a smaller canvas size, I'll go ahead and add a few layers. I thought we would go ahead and do leaves for this repeat pattern. I have a leaf drawing that I did for the beginning of October, My October prompts that I have. This is a repeat that I've made just Ah, well, is it a try and figure out if it is a half drop? Yes, it's 1/2 drop. If you look at this leaf in this leaf kind of zigzags down the paper to find these leave shapes. I want to show you to websites. When is called picks obey picks. Obey has free use photos. That means that you can use these photos however you like. You do not need Teoh. Give any accolades to the photographer and you can even trace them and you can even profit off of thumb. So there are people in the world that have a problem with Tracy. Um, I feel like it is a great way to learn and train your mind, and eventually you won't need to trace. But I don't think there's anything wrong with it, even if it's just just a little sketch. So here is unspool. Ash. That's a similar website. I just go between the two. So picks obey and unspool ash. I kind of prefer picks obey. You have to be careful. The very top row is actually sponsored images by shutter stock those air not free use. So I'm going through. I'm looking for different leaf shapes. I like these colors, but I'm looking for shapes and I like this one right here so you can tap and hold and add two photos. I like this one. Tap and hold. Add two photos and you can just keep scrolling until you find as many as you think you need . This was not quite as clear the outline, but I think I can kind of figure out based on this side what's behind that leaf there. But maybe I won't use that one after all. Okay, so there's a lot of really great photos. And if you see some things that aren't photos, you can actually select what type of images you want to show up in your search. So I had already selected photos. Let's go ahead and check on Splash Leaf. I wonder if I can just choose. It doesn't look like I can just choose photos on unspool Ash. This is kind of a cute idea for a repeat pattern. So a lot of these air house plants you can kind of throw in some different search like oak leaf and whatever you like. Okay, I'm back to my 12 by 12 canvas, and I'm just gonna add my photos in Go to the wrench tool ad, insert photo. All photos, insert photo, insert photo. These are all going to add to different layers. The quality of these photos does not matter because you're just going to do a little sketch and then you're going to delete them. Okay, As you can see here, these are all on separate layers. So if you just want to add a layer on top of each one for Tracy, then you'll be set. Turn off thes lower ones until we're ready to use them. OK, so I have this one on. I'm going to decrease the opacity and go to the layer above it. Actually, before you do that, I want to increase the size of it because it's pretty small right now, so I will select it and make sure uniform is on. I'm only going for when leave here. I think I'll make it pretty big. Doesn't matter if it's in the center. Go move it up here. Okay? And then come back up to the layer above it. Do not trace on the later that the photos on or you won't have anything. Once it's turned off, I like to use the six B pencil, maybe a dark gray and a smaller size and just zoom right in. You know what? I'm going to use black for this. So it'll show up in the video, and I'll use a thicker size. I'm just kind of sketching where these veins are. Just a quick sketch and I'm taking note that all of this leaf edge is jagged. So maybe I'm not tracing exactly. Although you can do that because you chose your images from a free use website, you can trace them, and that is okay, you can still use them. I don't see a little stem on here, so I'm just gonna add my own stem. Turn that leaf off. All right. I think I will delete that. Now go to my next photo, select that page and increase to the size I like. The orientation doesn't really matter. You'll be messing around with that later. I will turn down that opacity, go to the layer above it and do a little sketch avoiding all the little circles on the page . Let's turn off the photo looks like a leaf to leave that photo so you can see him on separate leaders for all of these. Turn on my next one selected Zoom in. Turn the opacity down. Select me blank layer above that. Don't let anybody make you feel bad about tracing. I have traced quite a few things, and I have definitely found just even in a year that I don't need to Treece as often. So I think it is very true that it's one of those things that helps you learn this leaf is similar to that leaf. I think I will leave that out, and that leaf is similar to that leave. So we'll go ahead and do a repeat pattern with three leaves, and that will actually be in a nice a nice number and we can duplicate. So when you're thinking about your design, think about before you do your final on drawing thes air. Just your sketches. Think about how big you really want them to be, because if you make them this size and then you want them bigger later, you won't be able to make them bigger. Procreate doesn't do a very good job because it's ah uh raster clips. So I went to start out with these a little bit bigger, and then I can make them smaller later. Okay. In the next video, I will start showing you how I do my textured style of illustrating that I have been practicing a lot lately. 4. Drawing leaves for your design: okay, we have are three leads. We're going to go ahead and color these in my previous seamless repeat pattern video. I actually just did some black outline drawings, and I have people asking me how to how I do my my textured looks. So I thought I would go ahead and do that. I'm just moving my layers around a little bit, having one underneath each leaf, and I will turn off. Let's think about what colors we went. Think I'll do a greenish and an orange ish and a reddish. Those would be nice. Good fall colors. Uh, let's start with our greenish. I went to turn the opacity down and going to create a few layers underneath it. I use a lot of layers on the bottom one for that leaf. I'm actually going to show you what I do, which them I don't know what this is called. It's got a little ribbon selection tool, and if you make it on free hand, then you can draw a shape. And even though you can't see it on this layer, this is the layer you are on. You can Then whatever color you're on here, you can then fill that layer, and it only fills whatever has been drawn with the selection tool. So that's one way to quickly get some color fill on the page. When I first started drawing and procreate, I thought that I had to draw by hand just like I was doing with colored pencils and fill in the whole thing just like that. That is definitely a look. I still do, but I like to get a solid color down first. So free hand selection tool and you can lift up the pencil and you can keep going as long as you start where you left off. I'm not exactly tracing those lines. I'm just making that zigzag. If I were drawing with a pencil, I probably would start down here and go this way. But I can't with this election tool, so I have to come back from this side and and on that dot you don't have to tap that dot. If you want to add more items from the page to this selection, you can then tap, add, and then you can do another section. Add another section. Add another section. Add Say you forgot to add the stem. You can add that in later with this feature right here. Then you can either drag and drop your color or like I should earlier go to the layer and tap Phil Layer. Before I do that, I want my color. So I like to go to the yellowish greens because they look more natural to me than these other grains over here, and I'm going to choose a medium green. Also add it to my color palette Down here, I'll go ahead and drag and drop because I don't want to fill these circles that we did over here. If you want to, you can feel each one separately or you can Phil there like that. I'm going to announce Elect de select whatever you wanna call it, and there you have it. Let's turn our outline drawing often. You can see it more clearly and keeping the outline drawing on for now just until we get those veins drawn on for the veins. I'm coming up to the top layer because I don't want my texture to cover those veins and might change my mind about that later on. Let's just choose a super dark. I'm still on my six b pencil. I'm on the full size. You could do this at the end to now contribute outline. Lear often leave it off for the rest of the time. So I've done this on a separate layer, and now I want to erase a little bit. And I want my six B pencil as my eraser. Right now, my razor is in the soft airbrush, but here's a trick. If you are on your six b pencil and you tap and hold the eraser, it switches to the six PT rate as as your eraser. And then when you re raising, you can still have a little bit of texture. You're not going to get a hard line. Um, that will look very different from the image drawing you already have on their. Okay, let's go ahead. And I'm going to get the other leaves, the base color and the veins drawn on and then will move on to texture. - Okay . Wow, I actually really like I'm just like this with no texture on them. I wanted to show you next. Um, sometimes what I do with the's hard edges is give him a little texture. I also kind of went a little crazy with these little zigzag ease right here. So I want to just remove one of those. If you want to give your edges texture, you can choose a textured, um, brash. You can go ahead and stick with the six B pencil, but it just takes a little longer. Absolute. Select the right layer first. So go to the the layer you want to work on on Eraser and just you have You have to go around the whole edge. And so that's just something you can do if you choose. Um, I I don't like to do this on the leaves. I like hard edge, but I like this, um, Abby Uproot Brush Excellent Inc. It's in her artists Essential pack. I'm not sure if it's in other packs, but that's where I got it. And that has a little bit of a texture, although now look what I've done. I have a nice clean line except right there when you're seemed out, it won't really matter if that is a concern. You can go into one of the monoline brushes and erased with a nice, clean edge. So that's what we'll do today? I think I'm going to Yeah. Go around your edges everywhere. I picked up the pencil and put it back down. There might be a little bit of a jagged meeting point, like right here. So I really wanna look around at all of my edges. And I see my stem is quite wonky, so maybe I'll clean that up. The son looks pretty good. And again leaves are Yeah, they get all crunched up in deteriorate in the fall, so just do I just erase some of that? Just dio make your relief. I just look exactly how you would like them to look realistic, Not realistic. Okay, So I like what we have here for our outline. Our for our our veins, I guess. And the leaf color and shape. And in the next video, we'll talk about texture. 5. Adding texture and interest: so you can decide if you want to keep your leaf outline drawings. I'm just gonna move him down to the bottom. I don't need those where they currently are and just kind of keeping things tidy. Maybe make a group. If you're short on layers, you could. Since they are all, let's turn those a pass it ease backups. You can see them better. Since they're not overlapping, you can merge them until one layer says they're all three separate, so you can merge him until the one layer before he emerged them. You have to turn the layers on or they just merged to a blank layer. So instead of grouping, I'm just going to flatten them down to a one layer and turn it off. Now, to make things even more tidy, I am going to group each leaf separately. So my Greenleaf here with the veins appear and some blank layers in between. That's one group, my red leave, with some blank layers and the veins. That's one group, and my orange leaf with that one only has one blank layer. So if you swipe right, you can group your layers, so now you can turn them on and off, all in one swoop. Let's work on our green. I use clipping masks if you go above the solid color you have on the campus and tap on the layer and have clipping mask. Then no matter what you dio, let's go to that green. No matter what you dio, that's he's a big missy if you it'll Onley cover what's on that leaf. It's there. It's there on the page. If you select that and you can move it around, it's all there. Whatever you've drawn is all there, but it only show up on top of that leaf. Clear that and start over. One of the things I like to do is select the actual color of the leaf and then turn the layer to multiply. So if it were, actually, I'll show you if it if it's on normal and I've got the artists cran brush. If it's on normal and I'm on the same color that my leaf is, you can't see it. It's there, but you can't see it. If you change it to multiply, you can see it. It just kind of adds a It makes it darker. You can play around with all of these modes and see what you like. These air, called blend modes I usually use multiply and linear burnt. It can play around with the opacity on that clipping mask until you get the look that you like. So there really isn't a rule about how to get that perfect textured look. You don't need to go by special brushes, and, um although I do use a lot of special brushes that I have purchased. But a lot of these are procreate native brushes. So the artist cran I just I put them in one folder that I call texture textures. The burnt tree Nico rule, damp brush, thes air all you confined them down in painting. Artistic Char Coles. I don't remember which categories. One of the reasons why I made my own categories. I was tired, tired of just going through here and trying to find him each time. Let me show you what the artist cran looks like. You can see the brush tip kind of spinning. Sorry, this is an artist cramps sprint tree. Maybe you go and make another could be mask and go to a darker color. Or maybe a yellow play around. Get some yellows isn't very bright. Maybe one to make it a little brighter at another layer clipping mask. Maybe they want to go actually down at the bottom. If I select the leaf and then add layer, it automatically makes it a clipping mask because it's going underneath another clipping mask. If you go to a dark green, you can rule good rules pretty big. Well, I don't know if I like that. Maybe just a little bit. You can mess around with the blend modes on all of these. The yellow one might need to go to the lighten category. Kind of like that. Then I'm going to decrease the opacity on that dark green Lear. All right. As you can see, the textures are already really popping out here. I like to do some special stuff around the very outer edges, So I'm going Teoh, just stay on many go rule, maybe make it smaller. Just kinda. Okay, scribble a little bit around, which is just so they don't look so perfect. If you want to erase some of a clipping mask, you can do that again. If I You're on Nick a rule and I want the Nico Ruelas eraser I tap and hold. And now it's Nico. Rule is the erasure. You could rule has that very straight edge, though. Oops. And now I'm erasing part of this part. So you do the whatever brush you want as your eraser. You don't have to use the same one. So if I didn't want such a sharp edged erasing, it could switch to something like this. It's just gonna kind of blob the eraser on Great. We have extra layer in there that didn't get used. Let's start with our redleaf ca lipping mask. I know I need at least two clipping masks each time I will go to the color that I was on originally and make that layer multiply. This time it's gonna artists cram. Can you see that you could go to a little bit more of an orangey tone on another layer? Stick with my artists? Cram. The other thing you can dio is color the actual base color you tap on Alfa lock the the textures on the clipping masks will affect it differently. If it's a different color, they if if the base layer is a different color. So here I'm changing the base layer to I have, ah, golden yellow selected at that to my palette there. So I have a golden yellow selected get. It's a bit of a different look than just adding a clipping mask and let me turn these clipping masks on so you can see what we have. This is my base layer. Now, instead of it just being at solid red, you can also play around with having the orange clipping mask on top or underneath the red clipping mask and one more clipping mask. Go back to my red here, come down to a pretty dark, and I'm gonna go to Bird Tree, good down to a smaller size and get some dark on my stem and then just kind of rough up my edges of the leaf. Dickinson Dark spots here. He's current quite dark enough for me, so I might actually check some blend modes and see if they look about we're dramatic that way. Let's play around with blend modes on that layer, able to play going like that linear burns a little dark, although you can play around with the capacity color burn made it a very fiery red in there . It's a little multiply a little bit. And then I don't like this blob right here. So going to do a little blood? She erasing right there. Okay, Leaf number two. Here's my shortcut. Clipping mask. Make one clipping mask. Go to the base layer and just add if you know you're going to use a few. You've now created clipping masks all under there. I want to get some more bright orange in here. Let's see. What shall we use this time? Maybe damp brush? Well, my orange isn't showing up. Let's change the blend mode. Yeah, so the damp brush is not adding very much texture. Here we go because it's a damp brush. It it just kind of need a little more pressure. They will check that clipping mask again. Multiply linear burn that's quite bright color bird. I believe that there for now, and add some more colors going to go to more of a brown. When I find Brown's, I usually go to orange and then some nice, nice Brown's there I was coming around the edges here. Can you see that texture play around with my clipping masks or my blend modes. Oh, that's really pretty, although I think I need it to be more brown because as I look at my red er leaf, these air looking pretty similar, I either need toe. Lighten up this orange, I think. Let's try that. So go to the orange, the flare and let's go to Hue, saturation, brightness. So that's in that little magic wand tool. And then down here, you saturation brightness. We could mess around with lightning that up. Oh, I like that already. You can also change the saturation and the hue. I don't think I am going to change the hue, but I like how we've got it a little more brighter and maybe more yellow and brown instead of orange. And now there different enough that I think that's working better. I think I'm going to add Oh, look. So we ended up changing that base color to a nice solid yellow and then adding orange and brown. On top of that, let's at some great yellow spots to this. Let's go to artists cream. I just cannot. Yeah, maybe not so much go around and rough up the injuries like I did on the other one. All right. My green is looking a little to break to me now with as faras fall colors go. I have a couple layers here I'm not using. So let's go back into green. Let's go to that base layer, hue, saturation, brightness and turned down the saturation. I like that better. Maybe even No. I'm gonna reset and just do the saturation. Okay, that's a little less break. I like that. I'm not sure I like this green blob right here, though. Let's go to that layer right there. And this kind of erase some of that. Okay, now you've drawn your leads, and in the next video, we will start our repeat pattern. 6. Designing your initial pattern.: so we've used quite a few layers here. We've used 12345 We've used about five for each leaf. If you're sure you don't want to make any changes, you can flatten these groups and just it's it. It's a bit of a risk, but if you are short on space and you need to free X and layers, you can do that. Or you can keep this as your original, come back to the gallery and swipe and duplicate, and then go into the duplicate and then flatten and you don't need this outline layer anymore. And now we just have turn that Alfa Lakoff. Now we just have are three leaf layers and that will free up a lot of layers for you to use . What I like to do with a lot of my patterns is also save each element as its own PNG. You can just copy and duplicate a layer. Um, I think the quality might be a little bit better if you add in an image that's a PNG instead of duplicating a layer. So I'll just show you that really quick. If you turn off the background layer and just turn on one of your leaves. Go to the wrench Tool share P and G save image. Turn Your green went off. Your red went on share as a PNG save image. Same with that one share save as a PNG. And what you've done is if you go into your camera roll Now you can see you have your leaves and they do not have backgrounds. If you zoom in and it goes black, that's how you can tell it does not have a background. So you can use thes these air your originals For now, I'm going to turn the background later on so you can see what we're doing. Okay. Placing for 1/2 drop repeat pattern for 1/2 drop repeat pattern. You're going to be saving what you have and then moving your whole image half way to the left. I guess it doesn't matter which direction you go, and then you're going to take your whole image and move the whole thing up to one corner and your whole image and the whole thing down to one corner. And so I'm thinking about where my new middle with the new middle is going to look like you can, of course, overlap your leaves and you can also change the sizes. You can't really go bigger, but you can go smaller. And remember, we have those p and G's so we can God are leaves and you don't want to touch any of the edges. I'm not adding this this way because the stem on this one already goes that way. So I'm just thinking about being a little bit more random to me. Those still angling the same way is not good. Maybe I don't want to overlap right now. Can't see the bottom of my page. There we go. I want this leaf on top. So I'm going to drag that up. Add image, make sure uniform is on and you can mess with you can also flip. So that leaves very little. Sometimes my procreate doesn't work. The move tool doesn't work unless I use my finger. And then once I get it to move with my finger, it then works again. I think I'll leave that one down below that yellow leaf insert photo. I don't want to fill all of the space. Okay, so now we need to think about where are so This half is going to be over there. That's going to be up there. I want to leave a gap over here because that will then be the new center, and I'll be able to put another leaf in the center. So I am going to shift. It's overload bed. I think I went this one under that leaf. It's looking pretty flat right now. You can see the leaves or just one on top of another, and they don't look like there's any shadowing underneath. Um, if you want to fix that, it's pretty easy. You need to figure out. So I went this leaf to have a shadow on between it and the L A leaf. So if you duplicate that leaf, and since this is the duplicate, I'm actually going to bring it to the bottom because it's a little bit lesser quality Alfa Lock. She is black Phil Layer and in turn, the Alfa lock off. Now I can select that black leaf and just move in a tiny bed, a very tiny bit. You can see how just barely moved it and top on that rib mental up. Sorry, tap on the m magic want and go toe. Gosh, Caution, Blur Gaussian Boyer. I don't know how to pronounce that and slight the screen and you're blurring that black Lear. And now you've created space between those two leaves. So I met about 20%. I think I'm gonna go down to about 15% and then turn the opacity down a little bit museum in and you can see the difference what you did here. So if you can see the shadowing makes it look like these two leaves are separate compared to right here. Hey, look completely combined. So if you do that for all of your leaves before you do your moving around and picks Lemaitre, then you as long as you're not touching any of the edges when you do your, um when you have done here, then that works. So I'm actually going to go ahead and do that to each leaf. Even though this one doesn't have a leaf under it, it might later, if that makes it so duplicate. Take that duplicate and moving under tap Alfa lock. I'm already on Black tap, Phil Tap de select Alfa lock go up to gosh and blurred I got to about 15%. I'm just going to kind of stick with. I am similar number on each one You can see here. I didn't shift that one. You can still see the Blur, but I need to select it and shifted a tiny bit. You don't have to, but and I think I wouldn't actually shift this one back a little bit. Just the slightest shift. Um, let's see that one. Tep l flock. Tap filled tap Alfa lock, Select and shift. You can shift it just by tapping Russian blur to 15% that you can see here. But I didn't turn the opacity down. So what did I do? Opacity. Is it about 59%? So I want to keep that about the same on each one. Go down to the opacity settings on each one duplicate or Greenleaf, Bring that duplicate Below Out. Flock. Phil L Flock. Select. Moving a little bit. Caution. Blair to 15% ish capacity to What was it? 59% I think. Last one. Tough luck. I feel Alfa luck. Select. Have to be careful. I'm close to the edge on this one. So we don't We don't want any of this to be on the edge. And after the Goshen blurred, Elsa still needs to not be on the edge. Food. Okay, Still pretty close and turn the opacity down. So let's zoom in and take a look at what we did here. Now you can see some space between all of the leaves, this one since the black layer is shifted that way, you can't really see the space right here. Let's see what happens if we shift it back to kind of the center. Yeah, I don't know. So just kind of play around. Okay, I am going Teoh, save some layers and combine. Merge down, merge down So emerging my colorful layer with the black Later we created underneath it for each one of thes. In the next video, we will move this into pixel mater and play around with our half drop three piece 7. Added video: Affinity Designer OR Pixelmator: I'm adding this video in after months after I published this class pixel mater is the app I've been using for a very long time to place the tiles for seamless repeat patterns. And more recently, I believe with E Procreate five update with some color profile changes. I've noticed that there's a bit of a color difference when you import from pixel mater in two pro great. So somebody told me that I can use affinity designer for the same purpose. This is a pretty expensive app. It's $20. I think it's worth it. Sometimes it goes on sale for 10. So I'm adding a video at the very end of this class to show you how to use affinity designer instead of pixel mater for half drop repeats. I did the same thing for the regular, seamless repeat class. So if you've already taken those and you want to go back and look at those, um, I heavy recommend doing that. There is also a video. I think it's the fourth video in the other class. That kind of explains the problem I was having with the color profile issue in pixel mater . So it also it does explain how to kind of work around it. If you want to continue using pixel mater and avoid the color profile issue, you can start out with your procreate file in a different color profile that matches pixel mater. So I hope that makes sense. Go back and watch the other class. The number four video and then the number 12 video in that class are the new ones that talk about affinity. Designer. So if you want to skip some of the lessons that talk about pixel mater in this class, skip to the very last lesson and I'll do the exact same thing. It'll be different art, but because it's probably six months after I published the class, so do I'll do different art and I'll show you how to do 1/2 drop. Repeat using affinity, designer 8. Half-drop: 1st Step in Pixelmator: I go into the explanation in my other skill share video for why we have to do this. But we need to add a layer shoes, a contrast in color that's going to stand out a lot and a pretty solid ink brush and put two marks on opposing corners so that the ink goes all over. The pixels go all way to the edges of the campus, and that's on its own layer. Turn the background layer off. I need to go into campus and going to canvas information and remind myself that my pixel dimensions air 3600 by 3600 or whatever yours are, depending on how big the major canvas. And now I need to save it as a PNG save image. Okay, and we need to go into pixel mater ad. Create image custom. I don't hear you can meet your canvas size 3600 by 3600 and create Swipe over to see your layers. Go to this little add and add that image that we just saved, and we will be racing that purple later. We need to delete that white background because we are creating a transparent background now we need to duplicate This. Will need three so duplicate deep. Okay, okay. For 1/2 drop. Repeat, slide one image over halfway. Just directly over. You can see the yellow bars. They weren't, um right here. And I know it's lined up this way. Still to Okay, tough the next layer. You're moving it up to this corner. Got me yellow bars. Hopefully you can see that. That means they know they're in the right spot. Although I think I just shifted it when I lived in my pencil top. The next layer, you can either select it over here or just tap on it over here. Okay, Go into that little export open in another app, PNG. And then find your procreate happen there. If it's not already showing Now go back to procreate. Remember, it is imported into its own canvas as the very first canvass in the gallery. So if you were working on this somewhere else, then say you were in a stack, would have to come out of the stack and come up here. It always looks blank. I don't know why, and here we have it. The background is actually not there. It's just the procreate, automatic white background. I'm going to go ahead and delete the purple. Be very careful not to delete my little shadows. And I copy and paste this layer back into our work that we were originally doing this one Turn off that little purple corner. I need to group all these together and turn them off because that was our original layout. And we don't use that right now. Whoops. Three fingers wipe. Sorry and paste. All right. So you can see we have the leaf right here. Does not repeat directly across from it. Repeats halfway down. So this is the little leaf tip that goes here. We need to fill in the gaps. However we like again, not touching the edges, remembering our shadows just for ease. Eso you could just You could go back in, insert photo and grab your p and G's from here. But this time I'm actually going to do it a little bit easier way and I'm going to copy from here because thes already have our little blurred, um, gray background on them and that we don't have to do that part again so duplicate and bring them up. Let's see. I think I want another red one. Well, it's place thes. They can also go under right now. It's in the same exact position. Is that one? So we need to Could have mess around with that a little bit close to the edge, but not touching the edge. I think I'll put this leaf underneath everything. I want some more green over here, so I'm going to get one of these again when? Underneath. So I'm just gonna leave it right down there. So it depends on how busy you want it to look. Just give it the look you want. I need another yellow leaf. It's going toe select. And I think I want one more something right there. Let's dig green. And maybe this green can go on top. Since there's only one green went on top right now. Gonna make it tiny. I'm gonna have part of it. Be Yeah, part of its under that yellow leaf right there. Do you have kind of a gap right here? I might mess with a little bit more lips. When you're grabbing a shape to move it, you don't have to grab the shape itself. you can grab anywhere on the screen. So that helps sometimes when you accidentally change the shape or size as you're trying to move. Okay, I think I'm happy with that. Although these two green leaves pointing at each other don't like that so much part of this is just being fussy and okay, Z amount can look at that. Now, I need to make sure before I bring this back into pixel mater that I have pixels of color all the way up onto each side of the canvas. So I have it here and I haven't here. I have it here, and I have it here. My background is off and and saving this again as a PNG and we're going to go back into pixel mater in her next video. 9. Checking your final design.: All right. So we've saved this as a PNG and go right back into pixel mater press cancel. We do not need these anymore. And we know the canvas size is the right size, so we can just stick with this canvas. Delete those layers. It won't let you delete all the layers. So I have to leave that one there for a minute. Add the PNG that we just created and that pushed the old went down, so go down here and to lead it. Okay, Now we're decreasing the size, and we're going to check our pattern. And we're going to make this into an image that, um well, then repeat in a grid, even though it's 1/2 drop. Repeat. So decreasing this size by tapping the blue dot webs and dragging it to the middle. And it kind of snaps right into place. You'll see those pixel dimensions will be exactly half of your original numbers if you're off by one pixel at me and something went wrong somewhere. Okay, Now we need to duplicate this four more times. You're gonna need five layers duplicate. We'll just take one and slide it directly up because we did her half drop Repeat, going up and down. These are directly above one another. And that works. We didn't do her half. We didn't do our brick work this way, if that makes sense. All right, so now we take another one, and we need to come down halfway. And it does give you a guide there and then over. Take another one and go right here with it. So up and over in another one and filling back, we're going to zoom in and check our repeat. I don't see any gaps any and he shifting Everything is lined up perfectly. And that is your repeat pattern. With this image, you can now save this, and this image will repeat, um, directly like a grid. So you can see you can see the this leaf finishes over here, it's directly across. So this one repeats here and so on your, um, half drop appearance. You can see if you look at thes bigger red leaves right here in here and here. In here. How there dropped from there. Not a grid like this. This side is dropped over here. And with that look, it's more of a random appearance. You can't really spot. The pattern is easily so let's bring that back and to procreate. I want to show you what I mean. Um, when I say that now you've created one that can be repeated as a regular grid. All right, let's import that into procreate really quick and then go back. So this is your original half drop. I would title it original half drop, and then this is you can mess around with the background, do lots of things. This is your your final, maybe your original final. Um, so let's go back really quick into pixel mater and I want to save this copied of photos, although that might copy it with a background. Still, we all of these, and add that photo that we just saved. Yeah, so it saved it with as a J. Paige, I guess is saved it with a background, which is fine. I just want to show you how we can now use this to just do regular repeat so you can just make it agreed with it. Now I'm seeing this and sea mews diagonal lines of these yellow leaves to fix that sort of thing. You can maybe make part of that leaf under some of the other leaves so it doesn't. It's not right now that yellow leaf is entirely on top of all the other leaves, which is why it's standing out to me so you can go around and go back to the beginning if you want. If you really don't like the layout and play around with the leaf layers some more and, um, as you can see, it's you can really fuss around with it quite a bit. But this is your half drop. Repeat. Those are not directly across from each other, so you can see it goes zigzag instead of making a grid. If those made a grid, it would be really obvious. Although I guess it's kind of obvious to me right now. At least. Yeah, like it. I don't, um I don't save this way. I don't I don't save this way because it does save huh? The background. So instead saving it by exporting it to procreate. You can now do all sorts of things. With your background. You can have no background at all. You can, um, do a cool texture background, maybe a cloudy gray sky. In my previous, seamless repeat class, we talked about some of the textured backgrounds and how you can make those, um, for example, let's take this one and just copy that layer of quid. This is for my other class and just gonna add a few layers down here real quick and paste that in. I'm not going to keep it pink. Turn on Alfa Lock and let's let's actually dio a medium toned gray Phil layer and play around with the blend modes again so you can see that background. And that's already a seamless repeat background so you can save this image. And, um, I'm messing around with the background color right now. And since my grey textured background is texture, layer is on a blend mode. It's changing with the, um, the background color. Yeah, I don't know. There's quite a bit of texture going on here. So might wanna solid background. It's going darker. You can also play around with duplicating, turning one layer off and going into hue saturation brightness. Play around with your colors on your leaves. This plays around with all of the colors at the same time, which isn't as ideal as playing around with them separately. They're ago. That's a nice, more muted tone or saturated. And since you did that on a separate layer, you still have your original one. So I do that a lot. I play around with color. Color combinations are left. All right, there's your half drop. Repeat. I hope you enjoyed the class. 10. Spoonflower: I wanted to show you what some of the fabrics look like. And products on spin flour using a similar design to our leaf pattern can see wallpaper, table linens, tea towels, napkins, bedding and pillows. Shower curtains. Throw blankets. Here's my winter bird design with the table linens, the flower design we did in the last class. A nice bright fruit pattern. And some months I hope you enjoyed the class. Go ahead and leave a project down in the project section and I'd love to see it and follow me. And so you can see my upcoming videos. Thank you. 11. Extra! Using Affinity Designer for Half-Drops: I'm going to show you the half drop. Repeat using the's on Citrus slices, and I won't go into showing you how to make these slices. But there's quite a few layers in each one of them, so I'm just gonna save them as P and G's. I just saved them one at a time. Actually, sell saved the orange, and this is just so I can use them later, I turned to the background off. I'm going to save the orange. So when you do the regular repeat, when we slide the tiles into the four corners, we just slide them into the four corners for this'll one. We're gonna be moving one whole tile halfway across the screen, and this is going to be down the middle. The middle is going to be over here. It's going to be the new left edge, so whatever we have down the middle is gonna get cut. So I want to go ahead and fill that middle. I'm going to move the limit a little bit, so it's close to the edge. Nothing can touch the edges when we're setting up the pattern, and it's fine if you want an overlapping um, image. So go ahead and leave those overlapping. So when one tiles gonna get moved over here, and then the other two tiles are gonna get moved into the corners. So I'm just gonna leave it like this for now. I'm gonna go ahead and turn my background layer off so I can save it as a P and G. And I'm turning on this layer that I already had That marks the two corners so that when I saved this whole thing as a PNG, it's going to save it all the way to the top edge, left edge, right edge, left edge and bottom edge. So that's why we do those corners. I explained that more in my regular class on seamless repeats. So the wrench tool share P and G save image, and we're just gonna use this saved image in affinity. Designer. Now I need to remind myself about my dimensions canvas information 3600 by 3600. So I already have some. But I'm going to start fresh for you here and show you how to use affinity designer for this purpose. There's a lot more you can do with this app. press the little plus sign, Go to new document and here's dimensions. We need to change this to 3600. Okay? And that 1 36 100 okay, and d p I 300 is what I always use. The orientation does the defaults. Even though it's a square, it's showing it portrait and then I'm choosing and transparent background. This color profile is the same one that pixel mater uses that caused a problem for me. But this isn't the one that ends up being used when we pull it back into appropriate. So we end up not having that same issue. All right, top. OK, and now we have our square canvas and we need to pull in our image. So this little symbol here, that's the little paper. With the three dots, you can choose place, image and import from photos. And this is the one that we just did the whole screen shot or the whole on p a g of the whole campus. So a little pop up showed up and said, you need to drag a drop before we do that. We need to turn the magnetic tool on, which is that little magnet bar, and now we drag and drop in. Her image is going to show up, pop it into We need to make sure it's in all the corners. So because I didn't tap the corner when I first started dragging it just it came in as a square. But I needed to check all the corners to make sure all the corners air all the way up, and it does snap into place. So that's good. All right, we need three of thes, so we're going to go to make sure this is selected, which it still is. We're going to the little three dots. Copy three dots again, paste and paste. Over here, there's a layers option. If you can't see what I'm looking at, tap this question mark and all the little descriptions show up. So here's the layers, and you can see we have three identical layers. They're all just stacked so you can't see him, but they're all there. We're taking one, and we're sliding it halfway over In pixel mater, you can't drag where the transparent background is, but in affinity designer you can so just grab anywhere and slide it over, and it'll snap and I'm seeing a green bar here, A red bar here, here, here and let go so that when just goes straight over, we're not changing the size of anything at this point. So don't grab the little blue nodes or you'll be decreasing the size of it. All right, so tap on the next one, and that selects it. And we're going to slide it up into the corner with this corner being in the middle and all those guides pop up and you let go, all right, and select the next one and slide it down into the other corner. I have my green bars and my red bars. Now you can see my lemon is not connecting over here. It's not directly going across because we have 1/2 drop. Repeat. So it's coming down this way down this way and so on. So the oranges air directly on top of each other because the half drop pattern is actually I'm going on on the the it's hard to explain. So on these vertical sides, the half drops shifting, but it can't shift on the vertical sides and the horizontal sides at the same time, so we just have a direct match with the orange going from the top to the bottom. So we need to export this back in to procreate. Andi, PNG is selected. I don't do anything down here and then I tap share. Don't save image. It does save it as a PNG with no background. But when I imported that back into procreate, the color was off. So go straight to procreate and I can escape out of there. Go into procreate. It'll import and it goes right into the very first spot of the gallery. And that is your piece that you need to know complete. So I'm gonna select these little blue areas and just get them off the page and tap on the man layer and copy. Go back into our original. This is our original layout, which I want to keep it that way in case I wanna adjust it and start over. But I don't need the corner pieces anymore. And I want to turn that original group off and paste three fingers wiped down and paste that half drop minute de selected So it doesn't actually, so it doesn't accidentally get matched. Now remember, we saved all those Citrus slices as separate PNG's, and this is a good time to use those so we can go into the wrench tool. Add insert photo. And if you want to insert a blood orange, it's a good time, Teoh, if you want it. If this menu is in your way and you went to move with two fingers the whole canvas without changing the size of this selected item, you can tap and hold on this arrow and then you can move. And it doesn't move that since we have a transparent background, you can move this slice on top or under the imported image we have here. So I think I will move it under, and I also shifted a little, make it a little smaller. I'm gonna add another. Let's do a lemon. Gonna get kind of close to the edge up there. But we don't touch the edges on anything when replacing the original design. And also, when we're placing these filler pieces, I don't want it right here by this orange or it'll just look like a row. A column of oranges down my design. So what? The orange to be over here And that means I need to move this guy. Yeah, I'll put it right there. So this part is just something that, um you can fuss around with, as you can see my lime here on, we'll turn these off. My lime is free floating in this imported image we just brought in from affinity designer. And because it's not touching the edges of anything, I can actually grab it and move it. Even though that was from our original selection. Cut and paste, it moves it to a new layer. And let's just see where I want to put that. Now it's getting kind of crowded up here, but I don't know if I went to Lime's together. So I'm going to move my lime way up here close to the edge, and I'm going to move that lemon back down here, maybe make it smaller rotate It said those limes are going to be close to each other in the final design because this is going to repeat right there. So that's something to think about. But I'm OK with that. All right, this is your final pattern. This is a one by one of your final pattern but as you can see, it's it's 1/2 drop. So if you can't import for 1/2 drop design this next step not only checks your pattern to see if you really like the overall layout, but it turns it into a two by two of your pattern, as well as making it a regular grid. Repeat of that next image. So that makes sense in a minute. I don't need that layer where I put the corner colors because I have pixels all the way up to each edge already. And I just need to save this as a pan G go back into affinity designer. I'm gonna tap cancel. I can use the same campus, so I just need to delete these layers by going to the layers. And I can see what is selected so I can tap this garbage can garbage can garbage can. Now I need to import that image place image from photos. Magnetics will stay on until you turn it off and just gonna drag and drop. And if make sure it's in all the corners. All right, So for this step, I just accidentally tapped. So, um, in case this happens, to you. I accidentally tapped this node tools. I need to go back up to the move tool. Different arrow right there. And then I can select my design for this step. I need five layers, so I need to copy hoops with the three little dots. Copy. If you since the layer menus selected, you can see him over here. If you lose track of your count, you can just tap on the layer menu to have it pop up. And then you can see them over here as you do that. When 2345 we actually needed them all to be small, going to make the layer menu to go away there so you can make it small first before you copy and paste. Or you can just easily change them all one at a time. So you're going to come right down to the middle and it does snap into place and tap another when snaps right into place, top another win, and I'm gonna go ahead and I'm gonna grab all three of these and put them all in this upper corner by tapping each one, selecting it and changing the size. Now with these three. I need when to be up halfway, and it will snap right there. I need one to be right in the middle. And then I need that last one. It's not letting me select it. Here we go. There we go. No. So I need the last one. Is it this one? Yes. I'm gonna select it from here. And I need that one to come all the way down to that gap and it snaps into place. So now you can kind of zoom out and see if you like that overall design. I do have a diagonal line of the blood oranges and kind of a zigzag orange line going this way, but I really like it. I even like the gaps that we have and those air gaps that you can fill in at the very beginning of your design making. I'm just keeping it very basic. So, um, this Now you can see the lemon repeating over here and the oranges repeating up here, so this would be your final design. I can upload this to spoon flour as a regular repeat. Not you wouldn't call it 1/2 drop. Repeat, because this version is not 1/2 drop anymore, the one little square West. But now we've moved the tiles around in a way that's made this a currid. Repeat. So I hope that makes sense. Um, and you can go ahead and export that. It's already on P and G. It takes a little bit to generate, and then you can tap, share and go right to procreate. Um, so what? When you go back to your main menu, you can keep that file. You can delete all those layers and have it be a blank file and title it by tapping on the little three bars here and renaming it so that you can just keep using that same file for half drop repeats that are 3600 if you have some half drop or any repeats that are 3600. If you have others that are 3000 pixels, you can make one that's just for 3000 pixels, and you can, um, title it so that you'll remember what it is. It already says the pixels right here once. Attempt on one says 3600 by 3600. And this one says 3000 by 3000. So entitle it, whatever you want to remind yourself. But that is kind of a master document for making repeat patterns. All right, so go back in to procreate. It's going to import. Here it is, right here. I copy it. I like to keep these all in one document, so I'm going back to our original. I'm going to group all of the's that were the original half drop. Make a new layer up. I've maxed out my layers, right. I'm just gonna emerge those really quick. And now I have one free layer I can add and paste. It's the last layer I need. And now I have it all in one document. I can delete these. These were the imports from affinity designer. You can keep them a separate documents if you're out of space like I was with the layers. Or you could just find a way to get it in there. I can turn my background layer on now, and you can save thes now, J. Paige RPG with all types of backgrounds going on so you can sit here and play around with whatever you want to do with your backgrounds and save, save, save and have a whole bunch of different color options for those backgrounds. Hopefully, affinity designer is not too confusing. I know pixel mater was pretty straightforward, and I think both can work. So again. If you want to keep using pixel mater, just go watch the number four video in the regular seamless repeat class to see how to start your design in a certain color profile that will prevent the color problems when you're importing from pixel mater. All right, enjoy.