PHOTOSHOP FOR SURFACE PATTERN DESIGN - Create Full and Half Drop Repeats for a Mini Collection

Kelly Kratzing, Surface Pattern Designer and Illustrator

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8 Lessons (43m)
    • 1. 1. Introduction

    • 2. 2. Full Drop Repeat

    • 3. 3. Half Drop Repeat - Part 1

    • 4. 4. Half Drop Repeat - Part 2

    • 5. 5. Extracting the Half Drop Repeat Tile

    • 6. 6. Full Drop and Half Drop Repeat Comparison

    • 7. 7. Creating a Mini Collection

    • 8. 8. Final Words

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About This Class

This is the second class in my series, Photoshop for Surface Pattern Design. In this class I show you how I create both full drop and half drop repeats in Adobe Photoshop. Both methods produce seamless repeats for creating patterns for textiles, stationery, home decor and more, but each has its own advantage depending on the pattern application. I will then show you how I create a mini collection that incorporates both a seamless full drop and half drop repeat pattern to go with a placement print of your choice ready to submit to an art director or to create your own products.  

At the end of the class, you will be able to: 

  • Create a full drop repeat tile in Adobe Photoshop
  • Create a half drop repeat in Adobe Photoshop and extract the repeat tile 
  • Save your pattern as both a flattened and editable file
  • Save your pattern in your Photoshop pattern library for quick use
  • Create a mini collection consisting of a placement print, main pattern (half drop repeat tile) and coordinate pattern (full drop repeat tile)
  • Use the following tools: pattern overlay, transform, copy, offset, rectangular marquee, crop
  • Create and order layers
  • Learn useful keyboard shortcuts for common tasks when making patterns

Equipment required:

  • You will need access to Photoshop in order to complete this class. Prior experience with Photoshop is not essential but recommended. I use Photoshop CC in my tutorials however earlier versions of Photoshop will be fine to use.
  • Your own artwork/motifs for the class

This class is for students who have a basic understanding of Adobe Photoshop. My first class, Photoshop for Surface Pattern Design - Scanning, Cleaning, Colouring and Extracting Motifs, explains how to get your illustrations into Photoshop and ready to make a repeat pattern. If you are a beginner, I strongly recommend you complete this class first to get familiar with Photoshop and have motifs ready to go to make your amazing patterns! You can check it out here:

For your class project, you will use your own artwork (placement print, half drop repeat pattern and full drop repeat pattern) to create a mini collection to pitch to an art director using the techniques that I have shown you. You can use any theme or style.

If you post your work on social media, please use the hashtag #kellykratzingskillshare so I can like, share and comment on your work. Looking forward to seeing your work!

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