PHOTOSHOP FOR SURFACE PATTERN DESIGN - Scanning, Cleaning, Colouring and Extracting Motifs

Kelly Kratzing, Surface Pattern Designer and Illustrator

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10 Videos (50m)
    • Introduction

    • Overview Understanding Layers in Photoshop

    • Overview Tool Basics

    • Scanning and Cleaning

    • Colouring using Edit-Fill

    • Colouring with Paint Bucket and Colour Overlay

    • Colouring with Hue-Saturation

    • Enhancing with Burn and Dodge Tools

    • Extracting Motifs

    • Final Words


About This Class


This class is for artists and designers who want to learn how to digitise and import artwork into Photoshop, enhance and clean artwork ready for print, colour your artwork in Photoshop, and extract individual artwork elements to have ready-to-go motifs for surface pattern design projects.

Both Adobe Illustrator (vector-based) and Adobe Photoshop (raster-based) are brilliant programs for creating technical repeat tiles for surface pattern design, however Photoshop is best suited to designers who use texture or painterly effects in their artwork as these features will be better retained using Photoshop. This is what we will be covering in this series of tutorials.

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

  • Digitise your artwork and import your artwork directly into Photoshop
  • Use the following tools: eraser tool, magic eraser tool, magic wand tool, lasso tool, clone tool, eye-dropper tool, paint bucket tool, paint brush tool, burn tool, dodge tool
  • Create and order layers
  • Learn useful keyboard shortcuts for common tasks
  • Get your artwork print ready
  • Learn different methods for colouring your artwork in Photoshop including the Paint brush, Paint bucket, select-edit-fill and hue-saturation
  • Enhance your artwork using the Burn and Dodge tools, and Clone tool
  • Have ready-to-go motifs for surface pattern design projects

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.
  • A scanner (preferably one that will scan at 600 dpi)
  • Your own artwork for the class

For your class project, you will use your own artwork to create 5-10 ready-to-go motifs for a surface pattern design project of your choice using the techniques that I have shown you. You can use any theme or style.

I have attached a Helpful Information PDF in the Class Project section for your use.  

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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Thank you for sharing, great work!
Nicole Baumgarten

Graphic Designer / Illustrator

This really helped me get a refresher on how to prep my work and use color within PS. I learned brand new things as well.
Kelly, Thank you! this was one of the most helpful classes re. Ps for SPD that I have seen. Am going to watch through again and give Ps another go.
Raynor Hadland

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Kelly Kratzing

Surface Pattern Designer and Illustrator

Hello, I'm Kelly. I am a surface pattern designer and illustrator based in Melbourne, Australia. I have  been lucky to work with clients designing wallpaper, packaging, stationery and bedding.

I have a background in biology which is reflected in my strong use of nature-inspired motifs, particularly anything distinctly Australian. In terms of materials, I love to use fine ink pens, prismacolour pencils, and watercolours to create intricate, elega...

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