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Surface Pattern Design: Experimental Patterns With Your Photography

teacher avatar Melissa Meyerson, Digital Artist, Pattern Lover, Teacher

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Lessons in This Class

7 Lessons (13m)
    • 1. Intro Video

    • 2. Creating Flower Mandala Motifs

    • 3. Creating First Repeat Tile

    • 4. Creating Second Repeat Tile

    • 5. Adding an Effect to Pattern Tile

    • 6. Creating Digital Papers

    • 7. Thank You

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About This Class

This class is about exploring photography for digital pattern design. Using my photos directly in my designs, has been a great way for me to connect with my initial inspiration, and I’ve learned some really cool Photoshop techniques along the way.

This class is also about lots of experimentation and creating many variations of a theme.  If you’ve never tried these techniques, I hope I can inspire you to try something new, and add to your pattern portfolio.

Feel free to check out my previous class, Developing Motifs From Your Photography, as I demonstrate my method for removing my motif elements from their background.

Hope you enjoy the class, and please feel free to ask any questions! If you like the class, please be so kind as to leave a positive review.

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Melissa Meyerson

Digital Artist, Pattern Lover, Teacher


My name is Melissa. I am always happiest when I'm a part of any creative community. My first passion was black line art. I tried many other mediums in an effort to expand and grow as a creative, and then I discovered and fell madly in love with Digital Pattern Design.

I had a lot to learn, and I was so grateful for all the online opportunities available, as I took on these new learning curves.

I am now a graduate of all 4 Modules of the very popular, Make It In Design Courses, run by Rachael Taylor and Beth Kempton. I was thrilled to have one of my designs recently selected for The Surface Pattern Design Lookbook Vol.2, within the Global Geometric category.

I LOVE that Skillshare is here for all creatives, and I'm really excited to finally enter the commun... See full profile

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1. Intro Video: hi, smallest on of a new class called experimental Patterns with your photography. In this short class will be creating flower motifs from isolated photos, setting up repeat pattern tiles, experimenting with filter effects. Layering pattern fills, adding texture and changing colors. I've attached two moments he can use to get started, but I also have a previous class that shows you how to isolate your photos. And by the end of the class, you'll be able to create sets of digital papers you can print or upload so in role now and let's get started. 2. Creating Flower Mandala Motifs: for this first demo, I'm gonna be making these flower mandalas using a few of these isolated motifs I have attached. The stock meant blow so you can start playing with some of these elements right away. But in my previous class, developing motifs from your photography I demonstrate how to isolate your photos. I'm going to create a new document eight inches by eight inches because that is gonna be in my repeating tile size. I'm going to select me first element, and I have my auto select on layer, so it jumps right to that layer. I also like to convert my elements into smart objects which can be found here. To transfer this element are choose duplicate layer and for the destination, I picked me new document. Now we duplicate this element, dragging it over the new layer icon. I do control tea for free transform, and it's hard to see, but I need to drag this little target down to the bottom of my stem so I can rotate from that point. I repeat this all the way around. I can further adjust with control t again and rotate. I grabbed my next element and bring it over. I'll place this in the middle and drag these layers to the top of the stack once I have a complete motif and want a group it before you do the next. So this is the same process for this one. This time with five copies, I bring in my last element, this flower for the center and create another group. This next move chief is the same process again. The only difference is I added a hue adjustment layer for this top flower. I can change the color again, and because it's clipped, which is option, click between the two layers. It will only affect this one layer. 3. Creating First Repeat Tile: in this demo, I'm going to create my first pattern tile, and this is what it's gonna look like abusing the offset filter. I want my tire size to be eight by eight inches at 300 Resolution and RGB. I'll create a new document and save before you do an offset. Always make note of your pixel dimensions from image size, so I'm gonna bring in my first MO chief. I already have the whole group selected, so I choose Duplicate group to my new document. At this point and one, emerge all these separate layers first, select him all and merge dragged the layer out of the folder and I could just trash this. I'll put the motif in the middle of my tile and shoes filter other offset So the horizontal and vertical numbers here needs to be 1/2 of your original pixel dimensions, which would be 1200 by 1200 pixels and make sure that the wraparound is turned on. I grabbed my next motif, merged the layers and place it where I want. I want a transparent background for my pattern, so we turn off the white background first and then I choose at it. It's a fine pattern to create the repeats. Heil. To test this out, I'll use a 12 by 12 inch document and add a pattern. Phil Layer. The key is to zoom in and check for any seems or mistakes. 4. Creating Second Repeat Tile: so this next pattern tiles a little more complex but very similar. I did include a black backgrounds out a little drama, and it also contains additional motifs behind the first set. So to recreate this, I again used an eight by eight inch document here. I already merged the motif, so it's just this one layer and I bring this over. I wanted to duplicate this mo chief before I do the offset. So I have another copy available. I do the same offset. Turn this layer back on for the center and re size. So back to my completed tile, I'll focus on the background elements. I use just this one flower, one in the center, one offset horizontally and one offset vertically. So I walk through this process. First. I'm going to duplicate my flower three times into my working file. I'll move all three to the center, and I know I want one right behind this motif. Here. I'll now select the first flower layer and shoes filter offset again, but this time I'm going to manually choose the location by moving this horizontal slider. Now just reduce the capacity and I'll do the same thing for this next flower layer I'll turn My top layer is back on, and if necessary, I can adjust this position again because my flower was a smart object. I have the smart filter available to make further changes. Once unhappy with everything I go into finding as a pattern, I'll repeat the same process to test it out. I'll create a 12 inch by 12 inch document with a pattern, Phil, and I'll scale it up to check for any steams or any changes that I'd like to make. 5. Adding an Effect to Pattern Tile: in this demo, I want to show you how you can take your initial tile and create a more stylized version. Here is an example where I applied a filter to the image, and it's pretty subtle. First, I'm going to save a new copy of this tile to keep the original separate. Next. They want to take all the layers in these different groups and turn them into a smart object. But I'll leave the background color separate. I'm gonna open the filter gallery from the menu options, and this is where you can really start experimenting. You can zoom in and out to see the results and, of course, play around the settings a little bit because this is a smart object. It's also a smart filter, so I can re enter at any time and make changes. If you like the results, go ahead and define a new pattern, and you can keep making changes and creating multiple pattern tiles. I can also continue to change my background color, so have fun with this 6. Creating Digital Papers: So this final demo is about creating principle or up floatable artwork, so you were. Others can use your designs. You can quickly and easily change the colors, create variations and start building coordinating sets of designs in this example amusing. The first pattern. A maid. It's a 12 inch by 12 inch document, and it's just a different pattern. Fills layered on top of each other. I always keep my background color separate, so I can continue to change it. Each pattern. Phil has a transparent background, so they layer very nicely. But the real fun is when you start changing the scale of each pattern, the blending modes and the A pass it ease. You can also add a completely different pattern on top and blend it. I also loves it at a hue adjustment layer as well, and get different color variations. A lot of times. Layering on another pattern will just add that extra bit of texture to your design, - so I can start building a whole collection of designs this way for this particular display. I just clipped all my layers into a rectangular shape layer 7. Thank You: so a big thank you for all of you then enrolled in this class. And I really hope it inspired you to try something new. Whether you're still finding a personal style where you very comfortable with your style, it's always great fun to experiment with something different. And it's definitely a great learning experience to please do not hesitate to ask any questions or leave comments. And I really hope youll share some of your new designs in the project section. I'd love to see them, so I really hope you enjoy the class.