Textile Design Part 2: Create a Halfdrop Repeating Pattern in Photoshop | Design & Photoshop Skills

April Mawhinney, Illustrator & Surface Pattern Designer

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8 Videos (41m)
    • INTRO

      1:21
    • 1. WHAT IS A HALFDROP REPEAT PATTERN?

      1:37
    • 2. CREATING THE ARTBOARD FOR YOUR REPEAT

      4:22
    • 3. THE BASICS OF CREATING A HALFDROP REPEATING PATTERN

      12:39
    • 4. CREATING THE REPEAT SWATCH

      3:37
    • 5. HOW TO CREATE AN ALL OVER PATTERN

      9:41
    • 6. USING THE BEDDING MOCKUP

      5:51
    • 7. CLASS PROJECT & FINAL THOUGHTS

      1:23

About This Class

Textile Design Part 2 - Create a Halfdrop Repeating Pattern in Adobe Photoshop

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In this course you will discover how Textile Designer, April Mawhinney, creates halfdrop repeating patterns in Adobe Photoshop. She will share some of her insider tips and give you the skills you need to make your Pattern Dreams become a reality!!

This course is a follow-on class from her 'Textile Design Part 1 - Design an Illustrated Placement Print' class. In this Part 2 class, she will build on the skills from the first class by taking the motifs she drew, and walk you through the steps on how to create a Halfdrop repeating pattern in Photoshop. Her fail safe approach will show you that it is possible to create fantastic halfdrop repeating patterns, first time and every time.

This course is for you, if:

  • You are interested in Textile Design or Surface Pattern Design,
  • You are not sure what a halfdrop repeating pattern is,
  • Your head is full of 'Repeat Pattern ideas' but you don't know how to create the pattern,
  • You would like to know about using Adobe Photoshop as a Surface Pattern Design tool,
  • You want to expand your portfolio or learn how to create work that is ready for a client.

What you will learn:

This 41 minute class walks you through the steps on how to create a Halfdrop Repeating Pattern in Photoshop.

April will start by explaining what a halfdrop repeating pattern is, and then show you the basics of how to create a halfdrop pattern. Then once you are ready, she will show you how she creates a more complex all over halfdrop repeating pattern.

Finally, she will walk you through how to use her free Technical Bedding Mockup (which is available to download from the Class page on the main Skillshare website).

So delve inside to learn the day-to-day techniques April uses to design work on a freelance basis for her clients. At the end you will have the skills you need to create patterns which will WOW your portfolio or a future client.

This class is perfect for newbie designers, illustrators and anyone who loves discovering how to use Adobe Photoshop as a surface pattern design tool. An understanding of Adobe Photoshop would be advantageous, but fear not, April will walk you through each step.

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Want to learn more?

This course is Part Two of April's Textile Design Techniques classes. If you are interested in starting at the beginning and learning more about the fundamentals of textile design, then pop over and take the first class, Textile Design Part 1 - Design an Illustrated Placement Print.

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This was an excellent class - great as a follow on to the Textile Design Part 1 class, but also just on its own. April explains really simply how to create half drop repeating patterns and I can't wait to give it a go too :)
Wow! Great class- I've always struggled with half drop repeats and I feel like I could make one with April's guidance! Well Done :)

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April Mawhinney

Illustrator & Surface Pattern Designer


April Mawhinney-Wells is an Illustrator, Textile Designer and Surface Pattern Designer. She also is the owner & Creative Director of April Mawhinney Design Studio.

Originally from Northern Ireland - where the local area is steeped in the tradition of the linen industry - April's passion for textiles took her to study textiles at the renowned Winchester School of Art, England, UK. Her love of Nordic design also led her to study textile print design at Kunsthogskolen i Oslo ...

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