Transform Watercolor Illustrations into Intricate Patterns

Sandra Bowers, Illustrator+ Surface Pattern Designer

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7 Videos (23m)

    • Class Project

    • Set-up

    • Creating the Tile

    • Testing the Pattern

    • Recoloring

    • Finishing Touches

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About This Class


Creating repeating patterns is one of the most exciting things to do with your illustrations and, once you learn how to do it, you can´t stop!  

In this class you´ll learn how to use your watercolor illustrations to make seamless repeating patterns by using a simple technique in Adobe® Photoshop® software.  You will also learn how to clean up your scans, create the pattern tile, test your pattern repeat and create alternate colorways. 

This class is geared towards anyone that is curious about pattern design. You need a basic knowledge of Adobe® Photoshop® software to follow along. 

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This is a good, quick way to understand how to make patterns from your own designs. You have to be familiar with photoshop, though. But it's well explained and the little creatures are adorable! :-)
Claude Aimée Villeneuve

Joy in the making!

Great simple way to make a pattern in photoshop! Made a lot of sense and I was able to make my photoshop pattern using my illustrations! YAY. Thanks Sandra!
I had to replay various sections as the accent is strong & as a self taught Photoshop user I found it hard to understand various sections. There were some things she was doing very quickly & that seemed natural to her, but I've never come across them before. So it will take me a bit longer to learn. I don't recommend this for beginners.





Sandra Bowers

Illustrator+ Surface Pattern Designer

I'm Sandra Bowers, I'm a Freelance Illustrator and Surface Pattern Designer based in BC, Canada. I'm originally from the beautiful Medellin, Colombia, where it's springtime all year round!

I have very big eyes and I love animals, specially dogs. Most of my inspiration comes from nature and animals, so I'm lucky to live in a place where I can sit in the garden and watch many free animals come close enough to admire (coyotes, raccoons, bunnies and many many birds!).

I love mixing ...

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