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Create Seamless Repeat Patterns on Your iPad in Procreate + FREE Pattern Elements

teacher avatar Liz Kohler Brown, artist | designer | teacher | author

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Create Seamless Repeat Patterns on Your iPad


    • 2.

      Making a Color Palette


    • 3.

      Drawing & Coloring


    • 4.

      Drawing Layered Elements


    • 5.

      Basic Repeats Part 1


    • 6.

      Basic Repeats Part 2


    • 7.

      Half Drop Repeats Part 1


    • 8.

      Half Drop Repeats Part 2


    • 9.

      Finalizing and Checking the Pattern


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About This Class

In this class I want to show you how to create a seamless repeat pattern on your iPad.  With this process you can easily create a repeat pattern on your iPad, without using the computer at all!  You can even upload your patterns directly to print on demand sites from your iPad.  

I’ll show you every step of the process of building a repeat pattern, and take you through my process for designing repeat patterns that don’t have an obvious repeat block.  

I’ll show you:

  • two methods for creating repeat elements on your iPad including hand drawn illustration and tracing.
  • how to create a basic repeat pattern from start to finish.
  • how to check your repeat pattern to be sure it repeats seamlessly.  
  • how to create a half-drop repeat pattern, which can help make the boundaries of the repeat block less obvious to the viewer, since they allow you to scatter repeat elements down the page.

To design my repeat elements I like to use the app Procreate, but you could use any iPad drawing app like Adobe Sketch.  To create the repeat pattern we’ll use the app Pixelmator.  It’s only a few dollars in the app store and it is the only iPad program I’ve found that allows you to create a pixel perfect repeat pattern that is ready for print.  So all you need to take this class is your iPad and the app Pixelmator.

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Liz Kohler Brown

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1. Create Seamless Repeat Patterns on Your iPad: Hi everyone. I'm Liz. I'm an illustrator, artist and teacher. Today, I want to show you how to create a seamless repeat pattern on your I-pad. I've been using print on demand sites like Spoon Flour and Society Six to sell my repeat patterns for years. It's not only a steady source of income, but it's also really fun to brainstorm new patterns and work with customers to create unique custom designs. When I first got my iPad, I realized there wasn't an easy way to make a seamless repeat pattern without using Photo shop on the computer at some point, then I discovered the process I want to show you today. With this process, you can easily create a repeat pattern on your iPad without using the computer at all. You can even upload your patterns directly to print on demand sites from your iPad. In this class, I'll show you every step of that process and take you through my personal process for designing repeat patterns that don't have an obvious repeat block. First, I'll show you a few methods for creating repeat elements on your iPad, including hand-drawn illustrations and traced images. Next, I'll show you how to create a basic repeat pattern from start to finish and how to check your repeat pattern to be sure it repeat seamlessly. Then we'll create a half drop repeat pattern. Half drop repeats make the boundaries of the repeat block less obvious to the viewer since they allow you to scatter repeat elements down the page. When I create repeat elements for my patterns, I like to use the app Pro-create to do my drawing. But you could use any drawing app, like the free app Adobe sketch. To create the repeat pattern, we'll use the app Pixelmatter. It's only a few dollars in the App store, and it's the only iPad program I found that allows you to create a pixel perfect repeat pattern that's ready for print. So all you need to take this class is the app Pixelmatter, your Ipad, and a stylus. I like to use the Apple pencil, but you can use any stylus or even your finger. So let's get started. 2. Making a Color Palette: The first thing that I like to do when I create a new seamless repeat pattern is choose my colors. I'll open Procreate and open a blank document here, and then I've just inserted a photo I took into the document. You can do that by clicking the tool symbol and click Insert a photo. This could be a picture that you took or it could be a color palette that you found online. Anything like that is fine to use for this part of the process. To create my color palette, I'll click on the little color symbol on the top right here, then I'll click Pallets over on the right, and the plus sign to create a new pallet. That made a blank palette for me here. I'm going to click the name of it and give it a name. Let's call this Peach Flower. Then I want to go to each color in this picture, click and hold with your finger and then tap on that blank area. Click and hold and tap, and just keep doing that all over the picture. You can get a really nice range of colors this way. Sometimes I'll see a flower or it could even be a sign outside of a restaurant or a landscape, anything you see that has some nice colors. Just snap a picture of that and that maybe would be a nice color palette to use later on. Now that I have all the colors I like from that picture, I'm going to click Disc to go back to my color palette main disc. There's my color palette down at the bottom here. Now, when I'm drawing, let's say I grab a drawing pen and I want to paint with a pink, then I've got that pink right there at hand. Really easy to use. 3. Drawing & Coloring: Now that we've created a color palette, let's go ahead and play around with a few different ways to create repeat elements for our pattern. I'm going to click the plus sign and create a new canvas, and let's do 2000 by 2000. I'm going to go to my background color first and choose a color for that, and I'm going to switch to a different palette. I made a palette called vintage vibrant that I really like, so I'm going to go to that palette and click "Set Default. Then when I go back to my main disk, that palette will show up. I'm going to go to my background layer and choose a color here. Let's choose this light blue color. I like to start by creating a background layer because I think it makes it easier to choose colors for your drawing elements if you already have a background. I'm going to go ahead and draw a leaf shape here to get us started, and I'll just choose black and I'll use the technical pen for this. I'm going to duplicate this a few times by swiping to the left and clicking "Duplicate." Let's play around with a few different ways to change this drawing. The first option is a black outline. That can be nice for a lot of patterns, but you probably will want to add a little bit more color to your piece. I'm going to go to my second leaf piece here and I want to change just the outline. I don't want to change anything else on this layer except what I've already drawn. To do that, I'm going to take two fingers and swipe to the right, and that puts that layer in a state called Alpha lock. Alpha lock means you can only change what already has been painted on this layer. If I just want to change my lines, we have to use the Alpha lock state. If I go to that layer, then I go to my color palette and choose a color, let's choose bright pink here, and then go back to my layer panel, click on the layer and click "Fill Layer." That totally changes the color of that outline. That's one option. For the next option, let's do the same thing, fill layer. But I also want to add something to the interior of these leaves. I'm going to get my Selection Tool, click "Automatic", and then click in all these little interior parts. I want to zoom in here and be sure that I have my threshold set correctly. The threshold you'll see on the top here if you click-and-drag, is a percentage showing how much is selected. If I deselect this and I put my threshold really low, when I click, there's this outline here where the pink area and the background are going to cause this little outline. I don't want that, I want this full interior to be full. I'm going to click-and-drag and you can see how the threshold changes, and covers more and more of that background. Then when you start to see this other color up here, that's telling you that you're now selecting part of the pink. That's good. I want to really be sure all of my interior is selected. I'm going to select all the other parts of this, then I'll make a new layer. Let's choose a lighter pink color. On that new layer, I'm going to click one time and click "Fill," so it's only going to fill what I had selected. There's only one problem with this step, it leaves you with a jagged line all around your outline. To fix that, we're going to click that outline layer and drag it below our drawing. You see if it's above our drawing, it's really jagged, if it's below our drawing, it becomes nice and smooth. That step is really important. If you like this color and you're confident about this color, you can go ahead and merge those layers by just pinching them together like this or I'm going to undo that merge. We can click the first one and click "Combine Down" and that makes them into a little group. If I click on my group, I can move these around and they work as a team. I can still change them individually by selecting down here. The grouping is a nice option if you may still want to change your colors a little bit, but the merging is fine if you're confident about your color choices. For the next piece, rather than coloring in the outlines with a different color, let's color them in with the same color so that we have a solid shape. So I'm going to go to that layer, click, "Select," click all of those, and I'm making sure that I've got that third color appearing there. Then I'm going to make a new layer and get a pure black by double-clicking in the black area and then click "Edit," Fill. I want to be sure my outline is a pure black too. So I'm going to alpha lock that layer. Click at one time and click fill. Now I can be sure those have the exact same black on them. So I'm going to drag my outline to the bottom and then merge those two layers together. So now I have a nice solid shape and I can alpha lock that, choose a color and fill that shape. So things like this are really nice fillers for patterns because you can put these in the background as just like a leaf silhouette to kind of fill in your repeat pattern. So for the next one, let's do that same step and create a different colored solid shape. So first let's choose our color. Let's do a brighter pink. Let's do that one. So I'm going to swipe to the right to alpha lock that layer, click "Edit," and Fill, so now I've got a nice pink outline. I'm going to duplicate that layer. I want to have two outlines for this one. Then I'm going to change the color of this one to a lighter pink. So it's still alpha locked, fill layer and let's get our selection tool. Select all those interiors and be sure I'm getting that third color, and on a new layer, I'm going to click "Fill." So now I've got three layers. When I drag my outline to the top, I have an outline layer, I have an interior layer, and I have a solid layer. So I'm going to merge my two solid layers together and for my outline layer, I'm just going to offset that a little bit. So this is a really nice effect where you can pair a silhouette with a drawing and we could play around with the colors and sizing of that as well. So for the final piece, let's do another outlines, so I am going to use that same bright pink, swipe to the right to alpha lock, fill that layer, get my selection tool and select all those, create a new layer, edit, fill, merge those two together, so now I've got a nice solid shape. Now I'm going to grab my eraser tool with the technical pen and this pen is from the inking section of procreate and I'm going to go through and erase these outlines. So I'm just making little marks where the veins of the leaf would be and what that does for me is it reveals the background. So we could change the background color and then that would totally change how this piece shows up. So let's do that. Let's go to our background layer and choose a different color so that yellow looks kind of nice, the orange. So this is a fun part of the process where you can really just play around with color, make a lot of different options so you can have a lot to choose from and I think in the end, trying out all these different options will help you get closer to what you're hoping for. 4. Drawing Layered Elements: When I plan out a new repeat pattern, the first thing I like to do is just create a full page of hand-drawn elements. I think that makes it a little easier than trying to build your repeat and create your elements at the same time. I really like this method. I just split the repeat into two stages. The first stage is just the drawing stage. I just want to show you how I create one of these so you can get an idea. I'm going to redraw this one so you can see exactly how I've done this. I'm using select freehand, drag down three fingers, cut and paste. I'm cutting it off that first layer and pasting it onto a new layer. I'm going to use my same drawing tool that I used before, which is the technical pen. I like to do pieces like this in separate layers. On my first layer I'm going to do my black ink. Let's get a pure black here by double-clicking the black, I'm going to draw my stems and just stick in the stem a little bit. Then draw a couple more stem shooting off. I like my stem shooting off to be just a little bit thinner than the original stem. Then I'm going to do some rounded leaves. Let's leave that layer like that for now. Now I want to draw my flower. I'm just going to choose a pink here that I like and I'm going to draw the outer shape first. Then just give it three big petals here like a two loop shape. Now I want to add a little bit more detail. I'm going to get a orange, gold brown color and let's put that on a new layer. I'm just going to add a little bit of detail to the bottom of this flower. This is like Mexican folk-art style, where they layer a lot of different shapes on top of each other in really bright, vibrant colors. I love that style. Now I'm going to go back to my black layer and I'm going to move it on top of those other two layers so that I can add a little bit of detail there. I'm getting that black again. I can get that black by going to my color palette. Or I can just click and hold on the black I already have, to repeat that same color. That looks good. On a new layer, I'm going to do this little bit of detail on these leaves. That looks nice. The nice thing about doing this on separate layers is, let's say I just want to change the color of the pink flowers so I can alpha lock those. Let's change that to a turquoise color. Fill that layer. Now I have a totally different color flower. I could have two of these. I could have one with a turquoise paddles, one with the pink petals or even more than that. That's one option for creating these pieces. Now when you look at this sheet, you can see how I've built these. Each one of these is just layered colors and different layers that I merged together after some silhouettes like we created in the first segment. I'm going to share this document with you as a free download. If you want to just start by playing around with my repeat elements, or you want to use these as stickers in your digital planner, you can certainly do that. That'll be available on the about page of this class. 5. Basic Repeats Part 1: So now that I have all of my repeat elements ready to use, I want to go ahead and copy this set of drawings onto a new document that is the exact size I want for my repeat. So I'm going to merge that flower back in so now I have everything on the same layer. If I select that layer, click the move tool, swipe three fingers down and copy, now I've got that copied to my clipboard so when I create my repeat document I'll be able to just paste this in. I'm going to click plus and 2,000 pixels so this is the size I like to work with, you could work with a much larger size or a much smaller size, it really just depends on your final use. So if you're making cell phone cases those are only going to be about this wide and you really don't need 2,000 pixels for that so if you're designing a repeat pattern for a cell phone case that's three inches wide and the company you use prints at 300 DPI, then you only need a repeat pattern that's 900 pixels wide. So the key is to just find out first what size you want to use or just work at a larger size and then you can use your pattern for a lot of different uses but for me, 2,000 pixels seems to be adequate for most uses. I'm going to click "Create", swipe down and click "Paste" and there I have all of my drawings on a single layer. So I want to start playing around with these and moving them around the Canvas but one thing I want to keep in mind as I'm doing that is I don't want to touch the edge at all, I don't want any of my repeat elements to touch the edge of this Canvas, that's one thing to keep in mind. I also don't want a few elements to meet the edge of the Canvas in the same way so you can see really clearly that I pasted this from a document that was a rectangle because all of these flowers meet the Canvas about a half an inch away from the edge. So as I'm building my pattern, I'm going to try to keep it really varied, I'll have something that's really close to the edge and something that's not close so I'll have some really big blank areas and then some really full areas to keep a lot of variation, that's one way to really hide your repeat seam. So the first thing I want to do is nudge some of these around to get them a little bit closer to the repeat shape I'm going for. First I want to remove the text here, so I'm just going to grab the mono line pen with an eraser and erase all of that and now I'm going to use my free-hand selection tool to go in and select an element, drag three fingers down, cut and paste so that cuts it out of that original layer and paste it into a new layer. The nice thing about that is I can start moving it around and if you click magnetic, that will allow you to preserve the proportions of your drawing where as free form would let you totally mess up your drawing so I try to always use magnetic when I'm resizing and then free form when I'm moving stuff around. I'm just going to take a few minutes here to shift all of these around and try to get rid of this clear straight up and down movement that I have and push everything in a little bit so it's a little bit closer. So I'm also trying to separate elements to look really similar so this leaf and that leaf look really similar so I don't want them to be directly across from each other. I'm going to move this one down into a place where it's not mimicking this other one so much. I'm also trying to separate similar colors so I have a lot of pink right here, so with that in mind I want to move some of these pink elements away from each other. So another option rather than putting things on separate layers is to just select something and then click the move tool and you can move it around so that it stays on that same layer. Sometimes I do that depending on if I think I'm going to want to duplicate the layer or not so the nice thing about putting it on separate layers is that it's really easy to go in later and say, I want to duplicate this pink one, duplicate that, move it up here and then I can use the tool here to flip it and maybe turn it a little bit and maybe even change the size a little. So if you think you're going to want to duplicate a lot of your elements, it's better to put them on separate layers. Whereas if you just want to shift something around, like, I like this piece here, but it's a little too far to the right I don't really need to put it on a separate layer, I can just select it and move it over like that. Now that I have a big portion of this organized, I want start duplicating some pieces so I want to start filling in this lighter area here. I'm going to grab some pieces especially the ones that are good fillers just like plane leaves and I'm going to use those to start filling in that top area here. Every time I duplicate something, I try to change it in a few different ways so I'll flip it and maybe turn it a little and maybe change the size too. So a few changes like that can really help add a lot of variation to your repeat. I've got something really close to the edge here, that's okay as long as there's a little bit of white space on the edge, that's fine. So I've worked here to make sure there's a lot of variation on the edge so we have a few pieces that are really close and then we have some white spaces here so a lot of variation like this is going to make it a lot easier for me to fill in this pattern when I start working on my repeat. So that's a good start, let's go ahead and start with this and I want to go ahead and choose a background color so this is an important thing to do before you start creating your repeat, because it can become difficult to work with a piece that doesn't already have a background layer once we start creating our repeat. I'm going to go ahead and choose color, that looks good. The next thing I want to do is import this into our pixel mater app. 6. Basic Repeats Part 2: I'm going to click the tool here, share, JPEG, and then just click ''Save Image''. This is saving it on my iPad then I'm going to open pixel mater. Click the Plus on the top left and click ''Create Image''. I'll choose custom as the size. At the bottom here, click the number of pixels and change that to whatever your Canvas size is. I was working with 2000 by 2000 with my repeat block and then click ''Create''. If you swipe from the left, you'll get the Layers panel and if you click Plus, you can find that image that we just created and place that on your Canvas. Then on that layer on the left, click ''Duplicate'' three times so we have four of those. With my first one selected, I'm going to put my finger on the bottom right corner and click and drag and I'm watching these little yellow lines here. I'm waiting for them to meet up with zero and zero on the ruler. Once that happens, I can release my finger. You want to be sure as you're doing this, that it's exactly at zero and you'll see there's a little magnetic snap that happens when you hit zero, and you just want to be sure to not accidentally move your finger after you hit the zero. Really carefully hit that zero and then lift straight up. For my next one is going to go in the left corner, and for the last one, it's going to go in this bottom corner and then you can click on each one to just be sure they all meet up at the same place. That looks good to me and we're going to check it later on too. This isn't the last chance to check. If I click the Share button in the top right there and click copy to photos, then I can go back to procreate and create a new Canvas with the same custom size of 2000 by 2000 pixels. Click ''Create Image'', insert a photo, and insert that repeat block that we just created. Now that I have the outer edges of my repeat taken care of, I can just start working on filling in the inside. The easiest way to do that would be to go back to our original drawing page. Make sure that drawing layer is selected, click the Move tool, drag down three fingers, and copy. I'm just grabbing all of those repeat elements and I'm bringing them into my new document. Drag down three fingers and paste. It's a little hard to look at. What I do is only show one layer at a time. For the first one, among this layer, and I want to decide what's going to go in the center here, what's going to go over here? I really liked this bright pink flower. I'm going to go back to my drawing layer, make that visible, make my repeat layer invisible, zoom in, get my freehand Selection tool. Drag down three fingers, cut, and paste. I'm cutting it out of that layer, pasting it onto a new layer and now I can play around with it on this new layer. I'm going to go ahead and flip it once and choose magnetic to change the size a little bit and rotate it and just play around with making it look really different from the other ones. I'm looking at how the other ones position, and I want this one to be very different. That looks good and now we'll keep doing this with all the other repeat elements. I'll look at my repeat and decide what do I want to be right here and then I'll go to that drawing layer, grab it and place it into my document. Another thing that I like to do as I'm working on my repeat is merge the layers that I'm confident about in the repeat. With this one, for example, these two layers are separate from my repeat layer. I'm going to go ahead and merge those together because I really like to have my repeat layers easy to see, and when you get like 10 layers on here, it gets a little bit complicated. I'm just going to go ahead and merge some of these together when I feel really good about their placement. There are some cases where I want to totally change part of the pattern. I don't want that silhouette there anymore. I want this flower there. Just for my setup, I feel like I need to have it there. I'm going to go back to my repeat layer. I'm going to click and hold and get the color of the background and I'm going to grab my monoline pen and I'm just going to paint over that silhouette. I'm just totally removing a repeat element. I do that from time to time if I feel like there's something that just doesn't quite fit right in the original pattern, that's fine to do. This is a great time to really be playing around with different placements and options and feel free to make a lot of changes at this point. I'm pretty happy with that placement for now. I might make some changes to it later, but I want to go ahead and bring it into pixel mater so I can check the repeat to be sure everything looks good. I'll click the Tool Symbol, click ''Share' and save this as a JPEG. Click ''Save Image'', and then go back to pixel mater, create a new image and I'm going to do this on at the same size. One problem you will run into with pixel mater and procreate is the layer limits. The larger you make your file, the less layers you can have. For this one, I'm going to go ahead and use a smaller size, 2000 by 2000 pixels is about 6.5 inches wide. For me, that's a good size. I'm just going to work with that size. If you imagine this block being six inches wide, for me, that would be fine. But you may want to work with a larger size or you may want to make your pattern elements larger. I'm going to duplicate that square and move it over right beside the other one and I'm going to do that a couple times. That looks good. I'm pretty happy with how that pattern turned out. It has a really nice flow to it. There's a few pieces that if you wanted to make the repeat less obvious, you could go in and change them. One option would be to go ahead and save this image, copy to photos and then open this in Procreate. Click the Tool Symbol, image, insert a photo. This is a bigger version of my repeat or actually a smaller version in print, but I can see a bigger zoomed out version of my repeat. What I'm seeing when I look at this is four turquoise flowers and two pink flowers. If that bothers you, this is a point where you could play around with changing that a little bit. For example, if I go to this layer and I copy my background color, I could remove some of these elements that are really similar and then just go in and add some other elements that help add a little bit of variation to the pattern. Then I can go back in and add in some more repeat elements. Same idea, click that Layer, click the Move tool, cut and paste, back to my gallery, drag three fingers down, paste and now I have all of these elements to choose from so I can fill in this pattern. I won't do that full process and I'm sure you get the general idea at this point. But so you see the two options here. We can work with that original repeat block that we made. That's six by six inches or 2000 pixels and this could be a repeat block, or we could make it even smaller, and then we'd have a little bit more opportunity to change out the repeat elements that seem a little bit redundant. But let's go ahead and call this piece finished, and move on to our next repeat type. 7. Half Drop Repeats Part 1: Let's go ahead and work on the second repeat type, which is a half drop repeat. Let's look here just at an example of how these repeats look. The basic repeat your squares are right up against each other in a very simple way. Then your pattern is built around these squares going to the center, so anything that's in this upper right corner will also be an all the upper right corners. Anything that's in the bottom left corner, will be in all the bottom left corners. You can see how this is the most simple repeat types that you can do, but it's also the most difficult to hide the repeat seams because the squares are right beside each other and visually, that can be obvious to the viewer. The repeat type that we're going to do next is a half drop. With a half drop, vertically, they are stacked on top of each other, but horizontally, they're halfway between the other two blocks. Your repeat elements have to repeat in a different way from the basic. So your repeat elements will repeat across your pattern like this. This is a great way to hide your seams because let's say you have a dot in the middle of your repeat, on the next square, it'll be a little bit lower. It's not quite as obvious where the repeat elements are as it is with a basic repeat, and half brick is the same idea. It's just done horizontally rather than vertically. Horizontally, they're right beside each other, but vertically, each squares halfway across the other one. Once I show you how to do the half drop, the half break will be really easy for you. I'm going start with the same sheet that I did in the last one. I drew these by tracing an image, and then I just added in the colors, just like we did in the first segment, by selecting an area and then filling that selection with color. I'm going to share this sheet with you as well as the floral sheet that we worked on in the first project. So you can download this and use it in your repeat, or you could use it in another project. I like to use these in my digital planners, and if you have an iPad and you haven't used a digital planner yet, I recommend checking out my digital planner class. I'm totally addicted to making planners and using it on my iPad, so if that interests you at all, give that class a look. I want to show you how I create these images quickly. Let's go to the gallery and create a new image, and let's just do 8.5 by 11 inches. Then I'm going to click "Image", insert a photo, and I downloaded a photo from the site Unsplash, they have free images that you can use for personal or commercial use. So I place that image in the center, I reduce the opacity of the image, and then create a new layer, double click in the black layer area to get black and grab the technical pen. Actually, I think for this one I use the gel pen. I just click and drag to create straight lines. If you hold, that'll make a nice straight line, and then you can create your curved areas by just going in and getting really close in tracing over those areas. You can see I just take a really loose tracing of the image and then remove my original picture. Then we can go in with our automatic selection, select some areas that we want to color, and then do our same process where we fill that area with the color. I've done that process on all of the images here, and for this piece, I'm going to do a '90 style repeat. The first thing I did, was created a color palette. So I have my '90s color palette here. I'm going to click "Set Default", so that's my color palette. Let's go ahead and remove the colors on this one, and we'll just copy the illustration layer to our repeat. I'm going to select that black and white line, click the Move tool, drag three fingers down, and click cut-and-paste. Go to my gallery and I'm going to create a new file. I'm going to click "Create Custom Size" and let's double our canvas size this time, let's work with 4,000 by 4000 pixels. That's about 13 inches, if you're printing at 300 DPI, then click "Create". One drawback of these iPad programs is that they have to limit the number of layers that you can have, and if you want to see what your layer limit is, click the tool symbol, click "Canvas", Canvas Information. At 4000 by 4000 pixels, I can only have eight layers. That's just something to keep in mind. The larger you work, the more limitation you have with your layers. But I'm going to make that work with this one because I really want to do a bigger repeat with this piece. I'm going to drag three fingers down, paste my '90s stuff into here. Then I'm just going to start playing around with the sizing and the placement just like we did in the last one. I'm just going to select. Because I've got that layer limit with this one, I think I'm going to not copy these. I'm just going to move them around on the same layer. So I'm just selecting, changing the size and turning things a little bit. 8. Half Drop Repeats Part 2: Okay, so now that I've got those scattered a little bit before I start repeating anything, I'm going to add in my color. So I'll go to a layer. Click Automatic as my selection type, and zooming in to make sure I'm selecting the interior part and a little bit of the outline, and I like this illustration style where we're selecting every other piece. So we have white and then the color white and then a color, and I'm going to go to my 90s color palette, grab that turquoise, create a new layer, fill it, and then drag that color below my outline. So you can see a big difference here. If the color is above, it looks terrible. It's below, it looks much better. So I'm going to go ahead and do that with all of these pieces. Okay, so I'm happy with those colors. I do need to go ahead and merge all of those layers because I'm going to hit my layer limits soon. So I'm going to merge everything and then at this point before you start duplicating anything, it's a good time to think about if you want to adjust the colors at all. So I like that color, the color palette but I wish it was a little bit brighter. So I click the adjustments panel, click hue, saturation, brightness, and I can do a few things here. I could increase the saturation or decrease it to make it a little more vintage looking, or I could totally change the color palette. So hue will totally change your colors. You can click Reset if you don't like that change. But I think what I'm going to do is increase the saturation, which just adds more color. We can also increase the brightness or darkness. I don't think I'm going do that. I'm just going to bump up the colors to make them a little bit more bold. Okay, I'm happy with that. So now I'm going to do a same process. I'm going to go in, grab each repeat element duplicate it onto a new layer and place it, turn it, rotate it, change the size a little bit, and fill up the rest of this canvas. So I think that's a pretty good start. I am really being aware of where my edges are. You can see I'm trying not to let all my pattern elements meet the edge. I'm leaving a lot of blank space and random areas. So now I'm going to do that same process we did before. Share, export it as a JPEG, save image, open pixel mader, create an image, custom size 4000 by 4000, create, open our layers panel, and insert our pattern. So I'm going to do the same process I did before, duplicate it, but this time I only need three because we're doing half drop. So the left side is going to be the same. We want to go to 0,0 and 0,0 on this side. Sometimes it takes a few tries to get it in there. Okay, that looks good. Then for the next one, rather than going to 0,0 that way, we're going to do a perfect horizontal. So you can see when it becomes horizontal because these three yellow lines pop up. So let me do that again so you can see the full process. So I'm really just taking my finger and dragging this over to the left, until I see the three bars up and down and one bar horizontally. So I've got to see all of those things to know that this is correctly placed. You can see as I move my finger it got a little bit off. So I'm just going to give it another try here. Okay, that looks good. So it's worth taking just a few more seconds to make sure this is perfect when you do this part of the pattern. So now I've got a square over here, a square up here, and a square down here, just like we looked at in the original chart. So I'm going to click ''Save'', ''Copy to photos', ' and go back to procreate and just to use the same size we're going to click create custom size, 4000 by 4000. Create image, insert a photo, insert that new image and there is our half drop repeat. One thing I wanted to note, you'll notice in procreate if you zoom in, it looks like there's a pixel line on the edge that is not actually there. I've checked the image in Photoshop. It's just in the view of procreate. But you don't actually have a pixel line in your image as long as that show that the same around the whole edge, and we'll check our pattern later to make sure everything's perfect. So now that we have all of those parts together, we can go ahead and start filling in all of our blank spaces. So I'm going to go back to my gallery. Go back to my 90s image that we created here, and let's merge all those layers together so we can copy everything. Click the Move tool to select it. Three fingers down and copy. Three fingers down and paste. What I think I'm going to do for this one is just go through and separate these on two different layers, so that I can easily just start playing around with the placement. So I'll do one of each object. So let's start with the cell phone. I'm going to make sure I'm on that layer. Use the selection tool to select it, and I'm using the free hand selection tool. Then if you click this little thing here, this will automatically make a copy of that layer. So that's one easy way to just go in and duplicate all these onto separate layers. So I've hit my layer limit. So I'm going to go ahead and start placing some of my repeat elements, so that I can create some more layers. So initially I'm just going to drag these into random spots so I can really see what I'm working with here, and then I'll start going deeper into perfecting the placement. One note here if you're getting confused about what's your original pattern and what's your new pattern, if you go to your original pattern and reduce the opacity a little bit just while you're working on this repeat. It makes it really easy to see what's in a new layer and what's in our original block. 9. Finalizing and Checking the Pattern: This is really the fun part of making a pattern. This is where it becomes like a puzzle. You're just trying to make the puzzle fit together in the best possible way and there's no right answer here. It's really just what's your personal style? How do you like to arrange things? You may like more cemetery or you may like more chaos. It really just depends on your personal aesthetic here. Don't worry so much about the right way to make a repeat. Just do it based on what feels good to you. You want to be sure before you merge anything that you increase the opacity again. If we left the opacity down and merged these new elements with this layer, then that low opacity would be locked in. I'm going to go ahead and increase the opacity and then I feel confident about going ahead and merging all of those layers. I'm going to take a step back here and make sure I'm happy with all of this. I feel like it's missing a little something down here. I think I'm going to grab one more boom box, just a smaller one and fill it in on the bottom there. I'm going to try to make it get really close to the edge but not touching the edge. That looks good. I'm happy with that repeat. You could certainly make your repeat a little bit more tight. I like leaving a little bit of space around all of the elements but really just depends on your personal style. One last thing I'm going to do, is copy one of these triangles, copy and paste from that layer and then just fill in one little area here, that looks good. It looks like I had a stray mark. I'm happy with that. Let's go ahead and take it into Pixelmator and check our repeat. I'm going to click "Image", "Share" "JPEG" "Save Image", open Pixelmator, open a new image with a custom size of 4,000 by 4,000. Drag over to get my layers panel, click "Plus" and there is my repeat. If I want to check this, I can make it smaller until I get those little magnetic bar. That's perfectly halfway, let's duplicate it. Make that snap together. We can check here to be sure our repeat elements match up, so that looks good. You can see where your line is and all of those elements match up nicely. Let's duplicate that again. This one is going to be dropped halfway down the image. You can see when you get to that point, you get that little magnetic lock and you can release. Let's duplicate it again and drop it up here, and I'm always looking for those little magnetic lines. We can't create more layers, that's the layer limit for this program. Let's delete our background, that'll work. Duplicate, and there we go. There's our patterns. If this looks a little bit too redundant to you, you can do the same process, save this image, bring it into Procreate and move some of these around, and then you have a new half drop block. I'm pretty happy with this. This is going to be 12 inches. For me that's pretty good for the size of a repeat. I'm going to click "Save", "Copy to Photos" and let's go ahead and upload this to a website so that we can see what it would look like on a finished product. I'm going to go to Spoonflower. I like using Spoonflower to get an overall view of my image. You can look at your image on wallpaper and gift wrap, and fabric and see it in a lot of different ways. I'm going to click "Design" "Upload" and I'm already logged in here. I'm going to click "Choose Files" "Photo Library" and click on my newest image, which is my half drop repeat, and upload it. I think this looks great. I'm going to select half drop repeat and because Spoonflower prints at 150 DPI, I'm actually going to get this at 26 by 26 inches. If we choose a "Test Swatch" which is 8 by 8 inches, I could even make this a little bit smaller. I like this size, so I'm going to leave it at that. I can go to wallpaper and see how this would look on wallpaper. I can see how it would look on a role of wallpaper too. This is a nice way to just get an overall view of your design and also on gift wrap, you could also do the same process with Society6 or Zazzle or however you want to see your repeats, it's just nice to see them in a larger format. Let's go ahead and call this seamless repeat pattern finished. I hope you enjoyed this class and that you feel inspired to start making some repeat patterns on your iPad. If you liked this class, you may like some of my other classes where I cover a lot more ways to draw and paint on your iPad, and how to paint realistic watercolors using the free downloadable brushes I created. Check those out on my Skillshare profile if you want to see more. Also, I share a lot of free downloads on my site. If you want to get more downloads like the ones you got for this class, check out my website and subscribe to my log. I would love to see the repeat pattern you create after you take this class. Please share what you make. You can do that here on Skillshare or you could tag me on Instagram or Facebook. If you have any questions about the process you learned in this class, please feel free to reach out. You can reply to my Skillshare discussion or you can contact me on Instagram, Facebook, or my website. Thanks so much for watching and I hope I see you again next time. Bye bye.