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Make Your Own Pattern Brushes in Procreate: Level Up Your Illustrations!

teacher avatar Sandra Mejia, Illustrator + Pattern Designer

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.



    • 2.

      Class Project


    • 3.

      Setting Up the Canvas


    • 4.

      Creating a Repeat Pattern


    • 5.

      Testing the Pattern


    • 6.

      Creating the Hearts Brush


    • 7.

      Creating the Rain Brush


    • 8.

      Creating the Leopard Spots Brush


    • 9.

      Creating Tile Brushes


    • 10.

      Creating Lines and Bricks Brushes


    • 11.

      Preparing Your Illustrations for Adding Patterns


    • 12.

      Using the Brushes in Illustrations


    • 13.

      Exporting the Brush Set


    • 14.

      Wrapping Things Up


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About This Class

In this class I'll teach you how to make seamless repeating patterns in Procreate. Then, we'll turn them into pattern brushes to fast-track your illustration process and to add those extra details and textures that will make your illustrations have a special touch.

You'll learn:

  • The best canvas settings to use for your pattern brushes
  • How to create basic patterns
  • How to turn patterns into brushes
  • How to prepare your illustrations for adding patterns
  • How to use the brushes
  • How to export the brushes to sell or share

This is such a useful skill to have, it will allow you to:

  • Create pattern brushes to sell or give away
  • Add details to your illustrations in seconds, saving you lots of time
  • Have fun growing your brushes collection with brushes that are exclusive to you

You won't be able to stop adding more and more brushes to grow your toolbox! From hearts, to lines, to bricks, leopard spots and even tiles! – we'll craft a collection of versatile pattern brushes that you can use in multiple ways.

This class is for you!
Whether you're a beginner or a pro, I'll guide you trough every step of the process so that you can develop this new skill.

You'll need:

  • iPad with the Procreate app installed
  • Apple Pencil (highly recommended)

Get ready to grow your Procreate skills, and let's make your art more powerful! So join me!

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Sandra Mejia

Illustrator + Pattern Designer

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Hello! I'm a Freelance Illustrator and Pattern Designer. I was born in Medellin, Colombia (puedes escribirme en Espanol!). I create detailed, stylized, playful illustrations, patterns and characters from my studio in Ottawa, Canada.

I have very big eyes and I love animals. Most of my inspiration comes from nature and animals.

My art has been licensed by companies around the world for use in: Fabrics, Stationery, Kids, Editorial, Greeting Cards, Fashion, Puzzles, Gift and Home Decor.

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1. Intro: I'm always looking for creative and time efficient ways to transform basic flat illustrations into vibrant works of art. I want to share my best trick with you. Creating my own pattern brushes in procreate Ola Sandra Mejia. And I create illustrations and patterns for companies worldwide to put on their products. My art can be found in greeting cards, editorial children's clothing, children's accessories, home decor, and much more. I'm also a top teacher here on skillshare and I have taught over 100,000 students how to do the same. I'll be guiding you every step of the way, teaching you how a seamless pattern repeat works in procreate, how to turn those patterns into brushes, to fast track your illustration process, and to add those extra details and textures to make your illustrations have a special touch. Here's a sneak peek of what you'll learn, the best combat settings to use for your pattern brushes. Creating basic patterns and testing them. My favorite step, making them into brushes. You won't be able to stop adding more and more brushes. To grow your toolbox from hearts to docks, lines, bricks and intricate pile brushes. We'll craft a collection of versatile brushes that you can use in multiple ways. But the very best part is when you use the brushes on your own illustrations. I'll show you the best way to plan your illustrations for when you're adding textures so that using your brushes on them is a breeze. And I'll show you several examples of how I use this technique in real life. Whether you're a beginner and you're just starting to learn how to use procreate or you're a pro that wants to spice up your illustrations. This class is for you because I'll guide you every step of the way. By the end of this class, you'll be able to create simple patterns and pattern brushes to enhance your art with them. And you can even use these skills to come up with new pattern brush sets and sell them, creating a new revenue stream for your business. For this class, you'll only need an ipad with appropriate app installed. I'll be using an Apple pencil. If you have a Silus, that's amazing. If you're ready to grow your appropriate skills and take your art to a whole new level, join me. 2. Class Project: For the class project, you're going to create an illustration that uses pattern brushes, or you're going to create your own set of pattern brushes. You can download the brushes that I created for this class in the resources area. If you want to download the expanded set of brushes, join my newsletter. I'll leave a link in the cloud description. Okay, it's time to start creating. Now let's go on to the next lesson. 3. Setting Up the Canvas: The first thing we're going to do is we're going to create a square canvas where we're going to create our patterns. I'm going to go to the plus sign. I have my preset sizes here. I have my 12 by 12 inch at 300 RGB. And that's what I usually use for my square illustrations and also to create my brushes. But if you don't have that preset yet, just stop here and here. You can set the width and height. I'd like to do it in inches. That's 12 by 12. Then keep it at 300 DPI, which is the minimum resolution you want to print in. You want this to be crisp here, it will show you the maximum number of layers in procreate. I always work in this color profile because I think CMYK in procreate looks very muted. I just keep that there. Then you can give a name to your preset. 12 by 12, 300 DPI, and then you create it. Then the next time you come back when you press here, you don't have to do all that. Your preset will be here. Then if you don't like a price that you already have, you can drag to the left and delete it, and that way you can organize it. Let's go back here and we can name the basic pattern, for example. Then we have our file where we're going to create all our patterns and our pattern brushes today. Let's go to the next lesson. 4. Creating a Repeat Pattern: In this lesson, I'm going to show you how to create a basic pattern. You understand how patterns work and how to make patterns in procreate. Let's go to this file. The first thing I'm going to do is choose my color palette. I am going to be using my forest color palette. It's included with the class. If you haven't downloaded, go ahead and download it. When you import it, it's not going to be your default palette, so it's not going to have this checkmark. If you want to make any palette a default palette, just stop here and set as default. And that's the palette that when you drag this out, is going to come out. Let's go and choose Forest Set as default, and drag this out. This is super useful because then you don't have to be going in to choose colors. You can choose them here. Now I'm going to go to my layers panel and I'm going to choose my background color. When I tap here, the palettes open here. You can change the color views so you can see it as a disc. Classic harmony values and palettes for the background color. I'm going to choose this first color here and press. You can follow along with this pattern or you can create your own. I'm going to be using the ultimate feel rough from my watercolor set they said you can get for free when you join my newsletter. But you don't need these. You can use any brush you would like. I like this one because it gives a watercolor effect. And I'm going to choose this yellow color. I'm going to start drawing icons in the middle of the canvas. I don't want the icons to touch the border, it's going to cut off. And then this is not going to work because, for example, in procreate, if I have this icon here and I move it out of the canvas, I let it go. When I grab it again and I want to move it, I have lost the part that went outside the canvas. This is a thing that we have to have in mind when we create patterns in procreate. That everything that goes outside the canvas is going to be cropped and we're going to lose that part of the artwork swipe with three fingers and clear that. We're going to draw our icons on layer one. Tap here to close the layers. And we're going to start drawing. I'm going to be creating little stars. I'm not letting my brush go. I start again, then it creates this overlay effect, which is really cool, but I don't want it all the time. If you end up with something like this and you don't like that, then you can choose this other brush that's called water blend. And you can just blend the edges out, make it a bit bigger, and blend this out, and then it has like more of a watercolory effect. I'm blending out the borders. Sometimes I like the borders to be like watered down, like these. That's my first star. I'm going to continue doing other stars. Again, you can be using any brush you want. I just want these to have the water color effect. I'm going to keep going with my yellow color and I'm going to create a moon. I'm also going to create a sun. What else? Let's create other stars. Let's create a full Moon. Maybe some shooting stars. See that? I'm trying to leave similar spacing between elements. The ones are a bit closer. If I want to move something I already drew, I grab the selection here, then I can move it, that's a better spacing. And I'm going to continue adding some other things to these before we go on to build the pattern. Maybe here we can have another moon very thin and facing the other way. I'm just going to add some little eyes to these illustrations because I'm going to make it cute. I'm going to go and grab another brush. Maybe this shape builder solid, make sure that the opacity is up here. You control the transparency of the brush. Here, you control the size of the brush. I'm going to choose this dark color, Make sure it's chosen here. Sometimes you have to tap it twice. I'm just going to go and add some little pass. Here, maybe this one sleeping. Okay, very simple illustration I have now my center of the pattern. So we're going to start creating the sides for patterns to work. Whatever is cut off here has to repeat on this side. And whatever is cut off here has to repeat on this side. That's what we're going to do now, because I don't want to cut off my pretty icons. I'm going to duplicate this layer by dragging to the left. And I'm going to hide this one. That way if I ever want to come back to these icons, I have them there because now they're going to get cut off. We're going to duplicate this layer. If we were to move this right now, see that the bounding box is here, like it's where the icons end. We need the bounding box to cover exactly the size of the canvas. We're going to release that. And to do that we're going to add a new layer on top of this one. Just drag any color you have there. Then you're going to duplicate this layer two and drag it up here that this one has a background and this one has a background. Now we're going to select the two top layers, drag to the right and they're both selected. Tap here and make sure that uniform is selected. And snapping has magnetics and snapping on this is going to make the pattern snap to the size of the canvas and it's going to be easier. Let's make it a bit smaller so we can see what we're doing. I'm going to drag to the left and see that those orange lines are there. They mean that I'm moving it straight to the left. When this orange line appears here, then I know I am in the center of the canvas. And I can release, and I can tap here. We're going to do the same thing to the other side. Select the two by dragging this one to the left, grab it here, and then move it to the right. See, the orange line has appeared here. It's not showing an orange line here anymore. Sometimes it doesn't. The important thing is that you see this orange line appear here, so that this is exactly in the middle. Release it there, Tap here. Now we're going to erase that background. Select this layer to the left. Deleted these layers. Swipe to the left and delete it. Now we're going to merge these two layers. I'm going to use another layer to create the icons that I'm going to fill this part with. I could do it in the same layer, but because this layer we're going to do exactly the same thing we did right now. It's going to get cut off and I want to keep my icons intact for next time. Maybe I want to make a sticker sheet with this or something. Then I want to keep them safe from the cutting off. I'm going to create another layer there. I'm going to go and choose my ultimate feel, rough brush again, choose the yellow color. I am going to fill in this part in the middle. I can draw anywhere I want, but I cannot touch the borders. Don't touch this border, because this border is done. Now, I think here I need something else. I'm going to draw another little star. Maybe another one here that's even smaller. Maybe here I'm going to draw another sun. Maybe here we'll have a half moon. Maybe we'll have a little planet here. I'm just going to start filling in some spaces with some little stars. I'm happy with that. I'm just going to add some ice to them. That's it. I'm going to leave some without eyes like this one and this one. Now I have that part filled. I'm going to duplicate it. I can drag it underneath here and I can save it with my original art. I am going to take this and merge it down. Pinch it. Until it's merged. Now we're going to do the same thing that we did before, we did the sides. Now we're going to do the top and the bottom. I'm going to duplicate this layer again. I'm going to create another layer, drag the background into it, and put it underneath the first layer. Duplicate, drag it under the second layer. And now each one has icons and background. We're going to start doing the same thing. Drag to the right, they're both selected. Grab here and we're going to go up. Sometimes it will snap there and you think you're done. But see that this middle point is not at the border of the canvas. You need this to be exactly in the middle, and you need an orange line to appear. Go up a bit more, and there you have the orange line. So there you can release it. Now we're going to select the bottom ones, Grab both of them, and now we're going to go down and see you think it's not there, but it's not there yet. Keep going down. Now you'll see the orange line appear here in the middle. You know you're in the correct place and just release them. Now we're going to delete these background layers. We're going to merge these two layers. Right now, all the borders of our pattern are correct. We're just going to have to fill in some spaces here without touching the borders. I'm going to go back to my brush and the yellow color. I'm just going to have a smaller brush and add some little stars, maybe a bigger one. The idea here is that the spacing is even for example here, there's too much space and this has less space. I would have to fill something in when you're creating a pattern. It doesn't look good when you have so much space in some areas and then not in other areas. That's how you try to get flow and a balance is to fill in the spacing so that it looks better. Let's add a little here like this then. I love little details that will fill spaces. I love adding little dots. I can get close to the borders, but I'm never touching them. Because if you draw something here, then this will not be repeated here and your pattern won't work. Okay, I think that looks good. So we have our pattern. Now, in the next lesson, I'm going to show you how to test the pattern to make sure it works well. 5. Testing the Pattern: Now that we have our pattern file here, what I like to do is go to the gallery and duplicate this file, and then go back in there. This way, whatever I'm doing here is not going to affect my other file. And if I have to go back to it, I have it there and my icons are perfect and I haven't ruined anything. In case I mess up here. I'm going to delete these two layers. I don't need these ones. I'm going to add another layer with a background color and drag it underneath my layer. Now we're going to select these two layers. I'm going to drag up here until it snaps. And I see the orange lines up here. That means it's covering a fourth of my canvas. So I can release it now. I can just duplicate this and this one. Then drag this one up here, again, it has back background and grab these two, and I'm going to move them down. Great. Now I can move this one down here and merge the two backgrounds and merge the two layers. And then just duplicate, duplicate the, place it here in order, select the top both and bring them to the right again until I see the orange lines here and the corners are in the correct place. And set it. Now when I delete the backgrounds, I merge these two. My pattern should be working when you go and check it, it's a seamless pattern. There you have it. It works. This is how you create a simple pattern in procreate. And this is the same theory we're going to use to create even simpler patterns for our pattern brushes. Let's go to the next lesson and create our first brush. 6. Creating the Hearts Brush: Now we're going to create a pattern for first brush, but we're going to have to understand first how four brushes work. The technique to create a pattern is exactly the same as we just saw. The only difference here is that we're only going to be using black and white. White for the background and black for our icons to create our pattern. Because when you create the brushes, the brush will just translate everything into black and white. So it's better to work with just black. Anyway. The first thing you need to understand here is how transparencies work. I have created a very basic and ugly pattern for you to see. I have icons that I have drawn with a solid brush and then icons that I have drawn with a transparent brush. This is my watercolor brush and it has variations in the black see, there's no like really black spaces. It's like shades of gray. When I create a brush with these, let's hide this and create another layer. When I use this brush, it keeps the variation in shades here in the things that are solid. It paints solids. Have that in mind for when you're creating your pattern. If you want a variation in shades, you can use a brush that has them. Or if you want solid images, just use a solid brush. Let's delete that. I'm just going to start creating my brush here. I'm going to delete this. I'm using the same canvas we used before at 12 by 12 inch, at 300 DPI. I'm going to go to the classic view and tap on this corner to choose a black. I'm going to keep using this brush. Maybe I'll choose the ultimate feel smooth to create my heart. We're going to be creating very basic patterns. I'm trying to space my hearts out evenly. Again, I am not touching the borders. Now we're going to build the pattern the same way we built it in the last lesson. Go here, duplicate this. I'm going to add another layer, and I'm going to choose a different color for my background and drag it in. Let's arrange this here, duplicate, and arrange it underneath. And then we select these two, and we're going to move them to the left orange line, here, here, release. Now these two, and move them to the right orange lines. Release. Now I'm going to delete this part of the pattern and merge these two. I'll go back to my black color, Maybe I'll start adding smaller hearts to fill in these shapes. Again, you can touch any part of the pattern, but not the sides. And the patterns here don't have to be so perfect because we're just going to use them to enhance our illustrations. I think that's looking good. And I'm going to do the same thing to the top and the bottom. Go to the layers. Duplicate these. Add another layer. Bring in a background color. Bring it to the bottom. Duplicated. Bring it to the bottom. Select the top two. Now we're going to go up and down the orange lines appear. Select the two, go down the orange lines and release. Now we can delete the backgrounds and merge these. Now we can just go in and fill in some, fill in some spaces here. You can also use these to move some objects around. That's better. Although we're happy with the pattern, now we can go and create our pattern brush. Now, make sure that you have download the pattern brushes set from the class. It will include all the brushes that we developed here in class, but for now, mine only shows the base brush. Yours will include the base brush plus all the other brushes that we're going to develop here together. This is the brush that we're going to use to create all of our brushes. Before we go into there, let's swipe down with three fingers and select Copy All. It will copy the whole canvas. Now when we go into our brushes, again, we're going to duplicate this brush. That way we always have the base brush to come back and create more brushes with. And we're going to go into it, and this is the brush studio. We're going to go about this brush and change the name here, call it hearts Here, you can write your name. You can add your logo from your camera, from your photos. You can sign it here. Once you save the logo and the signature, you won't be able to remove it. Have that in mind for now. Let's go to the grain. We're not going to touch anything else from the brushes except the grain. This is where we're going to add our pattern. Go to edit. Then here in Import, you'll see paste. You can paste your brush there. What you see here in white is what the brush will paint. We don't want this brush painting the background and leaving the hearts on painting. We want the opposite. If you tap with two fingers, it will invert it. Now what it's going to paint is the hearts and not the background. If you press here, you can test your brush. That's working great. You can just press here. Now you have your hearts brush. If we create a new layer, let's hide this one. Create a new one. And choose a different color. Choose the pink for example. Be able to paint with your hearts here. You can change the size of it. Then you'll have little brushes. But if you have the maximum size here and you want the hearts to be even bigger, you're going to have to go to your brushes and tap here, ingrain. You see scale. You can make the scale bigger. Now you'll be able to paint with bigger hearts. You can also make them smaller. You can also choose different colors. You see that because we used a brush that has some transparency when we created the watercolor brush is transparent, then it will keep that same property here when you apply it. You can create some cool effects with that too. There we have it. You have your very first brush. Let's go to the next lesson and build another one. 7. Creating the Rain Brush: In this lesson, we're going to create another very simple brush, but this one we're going to make with solid lines. This is the same file I had. I'm just going to create another layer on top of my heart. I'm going to go back here and choose the black again. I'm going to choose a solid brush. I really like this one in the calligraphy section called mono line. I'm just going to create little lines, random little lines. I'm going to speed this up, but what I'm doing is that I'm filling in the middle of the canvas and I'm not touching the borders. When I'm done with the middle, we're going to do exactly the same thing. Duplicate this, add another layer. Choose a different color. Bring it to the background. Bring it underneath. Duplicated. Bring it underneath this one. Now we're going to select this two and go to the left orange lines. They're okay. I release and then I select this two and drag to the right the orange line is there. Release it. Now I'm going to delete this two. Merge the two. I'm going to continue filling this part in the middle and not touching the border. Now that the middle is filled, I can go back to duplicating this, adding another layer, fill in the background, and do exactly the same thing. Duplicate this one, bring it down, select these two, and now I'm going to move them to the top orange lines. I'm going to select these two and drag them to the bottom. There we have the orange lines. I'm going to release them. Now I can delete the backgrounds and merge these two and see all the sites are done and we're just missing the line in the middle. I'm going to grab the black again and just fill in these areas. If you see any other areas that need filling, you can go ahead and fill them. Just make sure you're not touching the borders. I keep repeating that, but that's the only way you can mess this up, is if you draw something that goes off the border. Okay, I'm happy with that. I'm going to drag three fingers down. Copy all, and go to my brushes. Go back to the pattern brushes. Duplicate the base brush, tap on it. I'm going to change the name to rain. Then I'm going to go to the grain tap, Edit, import paste. And I'm going to tap with two fingers so that it inverts the image. And press done. Here we have our brush now let's try that one out. Let's create a new layer and choose this purple painted out. See here, it's obvious where the repeat is because for some reason I made these little lines too small. You can see the repeat. If you want to fix that, you can just go back and erase this whole section. I can't erase the ones that are cut off or touching the site. I'm just erasing the ones in the middle. I can erase this whole section. Then I can just go back, go to the reasons to choose the mono line and fill this in with bigger lines and then three finger Sound Copy All go into the brushes, to the rain, brush to the source, and edit here, import paste. And see that part got fixed. Now when I press and I pressed, I try out my brush, let's hide this one and choose purple. Then the repeat is not so obvious. See what happened here? They overlapped is because I was drawing and I lifted my pencil and then I put it down again. When you do that, the brush starts painting again in a different place of the pattern. It's going to overlap it. If you don't want that, you want your pattern to repeat seamlessly without overlapping, you have to fill in the whole area without lifting your pencil again. Let's choose another color. If you want this to be bigger, you'll see that the biggest size here is this one. If you want it to be even bigger, just go into your brush ingrain. You can change the scale and go as big as you want. Sometimes if you make it too big and you go and paint in your canvas, you don't see anything. It's because you made it so big that you're just like seeing the space in between the dots. Don't make it too big either. Let's have it like this now. The biggest size is even bigger than before. Now you have your second brush. We're going to go and build a different type of brush in the next lesson. 8. Creating the Leopard Spots Brush: In this lesson, I'm going to show you how to create some leopard spots. This is great, in case you have a book commission, or you're creating a sticker set and you have to draw ten leopards. And you don't want to go in and draw every little spot over and over again. This is going to speed up your workflow so much. You can do this with any other type of pad. Let's create another layer. She was black again. In sketching, I'm going to use a six pencil brush because it's like a colored pencil brush and I like that effect. I'm going to start creating the leopard patterns like these. I'm just making them very abstract. I want them to be like kids book type of pattern. You can make it as realistic as you want. And I'm going to spit this up. A trick when you have to fill in a big area and you want to speed things up, is that you can grab some of these. Slide down with three fingers and duplicate, then you can move this around. It's going to be hard to move them because we have the snapping selected. I'd like to turn that off. You can move here, for example, and set it there. And then just merge those two layers. And keep drawing there. That way you'll save some time. You can do that again too. Maybe grab a piece here, three fingers down, duplicate. And then move it here. You can rotate it and then merge it. For example, here they're touching and I don't like that. I'm just going to erase this part. Change this up here, and keep drawing. Once I have the middle of my canvas done, I can start making the pattern again. Duplicate the, create a new layer. Bring in a color. Bring it underneath. Duplicate. Bring it underneath. Select this to the left. See we didn't have snapping on its randomly. Let's undo that and make sure that snapping is on. Now it moves in a straight line and we can see the orange lines. Then grab these two and to the left, to the right again, delete the background and merge. Now we're going to fill in the middle here. Let's grab black again and start drawing. And here, it's easy to start filling in those gaps. I'm not going to go to this side. I'm leaving these ones open so that when I finish this part I can close them. Okay, so the middle looks right again. Duplicate, create a new layer, bring in a color, drag it to the bottom. Duplicate that one, drag it to the bottom, select the top two. Now we're going to the top, to the bottom. Delete the backgrounds, merge these two, choose black again. And now we can complete these spots and just finish the middle. See here, I cannot touch that, so I'm going to go very close, but not touch it. Great, now I'm done with my pattern. So three fingers down, copy all, and go to the brushes. I'm going to duplicate the paste brush. Go in it, change the name, done, and then go to the grain edit. Import paste. Tap with two fingers to invert it. Done. Done. Now let's test our brush layer. This one see so much faster than drawing that 1 million times. In the next lesson, we're going to draw a brush that creates styles. 9. Creating Tile Brushes: In this lesson we're going to be using a super cool feature that procreate has called symmetry. To create a tiles pattern brush. Still in my same file. I'm going to create another layer. I'm going to choose black. I'm going to choose the monoline brush that I was using before. I'm going to go here to the wrench and choose canvas here. I'm going to turn on Drawing Guide, and you'll see that this grade appears. I'm going to go to Edit Drawing Guide. Here you get the symmetry. Here you have vertical symmetry. Whatever you draw on this side will be mirrored on this side. Then you have horizontal symmetry, which is the same thing but horizontally. And then you have quadrant. Whatever you draw here gets mirrored here, here and here. And radial, which has eight spaces. Then you have rotational symmetry. It's press done. If I draw here, you'll see it rotates in the same way. If I turn off rotational symmetry, pressed on, I draw the same thing now, instead of them all going the same way, it starts turning it around here, and here, and here. I really like this effect when I'm creating tiles. I'm going to clear this layer by scrubbing with three fingers. And now we can start drawing our tile. There's two ways to do this, and I'm going to show you the two ways. First is just to have one tile that repeats the whole time. Let's say it's like this. I can fill in the spaces still if I want. Now we have a tile. If I drag down with three fingers and I copy all, I'll go to my brush pattern brushes. I'll duplicate this one. Change the name to basic tile. Go to the grain, add it, Import paste. I'm going to invert that and press done. Now I have this one tile repeating itself the whole time. And see it doesn't have any lines in between them. I'll show you. See it's repeating without any lines separating the tiles. And that's very pretty. But if we want lines separating the tiles, let's delete these. Turn this on. You can go back to your brush and you can just add a line here. Now when you copy all, we're going to create another brush here. We're going to keep that basic tile, we're just going to duplicate that one and change the name to basic tile with lines. When you go to grain, we're going to go edit in part paste, And this one actually has a line around it when we test that out. You'll see that it includes the lines and it actually looks more like tiles. A very basic change just transforms this pattern. This is awesome to fill in things. I'm going to show you later. When you're drawing a building, for example, and you want to add tiles like this is so fast. Let me delete this. I'm going to show you what else you can do with this once you have this style. Let's say we don't want the same tile repeating the whole time. That's boring. Let's select here and make sure that snapping is on magnetics and snapping. We're going to bring to make it a fourth of our canvas release there. I am going to hide it for now. Now I'm going to go ahead and create three other tiles. I'm going to create another layer. See that these layers assisted. If I draw on that one, it will have the symmetry activated. But if I draw on a layer that does not say assisted, the symmetry won't work. What I need to do is go to that layer, tap on it, and select drawing assist. Now I draw on this one, has the symmetry activated again. I'm going to create another tile. I'm going to start by doing this, the border, and now I'm going to create a totally different one. I'm going really fast here. Okay, let's say that's another tile. I'm just going to reduce it. I can create a brush with this one if I want, or I can just reduce it to a quarter. And now I'm going to move it here to this side and release it. Now I have two tiles, Now I want to create another two. I'm going to go super fast through that process, so you don't have to sit here while I do it, because it's exactly the same thing. I'm going to add a layer, make it assist, hide this two, and draw another pattern. Okay, I don't like this one as much, but it will look good once they're altogether, I'm going to reduce this one to this side. Now I have three of them. I'm missing one here. Hide them. Create a new one. Trying to assist. Let's start by making the line. I wanted to look hand drawn, but if you want it to be super straight, you just press here and then leave your pencil without lifting it, and then you can make a totally straight line. Okay, so now I have this one too, so I will reduce it. Now I can go here to the canvas and hide the drawing guide because I won't be needing it anymore. When I turn on these three layers, I have this. When I go down with three fingers and I copy all, I go to my brushes, I duplicate this one. You can duplicate anyone that you have already made, or you can duplicate the base brush. It's the same thing. If I duplicate this one and I go to about this brush, I want to call it fancy dial grain. Add it in port paste. You'll see all the four tiles there. I'm going to invert them and press Done. Done. Now when I go to my layers, I'm going to hide the ones, create a new layer. I go to my layers, I paint with that one. It's much more intricate than the basic one we had. You'll see here that this one has much more black. It's because I inverted it. If I go back to that one and I go to edit here and I tap to invert it, when I press on, it will be inverted. If you want a darker version, you use that one, and if you want a lighter version, you use this one. I absolutely love this. I have even licensed and sold patterns that are made just like these. They're super easy to make, they're really fun to make. They totally change the feeling of your illustration in 1 second. In the next lesson, I'm going to teach you how to make a different type of pattern. 10. Creating Lines and Bricks Brushes: In this lesson, we're going to create a pattern that looks super simple, but that I want you to know how to make it. I'm going to choose black. First of all, I'm going to go back to my monoline brush. I'm still in the same file. I'm going to create a new layer here. We're going to create a horizontal line brush. If you want the brush to be continuous, you can't just do that because it's not going to match. You're going to have to do it this way. You start your line here, then if you want it to be straight, just hold on your finger and it'll make a straight line. It will snap, release it there. If you want your line to be more hand drawn. It's like the not so straight. Try to make it not like this because then it's not going, it's going to be very hard to match it, try to make it in a straight line. Or if this is, for example, a branch of a tree that has little branches like these, this is a very fast and ugly tree branch, but it's just an example. Then this is how you make the pattern. You add all of your lines. I'm going to make them all hand drawn like this. You don't touch the borders. You know how that goes. Duplicate that, create a new layer. Bring in a different color. Bring it down. Duplicate it. Bring it down. Then let's start with the top ones. Select them. Snapping is on, go here to the left. Orange lines are on, that's great. Then the next ones, go to the right orange lines. Okay, now we delete the backgrounds. We merge these two. Let's go back to black. Now you have the, the lines here are seamless, but here they need to connect. We're going to a lot and we're going to create a new layer for the. This one is a straight line. If you start here and you place your finger here, it will snap. Sometimes you'll get it perfectly fine the first time. That's amazing. If not just stab here. Let's say that when you drew it, it's like that, it's a bit off. You just select here and then you tap with your finger once, twice, maybe three times, however many times you need until that line is perfect. Now, your line is connecting perfectly. Now, for these ones that are not totally straight, it's easier to just merge everything and work in the same layer. You just go in with your brush and you complete the line. Then with that eraser, you just smooth it out. Same with the trees. You just make your trunk bigger and then you add the branches. If you want to smooth something out, you just use the eraser. There you go. Same with all these lines. See this one, the drop is a lot, it's going to look weird when you connect them. What you can do is you can erase a big part of this line here and a big part of this line here. And then just connect it like this. Because this way the transition will be smoother and they won't look so weird. Just use the eraser but in a smaller scale. And fix the connections. So on. What I'm going to do now, so I can speed things up, is I'm going to delete these lines here. I'm going to duplicate this here. Just slide down with three fingers duplicate. And I'm going to bring this down. Then maybe I'll just duplicate this part. And then bring it down here. Let's say we have a pattern like that ready. We're going to merge all that we want to do. The top part of the repeat again, we're going to duplicate this, create a new layer with a background color. Same process. Now we're going to do the top and the bottom. Delete the backgrounds merge. Now we can decide what we want to do with the middle. You can draw more things in if you want more branches, for example, don't touch the borders. Or you can just move some lines around to adjust the spacing. Take your selection tool, and let's move this line, for example, and move it down a bit. You can also move it down like this. If you want to go really slowly, just tap, tap, tap. Make sure, like for example, that you're not tapping on the sides because then if this happens, your pattern is not going to work. Let's undo that. When you're, make sure you're tapping right here in the middle or than when you're moving it, you're keeping the orange lines so that it's not moving to the sides, just moving up and down. See there you don't see the orange sides on the side. Only in the middle. But there I see them in the middle. I know I'm okay and I'm going to release it. This is a horizontal lines pattern. And you can do the same thing with verticals. I'm not going to create this as a brush because it's obviously very ugly. But I'm going to show you how you can create a break brush from a horizontal brush. This line is already repeated perfectly. I just want to grab that one selected cut and paste. And then I'm going to delete this layer. I'm just going to duplicate these layers several times. I'm making sure that it's going up perfectly aligned with the orange lines. I'm going to merge those two and then duplicate them. Then go up. They don't have to be exactly the same distance they can, but I'm not making them like that. If this is not working with the snapping, you can go to the snapping, You can turn the distance to one so that it actually moves a bit slower. There you go, and merge that. I'm going to duplicate it again. It's going to get cut off, but as long as that line is not touching the border, I'm okay. Now if I merge all these, I can make sure that the line, orange line is still showing and I can go up a bit. Let's say that's our line pattern. It's very easy to come back to brushes and edit them. You get a ton of brushes without so much work. For example, if I select this and copy all and I go to my brushes, I duplicate this one. We call this one lines. We go to grain edit, Import paste. We invert that. We have our lines brush. But then if we go in and we select a monoline brush and we create little lines like this, I'm not going to be touching the borders so that I don't have to repeat that part of the pattern. I'm just going to add lines like these. I'm going very fast. I'm just showing you this so that you know that you can make little alterations to the patterns you've already made. That way you can create way more brushes, way faster. Now I have this, I have to make the lines for this part, but not this part because I didn't touch anything there. And it seems to be repeating perfectly. What I'm going to do is just do the top and bottom of the pattern. If you duplicate this, you add a new layer. You know the real now I just have to go up and down. See the orange is there. I want to increase the distance of the snapping now a bit so that it goes faster there. Now I get rid of the background. I merge, and now I can do this line with blue, with black. Now my pattern is done. When I copy all and I go to the pattern brushes, I can duplicate the lines brush for example, and call it bricks. Go to grain, edit, import paste. It's already inverted. Just click on, then it's a totally different brush. That's how you grow your brush library really fast. Now that you know how to make all these types of brushes, your imagination is the limit. You can create as many as you want. In the next lesson, I'm going to show you how I prepare my illustrations to add the pattern brushes to them. 11. Preparing Your Illustrations for Adding Patterns: Now you have all these brushes and I'm going to show you how to use them in actual illustrations. Let's start with something really simpul. Let's start with this illustration here. When I created the illustration I had in mind, I wanted to add patterns to different parts of it. I wanted to add patterns to the background circle and to the girl's clothes. When I made my illustration, I had this in mind. I created a layer just for the background circle. Then I have these leaves here that I still don't know if I'm going to use or not. I have them in a separate layer. I have the girl's background hair and chest here. I have her shirt in a separate layer. Then these little decorations, I have the little creature she's holding in a separate layer, and then her face and hands. Then I'm not sure if I should make her smiling or not. I'm going to make her smile. Here. I have two textures that I can make it look more water coloring, but don't matter right now. What matters right now is that you have your illustration in layers. Because if you had the little animal attached to the hands and attached to the shirt all in the same layer, when you're going to use your pattern brush, it's going to be very difficult to keep it only in the shirt and not go into the creature and the hands. That's why when you're creating your illustrations, it's very useful to have different layers. For example, let's use the brushes we created for the background circle. Let's go to that layer. If you're new to procreate and you don't know about masks, masks are something really cool in procreate there as if you're layering tracing paper, one on top of another, every layer is like a piece of paper. When I delete this one or I alter this one, nothing happens to the layers on top. Same here. I can delete the shirt, I can change the color, I can do whatever I want, and it's isolated from the other layers. There's two ways that you can use your pattern brushes to add textures to this circle. For example, one is alpha log, which you activate by swiping right with two fingers. Then you'll see a checkerboard on the back. What that does is let's choose this in brush, for example. Let's choose yellow. So you see what's happening. What that does is that it only colors inside the shape. It's not going outside the circle, it's staying within the circle. But later, if I don't like that yellow and I want to change the color, I can't because it is attached to the circle. Let's undo that. Let's create a top layer. And when you tap on it, you can create a clipping mask, which does exactly the same thing. Visually, like you see exactly the same thing, That it's not going outside the circle. But if I ever want to change that, I can either hide it. I can delete it. I can change the color of it. For example, if I turn alpha lock on that, I choose a black color and then I choose to fill that layer. I can change the color of that because it's separated from the circle. This is my preferred way of adding textures to things because then I can change my mind and move them around, for example. I can also change the size. I can move it around. Maybe I just want it here. It's a non destructive way of working. That's my preferred way. If you don't have enough layers, then the best way is to use alpha log and paint directly on the object. But if you have enough layers, just use the clipping masks. It will make your life so much easier. Let's delete that. I'm going to choose the summer palette and set that as default and bring it here. You can download that palette from my freebies also, when you subscribe to my newsletter. So if you want it, just go grab it. I'm going to use maybe discolor. I'm going to delete this and create another clipping mask layer. And I'm going to add some rain here, but I think that's too big. I'm going to reduce the size a bit. Yeah, that's better. I call this rain, but it's just a cute texture. I'm not lifting my pencil so that it doesn't overlap. Great. Once that's done, I can also come to the layers panels and tap on the end and play with the opacity modes. I love playing with the opacity modes because sometimes it gives you unexpected results that you weren't even planning. I just like to go and try everyone. Soft light is very pretty because it merges to the background. I like that on luminosity, I'm going to keep it. I can also make it more transparent here. If I want See that's more subtle and then that's more in your face. Let's leave it like that. Let's add something else to the shirt. I'm going to go to the shirt layer, create a new layer on top. And I'm going to tap on it and create a clipping mask. I'm going to add those hearts that we made to the shirt. I'm going to go here and choose the heart. I'm going to use that same cream color and start painting the shirt without lifting. That looks so cute. But because this is clothing, it would be very unrealistic for this heart to be cut off in the arm. And then repeating the same part here. What you can do is you can use the eraser and make sure it's small. Just erase this part. Just that makes it look a bit more realistic. Not so obvious that you use a pattern brush. Same here. In the chest here. Yeah, that looks so much better. In 5 minutes, we transform this illustration from something very basic to something with more details that looks like. It took you very long to draw. Now that you know how to use this, we're going to go use the tile patterns in a building and those leopard spots in a jungle illustration. Let's go to the next lesson. 12. Using the Brushes in Illustrations: In this lesson, I'm going to show you even more ways that you can use your brushes in illustrations Here, I have created an illustration of a door. As you can see, it has a lot of detail here, but it looks plain in the walls. It's boring. I want to add more interest to it. What I'm going to do is I'm going to add some textures with the process we created. Again, the way I prepared this illustration was by keeping my layers separate. We have everything in its own layer. For example, if I want to add a pattern to this blue area here, it's in its own layer and same with these blue columns and same with the pink wall. It's going to be very easy for us to add textures. Let's start with this blue area here and create another layer on top and make it a clipping mask. And I am going to go choose a brush. I think we add tiles to this area, then we make this brick. Or should we add tiles to this area and make this brick? Well, let's try. Let's add brick to this part and tiles to the pink. Choose our bricks. I'm going to choose a color from the illustration. You just leave it here pressed. I want to make it a bit lighter. I'm going to go to my classic view and make a lighter color. I'm going to start painting this, See instantly it's transformed. It looks like you paid a lot of attention to that area and it creates a totally different vibe. I think I lifted my pencil here because see how it's overlapping. So I'm just going to undo that and then go around it without lifting it perfect. I could do it a bit lighter if I want. Just make it less transparent. I think that's much better. I was going to try that in the columns also, but I think it's going to be too much. Great. Now I'm going to add some tiles to this pink area. Let's go and find the pink area and add a new layer on top, clipping mask. Choose our tiles. I'm going to choose a fancy tiles, the ones that have four different ones. I'm going to this dark color here and see what happens. I'm going to make the maximum size and see if that's too big. That's too big. It's smaller, that's perfect. I'll just fill it in without lifting my pencil. That is way too dark. I'm going to go here and try different blending modes. That's cute, but it's a bit light. You can make it more transparent. You can keep it in normal turn on the alpha lock swipe with two fingers to the right, so you see the checkerboard there. Then you can either choose a color from here. Let's choose this yellow tap on it, fill layer, and then you'll feel it, that doesn't look good. Or you can go here, hue saturation, brightness. And you can start changing the hue here, how saturated it is, how dark or light it is, and see if something looks good to you. I like that. I'm just going to set that there. I really like how that looks. Then finally to these walls, you can go here, create a new layer clipping mask. Then you can choose the rain, for example. I'm going to choose that dark blue, and I'm going to color this in. Now I'm going to reduce the opacity a lot there. You can barely see it, but it adds some interest. Again, I can go use my eraser to erase it. In these parts like this, it's not so obvious there. You can see it. Great, that is looking so much better. Now, we can even go into the trees and create layers clipping mask and add some interest to them too. So I can go to the back players, create another clipping mask and add some of these parts to it too. Why not? There the illustration has been transformed. I absolutely love details and textures and everything. I find that this is an amazing way to add that to my illustrations. Also, if you're creating illustrations for puzzles, for example, companies that make puzzles need a lot of texture. This is a great way to add interest to those areas that otherwise would be impossible to build in a puzzle. I'm just going to go to another illustration and show you one last time how to use this. I have my little jungle illustration here, for example. I am going to, I have each mountain on its own layer so I can add different texture brushes to it. But let's start with our little leopard, because that's the brush we created in the class together at a clipping mask. I'm going to choose the leopard spots. I'm going to choose this color. I'm just going to start painting on him. Maybe they're a bit big, I'm going to make them a tiny bit smaller. I'm going to skip the top part of his face. We're done, he's been transformed. Then you can change the blending mode if you want. That one looks cute. I'm going to make it a bit more transparent. I really like how it looks 2 seconds now for the giraffe, we didn't create this one together, but it will be included in the brush set that you can download from the class. Let's try this color. Let's go to the giraffe layer, create a new clipping mask. And that's huge, let's make it smaller. That's too small, just start filling it in. I don't like that color, but we're going to use the blending modes afterwards to find a better color. Now we go here. That one's really cool color burn because you see it's more orange where it has shadows. I'm going to reduce the opacity a bit. I really like how that looks great. Now let's add some things to the mountains. Go to this blue mountain, add a new layer, create that as a clipping mask. Let's use our rain, for example. I'm going to choose this color. I think that looks great. I'm going to add that rain brush to all the mountains, but I'm going to do it in different sizes so that we can create more texture. Now I'm going to go to this mountain. Let's find it here. Create a new layer. Select clipping mask and make it smaller. Select this very light color here. You can't see it too much. But we're going to change the blending mode later. If you want it to be more visible, just go here and there. That one looks good. See it's exactly the same brush, but because we're changing the sizes, it's changing the feeling of it with that same size. I'm going to do this mountain, go there at a new layer clipping mask. I'm going to choose this color. But here I actually want to make it darker. I'll go here. And in classic I can go down and it will choose the same color. But now let's start painting. Great. If you wanted to show more, you can go to the multiply, oh oh, that one's cute. Let's try this pink one. Add a clipping mask layer. I'm going to choose this color. I'm going to change the size here. I'm going to make it way bigger. Again, I'm going to play with the blending modes. I like that one. Finally, this one, which is this one clipping mask, let's add a dark color, maybe make that the biggest and see what happens. Yeah, that looks great. This is another way of transforming an illustration by using just one brush here in the mountains. But changing the sizes, we have changed the feeling of it. Now you've also seen how the animal fur brushes are super useful when you're creating animals. The sky is the limit. Now let's go to the next lesson and learn how to export and share our pattern brushes. 13. Exporting the Brush Set: In this lesson, I'm going to show you how to export your brush set. So you can share it with your friends or so you can sell it. When you go to your brushes and you want to start creating your brushes in a library, you can swipe down here and press plus and then you can create your new set. Then you can start creating your brushes there, or you can move them from other brush sets. If you grab it here and you press new set and you drop it in there, it will go to your new set. When you want to share each brush, you can swipe to the left and you can share it, duplicate, or delete. You can share individual brushes, or you can do the same with the set by tapping on its name. And then you can rename it Deleted, share it, or duplicate it. When you hit share, it will export it. I'm going to save it to my files. For example, pattern brushes. Add your name. By Sandra Mahia. Return safe. Now you can share that file and people can download your brushes. I hope this sparks a lot of ideas. Now this is the end of the class. Let's go to the next lesson and wrap things up. 14. Wrapping Things Up: We've come to the end of the class, I hope you have lots of fun. And that you have lots of ideas of new pattern brushes to create, to enhance your illustrations, or even to sell the brushes as a digital acid. Remember to post your project in the project gallery. I can't wait to see what you create. Also, share it on Instagram and tag me at Art by Sandra Mahia. Make sure you sign up to my newsletters so you can receive brushes. My royalties, pricing class and much more. And say up to date with new class releases, remember to follow me here on skillshare and leave a review. And if you love this class, share it with your friends. See you soon, bye.