Here is my pattern design for September. As you may have seen, I’ve been drawing and painting feathers all month, so it’s seemed appropriate to turn them into a pattern. I pieced this pattern together from my sketchbook (see below). I wanted this pattern to be much tighter than ones I’ve designed so far this year. This tighter pattern, required more playing and arranging in Photoshop becauses once I thought the pattern was “set” and I tried repeating it, things would overlap and I’d have to readjust and try repeating it again.
If you know Photoshop and want to try creating a pattern, I’ve included my steps below.
Creating a pattern in Photoshop:
- Scan artwork
- In Photoshop: separate each element of your design into different layers
- Within your artboard, create the area for your “repeat” using guides. (translation: use guides to create a box within your artboard. You can expand the canvas size before this step.)
- Arrange your elements. They can go over the guides.
- On a separate layer outline the guides to make a box.
- Create a group with the box and element layers – call it “original”
- Duplicate the “original” group. Drag to the right so the left edge of the box touches the right guide
- Duplicate the group again. Drag to the left so the right edge of the box touches the left guide
- Select the three groups and duplicate them. Drag the 3 duplicate layers up, so the bottom of the boxes touch the top guide
- Duplicate the three groups again. Drag them down, so the top of the boxes touch the bottom guide
- If any adjustments need to be made – delete all but your “original” group, make the adjustments and repeat steps 7-10
- When you are happy with your repeating pattern, hide all the layers with the box outline.
- Crop to the guides to create your “repeat.”
Slight variations on my feather pattern.
No distress in the background.
Distress shows yellow.
Which one do you like best? 🙂
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