Thursday, November 3, 2011

Making repeating patterns in Photoshop using the offset filter

Mastering patterns in Photoshop is an easy skill once you know how to do it.  Digital Scrapbook designers can easily put together paper patterns that can be used over and over again. 

Are you ready to get started?

After each new layer I double check to make sure that the pattern is lining up correctly.  To do this, go to  Define Pattern (under Edit) and open up a 12x12 doc (or whatever size you want your finished pattern to be). Fill the paper with the pattern and check it closely.

If it lines up correctly (and it should - unless you forget to crop)  go back to your pattern doc.  Hide the background layer and all but one of your pattern layers. (By keeping all of your shapes on their own layers, you can easily make a pattern for each one). Then fill a new document with the patterns - one shape for each layer and you'll be able to easily recolor it and use the pattern over again.

You can use this technique to make any repeating pattern from simple stripes and dots to much more complicated patterns.

Have fun creating!

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