If you've ever dreamt of effortlessly creating pattern repeats in Photoshop or longed for the return of the Adobe Textile Designer plug-in, then this class is tailor-made for you. Dive into the world of the new Pattern Preview feature introduced in Photoshop 2021, which revolutionizes the way you design patterns.
Beyond a mere preview tool, the Pattern Preview feature in Photoshop allows you to craft intricate, seamless patterns akin to Illustrator, providing a live preview as you manipulate the design. Throughout this class, you'll master the use of the Pattern Preview tool, leveraging Smart Objects to create a diverse range of backgrounds.
By the end of these lessons, you'll have a repertoire of patterns ready for submission to art licensing, Spoonflower, and popular print-on-demand sites such as Society6 and RedBubble. This class caters to artists with a foundational understanding of Photoshop and pattern design, while also offering invaluable insights for beginners.
While the technical aspects may seem daunting, the primary focus of this class lies in composing and preparing patterns for immediate use. You'll also gain valuable troubleshooting techniques to tackle any issues that may arise when using the Pattern Preview feature.
Key Concepts to Include
- Structuring elements into a compelling arrangement
- Developing a seamless, repeatable tile
- Employing various methods to alter the design's background
- Safeguarding your patterns through backups
- Evaluating my methods for crafting the initial layout
- Refining the composition
- Exploring different approaches for your creative endeavors
This course is highly beneficial regardless of your intended application of the art. It will teach you to work professionally and efficiently.
Creating and Exporting Motifs in Procreate
In this tutorial, I will demonstrate the creation of pattern motifs using Procreate. I will provide a quick overview of utilizing the liquify filter and adjusting hue and saturation. Additionally, I will guide you through the complete process of exporting a layered PSD file for use in Photoshop.
Setting Up Patterns in Photoshop
This lesson will cover the initial setup process for creating patterns in Photoshop. I will discuss the discontinuation of Adobe Textile Designer and the introduction of the new pattern previewer feature. Furthermore, I will explain the advantages of smart objects and address troubleshooting common issues with the Pattern Previewer.
Backgrounds and Color Customization
In this session, we will finalize the initial pattern tile to facilitate a discussion on incorporating backgrounds. I will demonstrate various methods for adding backgrounds and altering their colors. Additionally, I will explain how to modify motif colors and edit smart objects. Towards the conclusion of the lesson, I will illustrate the process of completely recoloring the pattern if necessary.
Utilizing Imported Backgrounds
This lesson will focus on incorporating a textured seamless pattern as a background. The final step will involve saving the single repeat.
Exporting Multi-Repeats and Single Tiles
This tutorial will concentrate on saving the pattern files created. I will guide you through exporting the PAT file to safeguard your patterns, saving the Photoshop PAT file, and creating a large document for use on a POD site. Lastly, we will export the single pattern repeat.
In this segment, we will explore various color options and review their appearance as mockups. This concluding section will summarize all the topics covered and provide you with a starting point and encouragement to commence your pattern design journey today!
An instructor with over 40 years of experience in the graphic design industry and education will provide approximately 50 minutes of guidance. I possess a deep understanding of various approaches to address each design challenge.
Who this course is for
This class is suitable for artists with some knowledge of Photoshop and pattern design in general, but it will also be good information for beginners.
What you'll learn
The key concepts I will include are:
- Arranging elements into an effective pattern
- Creating a tile that can be repeated seamlessly
- Changing the background of the design using multiple methods
- Backing up your patterns
- Review of my techniques in creating the initial layout
- Perfecting the composition
- Approaches you can take in your creative work
Concepts covered include but are not limited to Procreate filter techniques, Procreate brushes, hue and saturation, liquify, Procreate export and airdrop, introduction to the new Pattern previewer in photoshop, layer adjustments, hue and saturation adjustment layer, clipping adjustment layers, setting up patterns in photoshop, smart object creation and rationale, pattern previewer pointers, alternate backgrounds in pattern previewer, background color adjustments in pattern previewer, exporting PAT file, saving and using the pattern tile, exporting a single repeat from previewer, setting up a half-drop repeat in previewer, pattern design with previewer workflow best practices, and much more.
Photoshop experience is an asset with recommended pattern making experience.