Learn How to Create a Pattern with Photoshop

In design, simplicity makes us fall in love. But it never hurts to take more typical techniques of an ornate design and take it to minimalism. This is the case of patterns or prints. You no longer have an excuse, learn how to create a pattern with Photoshop in this post.

You will see that the process to create patterns is very simple and fast.Also, once you know the technique, you will want to make patterns of absolutely everything!

And, the truth is that they look great in many design projects: cases for your phone, posters, business cards, use your imagination and give wings to your ideas!

Ready? So let’s start with the tutorial to learn how to create patterns easily in Photoshop.

Step 1: Create A File in Photoshop

The first thing you should do is create a square Photoshop file. Think that the measurements that you give to this original file will be in which your pattern will be reproduced.

So if you want a small and discreet pattern, don’t go overboard with the original measurements.

Make sure to create a file with even measurements. If not, when you move it, you will have some problems.

Step 2: Design your composition

It is time to create the composition of the stamping items.Design on this artboard how you want the elements to be reproduced in the pattern to look.

You have total freedom to create the composition that you like the most: simpler, more ornate, with more or less color, etc.

But yes, make sure that none of the objects that are part of the pattern are cut off, but that they all fall within the bounding box of the artboard.

Step 3: Flatten The Image

Once you have the design or provided by mobile app agency of the composition that will be repeated in the pattern, we are going to group all the layers.

To do this, hover over any layer and click the right button. Check the option ‘flatten image’, and automatically the different layers will be grouped into one.

One Tip: Before doing this step, you can save the original file of your composition with all the layers to have it just in case. Once the image is flattened, you will not be able to make changes to each layer individually.

Step 4: Create The Pattern

With all the layers docked into a single image, we are going to create the pattern. To do this, you have to move the composition.

Don’t worry if it sounds like Chinese to you. They are very, very simple Photoshop actions. You just have to go to Filter → Other → Scroll.

First, We Are Going to Move the Composition Vertically.

So in the horizontal scroll box, leave the value at 0.

In the vertical scroll you must put half the total height of the file. That is why I told you at the beginning that it is very important to create files with even measurements.

That is, if your composition is 400px high, in the vertical displacement you have to write 200.

You will see that the composition items have been moved and displaced. This is because you are starting to create the pattern so that when it comes together side by side, it results in the stamping.

Now, We Are Going to Do the Same to Move the Image Horizontally.

The steps are the same as we have followed before. Go to Filter → Other → Offset, and this time, leave the vertical offset value at 0.

In horizontal scrollingwrite half the total width of your file.

As it happened before, the image will move and you will have something strange. But that’s exactly your print! Now we will see how to apply it.

Step 5 (Optional): Fill in The Gaps

If you see that you have an empty gap between the elements of the print, it is time to fill it.

Also, do not leave any space without breathing because then you will have a very ornate pattern.

Remember to flatten the image if you have added more layers, so the stamping will continue to work.

Step 6: Save The Stamp

In order for you to use your pattern in your designs, it is necessary that you save it first.

To do this, go to Edit → Define Pattern. Give it a name that makes it easy for you to identify it and that’s it! You already have your print created.

Step 7: Bring Your Print to Life

Ok, you have your print ready but… now what? You just have to put it to the test!

To do this, create a new, larger Photoshop file and go to Edit → Fill. Look for the “Reason” option.Select your pattern and enjoy the result.

Now you just have to start designing elements in which to apply your pattern.How about making a custom case for yourself? Or why not try designing a sheet?

Here you can see everything we did with this pattern for one of our clients. You see that the options are endless, as many as you can imagine!