Creating A Seamless Repeat Pattern On Photoshop

Creating A Seamless Repeat Pattern On Photoshop

Creating repeat patterns is really easy once you know a few tricks, follow this step by step guide and you will soon be creating beautiful seamless repeat patterns that you can apply to what ever your heart desires.

What you will need:

  • Illustrations/images you would like to use to create your pattern
  • A scanner
  • A computer with Photoshop


Step 1

Selecting your imagery for your pattern.

Its best to choose imagery that is on a white background, this will make easier to isolate your motifs.

For my pattern I have used some of my own illustrations from my sketchbook, which I created using pencil and watercolours.

Step 2

Scan your imagery and open them on Photoshop.

Step 3

Adjust the levels of your imagery if desired.

To do this click Image-Adjustments-Levels and/or Image-Adjustmensts-Hue/Saturation and have a play with the levels until you are happy with your imagery.

Step 4

Isolate your imagery from the background using the Magic Wand tool.

Duplicate your Background layer by right clicking on it and turn off the original background layer’s viability.

Delete the background of your imagery that you have isolated, zoom in and touch up your imagery using the eraser tool.


Step 5

Create a new canvas to design your pattern on, I have gone for a canvas size of 200 x 200 mm but this is totally up to you and is dependent on how many motifs you wish to include in your pattern.

Step 6

Copy your first 3 images onto your new canvas and arrange them in the middle of your canvas by isolating them using the Lasso tool, copy and paste them.

Take a moment to touch up your motifs as you copy them onto this new canvas.


Step 7

Deselect visibility of the white background layer then merge the visible layers.

Off set the image by clicking Filter-Other-Offset, adjust the bars until your imagery is around the outside of the canvas.


Step 8

Copy in more of your motifs to fill in the empty space and merge visible layers again.

Repeat until you have filled in all the empty space. This can take a little tinkering to get the spacing right – if need be isolate motifs that you have already merged together by using the Lasso tool and cutting and pasting to rearrange them.

I like to use dominant motifs twice to make your eye move around the pattern by rotating the motif on different angles, flipping it horizontally and adjusting the scale or colour to make it look slightly different.


Step 9

Now you have created your repeat tile!

Click Edit-Define Pattern-OK.


Step 10

Create another canvas to the size you would like your pattern to be applied to, I chose A3.

Click Layer-New Fill Layer-Pattern.


Select the repeat tile you have just saved and adjust the scale until you are happy.

Take a moment to evaluate your pattern – if there is a motif that doesn’t quiet look right go back to your repeat tile and remove or move your motifs around again.

You can also apply a background colour using the Paint Bucket tool to colour your background layer.

Voila! You have created your very own original repeat pattern! You can save the image and use it as a desktop image, print it and use it as wrapping paper or make into a card – the opportunities are endless!

See how I applied this pattern to make a snazzy note book!


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