Today I want to share with you one of my favorite ways to create a seamless pattern from the watercolor illustration.
I want to go through the whole process with you: from watercoloring to creating the seamless pattern in Adobe Photoshop.
When you want to create a pattern you need to know two things:
1. All elements should be unique (unless you want to create a pattern with same elements because this was actually the idea).
Why? Because when you create a pattern from your illustration it will look the best when your elements are different, believe me, or try it yourself, and learn from your mistakes.
2. Elements in the pattern should be close to each other, actually not very close, not too far away. Just try to find a “happy medium” for yourself. It took me a while to find my “happy medium”, but you’ll never learn if you don’t try!
For this lesson, I prepared a marine design pattern. I made a sketch with different marine elements, I found some ideas for on the internet. You’re welcome to download my sketch and use it, in case you like it. In fact, you can use any other theme you like.
I divided this lesson into three parts. I’ll show you how I paint the pattern elements, then I’ll show you how to make your background completely white in a very easy and simple way. And after that, I’ll you show how easy it is to make a seamless pattern! It’s even easier than making a white background! Really! I promise! Let’s begin!
2. Preparing the background
1. Goto Image > Adjustments > Replace Color
2. Using SHIFT, pick the places, where you want the background to be white
3. Then increase the lightness and press OK
4. Use the History brush tool to restore the colors where needed
3. Making it seamless
1. Go to Filter > Other > Offset
2. Play with horizontal and vertical pixel settings to find the variation you really like
3. Click OK and SAVE your seamless pattern when you finished
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