It’s time to get creative! I’ve never really created a pattern before so researching how to do this was quite fun.
For this, I’m assuming you have some experience with Photoshop or your chosen software for making digital artwork – I will, however, be as descriptive as I can to help you if not(also feel free to ask me any questions in the comments below.
What we are going to create
These are the images we are going to create for our pattern. As you can see, shape, size and loose lines are not a problem when creating a pattern and I’ll show you why later in this tutorial.
Start by sketching down a few ideas you want to use. You can do this digitally or on paper – it doesn’t affect the end result of a pattern; only texture will be different.
The sketches can be as simple or as complicated as you like. If you need inspiration other than my little ghosts and pumpkins, you can always search on Google or a similar search engine like Ecosia(they use ad revenue of searches to plant new trees!).
Flat Colours and Shading
After sketching your pattern designs and cleaning up your sketch, it’s time to choose your colours. I kept it simple and went with a light blue for my ghosts and a simple orange and green for my pumpkins.
Feel free to download and colour my little ghost and pumpkin but remember they are copyright to me and I only give you permission to use them for personal use – meaning not for selling. Use #cblineartcolours when sharing on Instagram and I will be able to see and like them!
I used the pen tool in Photoshop to create clean lines and used the wand tool to select the areas to colour. Make sure you colour on a new layer behind your linework so you don’t get any white gaps.
For the shading, make a new layer above the colour layer and set it to ‘multiply’ to create a darker version of your chosen colour.
The hardest part is behind us. No for the easier but more time-consuming part. The pattern making part!
Create a new project in your chosen paint program and make the canvas 1000 by 1000 pixels.
Start by making sure all images are on a separate layer in the middle of your canvas and put a white(or the colour of your choice) shape as a background behind each image.
With one of your images, select Filter => Other => Offset from the top menu. Set both the horizontal and vertical pixels to ‘+500’ to position your image in the four corners of your canvas.
Congratulations on aking your first pattern!
Set each of your images to a different position on the canvas and remove any white background that overlaps other images.
Patterns look a bit messy when they are done but when you use it as a pattern it will look amazing.
Happy pattern making!
You can purchase my halloween print in my Redbubble shop.