Simple Patterns

How to create patterns

Patterns are quite easy to do and most of the time, they are the missing piece in a wallie/layout/etc. While many online designers use smart-ass software to create patterns, I’ll stick to the old and classic way to create really simple pattern. Therefore, don’t expect this tutorial to teach you how to do those nice flowery patterns; you’ll definitely need a software for that, or a hella good logistic brain because patterns can be hard to do if you don’t get the logics behind it.

Patterns and lines

*To be honest, I really don’t know how to label these patterns, so please bare with me.

These patterns are my personal favourites, because they are so simple and fit almost everything. I love them the most as a background.

1) Tight lines (the easiest form)

Start with a canvas of 3 x 3 pixels (yes, very small).

Zoom it to 1600%. That’s the biggest zoom. You should see gray and white square: that’s how Ps indicated that the background is transparent.

Take the pencil brush tool (in cs2, it is in the same ‘showcase’ as the brush tool) and recreate this:

Once you’re done, select all (ctrl+A) go to Edit > Define Pattern > Enter. Your pattern is now done and ready to be use! To do so, open an artwork of your choice, create a new layer, use the Fill Bucket and set “Foreground” to “Pattern” and choose your pattern:

So now, you can use your pattern. You SHOULD lower the opacity of the pattern layer (that you will create) so the effect isn’t too harsh. You can also go to the “Blending option” (when you right-click on the pattern layer) and put a colour overlay it to change the dull black to another colour of your choice. Here’s the result with the pattern we just create:

You can always make the line thicker. However, you will have to start on a bigger canvas, for example 8×8 pixels or 25×25 pixels. Here are a few examples :


This is a 8×8 canvas. Notice that when you zoom in, the 2×2 squares represent ONE pixel.


The more the lines are fat, the more it’ll look apparent and ‘smooth’. Notice that when you do pattern, you always have to add a sort of small triangle in the upper left and bottom right of your canvas. This makes the line smooth. Try not to put it, and you’ll see how wrong the pattern goes.

Written by soiia

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