Easy Seamless Pattern Tutorial in Photoshop

I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for the free Photoshop tutorials I did when I first was learning the program. In essence, it’s where I contracted the design bug. I wanted to share a quick and easy tutorial that anyone with a basic knowledge of Photoshop could do.

For this tutorial we will be making a seamless pattern that can be saved and used again and again.

Start by creating a new document in Photoshop that is 10 in by 10 in.

Once the document is open, create a new layer.

Using the brush tool, set the brush size to 250 and make sure it’s a hard brush. Go into the jitter settings and set the size jitter to 50%.

Select a few different colors and start making random circles with your brush, making sure not to click on the edges. You won’t have a seamless pattern if you do.

Once you are happy with your circles, go to the filter menu and select > Other…> Offset. Set both the Horizontal and Vertical parameters to 180px making sure that “Wrap Around” is set for the “Undefined Areas”.

Next, with the brush tool still active, select another color and click inside the layer, again making sure that the circles do not touch the edges of the canvas.

Repeat the “Offset” filter again a couple times and putting in new circles each time until you are satisfied with what you have.

Once you are finished go to the Edit menu and select Define Pattern. A dialogue will open for you to name the pattern. Click OK.

Now, to test the pattern open a new document that’s larger than the one you used to create the pattern. From the Fill/Adjustment layer button select “Pattern…”

A dialoge will open allowing you to select a pattern. Find the pattern you just created. You will be able to adjust the scaling and position of the pattern while this box is open. Click OK, and you’re done!

You may have noticed on mine that there is actually a visible seam in the pattern. This appears to be a program glitch creating this error, however it shouldn’t be a real problem. With some tweaks we could get it to be clearer.

I hope you liked this tutorial and that you learned something new. I’ll try to  think of other tutorials I can do and will post them as I figure out new things!


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