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If you’re looking to enhance your digital artwork with stylish patterns, creating a gingham pattern brush can be a fantastic addition to your creative toolkit.
In this tutorial, we’ll guide you through the step-by-step process of crafting your very own gingham pattern brush in Procreate. This versatile tool can be used to add intricate textures and designs to your artwork, giving your creations a unique and visually appealing touch.
Setting Up the Foundation
First open a square canvas in procreate. When creating pattern brushes it needs to be a square canvas.
From the color picker select black and color drop to the canvas to fill the entire layer.
In the upper left hand menu select the move tool. From the bottom menu click on snapping and make sure snapping and magnetic is turned on.
Drag your color fill layer to the left side until it fills half of the canvas. The snapping guides will help make the edge align with the middle position of the canvas.
In the layers panel click on the N on the layer to decrease the opacity down to 50%.
Selecting the move tool again drag the rectangle to the center of your canvas.
Accessing the layers panel drag left on the layer and click to duplicate. Select the move tool and rotate the rectangle 90 degrees.
Crafting the Gingham Pattern Brush
To Create a Gingham pattern brush in the upper left hand menu click on the Actions and select Add. From the Add menu options select copy canvas.
Click on the brush icon. You have the option to create a new brush set by touching and pulling down on the left hand side of the brush library. This will cause a plus sign appear and will let you add a new brush set.
After adding a new brush set you can click on the upper right side of the brush library to create a new brush.
This will bring up the brush studio. In the left hand menu click on Grain. Under grain behavior select texturized. Click to edit the grain source.
Select import and choose Paste. Double click on the screen to invert the image. For brushes the black area will not show color and the white area will show the color. Shades of grey will show varying intensities. In this case we want our crossing stripes to be white and grey so that is why the image needed to be inverted. Click Done to save the setting.
To control the size of your pattern you can adjust the scale slider in the grain settings.
Next, click on Apple Pencil in the left hand menu. For pressure adjust the opacity setting and bring the slider all the way to the left for None.
Select Properties from the left hand menu under brush behavior bring up the maximum and minimum size of the brush that way you can cover more area with you brush at a time.
To name your brush select About this brush from the left hand menu. Here you can give your brush a name.
Testing your Brush
Exit the brush studio and select a color from the colors panel. Create a new layer and start drawing with your new gingham pattern brush.
One way to use your pattern layer is a with a clipping. Create a new layer and draw a shape. To create a circle start drawing a circle. If you keep the pen in contact with the screen procreate will automatically smooth it out. If you touch another finger to the screen it will make a perfect circle. To fill in the circle drag your color from the color area and it will fill in the rest of the empty space of the circle.
In the layers panel position your shape layer below your pattern layer. On the pattern layer tap to select the layer options and choose clipping mask. You pattern layer will then take on the shape of the circle.
Note: Because the gingham pattern had areas of grey or transparency you need to make sure the object below is white. Click on the circle layer and turn on alpha lock and then select white from the color wheel. Click on the layer to fill it with the white color and you will be able to see your gingham pattern brush.
Creating a gingham pattern brush in Procreate opens up a world of possibilities for adding intricate textures and designs to your digital artwork. By following the steps outlined in this tutorial, you can effortlessly design your own personalized gingham pattern brush, offering a unique touch to your creative projects. Whether you’re adding patterns to shapes or enhancing your illustrations, this technique will undoubtedly elevate the visual appeal of your artwork. Thank you for exploring this tutorial on crafting a gingham pattern brush in Procreate. Happy creating!