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Learn how to create a horizontal jagged striped pattern in Adobe Photoshop using a displacement map.

In this tutorial you will learn:

  • How to create a repeating horizontal or vertical stripe pattern in Photoshop
  • How to define a repeatable seamless pattern in Photoshop
  • How to create a displacement map using Filters in Photoshop
  • How to apply the displacement map to your horizontal stripes to create a nice horizontal jagged stripe pattern in Photoshop.
  • How to save your design as digital scrapbook paper

How to Create Horizontal Jagged Stripe Pattern in Adobe Photoshop

In this tutorial we will be using a displacement map. Before we create the displacement map let us create a basic horizontal stripe pattern first.

Create a new document – 180 x 180 px. Resolution 300 dpi.

Draw out a rectangle using the rectangular marquee tool. Change style to Fixed Size and set width to 180 px and height to 90 px.

Click on the canvas and the rectangle will show. Fill the selection with your foreground color set to black and use the keyboard shortcut opt + delete for Mac users and alt + backspace for PC. Deselect the pixels with cmd/ctrl + D.

Use the guides to center the rectangle.

Save the pattern in Photoshop with Edit – Define Pattern.

Next, create a new document with dimensions of 3600 x 3600 px with 300 dpi the typical size of digital scrapbook paper.

In the new document add a pattern adjustment layer and select your newly created pattern.

How to create a Displacement Map in Adobe Photoshop

To create a displacement map go ahead and open a new document. When using a displacement map it is best to create one the same size as your target document. In this case we will create a 3600 x 3600 px document with background set to white.

A displacement map is a document that is made up of black and white colors. Make sure your default colors are set to black and white.

Go to filter > Render > Difference Clouds. This will create a cloudy appearance.

Next, save your document as a .psd file and give it a name.

Applying the displacement map to the horizontal stripes

Go back to the document with your horizontal stripes. On your pattern layer right click and convert it to a smart object.

To apply the displacement map to this layer go to Filter > Distort > Displace.

In the dialogue box you can change the intensity of the displacement by changing the horizontal and vertical scale values. For this example set the horizontal and vertical scale to 10. You will be prompted to select the source file. In this case you will navigate to the displacement map file you created. Click to Open.

The displacement map will be applied and you will see horizontal stripes with jagged edges. If you want to increase the intensity repeat the previous step and increase the horizontal and vertical scale values. The values do not have to be equal.

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