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Patterns have the incredible power to add depth and intrigue to your design projects.

In this comprehensive guide, we’ll delve into the art of creating captivating patterns using Adobe Photoshop.

Whether you’re a seasoned designer or a curious beginner, follow along as we break down the process into easy-to-follow steps.

Setting Up Your Canvas

To begin our pattern-making journey, let’s start by setting up our canvas in Adobe Photoshop.

1. Open Adobe Photoshop and create a new file with the dimensions of 1200 pixels by 1200 pixels.
2. Ensure that the \”Artboard\” option is not selected.
3. Set the resolution to 300 pixels per inch and choose the RGB color mode.
4. Keep the background content set to transparent.
5. Click \”Create\” to generate your canvas.

Creating the Base Shape

Now, let’s dive into creating the base shape of our pattern.

1. Add a grid layout to your canvas by navigating to \”View\” > \”New Guide Layout.\” Choose two columns and two rows and click \”OK.\”
2. Select the Pen Tool (P) or access it from the toolbar.
3. Begin drawing your shape by creating points and dragging the handles to create curves.
4. Utilize the Direct Selection Tool (A) to fine-tune the shape by adjusting anchor points and handles.
5. Experiment with the Option (Alt) + Click technique to break handles and manipulate curves.

Building the Pattern

With our base shape in place, let’s start building the intricate pattern.

1. Duplicate the base shape using Command (Ctrl) + J.
2. Activate the Free Transform Tool using Command (Ctrl) + T and adjust the duplicate’s position to align with the center of the canvas.
3. Enter the values 600 pixels for both the X and Y dimensions to move the duplicate to the desired location.
4. Rotate the duplicate by 36 degrees to create the first repetition around a circle.
5. Duplicate and rotate again to continue the pattern repetition.

If you’re looking to speed up this process, check out our Photoshop Actions that help you quickly rotate an object around a circle.

Creating a Block Pattern

Let’s explore how to create a block pattern using multiple colors.

1. Duplicate the base shape and create variations by changing the colors.
2. Arrange the colored shapes using guides and align them according to your design vision.
3. Add a background color to the canvas using a Solid Color Adjustment Layer.
4. Utilize the Pattern Preview Tool (View > Pattern Preview) to visualize the pattern and adjust its placement.

Exporting and Finalizing

Once your pattern is perfected, it’s time to export and finalize your masterpiece.

1. Exit the Pattern Preview mode and customize colors further if needed.
2. Export your pattern by going to File > Export > Export As. Choose JPEG format and adjust the quality as desired.
3. Don’t forget to embed the color profile for consistent results.


Designing patterns in Adobe Photoshop opens up a world of creative possibilities. With the right tools, techniques, and a touch of inspiration, you can create visually stunning patterns that add an extra layer of beauty to your design projects. Whether you’re crafting digital scrapbook paper or enhancing your design portfolio, this step-by-step guide empowers you to master the art of pattern creation. Join us on this creative journey and unlock your pattern-making potential!

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