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Polka dot patterns have been a timeless design choice, adding a sense of playfulness and charm to various projects.

In this tutorial, we’ll delve into the world of creating captivating repeating polka dot style patterns using Photoshop actions. These actions offered in our product Quick Pattern Maker provide an efficient way to generate intricate patterns that can be used in a variety of creative endeavors.

Introduction to Photoshop Actions

Photoshop actions are a powerful feature that allows you to automate repetitive tasks, making your design process more streamlined and efficient. Here at Lemon Paper Lab we have crafted a set of Photoshop actions that are specifically tailored to creating different polka dot style patterns.

Navigating the Actions

After purchasing the actions included in Quick Pattern Maker, you’ll need to import them into Photoshop. The actions are provided in a file with the \”.atn\” extension, which signifies that they are meant for use in Photoshop. To import the actions, follow these steps:

1. Open a new document in Photoshop with dimensions set to 1200 pixels by 1200 pixels. Adjust the resolution to 300 pixels per inch, choose RGB color mode, and set the background content to transparent.

2. Access the \”Actions\” panel by going to Window > Actions.

3. Load the actions by clicking on the menu icon within the \”Actions\” panel and selecting – Load Actions. Navigate to the \”.atn\” file you purchased and click \”Open\” to load the actions.

Exploring the Action Sets

These actions are organized into different sets, each offering unique effects and styles for your polka dot style patterns. Let’s take a closer look at how these actions can be applied:

1. Creating a Basic Polka Dot Pattern

– Start by selecting the ellipse shape tool and drawing a circle of 400 pixels by 400 pixels on your canvas.
– Choose the \”Dot Style Pattern\” action and click the play button. This action will automatically generate a repeating polka dot pattern based on your circle shape.
– Examine the layers panel to see the original shape and the group containing the repeating circles forming the polka dot pattern.
– To save the pattern, go to **Edit > Define Pattern**.

2. Two-Tone Polka Dot Variation

– Experiment with the \”Two-Tone Uniform\” action to create a polka dot pattern with varying opacities. This can be achieved by adjusting the opacity of the initial pattern layer.
– Play with different color combinations to achieve striking visual effects.

3. Customizing Scale and Rotation

– The \”Vertical,\” \”Horizontal,\” \”Scale,\” and \”Rotation\” actions offer ways to modify the pattern’s orientation, size, and angle.
– Each action affects the pattern based on its name, providing you with a wide range of customization options.

4. Using Button Mode

– Button mode allows you to easily apply actions by clicking on buttons within the actions panel.
– Explore various button mode actions to quickly achieve different pattern styles.

Smart Object Benefits

It is a good idea to convert your object into a smart object before applying an action. Smart objects provide flexibility and allow for easy adjustments. To convert an object into a smart object, right-click on the layer and select > Convert to Smart Object.

Customizing Colors and Sizes

Experiment with different colors and sizes to create unique and eye-catching polka dot patterns. Adjust the spacing, scale, and opacity to achieve the desired visual effects.


These Photoshop actions offer an exciting way to generate captivating polka dot patterns effortlessly. Whether you’re creating digital scrapbook papers, textiles, or any other design project, these actions provide a versatile toolkit to enhance your creative endeavors. Explore the various actions, experiment with colors and sizes, and let your imagination run wild as you create fun and vibrant polka dot style patterns that will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression.

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