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In this tutorial, we will explore the process of designing an engaging and visually appealing repeating pattern using Adobe Photoshop.

The step-by-step guide will lead you through the creation of a captivating design that can be utilized for various purposes.

Whether you’re a seasoned designer or a newcomer to the world of graphic design, this tutorial will equip you with the skills to craft your very own intricate patterns.

Getting Started: Setting Up the Canvas

To kick off our creative journey, let’s begin by setting up a new canvas in Adobe Photoshop. Follow these steps:

1. Click on \”File\” in the top menu and select \”New.\”
2. Set the dimensions of your canvas to 1200 pixels by 1200 pixels.
3. Choose a resolution of 300 pixels per inch.
4. Select the RGB color mode.
5. Set the background content to transparent.
6. Click \”Create\” to generate your canvas.

Creating the Base Rectangle

Our pattern design will start with a simple rectangle. Here’s how to create the initial shape:

1. Select the Rectangle Shape Tool (shortcut: U).
2. Press Shift+U to cycle through shape tools until the rectangle tool is active.
3. Click on the canvas and draw a 1000-pixel by 1000-pixel rectangle.
4. Confirm by clicking \”OK.\”

Utilizing Photoshop Actions for Pattern Design

For an efficient pattern design process, we’ll employ Photoshop actions. These actions streamline repetitive tasks and enhance your workflow. Check out our Photoshop Actions for Pattern Design.

Creating the Pattern Elements

To build our intricate pattern, we’ll manipulate and arrange multiple rectangles. Follow these steps:

1. Duplicate the rectangle layer (Command/Ctrl+J) and change its color to white.
2. Scale down the duplicated rectangle by 75% (Command/Ctrl+T and set scale to 75%).
3. Duplicate the previous layer again, scale it down by 50%, and rotate it 45 degrees clockwise.
4. Duplicate the original rectangle once more, scale it down by 25%, and position it accordingly.

Constructing the Pattern Sections

To form the different sections of our pattern, we’ll use layer combinations and shapes:

1. Combine the bottom two layers using \”Layer\” > \”Combine Shapes\” > \”Subtract Front Shape.\”
2. Repeat the process for the top two layers.
3. Merge the resulting shapes.

Defining and Testing the Pattern

Now, let’s define and test our pattern:

1. Go to \”Edit\” > \”Define Pattern\” to save your pattern.
2. Open the Patterns panel (Window > Patterns).
3. Use the \”Pattern Test\” action to fill a new document with your pattern.
4. Adjust the scale and position of the pattern using the pattern fill layer’s options.

Exporting Your Pattern

When you’re satisfied with your pattern, it’s time to export it:

1. Double-click the color fill layer and pick a new color.
2. Go to \”File\” > \”Export\” > \”Export As.\”
3. Choose JPEG format and adjust quality settings.
4. Check \”Embed Color Profile\” under color space.
5. Click \”Export\” to save your digital scrapbook paper.


Congratulations! You’ve successfully learned how to create an engaging repeating pattern using Adobe Photoshop. By following this tutorial and leveraging the power of Photoshop actions, you’ve gained valuable skills in pattern design. Feel free to experiment with different shapes, colors, and sizes to create unique and stunning patterns for various projects. Remember, the possibilities are endless, and your creativity is your greatest asset. Thank you for joining us on this creative journey!

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