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Ambowife Designs
12-12-2010, 06:03 PM
Create a simple seamless pattern in photoshop (or any layer able application)

Create a new document 600 pixels x 600 pixels 300 dpi transparent background

Open the item you want to use for your pattern, I’ve used my Dolly element here.
Hold down shift and drag the element to your pattern document, it will snap to the centre of the page

http://img2.ymlp13.com/stoneaccents_clipimage0022.jpg

Now you might need to resize your element so it fits in the page, go ahead and do that if you need to

Duplicate your element 4 times and move one of each layer to the corners of the page,
The centre of the dolly needs to be exactly on the corner of the page so use the centre node as a guide to achieve this

Tip: if you hold down the shift key as you move your item it will snap to the edges when you get there.

http://img2.ymlp13.com/stoneaccents_clipimage0042.jpg

Once you have them all placed, merge visible.

Now you can define your pattern by choosing edit>define pattern
Give your pattern a name and then try it out.

http://img2.ymlp13.com/stoneaccents_clipimage0062.gif
Now you have a pattern you can use for papers, or for in styles as patterns or textures.
This same process will work with shapes, brushes anything really.

Have fun with it!

Here’s a shot of my pattern:
http://img2.ymlp13.com/stoneaccents_clipimage0082.gif

Saving your presets by Kimberkatt
Select All>Define Pattern places your pattern into the preset manager, BUT! it does NOT save them. It will appear in your patterns menu by default until you open another .pat file, which then overwrites your pattern... when this happens, you get that prompt to save your patterns.

The only way to make sure that you always have your patterns is to SAVE them into a .pat file. So:

1. Create your seamless pattern
2. Select All>Define Pattern (this places it into the preset manager but does NOT save the pattern, it can be overwritten & lost forever!)
3. Go to Edit>Preset Manager>Patterns and click the "Save Set" option to save all the patterns into one .pat file.

Now, if you go through and delete patterns accidentally, you should be able to go back to Edit>Preset Manager>Patterns and click on the "Load" button to find the .pat file you just saved w/ all of your patterns.



Sharing your patterns with others
Okay once you have your patterns in your patterns palette you can delete any you don't want to share by holding down the alt button (little scissors will appear when you hover over a pattern thumb) now click on the ones you don't want in the set.
Once you've done that you can click on the fly out and choose save patterns
when the save dialog box comes up, browse to where you want to save them ideally a new folder named appropriately, then name it designername_patternname and click save.
Go to the folder you saved them to in Windows explorer and add a preview and tou then zip that folder up and upload to where you share from.


Saving your patterns to share

ADBDesign {anita_d}
02-25-2011, 11:59 AM
thanks tracy - great TUT

JHawk
02-27-2011, 08:13 PM
WOW, this looks a lot easier then I thought it would be. That's why I never tried it. Too scared. Now I will have to try it. THANKS!!!

PamR
02-27-2011, 09:51 PM
Great tut, keep em coming!

*Dee*
02-28-2011, 03:51 PM
Super tut!!!

plumbgone
03-24-2011, 11:42 AM
Well, dang! One never knows what one will learn when one looks around!! I haven't hung out here in a while but it looks like I'm back!!! Ahhh....life is good!!

Toiny
03-24-2011, 02:14 PM
LOL Shelby! I feel the same way when I rediscover a forum.... like opening a new goodie box.

T

plumbgone
03-24-2011, 04:26 PM
Thnk you for posting this! I am off to try this. Oh man...just noticed the piggies!

plumbgone
03-24-2011, 09:00 PM
Thanks for this tut! I went home and immediately put a tile together! This tut was written very well and was super easy to follow on PSE!! I will now go forth like a woman possessed!! I thank you! My DH....not so much!!!:l

Here it is!!!!

<img src="http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/500/Add-on-Paper-9.jpg" />

Toiny
03-25-2011, 03:29 AM
Woooohooo! Awesome! Go create like a mad woman.

I love yellow. :XX
Smooches,

T

kimberkatt
03-25-2011, 05:31 PM
LOL Shelby! hubby's should really know better than to step in the way of scrapping women!! :l

Scrapping Women... reminds me of Designing Women... do you guys remember that show?! I used to get a good chuckle out of it! :DD <--- another random thought brought to you by Kimberkatt! ;)

plumbgone
03-26-2011, 08:06 AM
Love your random thoughts Kimberly! I still watch that show! Southern women at their finest!! Have a great day! I'm off to make some cookies after reading the cookie tut!

ADBDesign {anita_d}
03-26-2011, 11:24 AM
here is the one I created -- I love this TUT
http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1069/medium/tut-example.jpg

Toiny
03-27-2011, 11:31 AM
OOo Anita! I like that one too. Y'all are amazing designing women LOL.

plumbgone
03-29-2011, 11:37 AM
Thanks to this marvelous tut I have finally ventured out into the designing world. I have no plans to charge...just want to give back as others have given so freely to me in the past. Stay tuned and I'll post a link when I get finished. I am finding it hard to stop!!!

Blessings upon each of you here!

Digi-Scrap
03-30-2011, 12:37 PM
Awesome, I'll have to do this one: as I've been wanting to find a seamless pattern tutorial: Thanks!!
__________________________________________________ __

Wowza, the things we take for granted: It was easier in PSP & now that I have PS: I need a tutorial for it. I love the results. I'd better make an action out of this, so that the process is even more simplistic.

Well.......Here is my results:
http://i138.photobucket.com/albums/q244/Blessed2BeeAlive/Challenges/_CWCreations_BraunersHeritage_EP1_Ppreview_.jpg

Digi-Scrap
04-09-2011, 08:20 PM
~~~~~~~Please Help~~~~~~~

Okay, I have a question.......: Once I create a pattern element layer, how do I dish it out, as a freebie, or for sale? I've saved the pattern in my patterns, however how do I access it from there, to dish the pattern out to others?

I suppose when I save it, I should save it like:
CWCreations_LoveURWife4Life.pat

Then what, how do I access it, to pass it on to others?

~~~~~~~Please Help~~~~~~~

Ambowife Designs
04-09-2011, 08:46 PM
Okay once you have your patterns in your patterns palette you can delete any you don't want to share by holding down the alt button (little scissors will appear when you hover over a pattern thumb) now click on the ones you don't want in the set.
Once you've done that you can click on the fly out and choose save patterns
when the save dialog box comes up, browse to where you want to save them ideally a new folder named appropriately, then name it designername_patternname and click save.
Go to the folder you saved them to in Windows explorer and add a preview and tou then zip that folder up and upload to where you share from.
There you go :)

Digi-Scrap
04-09-2011, 08:57 PM
Okay once you have your patterns in your patterns palette you can delete any you don't want to share by holding down the alt button (little scissors will appear when you hover over a pattern thumb) now click on the ones you don't want in the set.
Once you've done that you can click on the fly out and choose save patterns
when the save dialog box comes up, browse to where you want to save them ideally a new folder named appropriately, then name it designername_patternname and click save.
Go to the folder you saved them to in Windows explorer and add a preview and tou then zip that folder up and upload to where you share from.
There you go :)

Thanks: I'll take notes. I have a Mac so I suppose it would be a little different.

Ambowife Designs
04-09-2011, 09:31 PM
Hmm I think the alt key is the options key when it comes to mac :)

Digi-Scrap
04-09-2011, 09:49 PM
Hmm I think the alt key is the options key when it comes to mac :)

That is correct. (?) I do not understand why I should delete all that I do not want in the patterns folder to be dished out? Isn't there a special way just to save the one pattern that I want appropriately?

Digi-Scrap
04-10-2011, 12:46 PM
How then do I get it all back: my personal patterns that I've deleted?

kimberkatt
04-10-2011, 12:53 PM
Cyndi - the only way I know of to save a single pattern into a .pat file is the way Tracy has explained. Otherwise, once you click on "Save Set" it will save all the patterns you see into one .pat file...

Every time you make your own patterns, you should save them into a .pat file, or pattern fill a 12X12 canvas & save that.

If you've deleted pattern files that have not yet been saved, I don't think there is a way to get them back... :confused: :o

Digi-Scrap
04-10-2011, 01:16 PM
Cyndi - the only way I know of to save a single pattern into a .pat file is the way Tracy has explained. Otherwise, once you click on "Save Set" it will save all the patterns you see into one .pat file...

Every time you make your own patterns, you should save them into a .pat file, or pattern fill a 12X12 canvas & save that.

If you've deleted pattern files that have not yet been saved, I don't think there is a way to get them back... :confused: :o

I'm not sure you get what I mean. I've saved them all, however if I delete them they are gone, forever: Make sense? Unless there is a way to access each one of them.

kimberkatt
04-10-2011, 02:08 PM
Ahh, gotcha! ;) Sorry, slow brain over here! :DD

If they've already been saved, then you just need to load them back in through the preset manager>Patterns>Load, then navigate to where you saved them and open. :)

Digi-Scrap
04-10-2011, 02:17 PM
Ahh, gotcha! ;) Sorry, slow brain over here! :DD

If they've already been saved, then you just need to load them back in through the preset manager>Patterns>Load, then navigate to where you saved them and open. :)

I'm glads your catching my drift now.

BTW: Sounds good, however I just created these patterns & saved them the way it is described to do so in this lesson. So, where in the program would I find them?

Digi-Scrap
04-10-2011, 02:49 PM
I went into:

Applications > Abobe Photoshop CS5 > Patterns. I defined my pattern & that is the way is saves(?) @ least in the program. I noticed that inside the patterns file the extentions are .pat

All the ones that I've loaded from other sites are there. However the ones that I personally saved via Defining the patterns are not there. In my Adobe Photoshop CS5 I have no option of saving it to an extention of .pat

Unless there is a way to program it to do it?

kimberkatt
04-10-2011, 03:17 PM
Okay, now we're getting somewhere lol

Select All>Define Pattern places your pattern into the preset manager, BUT! it does NOT save them. It will appear in your patterns menu by default until you open another .pat file, which then overwrites your pattern... when this happens, you get that prompt to save your patterns.

The only way to make sure that you always have your patterns is to SAVE them into a .pat file. So:

1. Create your seamless pattern
2. Select All>Define Pattern (this places it into the preset manager but does NOT save the pattern, it can be overwritten & lost forever!)
3. Go to Edit>Preset Manager>Patterns and click the "Save Set" option to save all the patterns into one .pat file.

Now, if you go through and delete patterns accidentally, you should be able to go back to Edit>Preset Manager>Patterns and click on the "Load" button to find the .pat file you just saved w/ all of your patterns.

Once you do this, THEN you can go ahead and follow Tracy's instructions to save just that one pattern into a .pat file for sharing purposes. :)

Ambowife Designs
04-10-2011, 05:03 PM
Another thing you can do Cyndi is when you create the pattern, save the file as a normal png or jpg file (depending on if it has transparent areas or not) and that way if you do lose your .pat files you still have the original image you created the pattern from.
Most of the designers will do this with their glitters etc once they have made them seamless and saved the pattern they also save the sheet for themselves and for sharing with customers who don't have the same program as the do.

I hope I didn't just lose all your personally designed patterns with my tutorial. I think I'll retire if I did (arrrrgh) or at least keep my mouth shut and not post tutorials :)
big hugs
Tracy


Thanks Kimmie for replying hun, I was sleeping and have just got up on my Monday ;)

Ambowife Designs
04-10-2011, 05:16 PM
Kim I've added your preset saving steps to the original tutorial along with how to share your patterns file. thanks again hun

Digi-Scrap
04-10-2011, 06:16 PM
Another thing you can do Cyndi is when you create the pattern, save the file as a normal png or jpg file (depending on if it has transparent areas or not) and that way if you do lose your .pat files you still have the original image you created the pattern from.
Most of the designers will do this with their glitters etc once they have made them seamless and saved the pattern they also save the sheet for themselves and for sharing with customers who don't have the same program as the do.

I hope I didn't just lose all your personally designed patterns with my tutorial. I think I'll retire if I did (arrrrgh) or at least keep my mouth shut and not post tutorials :)
big hugs
Tracy

Thanks Kimmie for replying hun, I was sleeping and have just got up on my Monday ;)

Thanks for both UR help in this matter.

I couldn't save each pattern with a .pat extention file, so I saved each pattern that I've created, 1 @ a time @ about 20 images.

Now I will be able to follow UR directions, & not loose all the patterns that I've created. However, I'm taking a break/breather away from my CS5 for now.

Thanks.

Ambowife Designs
04-10-2011, 07:40 PM
OH Phew well I am glad you still have them hun!! :)

Digi-Scrap
04-10-2011, 07:53 PM
OH Phew well I am glad you still have them hun!! :)


Yes: Me too, as I had to figure out how I could keep them, after all I put hard work into them. I couldn't loose them, just to save one for a special give away. It is a Word-Art-Pattern that I have in mind of giving away, besides a Q.P. made with the Word-Art-Pattern.

dodiegonzales
05-29-2011, 09:55 PM
i have been looking for this tutorial for so long. thank you sooooooo much for this. wanna give you a big big hug!!HAHA. i better write it down first. thanks again