Monday, January 19, 2015
I'm going to switch gears now for the next 10 patterns. This series of patterns will be created from some basic quilt block designs. For all of these patterns, I will be saving them as .png files just as I did with pattern #3. If you will recall, .png files support transparency. So each of these patterns I will be creating in black and transparent. That way the pattern will allow whatever color is already in the space to show through.
For these patterns, I used some basic built in quilt blocks from Electric Quilt. I kept the colors simple to just black and white. I then exported the block to a .jpg file and then opened it in Photoshop Elements. Using the magic wand tool with 'Continuous' unchecked, I was able to make a selection of all the white areas. I then deleted them by simply hitting the 'delete' key. I could then save my quilt block pattern as a .png file to retain the transparent parts.
I reduced the size of the file to a 2 inch square. Just a refresh here, go to Image -> Resize -> Image Size, and set the height and width to 2 inches. To save the pattern, go to Select -> All, and then Edit -> Define Pattern from Selection. For these patterns, I am naming them with Qlt at the beginning. This one is Qlt001 2 in. Here is the pattern filled into an gray 8 inch block.