Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Pattern 30

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
My next pattern is also a mix between dots and checks, but looks different than my last one.  It has a one inch repeat, but it could also be made any size as can all my patterns.  Here is how to create it.

Step 1 - Create a new file one inch by one inch square.

Step 2 - Make sure you foreground and background colors are the default of black for the foreground and white for the background.  Using the Ellipse tool, hold down the Shift key and draw out a perfect circle.  It will be created as a new shape layer and be black which is the foreground color.  Make sure your grid is turned on and select the Move tool to make sure your circle is perfectly centered.

Step 3 - Next, on the layers palette, right click on the shape layer, and select 'Simplify Layer'.

Step 4 - Using the Rectangular Marquee tool, drag out two half inch square selections.  One will start in the upper left corner and go to the center, and the other will start in the center and go to the lower right corner.  In order to drag out multiple selections, you have to have the 'Add to Selection' selected in the options bar.

Step 5 - Swap the foreground and background colors. Make sure you have the circle layer selected on the layers palette, and with the square selections in place, use the Paint Bucket tool to fill in the two quarter circles with white.  Only the selected parts will be filled.

Step 6 - Swap the foreground and background colors once again.  With the two half inch squares still selected, select the background layer on the layers palette.  Using the Paint Bucket tool, fill the background with black.

Step 7 - Now you can Select -> All, and Edit -> Define Pattern from Selection.  And there you should have your pattern which looks like mine below.

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