Monday, February 23, 2015

Pattern 41

Monday, February 23, 2015
Now I want to switch to something different.  I am going to make a series of stripe patterns.  These are really easy to make.  This first one is a simple evenly spaced stripe with two alternating colors.  The way I created is as follows.

Step 1 - Create a new two inch by two inch file and make sure you have your grid visible.

Step 2 - Use the Rectangular Marquee tool with 'Add to Selection' selected in the Options Bar.  Drag out one quarter inch wide selections the entire length of the square.  They will be two inches long.  Start in the upper left corner for the first selection, and then move over one quarter inch for each additional selection area.  You should have four rectangular selected areas evenly spaced apart.

Step 3 - Use the Paint Bucket tool to fill in the selected areas with a solid color.  I chose a gold color.  If you have 'continuous' unchecked in the options bar, you can fill all four selected areas at once.

Step 4 - Now select the rest of the square by selecting the inverse of what you already have selected.  Select -> Inverse.

Step 5 - Choose a new solid color for your Paint Bucket fill of your remaining stripes.  I chose a sky blue color.  Fill the four remaining stripes.  You can see that my pattern starts with gold and ends with blue so when it repeats it will go back to the gold start color and continue alternating.

Step 6 - Select -> All and Edit-> Define Pattern from Selection.  I named mine Str001 2 in. for my first stripe pattern and it has a 2 inch repeat.

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