Creating Photo “Patterns”

Note: This is how I do it. I’m sure other people do it differently. You can get as creative as you want too, but here, I’ll stick to the basics.

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Step 1. Pick a photo. Something with a lot of color is what I use, but it’s up to you. Think about the finished product and how part of your photo will look when used to create a pattern.


Step 2. Crop the photo to the desired size. It’s easier to use squares, but again, you can get creative. While still in crop mode, rotate the frame to get the most out of what you want to use. Finish the crop process and now you have a square, filled with the desired portion of your photo, set at an angle.


Step 3. Go to “File>New” and open a blank workspace 2 times as wide and 2 times as high as your “working photo”. (after you get the general idea you can get creative with size) Make sure the new one is the same resolution as the original. It’s easiest to use a transparent workspace, but again, it’s up to you (here I used a slightly tinted white background for display purposes).


Step 4. At this point, I go too “View” and turn on the “rulers” and “snap”, you’ll see why in the next step.

Step 5. Click on the original to make it active. Use the move tool and drop it onto the new workspace. Move it to where you want, depending on what part you want in the center of the finished product, etc.


Step 6. Go back to the original and flip either horizontally or vertically and move it to the new work space. Move it to the desired location. Now you’ll start to see the “pattern” forming.


Step 7. Continue until the new workspace is filled.


Step 8. At this point, go to “Layers” and flatten the finished “pattern” Then you can adjust whatever you want such as Brightness/Contrast, Hue/Saturation, Filters etc. and it will apply to the whole thing.


Step 9. Add a border, signature whatever you want!




As you can see, this is easy and allows a lot of room for creativity. You can keep it simple or go to the extreme. But most importantly, HAVE FUN!