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How to create pattern stamps in Photoshop

Sep 3, 2018 | How to, Surface pattern design, Tutorials |

When I’m designing in Photoshop and Illustrator I’m always looking for quick ways to be able to create my pattern repeats. A really great trick in Photoshop is using brushes to create stamps of your motifs that you can repeat within your design. In this post, we’re going to look at how to create pattern stamps in Photoshop.

How to create pattern stamps in Photoshop

1. This first thing you need to do is to draw the motif you’d like to use as your pattern stamp. This can be absolutely anything you like but there are a few factors you need to consider:

  • Your pattern needs to be only one colour so if you have leaves and flowers that you want in different colours then create them as separate stamps
  • If you want your pattern to be opaque then you need to create your pattern in black. If you create your pattern in any colour other than black it will appear transparent when you stamp it. 
  • When using your pattern stamp brush, you can change the brush to whatever colour you like.

Creating transparent and opaque pattern stamp brushes in Photoshop

In the example above, the pattern stamp on the left has been created in black and you can see that the pattern is opaque. The pattern stamp on the left was created in colour and you can see that the pattern is transparent.

 

2. Once you’ve created the motif you’d like to use as a pattern stamp, you need to select the motif. The easiest way to do that is by:

  • Using the Lasso Tool or one of the shape tools to select the area around the motif you’ve created
  • While it’s selected, select the Magic Wand tool. Make sure the Tolerance = 0, Anti Alias and Contiguous = Off
  • Click the ALT/Control key on your keyboard and click on the white space within the selection

 You should now see marching ants around your motif and nothing else should be selected. 

3. With your pattern still selected go to Edit > Define Brush Preset. A pop-up box will appear allowing you to name your pattern. Name it and then select OK. 

Define pattern to create a photoshop pattern brush

 

4. Now all you need to do is to select the pattern stamp brush from your brushes panel. To find the brushes panel go to Window > Brushes. The brush you created will be the last one in the scroll down menu.

Creating brushes in Photoshop to use as pattern stamps

5. Select a colour you’d like to use for your brush, and then use your brush as a stamp to create a design.

Creating brushes in Photoshop to use as pattern stamps

 

Once you’ve created your pattern stamp brushes you will be able to easily reuse them again and again in any future designs simply by finding them in your brushes panel.

 

 

Do you have any questions? Comments? Let’s chat below

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Learn how to create pattern stamps in Photoshop using brushes. It's a really great trick to quickly repeat motifs within your surface pattern designs and once you've created a brush you can use it over and over in any future pattern repeats you create.
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