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Tips to creating artwork by hand to put into pattern repeats

Feb 28, 2019 | Mark making, Photoshop, Surface pattern design, Tips and Tricks | 4 comments

Do you love creating artwork by hand? Do you want to be able to put that artwork into a pattern repeat? Here are a few tips for you to consider that will make that process quicker and easier.

Tips to creating artwork by hand to put into pattern repeats

Consider the surface you use

One of the first things you need to consider when you’re creating hand rendered artwork is choosing the surface you’re going to work on. One of the most important things you need to consider is that the texture of the paper or surface you choose will come through when you scan your artwork. You may be happy for this to happen, but if not you should select a flat, untextured paper. For scanning purposes and to easily be able to clean up your design elements in Photoshop, clean, white (bright) paper is best.

Isolate your design elements

In order to have greater flexibility over the way you use your design elements and also make the cleaning up process in Photoshop easier, you should try and create each of your motifs separately. For example, if you were creating a floral design then you should draw each flower separately. When you bring your artwork into Photoshop to scan and clean up this will allow you to have each of the motifs as separate files or on separate layers.

Why is this important?

It allows you to move, layer and place each individual element wherever you choose. If they were all joined together then it makes it much harder to move each element individually.

tips to creating artwork by hand to put into pattern repeats

Size of your design elements

Another important thing to consider is the size of the design elements you are creating. If you are planning on creating a pattern repeat in Photoshop then you need to remember that if you were to scale your object to a much larger size it will become pixelated.

One of the ways to avoid this is by making sure you create your design elements at the size you intend to use them or larger.

Scan your elements 

Once you have created all of your design elements, it’s time to scan them into Photoshop. As a general rule, if you are intending to use your artwork at the size you have created it or smaller then 300dpi is a good setting to use. 

Clean up your artwork

After you have scanned in your design elements, you will need to clean them up ready to create your pattern repeat. This involves removing the background and any unwanted marks.

You can take all of your elements and create a pattern repeat.

If you’re interested in finding out how to create pattern repeats in Photoshop, you can find out more here.

4 Comments

  1. Julia

    What are your thoughts on taking “art” and using it for textile/home decor designs. Does it really work? Or, should I just design elements especially for pattern design? I’m just frustrated by the whole process in general and feel like I’m just spinning my wheels. Thanks, Julia

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    • Pattern and Design

      Hi Julia,
      You can definitely create pattern repeats from your art but if your aim is to create a pattern repeat then it would be quicker and easier to keep that in mind and create your design elements accordingly. That way will be quicker and easier to put into repeat

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  2. Julia

    Any Pro Tips on cleaning up your hand drawn images. My scanned images are cringe-worthy. Even at 600 dpi and sRGB. Thanks, Julia

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    • Pattern and Design

      Hi Julia, the first I’d make sure is that you’re using flat, white paper (no texture) unless you want the texture from the paper to feature as part of your artwork. That will make it much easier for you to clean up your artwork in Photoshop. It really depends on what you’re using your artwork for but you should easily be able to scan in any type of art and use it e.g. watercolour designs etc. Also, make sure you create your artwork at the size or larger than you intend to use it, otherwise you can lose quality in photoshop if you enlarge your work. The other thing to check is if the glass on your scanner is clean or perhaps there is an issue with your scanner? I would use 300dpi as a general setting for scanning so if you’re scanning in at 600dpi you should be getting a good quality scan. I hope that’s of some help

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