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Creating a Seamless Tile Using a Brush Set
Note: Tutorial created using Adobe Photoshop CS4 with Windows Vista
There are several ways to use digital brushes, and today I’m going to show you how to use them to create a background. If I’m looking for a repetitive pattern, I like to create my backgrounds using a seamless tile.
First, create a 3x3-inch document and load the Brush Set: Vintage Vol.7 – Girls with Hats according to your program’s instructions. Your document can have a white or transparent background. I chose white so my brushes will stand out while I am working with them.
Start from the center of your 3x3-inch square and work your way out.
Tip: Stamp each brush on its own layer. This will allow you to easily move around the images and delete any unwanted images.
Place the first two stamps in the center as you see above. I used brushes 1 and 2 from Brush Set: Vintage Vol.7 – Girls with Hats.
Tip: Use the brackets to easily adjust the size of your brush.
Now we need to start working on images that overlap the edges. Here’s an easy way to make sure they are lined up when you apply your pattern to a full-size document.
Stamp all of your brushes in the center of the document to be sure you get the entire image and edges are not cut off. Then use your Move Tool to move around the images.
(For the purpose of this tutorial, I have lowered the opacity of the center black images and changed the color to red of the images that we are going to be moving in this step.)
One thing about seamless tiles is that what you do to one edge/corner, you must do to the opposite edge/corner. Stamp one image in red and duplicate it so that you have two of the same image.
Using the center guide on each image, move one to each side, positioning the vertical line just to the outside of the document on both sides. Make sure you have both layers selected and align them using the "Aligned Vertical Centers."
Link both layers together and now you can move them freely as long as they don’t touch the top and bottom of the image. (You can do this for the top and bottom of your document as well.)
Remember: When working with images that touch the top and bottom as well as the sides, you must cover all four corners.
Stamp the image in the middle and duplicate it three times so that you have four total images. Move each image to a corner aligning the horizontal and vertical lines just to the outside of the corner of your image, as seen in the picture above. Once you have them set, link the four layers and move them around as needed.
Now, continue to fill in the spaces with brushes. Remember to duplicate if it touches only the top and bottom or sides of the image. Create four images if it touches the sides as well as the top and/or bottom. Once you have them in place, link the layers and move them around to get the look you want.
Here is what I have so far. I think the two brushes in the center are too small. Since I have each brush on its own layer, this will be an easy fix. I can simply go to the Layers Palette and delete both images and do them again.
Here is the completed pattern. To make sure that everything lines up correctly, save your image by going to Edit> Define Pattern.
Next, open a new document and apply your pattern. Everything looks good!
If you are happy with your pattern, it’s time for some clean-up in the Layers Palette. (If you haven’t saved your document up to this point, now is a good time to do so. This way you won’t lose all of the work you have done.)
Since the images are linked, it’s easy to go in and merge the different linked images together. This will eliminate the number you have to work with and make it much easier to manage.
As you look at your images, you will notice the overlap. That is fine for most of the images, but on my pattern, there are some areas I would like to remove to better show the faces. I’ll use a Soft Round Brush paired with a low opacity to remove the unwanted areas.
Finally, recolor your brushes, change the white background color or delete it, and go to Edit> Define Pattern one more time.
You have now created your own seamless pattern! Use your Blending Modes to add even more effects. You can add it over the top of a paper or create your own.
Your only limitation is your imagination, so have fun!
Article written by Pebbles Jones
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East Coast High Noon Crop
Wednesday, October 5th - 10:00AM MDT
Join April (April Showers) each Wednesday at 10am MT for the East Coast High Noon Crop. All coasts and time zones are welcome! These crops are designed to allow you to work on your own photos and themes simply giving participants a one hour goal and a fun, new challenge each week. On October 5th, we'll do a geometric challenge! Create a layout using at least one triangle somewhere on your page! Create your layout and upload it to the special High Noon Crop Gallery. You'll be amazed what you can get done in just one hour, but there is no High Noon Sheriff timing you! Hope to see you in the chat room!
ATC Swap Crop
Wednesday, October 5th - 6:00PM MDT
Please join Lei (Bride) and Elisha (elibar) in the chatroom for our ATC (Artist Trading Card) Swap Crop/Chat on the first Wednesday of each month at 6pm MT. Come see what everyone has created and we'll talk about next month's topic. We're looking forward to seeing you there.
Project SG Chat
Thursday, October 6th - 7:00PM MDT
Join April (April Showers) and Shannon (tinkerbell11) to hear all the details about Project SG! You can be eligible to win prizes simply by taking part in this year-long Challenge. It is never too late to start! We hope to see you in the chat room on October 6th at 7pm MT!
What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique Chat
Friday, October 7th - 9:00AM MDT
Join April (April Showers) and Theresa (teecee) at 9am MT on Friday mornings to chat about all the wonderful new products in the Scrap Girls Boutique! What are your favorite new items? Is your shopping basket full? What did you kaboodle? Have you already done layouts or other projects with your new goodies? Come tell the designers how much you love their work! You never know who will show up. There's a thread every Thursday, and now there's a chat too!
Recipe Swap Chat
Saturday, October 8th - 7:00PM MDT
Join April (April Showers) and Lei (Bride) at 7pm MT in the chat room for our monthly Recipe Swap Chat. Please check the message board the Thursday before the chat for this month's theme and the swap details!
October Message Board Game: Product Picks
Join us for a new game in October, where we encourage you to stroll through the aisles of the boutique and do a little window shopping!
Each Monday through Saturday in October, a member of the Welcoming Committee will post the name of one or two product designers in the Product Picks game thread. You will then head to the Scrap Girls Boutique and navigate to that particular designer's product pages. Choose any of their products (your favorite product, one you like, or one you wish you owned), then head over to the Product Picks game thread and share the product name, Boutique link, and a brief explanation of why you chose that product.
At the end of the month, members who haves posted links to 42 products (one for each designer) will be entered in a drawing for one of three $10 Gift Certificates. Members who have posted links to 16-41 products will be entered in a drawing for one of two $5 Gift Certificates. And members who have posted links to 10-15 products will be entered in a drawing for one of two $3 Gift Certificates.
For complete details, visit the Monthly Message Board Games folder on the Scrap Girls Forum.
October Monthly Layout Contest: October is all about color! Show us those fabulous fall colors or spring colors for our Southern Hemisphere members! Maybe you have a favorite color you'd like to showcase or a very colorful photo to scrap. Remember, it's all about colors! Share those layouts in the October Monthly Layout Gallery before Midnight MT on October 31st. Be sure to list your credits in the description or under the EXIF Properties. Two layouts will be selected to win a $10 Gift Card to the Scrap Girls Boutique!
Club Concepts Layout Contest: Post your new layout using the current club selection (either the Scrap Girls Club or the ScrapSimple Club) in our Scrap Girls Club Members Gallery or the ScrapSimple Club Members' Gallery. Be sure to list all of the Scrap Girls products you used. If your layout is chosen, it will be showcased as a Club Concepts layout winner, and you will win a $5 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique!
Check our message board calendar if you have any questions about what is happening at Scrap Girls. All event times are given in Mountain Time Zone unless otherwise noted. Need help converting time zones? Check out the World Clock - Time Zone Converter. (Use 'USA-Utah-Salt Lake City' as the location for the Mountain time zone.)
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