Seamless fabric textures can be created in Photoshop. Moderate Photoshop skills are needed for this. Seamless fabric textures follow the same procedures as creating regular patterns, tiles, and background fills which are also typically used for tiled website backgrounds, as well as textile design patterns. You will mainly use the offset filter to accomplish seamless repeats of your pattern. The offset filter will do what you can also do manually, by moving, copying, pasting, and flipping pieces of your design to repeat seamlessly. Ideally, using the offset filter will save you the time of manually repeating, mirroring, and adjusting your repeated design.
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Things you need
- Photoshop (any version)
- Small Design (to repeat)
Open your design file.
Format your pattern file to be a perfect square, such as 8 x 8.
Place your design in the centre of your square, using image guides to be certain it is properly centred on the page.
Duplicate your design onto a new layer.
Apply the offset filter to your new design layer. Do this by clicking on the menu: "Filter < Other < Offset". You will have controls to move your design up, down, or to the left and to the right. Be sure that the image wrap box is checked and your image will seamlessly repeat itself on the left, right, or top and bottom of your tile.
Repeat the offset process until you are satisfied with the design placement.
Test your seamless repeat pattern, if desired, by placing it into a tiled pattern. For additional information, see creating a tiled pattern tutorials.
Tips and warnings
- You may also manually flip, move, and wrap your image around the tile to create a seamless pattern, though the offset filter does this for you automatically. Sometimes it is helpful to also do this by hand for additional controls on complex repeating patterns.
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