How to Make Argyle Patterns in Photoshop

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How to Make Argyle Patterns in Photoshop
The argyle diamonds aren't just for sweaters when you use Photoshop. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Originally sported by 16th-century Scotsmen and seen frequently in modern times on the golf course, the bright pattern of argyle design lends itself well to just about any platform, such as website backgrounds, avatars and stationery. Create the familiar argyle pattern of repeating coloured diamonds using Adobe Photoshop. Photoshop offers diamond shaped tools within its collection, allowing you to simply choose your colours and start designing.

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  1. 1

    Open Photoshop and click the "File" menu. Click "New." Type "Argyle" into the "Name" box. Type the desired canvas width and height into the "Width" and "Height" boxes. Select "Inches" from the drop-down menus for each dimension. Click the "OK" button.

  2. 2

    Double-click the top left box of the "Color Picker" at the bottom of the "Tools" pane on the left side of the screen. Choose a colour for the background of the argyle pattern, which the diamonds will rest upon. Click "OK."

  3. 3

    Click the "Paint Bucket" tool in the middle of the "Tools" pane. Click anywhere in the white of the "Argyle" box to fill it with the colour.

  4. 4

    Right-click the shapes icon, which looks like a straight line, grey star, grey circle or grey square in the "Tools" pane. Select "Custom Shape Tool" from the flyout menu.

  5. 5

    Pull down the "Shapes" menu on the toolbar at the top of the screen, scroll to the diamond shape and click it. Click inside the "Color" rectangle and click the first colour for the pattern in the colour selector. Click "OK."

  6. 6

    Position the cursor on the "Argyle" box, press and hold down the "Shift" key and drag the cursor to form the diamond shape. Release the "Shift" key and the diamond fills in. Repeat the process to add additional diamonds of the same colour from left to right and top to bottom on the "Argyle" box.

  7. 7

    Click the "New Layer" icon, the bent-corner sticky note, at the bottom of the "Layers" palette. A new Layer 1 is added to the palette.

  8. 8

    Switch to another colour in the "Color" box, such as a lighter shade of the same colour or a contrasting hue. Fill in the spaces between the original diamonds with diamonds of the new colour. Drag diamonds into place as desired with the "Move" tool, the top icon on the "Tools" pane, until the "Argyle" box is filled.

  9. 9

    Add another new layer to the palette. Right-click the shapes icon and select "Line Tool." Click a white or light line colour from the "Color" box on the toolbar. Position the cursor in the top-right corner of the "Argyle" box, press the "Shift" key down and drag a line to the bottom left corner. Repeat to add lines criss-crossing through each of the diamonds.

  10. 10

    Right-click one of the palette layers and select "Flatten Image." Click the "File" menu and select "Save As." Click the "Save" button to save the pattern.

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