It can be difficult to get your head around how seamlessly repeating patterns work. Any objects that ‘fall off’ one side must reappear on the opposite side of the pattern tile, much like the retro arcade game Asteroids. This allows the pattern to continue over an infinite area, by enlarging the pattern area as the tile graphic is duplicated. Thankfully there’s a clever technique that can be used within Photoshop that makes the process of creating custom patterns easy. In this tutorial I’ll show you how to create a repeating rustic themed pattern with the help of Photoshop’s Offset filter.
The pattern I’ll be creating in this tutorial makes use of some beautiful paintings from The Watercolor Bundle, which is just one of hundreds of premium design resources that are available to Access All Areas members. A selection of illustrations are randomly composed into a pattern tile that seamlessly repeats without any gaps.
Since this pattern will be created from several individual illustrations, an easy way to open them into Photoshop is to use the Load Files Into Stack script, which will automatically place each graphic onto a separate layer within one document.