- On April 30, 2012
- Adobe Creative Suite, Pattern Overlay, photoshop, Shapes, Smart Objects, text
Follow this Photoshop tutorial and learn how to create your very own custom Pattern Overlays. We’ll also be making use of Smart Objects at the same time, as well as Guides and Layer Styles.
Let’s begin by opening Photoshop and creating a New Document with a Width of 600px and a Height of 400px.
First, create a New Layer in the Layers panel and double-click on the layer to rename it ‘CIRCLE’.
Next we’re going to create the circles, select the Ellipse Tool (L), set the Shape mode to Fill Pixels and then in the Ellipse Options panel, give the shape a fixed size of 25px by 25px.
Now, in the Colour picker panel, set the colour to ‘#00d0f9’ (light blue) and then simply click once on the page to create the first circle.
Next, let’s right-click on the Circle Layer and click Duplicate Layer. In the Duplicate Layer panel, rename the duplicate ‘CIRCLE 2’ and press OK.
With the CIRCLE 2 Layer selected, let’s move the new circle 30 pixels to the right; the quickest way to do this is to hold ‘shift’ on the keyboard and then press the right arrow key three times.
Repeat this process again so that you now have three, evenly spaced, circles in a row.
Now we want to create three more circles to position under these three. Whilst holding ‘shift’ on the keyboard, select all three Layers in the Layers panel and then right-click and select Duplicate Layers. With all three layers duplicated, hold ‘shift’ on the keyboard and press the down arrow three times to move the circles 30 pixels downwards.
Repeat this process once more so that we now have nine evenly spaced circles. At this point you could rename the duplicate circles (from ‘CIRCLE 4’ to ‘CIRCLE 9’) to neaten things up for future reference.
We’re now going to place the nine Layers into a Smart Object for ease of use in the future (I’ll explain more about the advantages of this at the end of the tutorial). To place all the Layers into a Smart Object, hold ‘shift’ on the keyboard and select all nine Layers; then right-click and select Convert to Smart Object. Each Layer is now kept in one container (called ‘CIRCLE 9’) which can be manipulated as a whole, without destructing the original layers in any way.
We’re going to turn the circles into our very own custom Pattern. Let’s zoom-in to around 400% to make life easier. First we need to put some Guides in place; let’s begin by turning the Rulers on (View > Rulers). Now let’s click in the top Ruler bar and drag downwards until we have a Guide that runs directly through the centre of the top three circles.
Let’s repeat this process, this time positioning a Guide directly through the centre of the bottom three circles.
Now click in the left Ruler bar and drag right until we have a Guide that runs directly through the centre of the left three circles. Then repeat this process for the right three circles.
Let’s select the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) and draw a square that snaps to the Guide lines. With the square in place, we’ll turn the Background Layer off and go to Edit > Define Pattern, in the Pattern Name window, let’s name the Pattern ‘Blue Spot’.
At this point we can turn the Guides off (View > Show > Guides) and also turn the Background Layer visibilty on and the ‘Smart Object’ Layer visibilty off, so that we are left with a blank white page.
Next, let’s double-click on the Background Layer to make it active and then in the New Layer window name it ‘Background’ and press OK.
Now we can select the Paint Bucket Tool (G) and fill the Background with a blue/green colour ‘#5f95a0’.
Here comes the fun! Double-click on the ‘Background’ Layer to bring up the Layer Style window, click the Pattern Overlay option, then in the Pattern drop-down menu, select the ‘Blue Spot’ Pattern and press OK. You now have your very own custom Pattern Overlay.
Now we’ll create some Text; select the Horizontal Type Tool (T), set the colour to white, the Font to Arial and make it Bold with a Font size of 24 pt. Click on the left of the page and type ‘Pattern Overlay’. With the Text in place, change the colour of the word ‘Overlay’ to Black.
Now, let’s double-click on the Type Layer to bring up the Layers Style window. Once again, click on the Pattern Overlay option and select our very own ‘Blue Spot’ from the Pattern drop-down menu; however, this time drop the Scale all the way down to 1%.
Whilst we’re in the Layer Style window we may as well add some other effects to help the Text stand-out. First let’s click on Drop Shadow and use the following settings; Distance: 0px, Spread: 0%, Size: 5 px.
To further define the look, click on the Inner Shadow window and add the following settings, Distance: 0px, Choke: 0%, Size: 3 px.
Finally, let’s go back to the ‘Background’ Layer, double-click on it to bring up the Layer Style window, then click on Gradient Overlay and select a White to Black Radial Gradient, with Opacity: 25% and Scale: 150%, then press OK.
Well Done! Your image is now complete!
You can now go on to create as many of your own custom Patterns as you desire. By placing the circles in a Smart Object at the beginning, it means you can go back and make numerous different Patterns by simply adding different Colour Overlays and Layer Styles to the entire Smart Object, or even to each circle within the Smart Object. Then turn the Guides back on and save each new Pattern. By making sure you turn the ‘Background’ off before saving each Pattern, it means you can always change the Background colour with ease.