How to Create a Patterned Shape in Photoshop


To celebrate the launch of our new online business card shoppe, we have made a tutorial on how to create the same look of our featured business card design:
The Poeticat. Enjoy!

Create a new document in Photoshop with the dimensions 500px x 650px and 300 dpi.

1. Select the ‘Paint Bucket Tool’ on your toolbar:

Choose whichever colour you want from the colour palette (bottom of the toolbar). Fill the background.

2. Figure out which shape you are going to use.

The shape could be something you draw yourself, or from the ‘Shapes Tool’ menu:

We, of course, have chosen the shape of a cat!

*If you create a shape from the ‘Shape Tools’, make sure to rasterize it before you continue. To rasterize a shape, click on the shape layer and go to Layer>Rasterize>Shape.

3. Create a new layer and fill it with a pattern.

If there are no patterns in Photoshop that you like, click here to get some great ones for free!

Click on the ‘Paint Bucket Tool’ and select ‘Pattern’ at the top of your screen.

Create a new layer above your shape layer and fill it with your pattern.

4. Make sure the shape is the same colour as your background.

Turn off the ‘pattern’ background from the layers menu on the right. Using your ‘Eyedropper Tool’, eyedrop the background colour. Then select the layer of your shape, and fill it with this colour.

Turn on your ‘pattern’ background.

5. Create a clipping mask.

Select the ‘pattern’ layer. Go to Layer>Create Clipping Mask and your shape will be filled with the pattern.

You’re done! Enjoy your new patterned-shape-making skills!



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