Learn how to put textured fabric into repeat using the Offset filter and Content Aware fill.
- [Narrator] What do you do when you have an abstract or textural kind of fabric that you need to put into repeat? Well this is actually really simple. This one has a weave through it so the first thing I'm gonna do is drag out some guides and just make sure that the weave is straight cause you can see it's a bit off. So we'll transform, command or control T. It helps if you're in the move tool, command or control T and nothing's happening because I am in a background layer and I need to be in layer zero in order for this to work.
So let's do that one more time, command or control T. Right click, skew, and I'm gonna go ahead and skew this up a little bit so that the weave on my fabric is parallel to my guide lines and that looks much better. Now I'm gonna crop it, we'll grab the crop tool and I'm gonna crop it just inside my swatch and we'll click okay. Now we're gonna use the offset filter again so filter, other, offset, let's set it to zero in both directions and again click on the corner and drag into the center, and you can see the seams.
Let me get these guide lines out of the way so that they're not distracting. I'll just move these out of the way. Alright so now you can see the seams so how can we get rid of these? Well, we can use content-aware fill. I'm gonna grab the lasso tool and I'm gonna select this area and notice I'm doing this really loose, organic shape selection, and I'm gonna hold the shift key and do the same thing in the other direction. So I've got where my two edges meet and now I can go up to edit, fill, and select content-aware.
Click okay, and watch the magic happen. Now I'll deselect and it looks pretty good. So we can define it as a pattern, edit, define pattern, click okay, and let's go back to our fill page and fill with it and see how it looks. There you go, pretty nice huh? Let's do one other, what about a ditzy floral? Now, we can use content aware for this too but we're gonna use it just a little bit differently. Again, I'm gonna make a nice organic selection so that I get a bunch of flowers but no hard edges.
So I've got my selection and I'm gonna copy it. Let's open a new page, so file, new, and I'm gonna open a print size page, click create, and paste this. Now I want to make sure a few settings are correctly set in order to do this. I want auto-select to be on and I want to turn on show transform controls, so now with the move tool I'm gonna put this in the upper corner and in this case it's okay if it goes off the page. I'm gonna hold the alter option key and drag out a copy and then go ahead and rotate it around in a different direction.
We'll alt drag another copy, we have to click okay first. We'll alt drag out another copy, alt drag another copy, we'll spin it around, hit enter, alt drag another copy, spin that one around, hit enter and I'm just gonna do this to fill up my page. Now that these are all over my page, I'm gonna select all of them in the layers panel and merge down and the shortcut for that is command or control E.
So now they're all in one layer. We're gonna take the magic wand and select the white area in the background, so I've selected all of the area and you'll notice it didn't get this little bit here so I'm gonna hold the shift key and select that as well. Now we're gonna go up to select and modify our selection. We're going to expand it, and we're gonna expand it by 10 pixels, click okay, and now we can go back to content-aware fill. Edit, fill, content-aware, click okay, and like magic, it filled in all the areas and matched our pattern.
So now it looks great, but it's still not a seamless repeat because the edges don't match so in order to fix this, we're gonna change this into a layer zero, we're gonna go back to our offset filter. Filter, other, offset, make sure it's zero zero, we're gonna grab the upper left hand corner, drag down to the center, click okay, and we can do the same thing we did with the textured pattern, which is make a really loose selection down the center, a nice organic shape, we don't want hard edges, hold the shift key and I'm gonna make a similar selection going horizontally, and now edit, fill, content-aware, and voila, we'll deselect, and now we've got a great repeat.
So edit, define pattern, click okay, and I'll go back to my pattern page, let's double click, switch to the ditzy floral, we're gonna make this a lot smaller just so you can see the repeat, click okay, and there you have it, this is gonna work perfect in any fashion or costume illustration.
- Using and scaling pattern fills
- Making basic patterns
- Turning scanned swatches into a pattern
- Working with textured fabrics or ditsy prints
- Working with other types of repeats
- Preparing your illustration
- Manipulating pattern fills
- Swapping patterns
- Mocking up photos