Create a floral pattern in Photoshop

Have you ever wanted to fall asleep on a sheet with your design pattern, which would be created according to your sketch? Or sew a dress of matter with a completely unique pattern? Then, take a pen and let’s create a beautiful magic flower pattern in Photoshop.

Final result

1. Shape colors

First we need to develop a style in which this pattern will be made. I decided to use embossed graphic art, including a soft pastel palette, to give the pattern a sense of summer.

Step 1

Play around with multiple color pattern designs. Approximately sketch a pattern with one flowering branch or with two branches of flowers. For

diversity, it will be great if you draw a composition of buds, half-open buds and already revealed flowers. Your sketch may be uncomplicated and unclear, because then you will still brush it around.

You can start with your favorite colors, which you can use as a source image, although your pattern can be more interesting and surprising if you forget about botany and draw an unusual, lush bloom.

Step 2

Scan your sketch at a resolution of 300 (dots per inch / dpi), and then open the scanned image in Adobe Photoshop. Set your document size to at least 5000 x 5000 px, to be sure that you have a high quality image that you will work with.

Choose a simple ordinary hard brush and then start painting the outlines on top of your sketch, highlighting the curves and fragments of your colors. Let the petals remain twisted and curved. Make sure your flowers retain a certain amount so that they do not look flat in the picture.

Step 3

Once you have traced your sketch, you can delete the layer with your sketch and evaluate how balanced the lines on your pattern are. Well, if some branches are not finished to the end, later you can easily add new elements to your pattern.

At this stage, it is best to make sure that your flowers look as three-dimensional as you wanted. You can see my stroke in the screenshot below, although I used lines of the same color at this stage, however, you can immediately tell which flowers are turned to us and which are turned to the side due to the curved and twisted petals.

Step 4

If your lines look good, then start applying more fine details. Begin adding deep shadows under curved petals, or in deep places where the petals are touching or where they overlap each other. Add a few grooves on the leaves, as well as veins on the petals and stems.

Adding deep shadows will help your colors come alive, because they will create a feeling of volume.

Step 5

When you draw the drawn lines, create an active selection around them: hold down the (Ctrl) + click on the thumbnail of the layer with the contour lines in the layers palette. Now create a new layer on top of all layers, and then paint over the selected selection areas with a round hard brush. I decided to paint the lines of the petals with a different color in order to make the flowering part of the plants more expressive.

You do not need to use more than one color shade when painting contour lines and individual fragments. The only thing is to make sure that the color of the lines matches the color of the fill of certain segments of your design, this will make the pattern more harmonious, and the flowers will stand out against each other.

2. Pick your color shade

We will use the individual elements of the colors that we have created at the moment, several times, therefore, before we begin to duplicate them, we will need to choose color shades that we apply to different color fragments, so we will have less work with coloring later.

Step 1

Create a new layer below the layers with contour lines. Start coloring the base by adding color to the outside of the petal. I recommend you expose the color through the layer style. Color overlay (Color Overlay), (click the ‘Fx’ icon at the bottom of the layers panel, select the layer style Color overlays (Color Overlay), and then select your color shade). This will help you to always know which layer you are on at the moment, because the color you choose will be assigned to this layer. No more random coloring on the wrong layer!

Step 2

On a new layer, set the brush color a bit darker compared to the base tint, when you paint the outer part of the colors to draw the shadows with a round hard brush. You can also use a softer brush or a textured brush if you prefer a more artistic look.

Step 3

Now paint the inner sides of the flowers using a soft contrasting shade. When choosing a color palette, it is necessary to take into account that the total number of color shades is not too large, but it is very important that there are also cold, warm and neutral tones.

I decided that the stems and leaves of the flowers would be made in neutral beige tones that do not stand out too much in the background, while the outer side of the petals will be done in cool blue shades, and the inner side of the petals will be in warm pink shades for a stronger effect. .

Step 4

Next, we will add another color group for the pistil of the flower – I chose a pistachio, greenish-yellow shade to maintain the balance between warm and cold tones. Brown, green and purple hues can often be found on the border between warm and cold tones.

Since we have already completed shading the pestle during the creation of contour lines, now we can add yellow light highlights to the pestle to give it more volume.

Step 5

To make these flowers more interesting, let’s add a polka dot pattern on the outer part of the petals. Using a round hard brush, carefully draw a polka dot pattern on the outside of the petals.

If you draw polka dots on the edges on top of other petals, first create a selection of the layer with the base fill of the petal, hold down (Ctrl) + click on the layer thumbnail in the layers palette and then press the keys (Ctrl + I) to invert the selected area, and then remove excess pea patches.

Step 6

Now we need to better combine the pattern with the peas, by adding shadows to it in the same places where the outer base of the petals creates shadows.

Hold down (Ctrl) + click on the thumbnail of the shadow layer on the outer part of the petals to create an active selection. Next, without removing the active selection, duplicate the layer with the pea pattern by pressing the keys (Ctrl + J).

Now you have a new layer that includes only those areas of the peas that are overlapped by the shadow of the petals. Change their color to a darker shade to match the shadows.

Step 7

Add any remaining details, such as light highlights on the leaves or add shadows. For these shadows, create a separate layer below all layers, this will help you to separate the flowers and leaves from the background.

I advise you to always draw shadows instead of applying a layer style. Shadow (Drop Shadow) Photoshop. It will take a little more time, but at the same time, the shadows will look more natural.

3. Create a vertical replay.

So, we have created a beautiful bouquet of flowers, now let’s see how we can repeat the pattern to create a whole pattern.

Step 1

First, let’s merge all the layers of our pattern with the exception of the background layer using the function Combine layers (Merge Layers). Next, we will apply the tool Free transformation (Free Transform Tool) to rotate our blooming bouquet at an arbitrary angle of inclination. Press the keys (Ctrl + J) to duplicate a bouquet with flowers, and then, being on a layer with a duplicate layer, go Editing – Transformation – Free Transformation – Flip Horizontal (Edit> Transform> Flip Horizontal) to create a version with a reflection pattern.

Step 2

Shift the duplicate of the layer with the reflection of the pattern down, placing it below the original layer. Play with the location of the picture, choosing the most suitable position. You can try to put individual pieces of the picture on each other or even more turn, until you find a suitable position.

Step 3

When the two branches with flowers are already in place, fill in the voids, and add details between these branches to make the whole composition look solid.

Step 4

So, we created a composition of two branches of flowers that look harmonious and we are ready to start working on our vertical pattern. Once again merge all the layers, and then press the keys (Ctrl + J) to create a new duplicate layer.

Shift the duplicate layer down while holding down the (Shift) key so that the offset is perfectly even. Match the position of the pattern so that the duplicate pattern overlaps well with the bottom of the duplicate original layer with the pattern.

Step 5

If there are not enough points for the contact where the patterns overlap, then draw additional buds and leaves to make this part more expressive. Ideally, your pattern should be positioned so that there are no large voids on the side when the pattern is reflected. If something looks out on the right side, then you need to create a bend of the same size on the left so that these two details of the pattern can be combined with each other.

Step 6

Correct the tips of the stems so that each branch with flowers is smoothly connected and a solid pattern is created. If everything fits perfectly, remove the bottom duplicate of the layer you used as a guide.

Now we are ready to create vertical repetition. For this, pull Guide line (Guide) from the horizontal ruler, placing it arbitrarily somewhere in the upper third of your pattern. Next, with the tool Rectangle selection (Rectangular Marquee Tool), scroll to the top of the pattern, which is located above Guide line (Guide).

When you see that the selection is clearly in contact with the guide line, hold down the (Shift) key + pull the selected area down until the top edge aligns perfectly with the bottom edge of the pattern. Your vertical replay is ready!

4. Create a full pattern drawing.

Now our design has a repeating vertical pattern, similar to a colorful ribbon. But we would like to create a seamless pattern, a harmoniously combined design of the pattern, so let’s continue.

Step 1

If you have created any new layers, then again merge them all into one layer with the exception of the layer with the background. Now create a duplicate of your illustration (Ctrl + J) and, while holding down the (Shift) key to create a smooth movement, move the duplicate pattern to the right until the left edge of the pattern connects to the right edge of the original pattern.

Play around with the layout of the duplicate pattern until you find the best position. If you managed to balance the design of your pattern (i.e., the details that stand out on one side are balanced by the equal dimensions of free space on the opposite side), then you will not have to fill too many voids. Add a small leaf or bud to the pattern to create a continuous flow of flowering.

Do not forget that if you decide to add new elements, then you need to combine them together with the original pattern of the pattern, but not including the duplicate layer that you used as a guide.

Step 2

When you are satisfied that the original design of the pattern matches the duplicate, then remove the duplicate.

Now once again merge all the remaining layers, while not merging the layer with the background. Pull Vertical guide line (Vertical Guide) with a vertical ruler, positioning arbitrarily on the right side of your design pattern. Next, with the tool Rectangle selection (Rectangular Marquee Tool), select the part of the pattern to the right of the vertical guideline.

When you see that the selection is clearly in contact with the vertical guide line, hold down (Shift) + drag the selected area to the left until the right edge aligns perfectly with the left edge of the pattern. You have successfully combined the fragments of your pattern into a whole picture!

Step 3

Using tool Scale (Zoom Tool), zoom in to inspect the pattern carefully, and also make sure that the details of the pattern do not overlap where they should not overlap. Check the pattern for minor defects that you might have missed before you select the pattern with the tool. Rectangle selection (Rectangular Marquee Tool). Next, go Editing – Define a pattern (Edit> Define Pattern), give a name to the new pattern and save it.

And the floral pattern is ready!

Isn’t he beautiful?

You have created a magical floral pattern. You can draw it using the tool Fill (Paint Bucket Tool). In the settings of this tool, change the option Main color (Foreground) on Pattern (Pattern) and in the patterns palette choose your pattern design.

You can use your pattern design as a digital application in your scrapbooking projects, or you can test your pattern to see how it will look on various objects, and also put these items with a pattern print for sale on sites such as Society6 or Redbubble.

You can also print a patterned print on the fabric, like on the website. Spoonflower, and use fabric with a pattern in their projects for home decor and garment design! You can enjoy this project if you come up with projects where you can apply your design pattern. Do not forget to share your pattern!

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