how to design a seamless pattern in Photoshop

How to design a seamless pattern in Photoshop

Today I want to show you how to design a seamless pattern in Photoshop that you can use for fabrics, any kind of prints or even home decor wallpaper.

how to design a seamless pattern with Photoshop


To create the pattern on the example I’m using my watercolor leaves 01 package, which you can find here:
All my illustrations are ready to create seamless patterns because I already cut and delete all the white areas so that they don’t overlap between them.
Moreover, you can add other colors or textures on the background without problem 🙂

In case you just want to try the technique, I’ve put together 2 of my watercolor clip arts as samples ready to use in this particular tutorial.

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Download my free clip arts for this tutorial

Here you have the same illustrations I’m using, ready for you to follow my tutorial 🙂


Feel free to use these or any of my other watercolor clip art suites from Creative Market. You can also use your own illustrations, but remember to scan them at high resolution and take the time to clean the files until you have transparent background like me.

Here you have my video tutorial with step by step instructions on how to create a seamless pattern in Photoshop:

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how to design a seamless pattern in Photoshop

In case you want some quick instructions, here you have them:
1) Open a new document and add your illustrations into new layers.
2) Arrange them, trying to follow different directions so that you pattern can be used in fabric design.
3) Don’t cut any illustration on the borders of your artboard. It’s better to only work on the center and leave the borders and corners empty.
4) Join your layers into a group and duplicate it.
5) Merge the copy of the group into a unique layer, and make the rest of your layers and groups invisible.
6) With the merged layer selected, go to Effect > Other > Offset and move around the arrows until you see big empty areas.
7) Fill those areas with new illustrations.
8) Merge again all into one layer.
9) Select the final layer (and make sure all the others are invisible) and go to Edit > Define Pattern…
10) Open a new document and use your pattern to paint anything you want!

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Grab your free samples

I’m giving you my illustrations for free so that you can easily follow my tutorial 🙂


I really hope you find it easy and you start having fun creating patterns. Photoshop is the best tool to create seamless patterns ready to use in any media you need.

how to design a seamless pattern in Photoshop
Feel free to share your designs with me or ask me any questions you may have.
Remember that you can download my watercolor leaves illustrations here or find other watercolor clip arts ready to create new patterns from my Creative Market shop 🙂

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  • Lloyd Hodoul
    Posted at 13:53h, 09 June

    This is amazing !!! thank you so much, i have always done rotary prints the hard way this has just made floral repeat patterns so much easier and for this i am grateful

    • Claudia Orengo -
      Posted at 17:31h, 29 July

      I’m so happy to hear that Lloyd. Thank you soooo much for your comment, it really means a world to me!

  • Wild Coral
    Posted at 11:14h, 10 November

    Thanks for sharing Claudia 🙂 Going to give this method a try!
    Do you know where I can find a tutorial on how to do half-drop patterns in photoshop?