A pattern is a repeating unit of shape, typically a small, repeating and tileable element. Most patterns are based on repetition and periodicity while others use magnification and scaling. Patterns are generally good for creating uniform backgrounds.

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How can I color a pattern in Inkscape?

How can I color a pattern in Inkscape without creating a custom pattern? I guess this should be possible. But I can't manage this :-( I draw a square. --> I get a square filled with a color (green). ...
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How can I create a circular zig-zag pattern?

I'm trying to create something that looks like this: I can do the blue lines easily enough but I can't seem to get the grey 'circular diamonds' right. No matter what I do, be it a diamond shape ...
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What techniques are there to create a geometric diamond pattern in Photoshop?

I cannot figure out how to go about making a pattern similar to this one: I know it must be relatively simple but I cannot wrap my mind around creating a consistent repeating pattern. thanks!
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Exporting a Pattern to Image in Photoshop

I am designing a website and in the background I am using a pattern that is done by somebody else. Now while slicing, is there anyway to find and select the exact dimensions of the pattern that the ...
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How to create a fabric pattern with wavy lines

I would like to create a fabric pattern, like this one: I'm not very experienced in graphic design. Could somebody please explain how to create a fabric texture and overlay a wavy line pattern in ...
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How are patterns that look like they're moving created?

Every time I see a pattern that looks like it's moving, but really isn't, I wonder what the principles are for creating such images. I suppose this is the best place on the web to get a good answer ...
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How can I fine-tune my tile pattern to make it seamless?

I'd like to create a seamless pattern from the image below: I can cut out a rectangle and attempt to tile it but it doesn't quite line up: I know photomerge works really well for creating ...
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How to graphically represent customer flow in indoor environments?

I'd like to know how can I represent human streams and paths in indoors facilities. Where to are people moving? How do they move and in which proportions? Something like Aaron Koblin's Flight ...
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How to make a line in illustrator with $ signs

The behavior I'm looking for is similar to how one can make a path line dashed. Except, instead of being dashes, I'd love to make it show $ signs. Thanks for your help!
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How to specify a repeating pattern for textile printing

I've tried searching for an answer to this, but I have no idea what terms to even search for. I'm creating the artwork for a repeating pattern that is going to be printed on a large quantity of ...
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How to create a decreasing stippling or halftone effect? [duplicate]

For lack of a better name, I'm trying to create a decreasing stippling effect like this: My first inclination was that this could be created in Photoshop with some sort of filter effect. I was ...
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How to fill shirt patterns into a shirt silhouette with realistic form “twist”?

I currently have xxx amount of patterns that I want to apply to a shirt silhouette. My challenge is that I naturally want to apply the pattern with realistic "twist" and form on arms, collar etc. So ...
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Haltone pattern within InDesign

One of QuarkXpress features I used a lot in the mid-nineties was the ability to apply an halftone pattern to any bitmap import. It was unbelievably effective when printing black&white graffiti ...
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How do I drain this pattern of color to add it?

I'd like to add the below leather pattern effect to the bookmark I have made below that: The bookmark is simply white pixels with some layer effects added. How do I "drain" the texture of colour ...
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How to create a pattern or tiles from rotated elements

I have a geometric pattern – say, a cross: Which I want to repeat with some overlap and tile … easy: The blue square marks the 100×100 px unit tile. However, here comes the catch: I want to ...
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Tutorial on how to create a flowing thread

I'm looking for a tutorial to create wavy flowing threads. Like this: I'm open to tutorials in Photoshop, GIMP, or any freeware image manipulation program. We have a copy of PS. I'm not sure if ...
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Is there a name for abstract pattern with lots of parallel lines and subtle curves?

Sort of like a spirograph? Like that old Mistify screensaver for windows. I feel like it shows up a lot as an abstract shape in the background of things. Trying to think of the best way to make one ...
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How can I create a half-circle patterned background in photoshop?

Have a look at this website: http://owltastic.com/extras.html - in particular, look at the topmost part of the page. You can see a small background the bottom of which forms half circles. The same ...
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How can I change hue of a vector image that has many colors?

How can I change color of this vector in Illustrator? Each triangle is different. I want it to be in other color tones like brown, grey etc.
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Do most web designers make their own textures?

I'm a web developer by training who is branching into UI/UX design. One of the things my design work lacks compared to experienced designers is subtle use of texture, such as on these sites: ...
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How to find a texture for a background image for website?

I am looking for a texture pattern for an image that is similar to the one Path.com uses: https://www.path.com/images/about/bg.gif I want a similar image pattern so i can use it as a background ...
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How to create a professional Floral Swirl Patterns

I need to know how can I do a professional Floral Swirl Pattern using Illustrator. I know I can find many vector-based custom shapes already made, but I need to create it from scratch. I need to do ...
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Does anybody know a tutorial for designing the Mountain Lion background pattern?

Does anybody know a tutorial for designing the OS X Mountain Lion background pattern? I am referring to this commonly used background pattern:
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How to recreate this background in photoshop for use in a mobile app? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do so many app menus get that finished textured look? I'm still a beginner, but I really like this texture and have been trying for hours to recreate it. Question: ...
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Scaling Pattern Fills in Inkscape

I would like to give an object a striped fill, where the stripes are thin and dense. I chose "stripes 1 : 2" from the Pattern Fill menu but the pattern was too coarse. Online help suggested that after ...
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Can I stroke a line with a pattern in illustrator?

I have a diagram with many colour-coded lines and a key to which colour means what: red line = electricity cable; blue line = gas pipe etc. This is inaccessible for colour-blind people. I would ...
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Filling object with pattern in inkscape

I've figured out how to fill a rectangle object with a bitmap pattern: File->Import. To import the pattern file Then, select the pattern and do Objects->Pattern->Objects To Pattern And finally, ...
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What layout and interface elements work well for a control panel-style app?

I'm working on a web-based app that's similar to a control panel, with lots of different settings and features to configure. The challenge is making it easy for users to find what they want without ...
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Using a pattern to cut out areas from a group of shapes in Illustrator

I have an image that's been image traced. All I want to do is cut out horizontal stripes out of the image. Since I want to cut out a lot of evenly spaced stripes, I thought the easiest way would be ...
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Can I resize the texture pattern that applied via Illustrator graphic styles?

Can I resize the texture pattern that applied via Illustrator graphic styles? And if not, is there any workaround to achieve this?
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How to recreate this zig-zag / andean pattern

I have tried a few different attempts on this pattern. I was wondering if someone could show me how to recreate this Jordan 12 pattern (black and yellow) on the sole of the shoe:
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How can I make a Tartan Design in Adobe Illustrator

I generated on the internet this tartan design: Now I want to get this design as a vector graphic built in Adobe Illustrator. Is there a trick to get 45 degree lines on the squares? Or does ...
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How to edit the photoshop patterns?

I wonder if there is a possibility to edit the source image of the patterns from the preset manager in photoshop. On right click on a pattern the only options are Delete Pattern and Rename Pattern.
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How do I make a texture similar to the ones on Subtle Patterns, but with colour?

I really like this texture: There's a million similar to it on Subtle Patterns, but they're all white, grey or black for the most part. How would I take one of those and make it a dark blue, like ...
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How do continue a pattern or style if it is in bitmap form?

I have downloaded some psd templates that I must edit. In this case, I am attempting to continue the red bar across the black area that currently divides it. It is in bitmap form, however (no layer ...
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Replicating a pattern in Photoshop

How would I go about replicating it in Photoshop, possibly with a different background color than this gray-brownish one? Of course, it would be best if the pattern could be on its separate layer, ...
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Photoshop effect shape tweening

Which is the faster way to replicate this effect in Photoshop with those light green squares having a shape tween to little dot?
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Seams in Pattern - Adobe Illustrator CS6

I have read on a number of blogs that the seams that you see in Illustrator from applying a pattern to an object is due to anti-aliasing and that if you print from Illustrator that it will print fine. ...
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How do you create tiny patterns that look good

Whenever i have tried making tiny patterns, like 10 x 10 pixels, only things that i have ever been able to make look good is only diagonal lines. Other than that i have no idea. I suppose it has go to ...
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Problem opening pattern file in photoshop cs5

Pattern: Link to pattern. I downloaded this pattern from the internet but all the included patterns show as blank tiles in preset manager. Any tips on how to get these to show? (I have ...
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Where should I start learning the skills required for creating textures and patterns?

I am a software engineer but I also like becoming a good graphics designer but I don't know where to start. I especially like mastering the skills necessary for designing textures and patterns but I ...
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Printing non-Pantone colours

I am wanting to get a design printed on cotton laminate. Is it possible to get non-pantone colours printed? Everyone I've spoken to so far says yes but then says maybe not. I can't get a straight ...
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What's the best way to create a subtle, barely noticeable texture? [closed]

Using Gimp (or other free software), how would I go about creating a subtle, "mild" texture, like the green in the header at forrst, or the gray in the background of the backbone.js home page? Those ...
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How to create vector stripes in Illustrator

I made a bar graph in Illustrator using Pattern Swatches for the diagonal stripes: In Illustrator, this looks perfect and saves as a vector. However, this graph is going to be published, and ...
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Creating a circle following a pattern

I'm trying to come up with a new logo for my tireshop, and I'm trying to create a tire in Photoshop. I really like the outline of this one: How is a circle outline like this created? I know how to ...
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Inkscape: bitmap pattern filling - 1px line around every tile

I want to fill an object with a bitmap pattern. Instead of perfectly connecting, there is this 1 pixel transparent line around each "tile" of the filled object. The same problem was described here: ...
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Is there a way to edit en existing pattern in photoshop [duplicate]

I opened a new file and created my pattern, selected all and defined pattern. Then I closed the file without saving it and then used the pattern - great. Now is there a way to make changes to that ...
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Where do I find free 1950s patterns?

Does anyone know of a source for 50s patterns?
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Tiling seamless diagonal lines

I'm working on a tile-based game, and I'd like to have diagonal lines for (32x32) tiles. The problem is, whenever you tile them, they look like this: How do I make it seamlessly tile?
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How to create the illusion of depth with repeating patterns? [duplicate]

How do I create perspective with repeating patterns? I am very much a beginner level, as noted by my first attempt to create a illustration in illustrator. However, my attempt has provided me with ...