Welcome to our Photoshop in 60 Seconds series, in which you can learn a Photoshop skill, feature, or technique in just a minute!
Photoshop in 60 Seconds: Geometric Patterns
Geometric patterns are incredible designs created with simple shapes. And you can use these patterns for your backgrounds, laptop skins, or any graphic design project. Learn how to create a simple geometric pattern using Adobe Photoshop and shape tools in this quick video below.
Need some patterns to add to your resource kit? Try out this selection of patterns from the video, all from Envato Elements.
Geometric Marquetry Patterns
- 100 Geometric Patterns
- Black and White Geometric Patterns
- Abstract Geometric Patterns
- Geometric Floral Patterns
How to Create a Simple Geometric Pattern in Photoshop
Start with a canvas of any size. Set up a selection of your favorite Color Swatches for your pattern's theme. Here I'm using the following colors:
Select the Polygon Tool or the Custom Shape Tool (U) to create a triangle shape at 100 x 100 px. Use the first orange color for the triangle and place it in the upper left corner.
Hold Control-J to Duplicate the shape three more times. Change the colors according to your theme, and then add a copy of the first triangle to the end of your row. Use the Crop Tool (C) to crop the canvas to the sides of the first and last triangles.
Select all the shapes and Duplicate them. Create a second row of triangles underneath, positioned to the left of the first row. Then use the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) to select your pattern and go to Edit > Define Pattern to create a new pattern.
Use the Paint Bucket Tool (G) set to Pattern to try out your new design.
Want to see this in action? Check out the video above to see this lesson at work!
A Bit More Detail
Want to learn more tips and tricks for creating cool pattern designs? Check out the following tutorials below:
- Photoshop in 60 Seconds: Seamless PatternsKirk Nelson13 Nov 2015
- How to Create and Apply a Tropical Seamless Pattern in Adobe PhotoshopYulia Sokolova02 Jun 2017
- Create a Seamless Fantasy Floral Pattern in Adobe PhotoshopLidija Paradinovic Nagulov20 Aug 2015
- Create a Houndstooth Pattern in Both Adobe Illustrator and PhotoshopMary Winkler17 Nov 2014
This is part of a series of quick video tutorials on Envato Tuts+ in which we introduce a range of subjects, all in 60 seconds—just enough to whet your appetite. Let us know in the comments what you thought of this video and what else you'd like to see explained in 60 seconds!