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creating repeat patterns

posted by nezbitten, Jan 19, 2011 1:12 PM — 12 comments

Photo restoration involves all kinds of techniques. I am not big on replacing backgrounds but sometimes its needed. An example would be an old photo taken inside a house. The wallpaper on the wall is all but obscured by damage. How do you go about repairing the repeat pattern?

As with any photo restoration there are many ways to go about the problem. You could try to restore one of the patterns on the wallpaper and try clone it over the wall to make the pattern repeat. It might be that its so damaged you need to replace the paper all together.

Heres how.

This technique can be used with any shapes or patterns or texture to make a wallpaper.

1- Make a new image with 500 x 500 pixels

2- For this example ill use a preset brush. Select the brush tool from the Photoshop tools pallet.

Choose one, a leaf will do.

Now select the tiny paintpot to the right of the size slider on top of the preset brush pallet and you will see a whole new set of controls. These control the shape dynamics of the brush. I wont go into these in too much detail but you can just copy the settings from the next screen grab. Dynamics allow you to change the way the shapes are thrown down on the page, the angle, colour, randomness, pressure, spacing, a whole bunch of things. You probably never thought you would even use these controls in photo restoration did you?

Once selected choose two colours to paint with and paint on the canvas a few times. You could just as easily skip this step and use an image for the middle of the design.

Then select Filter/ Other/ Offset from the filter drop down menu. Select +250 on both sliders and tick the check box wrap around.

The reason for this is we can add another pattern in the centre to create a convincing repeating wallpaper. Paint in the middle with some other colours, or you could paste an image in the middle.

Now from the top menus select Edit Define Pattern, save as pattern name you prefer. Tthen Edit / fill / pattern and select your pattern and fill your background or new image with that pattern

Check this layer is active and make sure the layer is selected. From the top drop down menus select Edit/Transform. from here you can Warp, scale, Skew and add Perspective to the image you have created.

Using your imagination and textures from the photo or perhaps even wall paper samples found on the net, you could produce a very convincing wallpaper to replace the existing one in your Photo restoration.

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1. posted by uwodzenie, Sep 3, 2012 9:07 AM

Great tutorial, thanks a lot for this!

2. posted by mazisoft, Oct 30, 2011 10:09 AM

Tanx Dude.. u did great..

3. posted by figuristay, Dec 30, 2011 12:42 PM

a good lesson! I come in handy! Thank you!

4. posted by thomarex, Feb 10, 2011 8:25 PM

this is really interesting tutorial.
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5. posted by mcrae, Mar 3, 2011 6:39 AM

I like your tutes afore mentioned a few x's

6. posted by lawyer1, May 3, 2011 8:50 AM

When scrolling down on the picture it seems as leafs are moving.

7. posted by adzmir98, May 30, 2011 3:37 AM was some sort of special effect coz the leaf seems like its i use this on illustrator as well?

8. posted by milan143, Jan 26, 2012 10:03 AM

Oh great Tutorial... thanks Man...

9. posted by paine_ozma, Apr 3, 2013 10:09 AM

Wow thanks! I need this :D Keep it up!

10. posted by harissonA, May 26, 2013 4:52 AM

Very great!Thanks for sharing

11. posted by careersB, May 27, 2013 3:46 AM

I have a cool way to try it out!

12. posted by orifklub, Jun 18, 2013 3:20 PM

Looks really great, keep going please!

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