Step 14 When you’re happy with the final design, draw a mask (as when testing the tile). Mask the pattern tile, then export it as an EPS file. If you try to copy and paste the masked tile straight into Photoshop, it will include the masked elements as part of the information that will have to be deleted.
Step 15 Open the EPS file in Photoshop. Go to Edit > Define Pattern. Name the pattern ‘Damask’, and click OK. The pattern is now part of your pattern library within Photoshop and can be used anytime.
Step 16 Finally, test your pattern by creating a new document at a size larger than A4, and select Edit > Fill > Custom Pattern, then click OK. You should now have a seamless Damask pattern that can be applied to anything from fabric to wallpaper.
Who: Scottish illustrator Steven Bonner creates art and type designs for clients, including the Scottish Government, Harper Collins, Cadbury, The New York Times, Cineworld, Coca-Cola and EA Games.
Software: Adobe Illustrator CS3, Adobe Photoshop CS3
Time to complete: 4-5 hours
The files for this tutorial can be downloaded from here.