Cathy Chen

Creating a new pattern fill

Technical Tutorial Published 8/15/13 Last updated on 2/28/20

These notes explain how to create a new pattern fill in Photoshop and then use it to fill an object - in this instance, an Illustrator technical drawing.

This is a process I use with footwear students. They learn to create technical drawings of shoes using Illustrator. The same drawings are opened in Photoshop and filled to simulate the materials used to make the shoe.

  • Photoshop

    Editing and compositing for photos, web and mobile app designs, 3D artwork, videos, and more.

  • Illustrator

    Create beautiful vector art and illustrations.

Age Levels
1-2 Hours
Custom Standards
Footwear Training Package

Image of material/pattern - either a photo or a scan.

Drawing to be filled - created in Illustrator or scanned.

Photoshop CS6

CC License
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Tarek Bahaa El Deen

Posted on 9/4/16 11:02:05 AM Permalink

Nice resource
Thank you for sharing

Imelda Hernández

Posted on 8/19/13 5:55:30 PM Permalink

Muchas gracias, es un material muy útil para las actividades que pueden realizar los estudiantes.

Kelcie Bryant

Posted on 8/18/13 8:51:39 AM Permalink

This is a great resource for Textiles and Design and for Technology teachers. It can be used for teaching classes in years 7-12. I have done a similar thing in Adobe Fireworks using student designed fabrics and pasting them into bag and couch designs. From your tutorial, I now know how to do this using Photoshop. Thanks so much for sharing.

Cathy Chen

Posted on 8/18/13 11:47:06 AM Permalink

Glad you like it Kelsie - and thanks for clarifying the level that it could be used for - I made a guess that it might be useful for year 10 on, so it is good to hear that it could be used for younger students too.

Teague A Breslin

Posted on 8/16/13 3:04:17 AM Permalink

Very ingenious. I like this a lot.

Mark `Adamowski

Posted on 8/16/13 2:20:49 AM Permalink

I like the simplicity and beautiful results.

Nancy Parker

Posted on 8/15/13 1:22:19 PM Permalink

Nice tutorial. Easy to follow step by step.

Thank you!