This is an old post that, after reading through it again, I’ll update with a newer version of photoshop and an easier way to do this!
Danielle asked me if I could share how I made my own chevron pattern in photoshop, so here we go!
Before we start, let me just point some things out:
Second, this is now a pretty old post and there’s newer versions of photoshop now. Some features might not be the same, but the way this works still is.
Third, since I live in Germany and am German myself, my version of photoshop is in German, too. Don’t let that distract you though, I’ll try to explain everything as good as possible.
And finally, this is going to be a long post with lots of pictures. Click to enlarge them, you’ll see more detail that way.
Well, let’s get to it then.
First of all, open photoshop. Duh.
Open a new file with a transparent background (important!). The size I chose was 8×10.
Next, when the file has opened, go to View → Show → Grid and also Magnetic Guides (not sure if that’s what they’re called in the English version). You’ll see the grid but not the magnetic guides.
Select a color of your choice, like red, and the rectangle tool and make several rectangles, using the grid as an orientation. Each rectangle should be on its own layer! I used the thick grid lines as an orientation and made the rectangles 1×3 big.
Select the first of your rectangles and click on Edit → Free Transform. You can now enter the rotation degree in the top bar. For the first of your rectangles, enter -45 to rotate it 45 degrees counterclockwise.
Now select the second rectangle, again click on Edit → Free Transform, and this time enter 45 to rotate the rectangle 45 degrees clockwise.
Repeat with your other rectangles, always alternating between -45 and 45.
Now this is the part where those magnetic guide things come in handy. Select the second rectangle and drag it over to the first one. You want them to overlap perfectly like so:
Repeat with your other rectangles:
Now select another color, let’s say beige, draw the same number of rectangles and rotate them like you did with the red ones.
Then select the first beige rectangle and drag it up to the first red one. You want them to line up against each other. Again, those magnetic guides come in really handy here:
Select the second beige rectangle and overlap it with the first beige one, like the first red ones did. Again, gotta love those magnetic things:
Repeat with the rest and it’s starting to look a lot like chevron:
Now click Layers → Merge Visible.
Instead of several layers, you now have one.
What I did next was duplicate this layer by clicking Layer → Duplicate Layer…
The duplicte layer now sits right on top of the original one, so you can’t see it, except for in the layers widow on the bottom right.
Just move it and you’ll see it.
Now I lined the duplicate layer up with the original one, which wouldn’t work with a non-transparent background.
Now you could just go on merging layers and then duplicating them until your file is filled, but since I didn’t want it to be all 90 degrees everywhere I selected the rectangular marquee and carefully selected an area of the pattern that would look seamless if lined up with itself (make sense?). Don’t be confused here, I forgot to take screenshots inbetween. I merged layers and duplicated them for a while, then did this step:
Then go to Image → Crop:
And this is what I saved as a jpeg file:
Now I opened a new file. I chose 5×7 because I have some IKEA frames of that size lying around.
Then I copied and inserted the jpeg-chevron, which was too big because I created it in 8×10.
So I clicked Edit → Free Transform…
…and while holding down the Shift key made it fit in width. Which, as I now realize, is probably unnecessary, because I could have just taken the lower right corner of the chevron and lined it up with the lower right corner of the new file. But whatever. I’ll show you anyways.
So after making it fit in width I made it fit in length, without holding the Shift key as to get rid of the too-perfect 90 degree angles.
And here’s the final result:
I hope I didn’t confuse you too much here. Let me know if you try this and how it works out for you!
If I can do this, you can do this, too!