How to Make a Repeat Seamless Pattern in Procreate
I get asked how to make repeat seamless patterns in Procreate a lot. I don’t really do it in that app if I’m being honest. As I’ve said before being a long-time graphic designer I use Adobe Illustrator a lot for my artwork and so that’s where I do it.
That being said, there are MANY ways to do your digital art, and since you asked, let’s learn how to do it in Procreate.
What I Use to Make Repeat Seamless Patterns in Procreate
This Procreate tutorial uses the following:
- An iPad. I am currently using the Gen 3 12.9 inch iPad Pro and an Apple Pencil 2
- Procreate App – We are using 5.2 at the time of filming
- I’m using some artwork I’ve created in the past so there isn’t a tutorial for the actual art this time. I always recommend having various icons drawn first when making seamless patterns. These icon collections can be used to make multiple seamless patterns in procreate.
How to Make A Repeat Seamless Pattern in Procreate
Step 1 – Setting Up The Procreate Canvas
Assuming your icons are on their own canvas, let’s make the repeat canvas at 4000 x 4000 pixels and 300 DPI. For more info on how to make custom canvas sizes watch my Intertwining Text and Clipart video.
Step 2 – Add Your Illustration Icons
- Now we want to bring in each of our icons (or you can draw directly on the canvas if you like, I like my icons separate so I can use them for other purposes but again you can draw directly on the canvas. In fact, I will draw some smaller details towards the end to fill up empty spots.
- Make sure to keep everything in the center of your canvas and do not overlap the edges of your canvas. I do like to fill in the majority of my screen so I have less to add later to fill in holes. You’ll see as I continue.
- Once you’re happy we can move onto start viewing the repeat pattern.
Step 3- Creating Your Repeat Pattern
- Now that we have our canvas set with our icons and illustrations go ahead and make a new layer and fill it with white. Then group the two layers together. The reason we do this is so you can change the background color at any time.
- Now, duplicate the group a second time.
- Tap the Selection tool and make sure snapping and magnetics are.
- Now, we want to take our first group and slide to the right of the left until it’s halfway – this can be a little tricky, but snapping turned on helps.
- Repeat this process for the other group and move the opposite side.
Step 4 – Fill in Areas
- We want to go ahead and fill in the blank areas in the center. Avoiding the edges.
- Once you do that, delete those white fill backgrounds you made before and merge the two side-by-side layers and the new fill areas into one (they should still be transparent).
- Repeat the process as we did in step 3 but this time let’s move one side up and one side down.
- Fill in the center areas again. If you wish you can repeat the process again where you move layers to split them until you’re happy.
Step 5 – Showing Your New Repeat Seamless Pattern
- Save your original layer with the repeat – if you want to use it again you can.
- Duplicate it and hide the original.
- Now you can scale it down to fit one corner. Duplicate that layer and drag it to the left.
- Merge those layers together and you can move those to the bottom.
- Now you have a full-page repeat pattern. You could technically merge those four layers together and do that process again and get a much smaller repeat.
I hope you learned how to make easy seamless repeats in Procreate with your art. I could easily give this piece out as a coloring page by turning off my background and making it a PNG file with transparent background for filling. Or, export it as a PDF and someone can print and color with traditional crayons.
Until next time!