When it comes to creating patterns, the ability to duplicate, resize and turn a layer is one of Photoshop’s greatest features. Translucent shape layers can be very useful when creating repeated geometric “textures” of color and form. They’re easy to create, fun to play with and best of all, they can be uniquely yours.
In searching for interesting patterns, designers sometimes pass over basic shapes in favor of more complex geometrics. But simpler is often better. The trick is to pay attention more to how shapes interact than to how a shape looks on its own. The concepts are simple:
- As translucent shapes overlap, they create new shapes.
- Complex patterns emerge from apparently simple origins.
The question’s been asked: Other than looking pretty, what good is it? Like any tool, the strength of a pattern lies in its application. The examples here show how a pattern emerges from simple shapes and how patterns may be applied to text.