This is my second class on the new Pattern Preview tool in Photoshop. In the first class, The New Pattern Preview in Photoshop 2021, I showed you all the ins-and-outs of creating a pattern using hand drawn motifs. The pattern I created was a standard grid repeat, but I really wanted to be able to do a half drop, so I put my thinking cap on, and I have figured out the best way to get around it! I covered the basics of creating a standard grid repeat in the other class with the Pattern Previewer, and I talked about the similarities to the now defunct Adobe Textile Designer. Now, in this class, will show you my strategy to create the half drop, but that’s not all.

With regards to color, I commented in that other class about how much I miss the use of the Colorways Tool in ATD. The new Previewer does not have the same functionality, but I think I can give you some alternate strategies for designing different colorways which you will find surprisingly easy to do. We will use both Hue and Saturation Adjustments Layers and Selective Color Adjustment Layers. Selective Color Adjustment layers are a bit like the Hue control from Hue/Saturation Adjustment layers, but they do differ in some important ways. 

Firstly, while Selective Color layers allow you to adjust to the same range of hues, they also allow you add color to white, gray and black areas. Secondly, while Hue/Saturation only allows you to switch hues and then adjust the saturation and lightness, Selective Color allows you to add and subtract color values, giving a finer control over the resulting hue. I give you a test document and walk you through the experimentation that gives you the fundamental skills you need in order to use Selective Color effectively. And, I give you the use of the motifs I have prepared for these classes. By the end of the class, you should have 3 viable colorways. 

The last step in the process is preparing the file for clients. I am saving this for another class that will complete this series of 3. In that class, I will explain how to extract the single tile for the half drop repeat in a format suitable for professional use and will show you how to upload to Spoonflower and POD sites.

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