Houndstooth Seamless Repeat in Photoshop — Another Digital Fabric Weave

In a previous post I talked about simulating the look of a Tartan plaid using Photoshop Elements.  The same technique can be used to create a digital version of other weave patterns.  I won’t go through all the steps which were covered in the earlier post, but the basic steps are:

  • create one unit of the repeating pattern (I do this using the rectangle tool in Photoshop)
  • define it as a pattern in Photoshop (Edit ==> Define Pattern)
  • use the pattern to fill another object with the repeating pattern (Edit ==> Fill)
  • select and change the colors as desired

Houndstooth is a popular pattern lately, and easy enough to create digitally.  I did a couple slightly different versions.  Here is the template for one repeat unit of the first  houndstooth pattern.  This pattern is fairly detailed  in order to get the pattern to look smooth in repeat.

And here is the repeat houndstooth pattern.

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Below is a second version of a houndstooth pattern.

And here’s a look at it in repeat.

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A note about resizing patterns.  Once you’ve created a repeat pattern, it’s easy to change its size.  From the menu select Image ==> Resize ==> Image Size.  In the pop-up menu, shown here, change the size and then in the drop-down list select Nearest Neighbor.  This will preserve the hard edges of your pattern.

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Whoever loveth me, loveth my hound
–Thomas More

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