Creating and using a sqare pattern

Creating and using a sqare pattern
Difficulty: Easy
Description: Create a square pattern for people to quickly apply to all creations.
Author: Daniel St. Jules; Date Added: 2005-09-05; Views: 29943
Squares are a common pattern used all over the net. This tutorial will teach you how to incorporate the simple, yet good looking effect in your designs.


We'll start off by making a new image by going to File->New and setting the dimensions to 4 pixels in height and 4 in width with a transparent background.

Step 2:

Next press D and select the pencil tool. Click on the arrow that's pointing down beside 'Brush' in the options bar. Now adjust the size of the pencil by setting the master diameter to 1px and make sure the Mode is set to normal.

Step 3:

Zoom in as much as possible by continuously pressing Ctrl and + together on your keyboard until you can't zoom in any more. With your pencil tool, draw two black lines; one on the left that reaches the top and bottom of the image and one on the top that spans from the left to the right.

Step 4:

Next, go to Edit->define pattern from the top menu and in the text box that pops up, type 'squares' for the name and click ok.

Step 5:

Open up the image you would like to incorporate the squares in ,create a new layer by going to Layer->New->Layer and select the paint bucket tool.

Step 6:

From the drop down menu beside 'Fill:' in the options menu , select pattern and make sure the mode is set to normal.

Click on the arrow beside 'Pattern:' and select the square pattern. Next, simply click anywhere on your design and the squares will fill the layer. Try experimenting with this pattern by changing the size of the squares and such to obtain different effects.

Here's my final product: