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Wave Patterns Photoshop

How to create a fabric pattern with wavy lines


waveThis is a basic run down. There are a couple areas which require some choices and trial and error, but this should give the basics.

Create a new square document. I used 500x500 pixels. And add a series of horizontal lines distributed evenly.

Note: the document does not have a line across the bottom edge. The bottom of the canvas ends where that next line would start. This provides equal space between the line at the bottom of the canvas and the first line at the top of the canvas. The red line in the image above is only there so you can see the edges of the canvas. You do not want the red line in your file.

You'll need to make certain all these lines are on one raster layer. So you may need to merge layers if you've used shape tools or some other method to create them. I used the line tool and then selected all the layers it created and clicked the Distribute items on vertical centers button in the Align Panel.

Choose Filter > Stylize > Wave...

Note I've used 1 generator and I've ticked the Wrap Around option.

offsetThis is where trial and error comes in. You now need to use Edit > Free Transform to alter the width of the wave so that it lines up when repeated horizontally (it will already line up vertically).

So, choose Filter > Other > Offset and enter 50% of the document width and height in the respective fields. Then make note of the preview. My document is 500x500 pixels so I entered 250 pixels in each field. Make certain you tick the Wrap Around option as well.

When you do this you'll see a seam in the middle of the waves. So, click cancel, and then use Free Transform to extend the waves horizontally again. Essentially you want the lower crest to be at the document edge. After transforming, Select All and choose Image > Crop to remove the non-visible content which is extending past the canvas. Repeat these steps until you get a smooth wave across the middle of the document:

Then I inverted the lines so they were light (Command/Ctrl + i) and chose Edit > Define Pattern.

You now have the waves as a repeating pattern.

Next added a layer and filled it with black.

Choose Filter > Texture > Texturizer...

I used Sandstone settings:

This gives a texture to the overall document:

Now choose Layer > Layer Style > Pattern Overlay and select the waves pattern you defined earlier. You'll need to lower the opacity most likely.

From this point it's a matter of coloring and adjusting levels a bit to alter contrast.

This final image is not a repeating pattern. While the steps I've outlined will allow you to make the image any size you need, I was not trying to create a reusable complete pattern. Having only the waves as a pattern gives far more construction flexibility for future documents. Were this final image to be a pattern in itself, you would be limited in altering color, value, size, etc. Once the wave pattern is created you can easily repeat the Textureizer step and pattern overlay for any document. In addition, having only the wave as a pattern allows you to use different texturizer methods, or none at all, to suit different needs.



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Luke S
How can I achieve this effect on Photoshop? (images linked)?

I am trying to achieve this effect on Photoshop: http://www.escapefromwatchtower.com/image016.jpg

Where you create a circle of lines stretching from the middle to the circumference, and the lines widen as they get further along and are evenly spaced. It's an effect often used in abstract art over a background.

Here is an example of it in action, more or less how I want it (This is a picture a friend designed with me, and he did the effect in question. Naturally, I never thought at the time to ask him how to create it):…

Photoshop has option for sunburst brush that you can use and enlarge to layout size,
also many pre-designed burst online,

to create your own use Filter > Distort > Wave~ horizontal,
then apply Filter > Distort > Polar Coordinates
could also use illustrator and create circular pattern
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