Part six of our faux batik journey takes us back to Photoshop.
I have all of the motifs for my faux batik laid out, I have my color palette chosen, so now it’s time to put the finishing touches on my design. This next bit might seem like a little bit of over-the-top, but I want to add a little bit of subtlety to this design, which is why I am going to go back into Photoshop before I add the final colors.
First I hide the colored background layer that I put in to help me lay out my design and I replace it with just basic black in my Illustrator file. This is going to make it really easy to do the design cleanup next. I export it, using the edges of my artboard or canvas to crop the design (getting rid of all the bits I left hanging off the edges). It looks something like this.
My first task is to make the edges of the design seamless. Since I have very organic shapes, the lines and shapes at the right side of the tile aren’t going to exactly match up with the things on the left side of the tile. But I want to make everything match up so there aren’t little flaws in the design when I repeat it. Photoshop has a tool called “Offset” that will wrap the design around and match up those outside edges so you can do the touchup work.
Here is one section of that matched up edge. I separated the black background […]