Friday, October 31, 2008

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Creating Repeating Patterns in Photoshop

The other day, I created this little dotty pattern in Photoshop for a background for my website. I used to struggle to create seamless patterns but I've since learned a quick and easy way to create them in Photoshop that thought it might be a useful technique for others. It works for creating all sorts of repeating patterns of all different sizes.

The dot pattern above is created by repeating this little file over and over again...

To make it, I created a new photoshop file. Mine was 30 pixels high and 30 pixels wide. You can make larger patterns. Just make sure you make it square and that you use an even number of pixels.

Then I changed the background to a medium blue color. So I have a small blue square.

Next I use the brush tool to draw a darker blue dot in the center of the blue box. You can draw something other than a dot, just make sure it doesn't touch the edges of the square.

Then you select Filter->Other->Offset. In the offset dialog box, enter +15 pixels right and +15 pixels down (half of the total height and width of my image) and select the "Wrap Around" option. Hit okay and your dot should have moved to the corners like so...

All that's left to do is make one more dark blue dot in the center. Now you have a repeating pattern. You can save it as a .jpg or a .gif and use it as the background on your website, like I did.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Website Redesign

I thought it was about time to remodel the ole website. If you notice anything breaking or looking odd in your web browser, I'd appreciate it if you'd let me know. Thx!

Frog Friends Paper Plates

There are times that I do work for a company and I can't show it to anyone due to confidentiality. I have to wait until the work has been published, which can sometimes take years. Or even worse, sometimes a piece never gets published at all. So I was happy this morning when I stumbled across some familiar paper plates at the birthday-in-a-box website.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Nashua Barnes and Nobles

Jean Cochran (on the left) and myself at the Nashua Barnes and Nobles.

I had a great time at the Barnes and Noble in Nashua, New Hampshire this past Saturday. One of the best parts was finally meeting Jean Cochran. Jean is the talented author of "If a Monkey Jumps Onto Your School Bus." If it weren't for her I wouldn't have an excuse to draw monkeys. We had a great time reading to the kids and making monkey puppets together. Thanks Jean and thanks to the folks at Barnes and Nobles!

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Highlights Party

I was very privileged to receive an invitation to Highlights Magazine's illustrator party this year. How cool is that?! Most of us illustrators work out of our homes and, well, let's face it, we don't get out much. And we don't get invited to too many parties. Part of the festivities included a costume party. The theme of the party was "The Enchanted Forest" so I went as mother nature and my family went as forest creatures. My kids were really skeptical about dressing up as animals and walking into a room full of strangers (go figure) but they did it. Thanks kids! By the way, that is NOT my natural hair - honest.

Thank you, thank you Highlights. We had a really wonderful time!