Seamless patterns in Photoshop: 2 key (free) tools

Do you like patterns? We do! If you have ever worked on making seamless patterns, either for a simple website background or some crazy wallpaper for example, you have probably come up against some trouble with photoshop. It’s really hard to get your head around how to make them tile beautifully without visible seams, and you can forget about previewing them as they would appear, repeated.

Both I and my brother Ola work with making seamless patterns in Photoshop quite a bit So over time, we have developed our own tools both for making and previewing them. It can be really hard for beginners to make seamless, tiling patterns that look OK when they are repeated over and over again. So here’s a little something to help!

a pattern of goodness

The toolset, aptly called The Lysgaard Brothers’ Amazing Pattern Gizmos 3000, contains these two things:

  1. Ola’s photoshop action that (smartly) duplicates stuff around your work-surface to make your seams truly invisible. This is a must-try if you work with patterns at all.
  2. Jacob’s Browser Preview Gizmo, that lets you see how your pattern will look repeated, as you are working on it. So as you are working on your pattern in Photoshop, you can continually check how it will look repeated in different sizes in a browser window.

There is a Readme included in the download folder that will explain in more detail. But rest assured, it’s really easy to get going and will make your patterns much more badass. And in half the time, I bet. 

Don’t be afraid to leave us a comment here on the site, and show us what you make using it! I’ll include a gallery of what different people have made with it below the download button for you to see.

Download the toolset

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Some small drawings for Den Kulturelle Skolesekken

I made these small & quick drawings of classic game consoles as a small part of a large project for Den Kulturelle Skolesekken, a cultural programme for primary schools in Norway. Lots of fun, despite my shoulders telling me otherwise! And a fun diversion from my other recent projects, like the Apache design and making that crazy pattern generator.

I wish I had more time to spend on these, it’s easy to lose a few hours to just drawing cooling grills and screen glares over and over again. So let me know if you need some vintage hardware drawn!

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Cups cups cups

Making merch is one of the most fun things I ever do; nothing beats seeing something you made on a T-shirt of a random passer-by.

These coffee cups have been in our shop for a little while, but I got new samples sent just now and boy, are they looking good. Go get yours! The photos feature my wonderful Korg Volca Bass as well as my chalkboard full of the secret plans.

Exhibit design at the Bergen official Library

Let’s have a look at the exhibit design I did for Turn On Literature!

Turn on Literature is an exhibit showcasing 18 works in electronic literature; apps, websites and other weird ways of pushing the boundaries on how we consume stories.

I designed the exhibit, including the programme, posters, and signage. You can check out everything at the Bergen Official Library, opening this Saturday!

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Here’s our crazy Bicycle Championship video design for Fløyen folkerestaurant

The world biking championships just recently finished putting this city back the way it was before. So now we can show you some of the crazy video design done by our amazing photographer Thomas!

One of the projects we had regarding this massive, week-long event, was creating a video mapping for Folkerestauranten, right atop mount Fløyen where the race ends.  The credit for this undertaking all goes to Thomas Morel, our resident photographer. Check out the behind-the-scenes video!

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Poster for Det Hemmelige Vorspielet

Finally I get to show you this; the poster design I made for Det Hemmlige Forspielet, which is Deft artists, Brilliance and Red Bull’s big partypalooza.

This was a super fun project (albeit on a very tight schedule) where I get to do what I do best. Looking forward to getting my hands on the actual paper versions soon! I also made an animated version, for Instagram and such. If you’re wondering about techniques used, it’s all photoshop baby. No fancy tricks here, just bright colors and elbow grease.

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Interview + mixtape for The Absorbe

I just did a really fun interview with the swedish mag The Absorbe, complete with a big mixtape! The mix was recorded (in one take) in my apartment in Bergen, featuring Catty the cat amongst other stars. I put in lots of fun tracks from the local Bergen scene as well as some weird stuff, like the “water theme” from Super Mario on Nintendo 64. If you want more, there’s a bunch more music at the music section.

Check out the full interview here!

 

Track List:

Popol Vuh – Aguirre II
HNNY – Hotline Riddim
Bodyjack – Hydra Effect
Antenna – Odessa
French touch – Spend the night (fredo revisited)
River ocean – Love and happiness (Yemaya Y Ochun) (Maw reprise)
Viers – ichi
Skatebård – Agfachrome RSX II
Machine Birds – The Way Its Meant To Be (Iben Elster remix)
India – Who rocks you (acapella)(Lysgaard fixmix)
D-Ha – Get on board (chronic happy mix)
Terr – Burn the past
Sunshine band – Sunshower (Lysgaard Fixmix)
UNIIQU3 – Tic Tac
Bwana – Muscle powers final hour
Coeo – +++
Sister City – Blood mind
MR. G – Transient
CJ Bolland – Camargue
Chambray – Livin
Super mario on nintendo 64 – Water theme

Solo sale exhibit + playlist

I’m glad to announce my first solo sale exhibit it quite some time, this time at Ujevnt, in Bergen! Come hang out one day, the exhibit will be up for a whole month. On display are mostly new projects, some that haven’t even made it to the webshop yet!

I also made a playlist for the opening, filled with a whole lot of new gems I’ve found lately. Subscribe in Spotify!