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I started with a photograph of the back of a Mallard taken at my local park then I created the pattern in Photoshop by repeating it in a number of way
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Here's another pattern developed from that same waterfall picture. It's a 3140x1570 image (2.5MB) and really needs to be viewed in an image editing program rather than a browser to get the full impact of it's rich colors and patterning. I love how it looks but can't imagine how it could be used on fabric. My point is that you can take just about any sort of photograph and, through layer modes and other Photoshop tricks, you can turn it into a complex pattern with beautiful colors that go way beyond nature. It's great fun for me to do this sort of thing. Wish I could turn it into one of my profit centers. :-)
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Autumn Mallard Pinwheels :
Posted almost 5 years ago.
Here's one of the patterns I generated from the waterfall, below. It's 1200x1090 pixels, about 600k.
Just to give you an idea of how I work, here's the original photograph of a small waterfall shot at sunset when it was colored by reflections of the sunlight on an old red brick wall. I'll post the pattern results in a moment.
This link gets you to 82 posts in my "Patterns" category of my nature blog. Make sure to click on the "Older Entries" link at the bottom of the pages to see more. The repeat patterns are mixed with other images. Here's the direct link in case clicking on the thumbnail doesn't work. (I'm still learning how Spoonflower handles such things.)
This is one of my other patterns created using objects from nature. This one is foliage as mentioned in my previous comment.
Sorry. I'm just learning how to use Spoonflower's commentary methogs.
Here's the original duck photo mentioned in my comment.
Oh, cool! I didn't realize anyone had commented on this design until right now. Sorry about that.<br><br>
@rhondadesigns: Thanks for the encouragement. I agree this would be a really good pattern for dark upholstery. I imagine it in a law office heavily trimmed in carved wood paneling, but I tend to dream of unachievable things a lot. :-)
@su_g: I've posted a couple of things so you can see this mallard pinwheel design in more detail:
Meet my model, a cooperative Mallard at my local millpond. This is the photo I used to get started and then I played with it in Photoshop:
Here is a 1200x1200 version of the pattern so you can see how I turned it into the pattern. The original file is 6800x6800 and clocks in at 260MB when open in Photoshop. If there was interest in having it available for sale, I'd probably touch it up a bit. There are a few white spots on the feathers that are actually glints from droplets of water created by my camera's flash that I'd like to remove.
I love creating patterns from natural objects. I post them occasionally on my nature blog about the wildlife and plants in my local millpond park. Here's one of my more successful kaleidoscopic patterns using a night shot of plants. It looks very Victorian to me and might be good as dark heavy drapes or wallpaper. It's a 1920 pixel wide image. You are welcome to download and play with it:
You can see other kaleidoscopic attempts mixed among these 82 posts in my blogâ€™s â€œPatternsâ€ category. You can download larger images by clicking on most of the photos you see and play with them. If you come up with great patterns, Iâ€™d love to see them!
Thanks to both of you for the comments. I appreciate them!
The dark tones, rich chocolate colours and interesting textures, give your design a feeling of depth and mystery! This would be a great fabric to use for upholstery!
This has a lot of interest, it would be great to get a closer look,maybe a larger scale? Or post a close-up of a smaller part of the design?
I started with a photograph of the feathers on the back of a duck from my local park then massaged it in Photoshop until I felt it was a rich pattern that can stand on its own. It has a painterly quality to it.
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