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Create A Dog Portrait Pattern in Photoshop – pt 1 of 7

There has been interest in the Scroll Saw Village forums on how to create a scroll saw pattern from a photograph. While there are hundreds of ways to design a scroll saw pattern, I share one technique that I use when it comes to difficult patterns. I’m using Adobe Photoshop in this screen cast. But these techniques can easily be adapted to your favorite graphics program.

Fair Warning: This is a monster of a tutorial. Each episode runs about 30 minutes and we have 7 episodes. So if you do the math, the whole series runs 3.5 hours long! Why so long? Well, first, the pattern proved to be a little more difficult than I originally anticipated. Normally it doesn’t take that long to create a pattern. And secondly, there has been interest to see the complete process. So, those who like to see the whole process will enjoy it. Those who only want the bullet points will be bored to tears. However, most of the information and techniques can be found in part 1.

One other note.  This is an experiment, so I’d love to get a little feedback. You can email me directly at scrollsawgoodies[at], leave a comment on the blog, or reach me on the Scroll Saw Village forums. Future episodes will be much more concise. I also plan on covering other graphics programs as well. If you’d like to see something specific, please let me know and I’ll see what I can do.

On with the show.

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  • Vicki

    Hi Travis,
    Thank you for the fantastic tutorial. I’ve been a photo impact user, mainly for touching up photos and have made a couple of simple patterns. Your explanations of layers was a big help to me. Also, being able to see and hear what to do has been a big help. I was kind of wandering in the dark. I love the tip about flipping back and forth from the pic to the layer that will become the pattern. That is worth a ton.
    Thanks again for sharing your knowledge and donating your time.

  • Thank you for the kind words. If there’s something specific you want me to cover in another screencast, please let me know and I’ll see what I can do. Enjoy the series!

  • Nice work. I’ve been away from the pattern making for almost a year as I moved from AZ to CO and got a little rusty with my Photoshop skills. This tutorial is helping be get back into the swing of things again. I have hundred of patterns that are already complete, and got a little lazy cutting some of them. I need to make more custom portrait patterns as that’s where the money is. Thanks again for the great job. I learned a bunch of new Photoshop tricks too.

  • Don’t be a dick.

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