Photoshop in 60 Seconds: How to Create a Tie-Dye Pattern in Adobe Photoshop

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When in doubt, create your own patterns! Learn how to make a tie-dye effect in under a minute!

Photoshop in 60 Seconds: Tie-Dye Pattern

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In this quick video, I’ll show you how to use Photoshop’s different filter tools to create a custom tie-dye pattern. Experiment with colors and more, and show us your results!


How to Create a Tie-Dye Pattern in Photoshop

Create a New Document at 850 x 850 pixels, and then add a New Layer.

Use the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) to create a vertical selection and Fill it with color using the Paint Bucket Tool (G).

Repeat this process until the entire document is filled with any alternating colors that you like.

Create the colors

Here are the colors I’ve used:

  • #791a93
  • #18106e
  • #2c73d2
  • #71cae1
  • #31a457
  • #f1ea88
  • #f07c4f
  • #f03d0f

Now blend the colors together. Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and add a Radius of 25 pixels.

Next, go to Filter > Distort > Polar Coordinates and choose Rectangular to Polar.

Distort Polar Coordinates Filter

For the tie-dye effect, go to Filter > Liquify and select the Twirl Clockwise Tool (C).

Increase the size of your brush before clicking and holding the center to twirl the colors. Use the Forward Warp Tool (W) to drag lines out from the center and distort the pattern. (You can also blur any harsh lines with the Blur Tool (O).)

Experiment with different directions for a better look.

Tye Dye Pattern Using Liquify

Add more texture by setting a Watercolor Stock to Overlay and lowering the Opacity to 82%. Then, Merge all the layers together. To create the final pattern, select the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M), and go to Edit > Define Pattern.

Here is the tie-dye result below.

Tye Dye Effect Photoshop

Apply it to different scenes like this Pillow Mockup for more fun variations.

Tye Dye Pattern Photoshop Tutorial

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