Get Smart: Add Layers to Patterns Using Smart Objects in Adobe Photoshop

——   Created by Charnelle Barlow

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Are smart objects really smart? Why yes... yes they are, but only if you know how to use them.

In this class you will learn what the function of a Smart Object is in Adobe Photoshop and how to use it to create luscious engaging layers within your pattern designs. By the end of this class you will know how to *create a repeat pattern, how to create a smart object, and why the use of one is absolutely necessary for adding layers to patterns. I'd love to see your progress, so please upload your process and finished pattern in the projects section.

The course project

Theme (optional): Winter Warmers. This theme can be interpreted in many different ways. 

Project: Create a layered repeat pattern using Smart Objects in Photoshop.


  • Draw several pages of icons and textures. Post a few in the project area.
  • Arrange the initial pattern square, focusing on layering icons and textures.
  • Turn your square into a Smart Object
  • Split your square and fill in the gaps, layering in more icons and textures.
  • Color your pattern and post the finish.

Example of Icons

Example of texture:

Example of finished pattern:

9 Lessons

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What is a smart object?
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Drawing your icons
Pattern basics
Arranging the pattern square
Convert to smart object
Split and fill
Finish and save
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Class benefits

  • Certificate of Completion
  • 30 day satisfaction guarantee
  • 24/7 streaming access
  • Project included
  • Direct teacher access
  • 23m of on-demand video
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About the instructor

My name is Charnelle Pinkney Barlow and I am the lovely face behind Call Me Chartreuse. Originally from Poughkeepsie, Ny, I am an illustrator and surface designer that loves drawing as much as I love tea...and that's a whole lot of love!

The images I create are made to delight …

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