Polka dots are perfect, but random dot patterns are closer to patterns in nature that always seem to be randomized and non-repeating. In the same way that watching a controlled fire can be relaxing, almost primal, random patterns in bark and leaves, sand and water are always interesting.
- Mixing It Up: How To Combine Patterns Like A Pro (apartmenttherapy.com)
- Pattern Buddies: Ok, so let's get down to the nitty gritty. What looks good together:
Polka Dots, Textures and Graphics
Small Polka Dots, Stripes and Florals
Plaid, Paisley and Graphics
Ikat, Polka Dots and Paisely
Chevron, Floral and Geometric
Toile, Texture and Stripes
Animal Prints and Texture
Two Ikats and Texture
Damask, Floral and Stripes
Are you a pattern mixing fool? What are some of your favorites?
- Using Scripted Patterns in Photoshop CS6 (layersmagazine.com)
One of the problems with pattern fills in Photoshop is the complete lack of randomness you get in shape, color, and position. Just think about it: a real brick wall isn't made from perfectly identical bricks; each brick varies in color, texture, and even size. That's why Adobe added the ability to apply scripts to pattern fills in Photoshop CS6.