In this tutorial, we show you how to create a simple checkered pattern – more commonly know as the Ben Sherman pattern in Pixelmator.
The Final Product
Here is the seamless pattern you should be able to create by the end of the tutorial.
You can always skip the tutorial and go download the free pattern on our store.
Create a new document 400x400px, which is our preset for patterns/textures.
Next we apply some noise to our background layer. Open up the Effects panel (CMD+3), then select Stylize, and then Noise. Drag the Noise effect onto the background layer and set it so 5% and ensure Monochrome is selected.
Duplicate the rectangle shape two more times, and place each of these rectangles at either edge of the canvas. Make sure that each rectangle is on its own layer, and that it is only half on and half off the canvas.
Create two more rectangles, and place them in-between the existing rectangles, and set the Fill colour to a nice blue #0c5791. Also make sure the Layer Blending mode is set to Multiply. Now group these two rectangles together as Group 2.
For the checkered pattern we need to create vertical rectangles.
Duplicate Group 1, rename this to Group 3. Select all the rectangles in the group, right-click on the and choose Rotate 90 degrees right. Set the Fill colour for the rectangles in Group 3 to a nice deep blue #004b89.
Repeat step 6, for Group 2. You should call the duplicate Group 4 and set the Fill colour for the rectangles in Group 4 to a deep red #a71d18. Also make sure the Layer Blending mode is set to Multiply for the rectangles in Group 4.
Group the four groups together in the Layers panel, right-click on the overall group and select Merge Group. This should merge the rectangles into one layer, and also convert it to pixel format.
Now let’s add some noise to this layer to give it a texture effect.
Great, we have now created an awesome checkered pattern using some simple techniques in Pixelmator.
Finally choose Trim Canvas (under the Image menu) to restrict the canvas to 400x400px image, and then choose Export (under File menu) to export the image as a PNG.
You can use this pattern to make some really cool images like our tribute to the original Ben Sherman shirt and tie.