Create Camo Patterns with a Free Photoshop Plugin, VandDerLee Camouflage

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Create Camo Patterns with VandDerLee Camouflage Plugin

Thanks to a free Photoshop plugin, it is very easy to produce military camouflage patterns. While you can use military camouflage patterns to give an army theme to a graphic design project, in recent years these types of patterns have broken out into fashion items also. The use of different colors that would never be used by the military can add a whole new dimension to this style of camouflage, or camo, patterns.

You can download a free Photoshop plugin from the VanDerLee website, which makes creating patterns very quick and easy. Don't worry if you don't have a copy of Photoshop as you can also use this plugin in the free image editor Irfanview. This article will show you how to set the free application up to be compatible with Photoshop plugins.

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Create a Military Camouflage Pattern

Once you've got the VanDerLee Camouflage plugin installed, you can open a blank document to work on.

In Photoshop you'll find the Camouflage plugin under the Filter menu, while in Irfanview, you need to go to Image > Effects > Adobe 8BF filters and then select Camouflage and click Start selected filter.

The dialog will open with a default pattern and settings selected and just four of the possible eight colors activated. This is usually quite suitable as a military camo pattern, though you can use the Preset drop down menu to select from a range of patterns, including modern and historic camouflage designs. You can further tweak the pattern using the slider controls, including choosing from 10,000 different camo variations using the bottom slider.

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Create a Fashion Camo Pattern

It is very easy to customize a camouflage pattern to produce a brightly colored design suitable for fashion or digital crafts projects.

Again start the selected filter and use the sliders to adjust the camo pattern as required. To change the color scheme of the camo pattern, click on one of the active color swatches and the color picker dialog will open. You can then either click on one of the set colors or select a color from the picker window to the right. Click OK when happy and adjust the other colors to match. You can produce camo patterns of between two and eight colors. To activate or deactivate a color, click the tick box that is positioned below the swatch and then change the color as before. Active colors will have a tick below them.

Have fun creating lots of camo patterns for your projects!