Create a binary code / computer Photoshop pattern tutorial

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How to create a binary code / computer code 0 1 0 1 01 etc pattern in Photoshop CC CS6 etc. The binary code pattern needs a cell and you can create a guide via the guide layouts. The binary code computer pattern then needs to be filled with random 0 and 1 numbers. You can then align the binary code computer pattern numbers (or leave them with a slight randomness). You can change the color of the binary code computer pattern. You can change the font used (perhaps have random typefaces for each of the binary code pattern cells). You can then define the binary code computer code pattern via the edit menu define pattern command. The binary code pattern can then be applied via the new fill layer command or edit menu fill in Photoshop. You can then create even more unique binary code / computer code patterns by adding effects and adjustment layers. This tutorial shows you have to create the guides as well as how to fill the cells of the binary code battern and then define the pattern for use throughout Photoshop CC CS6 etc


Setup for the binary code / computer code

The quickest way to do this is to set up some guides in Photoshop

  1. View menu

  2. New guide layout

  3. Set columns to 10

  4. Set rows to 10


The settings do not need to be 10 and 10 but to create a fairly random binary code grid, you really do need at least a 10 x 10 setup and the guides are useful for the alignment of the characters, 0 and 1


OK, once you have the guides then the next thing to for the binary code / computer code pattern is to fill all those slots with some numbers and 0 and 1 are great for binary code.


Filling the guides with the binary code

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The next step is to go to one of the 'cells' and add a 0 in a font, perhaps Futura or courier new or whatever you want. You can always change it later

  1. Go to the type tool

  2. Set color

  3. Set font

  4. Set size and that depends on the size of the document and the grid that you have set up for your binary code / computer code pattern

  5. Click the document in the middle of one of the cells and add 0

  6. duplicate that character

  7. move to another cell and change the 0 to 1

  8. Now go to the layer menu and smart objects and convert

  9. Do the same for the 0 as well, both are now smart objects

  10. Select the 0 or 1 and hold down the option / alt to duplicate the 0 or 1

  11. Shift that randomly to another cell.

  12. Repeat that for the 0 or 1 over and over until you have filled all the cells with the 0 and 1 characters for the binary code / computer code

  13. Now select an entire row or column and then use the align tools along the top of Photoshop

  14. Repeat this for all the rows and columns so now you should have a complete set up of 0 and 1 cells. If you do not flatten the work, you can always shift the combination of 0 and 1 cells around and so if you want to, save the 0 and 1 layers as a PSD file to use as an endless source of binary combinations. Also, you can always create a 100 x 100 grid but that will probably take a little time to fill.

Define as pattern and use

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Now you want it as a pattern (or you could save the above straight to the CC library and then use it as a layer on its own

  1. edit menu

  2. define pattern

  3. layer menu and new fill layer content and pattern

  4. Select the binary code / computer code pattern and create a new Photoshop pattern layer

  5. flatten, apply effects etc to it

Smart objects

Why did I suggest creating them as smart objects? Well as smart objects you can now double click the icon in the layer panel for the 0 or 1 or both and change the type and font and add a background or effects etc to the computer code numbers and then exit from the edit of the 0 or 1 (psb file) and all the numbers in the pattern will change (the source tile, not the pattern layer as that is fixed by the define), you will still need to define the pattern again and then use that as a new computer code / binary code pattern etc

Effects added to the binary code

You can also use effects with the binary code / computer code pattern such as adding blurs or adding other colors to the background or perhaps using brush tools such as blurs or smudge to alter individual characters of the Photoshop pattern. The binary code / computer code pattern can be modified in countless ways such as by using camera raw filter or effects such as Analog Efex Pro and so such as on the right.

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1. binary code brushes for Photoshop, psp, affinity photo etc set

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