Apply a pattern
For the royal pattern, I create half of an icon, then mirror a copy of that half to create a symmetrical design. Now that we have a single icon on its own layer, I’ll duplicate that layer so that we have two copies of the same icon. Using Free Transform, I place the copy so it’s the next icon in the pattern. Hit Ctrl+ Shft+Alt+T and Photoshop makes the next step in the pattern. Repeat!
Introduce a texture
My paintings always have a crisp digital feel to them – yuck – so it’s time to go outside and shoot some grunge photos. On a layer mode of your choice, combine the shot of my photo texture and a detailed crop from an oil painting to give this digital artwork 100 years of personality. You can even add a canvas texture if you like.