Sheds used to be simple, basic storage. Now they feature on TV programmes such as George Clark’s Amazing Spaces and the competition for Shed of the Year. This design is based on the most basic of sheds seen across the country after the war. Sheds pattern design was inspired when I saw rows of sheds on a friend’s allotment.
I found a series of old shed adverts in charity shop magazines but most of them had text and overlaps as in the sample here. I wanted to be able to adjust, scale and colour each individual shed. I found a selection of individual, isolated, sheds scanned them all and cut them all out in Photoshop. They could then be roughly scaled into proportion.
Creating The Pattern
To make the pattern work, each row of sheds sits on top of the row above. Making them appear to recede into the background. The fourteen sheds then repeat horizontally and vertically as a block. There was one shed that had to be repeated as a patch so that the spacing could be kept tight – like the original advert.
Colouring The Sheds
The real fun is going overboard with the colours of course, I also found using simple duotones worked well too. These duotones are achieved by adding different layers over the top of the black and white version to create different coloured variations. By setting an opacity of 30% gives the effect of a duotone without having to alter the colour mode of the document. I could then experiment with different Pantone colours.