Patterns can be easily created from any existing photo or painting you create in Photoshop Elements 10. You can even scan your signature or logo, define it as a pattern, and use it with the Pattern Stamp tool to sign all your work.

Photoshop Elements 10 offers a lot of preset options for patterns, but if you’re not happy with Elements’ selection, you can create your own pattern.

To create your own pattern, follow these steps:

  1. Open the photographic, painted, or scanned image that contains the area you want to use as a pattern.

  2. Use the Rectangular Marquee tool to select the area you want to convert into a pattern.

    Make sure that your Feather option is set to 0 or the pattern command won’t be available.

    If you don’t make a selection, Elements uses your entire layer as a basis for the pattern.

  3. Choose Edit→Define Pattern from Selection or Edit→Define Pattern.

    The Pattern Name dialog box appears.

  4. Enter a name for your pattern.

    Your new pattern now appears in every Pattern panel, wherever it may lurk in Elements.

In addition to filling your selection with a pattern, you can stamp on a pattern with the Pattern Stamp tool.