Apply a Preset Pattern in Photoshop Elements 10 - dummies

Apply a Preset Pattern in Photoshop Elements 10

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

Although you can apply patterns in Photoshop Elements 10 by using many different tools, in this example you’ll apply a preset pattern as a fill. If you’ve ever seen someone wearing leopard-print pants with an argyle sweater and a plaid blazer, you’re familiar with patterns. Not always pretty when used without restraint, patterns can be used to occasionally fill selections or layers.

You can also stamp your image by using the Pattern Stamp tool. You can even retouch by using a pattern with the Healing Brush tool. Elements offers a lot of preset patterns to keep you happy.

To fill a layer or selection with a preset pattern, follow these steps:

  1. Choose the layer or selection you want to fill with a pattern.

    Again, make your selection on a new layer above your image for more flexible editing later on.

  2. Choose Edit→Fill Selection or Fill Layer and choose Pattern from the Use drop-down menu.

  3. Click the down-pointing arrow and select a pattern from the Custom Pattern drop-down panel.


    If you don’t see a pattern to your liking, choose another preset library by clicking the panel pop-up menu and choosing another preset library at the bottom of the submenu.

  4. Choose any other fill options you want to apply, such as Mode, Opacity, or Preserve Transparency.

  5. Click OK to fill the layer or selection with the chosen pattern.