Apply a Preset Pattern in Photoshop Elements 12

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

You can use patterns in Photoshop Elements to occasionally fill selections or layers. (Don’t go overboard, though — patterns aren’t always pretty when used without restraint.) 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. If you’re not happy with Elements’ selection, you can create your own, of course.

Although you can apply patterns by using many different tools, here you stick with applying patterns as fills. 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, as shown in the figure.

    Fill your selection with one of the many Elements preset patterns.

    Fill your selection with one of the many Elements preset patterns.

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

  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.