Create a New Pattern in Photoshop Elements 10 - dummies

Create a New Pattern in Photoshop Elements 10

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

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.