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Create a New Pattern in Photoshop Elements

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

You may someday want to create your own pattern. Patterns can be easily created from any existing photo or painting you create in Elements. 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.

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. Press S to select the Pattern Stamp tool. If you get the Clone Stamp tool, press S again.

Choose your desired pattern from the Pattern Picker drop-down menu and your desired brush tip from the Brush Preset Picker drop-down menu. Select your brush Size, Opacity, and Mode and then brush your pattern on your image. You can also select the Impressionist option to have your pattern appear more “painterly.”