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Create Custom Patterns in Photoshop Elements 11

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

You can create your own pattern in Photoshop Elements 11, basing it on an existing image or one you create yourself. Select a small portion of an image to build an abstract pattern or use a recognizable object to define that object as a pattern stamp. You can use anything, from a logo to your signature, as a pattern.

To create your own pattern, follow these steps:

  1. Open the image that contains the area you want to use as a pattern or create an image from scratch.

  2. Make any modifications to the image to produce the exact pattern you want.

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

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

    If you’re using a selection to define your pattern, you must use a rectangular selection. And, you can’t use a feathered selection of any kind.

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

  5. Enter a name for your pattern in the Pattern Name dialog box.

    Your new pattern appears in the Pattern panel for use.

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