Defining a Pattern Swatch in Adobe Photoshop

Instruction Manual

I. DEFINING A PATTERN SWATCH IN PHOTOSHOP

You can define a pat­tern swatch by us­ing a PSD, EPS, PNG or oth­er ras­ter file formats. Our col­lec­tions provide a PSD ver­sion of each pat­tern tile where con­tours and each fill are in sep­ar­ate lay­ers to al­low full col­or cus­tom­iz­a­tion.

Note: Our read­ily avail­able EPS files al­low ras­ter­iz­a­tion at big­ger im­age size than the PSD files provided.

  1. Open the file containing the desired pattern tile (PSD, EPS ot PNG).
  2. Select the Rectangular Marquee tool. (Figure 1.1)
  3. With the Rectangular Marquee tool select only the pattern tile that you want to use. (Figure 1.2)
  4. Go to EDIT > DEFINE PATTERN. (Figure 2.1)
  5. From the pop-up window, specify a name for the pattern swatch you are defining. (Figure 2.2)

Your new pat­tern swatch is now stored in the Pho­toshop pat­tern lib­rary and ready to use.

Note: When the file con­tains only the pat­tern tile it­self, you don't need to se­lect it and may pro­ceed dir­ectly from step 4.

Pattern tile selection
Figure 1
Defining the pattern
Figure 2

II. ACCESSING THE PATTERN SWATCH LIBRARY IN PHOTOSHOP

All Pho­toshop built-in and user-defined pat­tern swatches are stored in Pho­toshop's pat­tern lib­rary. You can use it to load, re­name or de­lete pat­terns.

To ac­cess the pat­tern lib­rary:

  1. Go to EDIT > PRESETS > PRESET MANAGER. (Figure 3.1)
  2. In the Preset Manager choose "Patterns" from the drop-down menu. A preview of all the built-in and custom pattern swatches appears. (Figure 3.2)
Preset manager
Figure 3
Please note that the Illustrator files in our collections are compatible with the CC and CS6 versions of Adobe Illustrator and will not work with previous ones.
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