Patterns - Adobe Photoshop

You’ve made a tileable texture, a single image that you would give to a Lighter to place and use in a 3D environment.

Customized patterns are related to this concept.You can save your tileable texture as a pattern to fill 2D areas with the Paint Bucket tool.

Making the Pattern

Take the tileable texture from the previous lesson and save it as a pattern.

  1. Open fieldTile.tga if your tile is not still open.
  2. Make this tile into a pattern.

    Making the Pattern

  3. Press Command+A(Win: Ctrl+A) to select the entire tile. You could also go to Select>Select Allin the menu bar, if you prefer.
  4. Go to Edit>Define Pattern.
  5. Enter a name for the new pattern in the dialog box, as I’ve done in .
  6. Photoshop doesn’t exclude you from naming patterns with the same name. It does not overwrite.

    naming patterns with the same name

  7. Click the Paint Bucket tool, change the fill type to Pattern in the tool options bar, and look at the available patterns.

Does the last one in look familiar? It should!Your newest pattern is appended to the end of the pattern list.

newest pattern is appended to the end of the pattern list

Checking Out the Pattern

Check out how the pattern works.

  1. Create a new file and make the dimensions completely square. In my case, I made mine 1024×1024.
  2. Choose the Paint Bucket tool, making sure to switch the fill from Foreground to Pattern.
  3. Apply by clicking the canvas; That’s the end of that!
  4. Your tile applied as a pattern.

    Checking Out the Pattern

  5. Click the Paint Bucket tool and have the fill set to Pattern.
  6. Go to the Pattern submenu and choose Save Patterns
  7. Saving all your patterns keeps you from pulling out all your hair in case you have to reset.

    Saving all your patterns keeps you from pulling

  8. Name your patterns. Remember:

This saves all of the patterns as a set, not just the one pattern you created. Enter droning, monotone language-lesson voice: This concludes your lesson on tiles and transformations. To continue, flip this page to side B….Wait a minute! Didn’t I say something at the beginning of the chapter about applying a transformation to a pattern for perspective?Ah, I’m glad someone is paying attention. You get a gold star sticker for that one!


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