Creating a Pattern and Pattern Set in Photoshop

Creating and setting up patterns can help make you more efficient in Photoshop.

1.  Open a new document. The size will depend on your pattern. For this example, a 100x100px square works fine.

2.  Create a new layer > solid color. Here I'm are using black (#000000)

3.  Turn on your grid by going to View > Show > Grid. If you aren't sure of your current grid settings, you can go to Edit > Preferences > Guides, Grid & Slices. My grid settings are below.

4.  Select your Rectangle Shape Tool from the tool menu.Set the color to something other than black. Here I'm using white (#ffffff)

5.  Create a few retangles across your box as shown below, creating a stripe affect. Notice that they are all equal size. The bottom rectangle is flush to the base of our document, and the top rectangle leaves the same distance between the top as we would from any other line. This will ensure that our pattern is seamless.

6.  Now that we've created the pattern design, we have to actually save our image as a pattern. First, make sure none of your layers are selected in the layer panel. Then, go to Edit > Define Pattern. The menu below will appear. Type in the title for your pattern. Mine is "stripes". Click OK.

7.  The next and final step is to test our pattern. Open a new document in a LARGER size. I'm opening a 500x500px square.

8.  From the layers panel, select create new layer > pattern. My pattern instantly showed up, but if your pattern does not, select it from the pattern drop down menu as seen below.

9.  If you'd like, adjust the settings to match your needs. If your pattern isn't right, go back to your original document and adjust as needed to make it seamless.

10.  Once you are 100% sure you like your pattern, you still need to export it to back it up. To do this, first go to Edit > Preset Manager.

11.  Select "Patterns" from the drop down menu. Depending on how many patterns you have preloaded, your screen may or may not look like mine.

12.  Select your pattern from the ones in your menu. You can select multiple patterns by clicking while holding down Ctrl/Cmd. Once you have the pattern(s) selected, click on "Save Set" then follow the prompts from the save menu just as if you were saving a document.

By selecting and saving only certain patterns, you've created a pattern set. This set can be saved and referenced later. By saving patterns and reloading them only when needed, you are able to work in Photoshop faster and more efficiently since the computer is not bogged down trying to load hundreds of patterns you aren't currently using.

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