Patterns and Backgrounds in Photoshop
Open an Image in Adobe Photoshop
Give it a New Name
without fancy symbols and NO slashes (/)
- Go to FILE,
down to SAVE AS
- Save it
as a .psd (leave the suffix in the title: bark.psd)
Select part of the image to be the Repeating Texture or Pattern
- Use the
- This is
in the upper right of the Tool Box, hidden under the Selection
- In Photoshop
6.0 and above, you have the option of choosing a transparent
color to show you what you are cropping out. You also must check
off the box in the upper left when you are done selecting the
Resize the Selection to about 150 pixels square, or 100 by 200
Under IMAGE go down to IMAGE SIZE.
the Size by either PIXEL or PERCENT.
THE INCHES dimension. We are thinking in PIXELS now.
- Set the
Resolution (DPI) to 72 if you are working for the web.
- Leave on
Constrain Proportions (unless you want to distort the
image) and Resample Image (Bicubic)
FILE, go Down to SAVE.
- Get in
the Habit of SAVING as you go along
Under FILTER go to OTHER and down to OFFSET
Horizontal and Vertical Dimensions which are about 50% of your
- You will
see your image repeated with lines where the top and bottom
Create a Seamless Repeating Image
the center of your image is now a mismatch, you know that the
edges repeat perfectly.
- Using the
Cloning Tool, Paint out the Overlapping area
over the area that you want to take FROM
down the option key and click the mouse
the mouse and the keys
to the area where you want to paint.
- Your background
will be more effective if you allow for repetitions within the
new image that you are creating.
- The pressure
sensitive pen works with the clone tool.
- You can
clone from another image, or from parts of the same image.
the above steps Several Times to be sure that the Repetition is
- An interesting
trick is to duplicate the entire image to another file, and
then change the scale of the image.
- Use this
changed image as the cloning source. It will help to hide the
To Create a Texture that can be Loaded in the "Texturizer"
- The Texturizer
Filter (Under Texture) puts the texture of one image onto any
other image in a repeating pattern.
the Image (under IMAGE, go to ADJUST, then Desaturate). This
will give you a grayed image.
the contrast of the grayed image using Levels, Curves, or Brightness-Contrast.
(Under Image, Adjust)
SAVE the Gray Texture with a New Name.
PASTE onto your image, you must CROP again
before using the offset filter.
Image parts under the "matte" (that you cannot
see) will be part of the repeat if you do not CROP!