Published on July 3, 2022

Create a pattern

In this blog I’ll show you how to multiply one object to create a pattern in Adobe Photoshop.

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Step 1: Cut out subject/object

To create a pattern, you need a subject or object with a transparent background. If your image already has a transparent background, you can skip this step and continue with step 2.

My image doesn’t have a transparent background, so I’ll remove the background first. To do that, navigate to ‘Select > Subject‘. Photoshop has now selected your subject. Add a layer mask to make the background transparent.

Step 2: Create a pattern

Select the move tool and press CTRL+T. Make your object a bit smaller.

Adjust size

Select your object by clicking on the thumbnail of that layer (don’t select the layer mask). Then select the rectangular marquee tool and make a selection around your object.

Select object or subject

Navigate to ‘Edit > Define pattern‘ and name your pattern. Click OK.

Press CTRL+D to deselect. You can now make the layer with your object invisible (click on the eye icon). Create a new layer.

New layer

Then navigate to ‘Edit > Fill‘. Select pattern and pick the pattern you just made. I use random fill, but you can also use a different script.

Create pattern

Click OK. The window shown in the image below now opens. You can see the settings I used in this image, but you can also use different settings.

If you don’t like the way your pattern looks with these settings, simply delete the layer, create a new layer and again navigate to ‘Edit > Fill’. Try again with different settings (also look at the preview to see what changing the settings does to your pattern).

Random fill

And that’s how you multiply one object to create a pattern in Adobe Photoshop!

create a pattern

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