Photoshop Fundamentals: Using the Pattern Stamp Tool



Dateline: February 21, 2008
Version: Adobe Photoshop CS3

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This creative tool allows you to paint on an image using pre-defined patterns. You can use the patterns that are already in the Photoshop pattern libraries or you can create your own patterns, like the yellow rose in this tutorial. When you click on the Pattern Stamp tool from the Photoshop toolbar, the options for the tool will show across the top of the screen. The options bar allows you to change the brush and brush size. You’ll then pick the rose pattern created earlier in the technique, select a layer and start painting.



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Launch Photoshop and download patternstamp.psd. Press F7 to show the Layers palette. Click the Create New Layer button.

Choose Edit > Define Pattern. In the resulting Pattern Name dialog box, rename the pattern “yellow rose” and click OK. Select Layer 1 and set its opacity to 60%.

Select the Pattern Stamp tool. In the resulting Options bar, use the options shown and click the Pattern swatch to open the Pattern picker. Select the yellow rose pattern that you just created. Click the Pattern swatch again to close the picker.
Choose Window > Brushes (F5). Click Texture under Brush Presets on the left side of the palette. In the resulting Texture dialog box, use the options shown and click the Pattern swatch to open the Pattern picker. Select the Molecular pattern. Click the Pattern swatch again to close the picker.
Click Dual Brush under Brush Presets on the left side of the palette. In the resulting Dual Brush dialog box, click the Chalk 17 pixels brush and use the options shown.
Select Layer 2. Paint the rose petals using smooth strokes, leaving some white space in between petals so that the brush strokes don’t overlap each other. Adjust the size of your brush accordingly.
Drag Layer 2 to the Create New Layer button to duplicate it and increase the color saturation. Drag Layer 1 to the Trash to delete it.

Our final effect is shown at left (click to enlarge).

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