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Repeating Patterns

Try this out: choose Edit > Fill and set the Use pop-up menu to Pattern. Then take a look at the preset custom patterns. These patterns are actually tiny images repeated over and over (like tiles on a bathroom wall). If you stood back, they would appear to be one large image instead of what they were—a bunch of small repeating images with their edges lined up with each other. These default patterns are all right for adding interest to simple shapes; but this is Photoshop, which means we're not stuck using plain old vanilla defaults. We can create our own exquisitely unique patterns! They can be used in many situations, especially when it comes to producing graphics for the Web. So, let's dive in and see what we can come up with.

There are two general methods I use to create a seamless pattern. The first one involves using filters that produce tile-able results. Then, after using a combination of filters, we'll find the smallest tile-able area and turn that into a pattern. The second method is to take an image that is not tile-able and to retouch the areas that would appear as seams.


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