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Chapter 12. Working with Layer Styles > Using Pattern Overlays

Using Pattern Overlays

Pattern Overlays replace the pixels in the active layer with a specific pattern. Photoshop comes equipped with dozens of pre-existing patterns, or you can create and save your own. Patterns can be used to spice up an otherwise dull area of an image—similar to covering a solid-color wall in your house with decorative wallpaper. When you apply a pattern, the original image is overlaid with the selected pattern, and once that's accomplished you can use blending modes and opacity to control the effect the pattern has over the original image.


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