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Video:Photoshop Pattern Stamp Tool

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The pattern stamp tool can be a useful design element to create interesting textures and background in your images. Familiarize yourself with the tool and experiment on your own photos!See Transcript

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Transcript:Photoshop Pattern Stamp Tool

Today, I'm going to show you how to use the Pattern Stamp Tool in Photoshop CS6. 

What is the Pattern Stamp Tool?

The pattern stamp tool can be a useful design element. You can use it to create interesting textures and background in your images. You can make your own pattern stamps.  Photoshop also comes with a few options.   

Begin to Experiment

To get started, select the Pattern Stamp Tool from the Tools Panel on the left side. It's located underneath the Clone Stamp Tool. Now, go to menu above the image and select the pattern you would like to work with. There are a couple here that came with Photoshop and I created a couple myself.

I am going to select one and now apply the tool like a brush to my image. You can see the pattern start to emerge. If I return to the top menu, I can adjust the brush size. I will make it smaller.

Now, I'm going to make it larger. I can also adjust the hardness of the brush. I will decrease the hardness and as you can see this gives my brush a softer edge. Now, I can choose from various types of brushes, again I can select one with a hard or soft edge. You can also select different modes. I will switch from normal to dissolve and you can see the effect it has on the tool.

More Great Options

There are lots of options for you to experiment with. Now, I am going to undo that and show you a few more ways to modify this tool.  You can change the opacity of the tool. I will lower and you can see the pattern is now translucent. I'm going to go ahead and return the opacity to 100%.  Now, I am going to undo that.

If we go back to the brush panel, we will have a whole new series of options to play with.  If I select the scattering option from this menu, it will create a very interesting abstraction of my pattern. It has very little effect unless I go over to the menu and increase the amount of scatter.  

Now, you can see the interesting effect. I suggest trying out a few of the options from this menu. They can help you achieve really interesting textures and variations on your pattern.  

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