How to Create Patterns using Photoshop custom Shapes Tutorial

How to create amazing patterns / tiles using Photoshop custom shapes tutorial

More patterns for your projects in seconds

Adobe ® PS comes with a selection of different tiles but you can always create more. Shapes make a great source material for new ones. You can find many shapes in the application but also on the site such as slice shapes and scroll shapes and spiral shapes


tile artwork


Pattern tiles and Photoshop custom shapes

Initial setup requires the creation of a document for the pattern tile source. You can then fill the pattern tile with as many vector artworks as you wish. As long as you avoid the seams of the image, the pattern will be a seamless artwork (of course, you don't need to and the tiles can be any style or design or non-seamless as you like). As the vectors can be set to any size, the tiles can be any size but you may find that there are limits to the size of tile accepted by Adobe ® Photoshop ®


Types of shape

The vector shapes can be applied in a variety of ways such as layers and flatten / paths and convert to selections and fill / pixels. You can use the same artwork to create the tile or many different presets from the preset panel. You can use multiple presets to build up a more complex tile.


Offset filter

You can also use the offset command (via the filter menu) to make more interesting pattern tiles. If the document size for the custom shapes is 500 x 500 then use the filter menu offset command to shift the pixels (the offset does not break the seams of the design - all sides of the document still match) and continue with the pattern tile development with a mix of additional artworks. Use the wrap around option for the offset filter. You can fill the tile with 1000s of artworks or just one or two, you can use the presets with transparency or perhaps add them with blending modes or perhaps add them in different colors. You can use the adjustment layers or adjustments to modify the color of the tile and save those as a snapshot during the creation of the final result. In the image below, two different presets have been used along with different colors as well as the use of transparency to create a tile for use in PS in a number of different sections of Adobe ® Photoshop ® (such as fill content) and the same artwork can also be used as a pattern in Affinity Photo and others if saved as TIFF / PNG etc


tile artwork


Saving them

Once you have reached a certain point, the tile can be saved via the edit menu define command and then you can save the current pattern palette to a new PAT file. You can also just save them to a PNG format file or perhaps drag the entire image into the CC Libraries for future use.


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Basic pattern tile and Photoshop shape

You can apply a single preset to a document and save that as a pattern via the define pattern command in Adobe ® Photoshop ®. The single image tile, as long as you avoid the seams, makes a very quick tile for use in Adobe ® Photoshop ® as well as PSP and other applications. You can apply the Photoshop shape in any color. You can add styles or layer effects and that means a vast range of artworks can be produced from a single vector


Related sets

You can find the artwork used on this page via the custom shapes page and they can be used in Adobe ® Photoshop ® and PS Elements


You can find many more tutorials about Photoshop custom shapes such as how to use the shapes with blending modes tutorial and how to combine the Photoshop shapes layers as well as how to use the custom shapes with the shape blur filter in Photoshop


Transparency and create Photoshop pattern tiles from shapes

You can use them as layers (set opacity via the layer panel) or you can set the opacity to 50% etc and then use the shapes as a fill. If you add as a layer or add the pixel option to a new layer, you can also remove the underlying background layers (click the lock in the layers palette and delete) and then select the area for the Photoshop pattern - the resulting tile will have transparency and this can be useful if you wish to combine multiple fill layers (wihtout the need to use blending modes). A single preset below can be used to create all kinds of different patterns in Adobe ® Photoshop ® as well as others


single item to be converted


Below you can see the result of perhaps a little too much space in the definition. You don't have to use the entire image, you can select a part of the preset or the entire preset with a little padding


fill content


Transparency has been added into the mix with multiple layers of the preset with transparency set to 50% for the source material.




Or add the artwork with a stroke / edge as the presets can be filled with solids as well as gradients and patterns themselves and so can the stroke of the preset




Or add layer effects into the mix with a bevel and a shadow and multiple layers to create some depth to the art




Or use them in different colors




Video tutorial

Tutorial on the subject [Youtube]