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How to copy Photoshop patterns to other apps (Affinity Photo etc) tutorial

copying artwork from Photoshop to affinity designer

How to copy / export a Photoshop pattern to another application tutorial such as to Affinity Photo and PSP. The key thing about exporting or copying a Photoshop pattern to another application is that the pattern format is supported in that application. The best format to use is probably TIFF or PNG or PSD for maximum support of the pattern. You can find the size of the pattern tile in Photoshop by hovering over the pattern in the Photoshop patterns panel. You can then create a document and then fill that with the pattern. The pattern can then be manipulated with Photoshop tools such as adjustments before any copy or export into another application. There are a number of commands to save files from Photoshop and I generally still use the save as command. Once you have generated the Photoshop pattern PNG etc file then you can copy the pattern file to the PSP (PaintShop Pro patterns folder) or use the Affinity Photo gradient tool / bitmap fill and use the Photoshop patterns as a new Affinity Photo pattern etc


  1. Display Photoshop patterns panel via edit / fill command

  2. Hover over required pattern to find size

  3. Create new document with that file size

  4. Fill with pattern

  5. Save pattern file as PNG or TIFF etc


PAT format and Photoshop patterns

They are in PAT format and PAT format cannot be read by that many apps. So to use them in other apps, simply copy or convert them to a format that can be read by Affinity Designer / PSP / Photo-paint etc.


  1. Create any size document

  2. go to the Photoshop toolbox

  3. select the stamp tool

  4. patterns preset's panel

  5. hover over the item you want to convert (sadly this cannot be done by an action etc) and see the size of the tile - if a 1000 x 1000

  6. create a document at that size

  7. edit menu

  8. fill

  9. patten


Pre-work on Photoshop patterns

cube 3d patterns yellow

You can copy them or export them as is but you can also add adjustment layers such as hue and saturation or invert etc as they will not damage the seamless tile's seams. It does mean you can generate a near infinite selection of artworks from the same set and still have them as wonderful seamless tiles


Format for the Photoshop patterns copy

Well, the best formats are (personally) PNG or TIFF or PSD etc. PNG is generally available in most apps now and is a really easy format to save in 24bit etc but this does depend on the apps you want to use - Affinity Designer supports PNG so that is a great start


Commands to save the file

green star pattern

There are a number of options in Adobe ® Photoshop ® such as

  1. Save as

  2. Save for web

  3. Generate

  4. Copy into the CC libraries for use in Illustrator etc


PSP and using the Photoshop patterns

Copy the PNG file to the patterns folder of Corel PaintShop Pro / PSP and then they will be accessible via the material's panel in the X9 X8 etc versions. You can set the location of the PSP file locations/ folders for various resources via the preferences


Affinity Designer and patterns

empty cube layers in brown

You can access the Photoshop patterns PNG files via the gradient tool and bitmap option etc and within that, you can then rotate and re-size. The same for Affinity Photo. Would love to see additional features such as color settings etc but you can always combine the fill layers with additional effects such as adjustment layers to re-color the artwork as well as live filter layers in Affinity Photo to add all kinds of variations to the copied designs.


Other tutorials

You can find how to use capture work via snapshots in Affinity Photo and another such as how to use Affinity Photo extensions in Apple Photo (Photos) for haze / minature effects and more as well as how to create a color LUT / color lookup table in Photoshop for amazing colorful effects for the adjustment filter color lookup and much more such as how to use the random fill pattern script / edit fill command in Photoshop to create amazing backgrounds and textures and noise etc


Other resources

You can find many patterns on the site such as circular and circle patterns and Three dimensional / 3D / cubes patterns (as used in the example) and blurred ring patterns for Photoshop, PSP etc and Colorful Chinese curved patterns


Youtube Video tutorial

Tutorial on the subject [Youtube]


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