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A quick guide to creating patterns using Photoshop brushes in CC 2017 2015 etc. A guide to using Photoshop brushes as a Photoshop patterns in CC CS6 CS5 CS4 etc and elements. You can use any brushes as a great source for instant Photoshop patterns and seamless tiles.
You can take any source brushes presets and define them as a new pattern via the edit menu.
You can add effects to the Photoshop brushes and use that as a new source pattern. You can use the offset filter to create interesting patterns and seamless tiles from Photoshop brushes. You can use the brushes to create amazing colorful patterns as well as black and white pattern designs. This tutorial shows you how to create amazing pattern designs using Photoshop brushes
The key commands in all of this is
There is a quick shortcut to creating a pattern if you are using our brush sets. The brush sets often contain PNG images that can be used in many other applications such as PSP, Photo-Paint and GIMP. If the set does not contain the PNG images then you can always quickly create a new PNG by using the strokes in the ABR and creating a dab for export to a PNG image.
The PNG images can be converted also to other formats so if you want JPG or TIFF then use a conversion tool such as irfanview (free tool) or PSP (trial can be found via the corel.com website) or a free application such as the excellent Krita which can be found on the krita.org website
To use them as a pattern
Open the brush file in Photoshop
The source brush can be manipulated before you start creating the pattern. Open the PNG file or apply the brush to an open document and then use effects such as blurs or perhaps tools such as the blur tool to manipulate the design (in this case, an arrow but it could be a car or train or skyscraper or some other image) and then re-define that as a brush via the edit menu brush command. This can be done whether the source is a PNG file or an actual brush stroke.
Use the brushes to create pattern tiles or distortions in Adobe ® Photoshop®
Select brush tool
Select color via toolbox / foreground color or perhaps via the swatches panel.
Apply dabs as required (avoiding the edges of the image)
Filter menu and Other menu and offset (set to 1/2 height and 1/2 width) to shift design for tile
Apply more dabs (again avoiding the edges of the image)
edit menu and define pattern command
You can also use blending modes and opacity to create many variant tile designs. You can also create variant strokes by adding effects to the strokes and then re-defining the stroke and adding those to the image. In that way, you can add perhaps rough / distressed / blurred variants. You don't have to use the same stroke to define the artwork either, you can change the stroke by selecting different presets in the panel.
You may also wish to just create the brush dabs on a layer and then delete the background layer and then define the pattern. The one on the right was created by using a layer made of a blue arrow brush added to a black filled layer and that was then duplicated and used to fill a space which was then defined as a pattern from those brushes. You can then manipulate the layers and positions and the color of the layers of the brush strokes to create an infinite number of patterns from the same basic set of layers.
Smart objects are a useful way to create a near infinite number of pattern variants from the same brush
Open a brush file or create a new document and add a brush stroke to a new layer (layer menu)
Go to the layer menu
convert to smart object
apply a smart filter via the filter menu such as blur (avoid applying the effect beyond the seams of the document)
apply a layer effect such as bevel etc
go to the layers panel
click on the effect or effects associated with the brush stroke
modify the setting of the blur etc effect
double click on the smart object thumbnail
edit the original brush design such as adding an additional brush stroke or changing the color etc
exit the edit mode by closing the PSB file
and so on. You have then 100s of new patterns to use in your projects and these can be saved to a new patterns file PAT via the patterns panel and the right side menu save command
You can also quickly create all kinds of amazing unique patterns using Photoshop brushes when you combine the work with effects. In this case, there is no need for smart objects and smart filters
Apply a selection of brush strokes in black (or any color) to a layer or the background in Photoshop
Go to the filters and other and offset and set the values to -500 and 500 and wrap (if the document is a 1000 x 1000 etc, basically half)
Continue to add brush strokes to the new design with the offset
Now go to a new document (create one)
Add the same brush stroke
Apply an effect to the brush stroke such as blur or analog efex pro effect etc but make sure the effect does not extend to the edge of the image
edit menu and define brush
Go back to the previous document and continue adding brush strokes with the new effect brush
repeat effects etc to create new brushes and add to the document as well as use offsets
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Updated: August 2017