How to use adjustments to color Photoshop patterns tutorial

Patterns can be re-colored by many means such as adjustments (and equivalent layers) in Photoshop CC 2018 2017 2015 CS6 etc.

Adjustment layers and color Photoshop patterns

how to recolor patterns using adjustments in Photoshop
  1. Go to the layers panel and select the Photoshop pattern layer

  2. Layer menu

  3. New adjustment layer

  4. Select one from the menu such as hue / saturation or vibrance or color balance etc

  5. Give the adjustment layer a name and select blending mode and opacity etc and click OK

  6. Go to the properties panel (window / properties)

  7. Change settings via the properties


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You can use the destructive approach or non-destructive approach


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Destructive effects via image menu : fadeIf you don't mind radically and permanently changing the pattern then you can use the Photoshop adjustments in the image menu.


If you are using a fill content layer then you cannot use the image menu color settings (such as hue / saturation etc) unless you flatten the work or change it into a smart object and that is done via the layer menu and smart object and convert command.


Of course, you can always just undo the action or set a history state / snapshot via the history panel to go back to if you decide the color or change was wrong.


Or use the fade command with the application of the color layer (whether hue and saturation or color balance etc) and add into blending modes such as difference etc as well as perhaps change the opacity to 50%


Non-destructive : layersUse the layer menu and select one of the tools there such as color balance or hue / saturation.


That creates a new layer and can be changed and deleted as well as added to in many ways.


You can see the layer on the right - it is marked with a special icon. You can also


You can also filter for those types of layers by clicking the filters along the top of the layers panel (see the line starting 'kind'). The half filled circle is the filter control



Blending options for the adjustments : blending optionsYou can also use the layer menu and layer style and blending options to change how the color layer interacts with the underlying tiles layer depending on the blend if (this layer and underlying layer) such as with the image on the right and how that can change the color in radical ways as well.


You can change the blending mode to darken or difference to radically change the color or perhaps set the opacity to 50% for the hue / saturation or gradient map etc



Masks to control effect : masks to control effectsAnother great thing about using the color non-destructive layers is that it is a layer and has a layer mask.


To modify the tile, go to the properties panel and instead of the hue / saturation select the mask (at the top of the panel with the little frame icon). You can then use this mask to modify only part of the underlying tile.


You can then go to the layers panel and add or subtract from the mask to see more or less of the changes to the color of the tile by using varying shades of gray (black / white etc). You can add effects as well as gradients and brush strokes to the mask to change the resulting color in 1000s of ways.


Selections added to the tile : add tribal designYou can also add a selection to the colorful tile beforehand and then use a selection to define a particular area to be adjusted.


The quickest way is to create the content layer or the tile added to a background and then go to the rectangular marquee tool and select part of the design. You can then go to the layer menu and create a hue / saturation or color balance etc


You can also create a quick selection via a custom shape (such as the one in the example) from the tribal shapes set. Apply it as a path and then go to the path panel and create a selection via the right side menu and once you have this you can go back to the layer menu and use the hue / saturation (and colorize option) to use the shape as a great way to re-color the tiles.


Create shapes for your layer using pen tool : selectionYou can also use the pen tool as a great way of creating an interesting shape for your color layer. Firstly, select path mode for the pen tool and just add the anchor points and go to the path panel and create a selection from the right side menu and then invert and then apply the coloring layer (such as gradient map or hue / saturation or color balance) and you will see only that part of the image change and as it is a layer, you can then move the artwork around and re-size and also adjust the settings for the color as well as use different blending modes


You can use that approach to create all kinds of amazing colorful designs which can be altered in seconds if you change your mind


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