How to use adjustments to color Photoshop patterns tutorial

Patterns can be re-colored by many means such as adjustment layers and adjustments in Photoshop CC 2018 2017 2015 CS6 etc. You can use adjustments on the patterns (destructive) or adjustment layers (non destructive). Patterns can be imported or used via fill content 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


The adjustment layer is live and can be altered by going to the layers panel and double clicking the little adjustment icon, it can also be deleted as it is a normal layer.


adjustment layers and propertiesYou can also modify the mask of the layer to perhaps set one side of the pattern to the original color and one side to the new color in Photoshop

Destructive adjustments for the pattern

fade adjustment to pattern and difference

If 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 pattern layer then you cannot use the image menu adjustments unless you flattern the work or change it into a smart object

Select pattern layer

  1. Image menu

  2. Adjustments (if not allowed, you will have rasterize the pattern layer contents via layer menu and rasterize layer)

  3. Select one of the adjustments

  4. Change settings as required


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 adjustment and add into blending modes such as difference etc into the image.

Blending options for the adjustment layer

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You can also use the layer menu and layer style and blending options to change how the adjustment layer interacts with the underlying pattern 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


  1. Select adjustment layer in layer panel

  2. Layer menu

  3. Layer style

  4. Blending options


Masks and adjustment layers and patterns

patterns and masks and adjustments in Photoshop color effects

Another great thing about using the adjustment layers to modify the patterns is that you can click the properties panel and instead of the hue / saturation you can select the mask (at the top of the panel with the little frame icon) and then you can modify only a part of the underlying pattern and 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 pattern by using varying shades of gray (black / white etc)

Selections and adjustment layers and patterns

adjustments layers and selections and photoshop patterns color

You can also add a selection to the Photoshop pattern beforehand and then use a selection to define a particular area to be adjusted and that adjustment layer can be a lot less than the original pattern size (perhaps circles or dots or a square etc) and the adjustment can then be selected and shifted as as re-sized or rotated etc as well as duplicated and then used to create interesting color shifts on top of the Photoshop pattern.


You can also use the pen tool as a great way of creating an interesting shape for your adjustment layer, select path mode with 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 adjustment layer 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

Patterns for use with adjustments

1. Truchet patterns in Photoshop, psp etc

Youtube video tutorials


How to use adjustment layers and patterns in Photoshop (youtube video)


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