The Pattern Stamp Tool


Photoshop: Content-Aware & Cloning


Lesson Info

The Pattern Stamp Tool

Well, the last thing I want to show you is the pattern stamp tool so it lives within the clinton stamp tool tools it in what you can do is you can use it to create patterns and it's a whole lot like uh establishing a pattern and then using a brush to this paint that pattern on in your image wherever you want it to appear in the image so what we're going to do on this one is we're going to use the pattern stamp tool tio create this leaf pattern on top of this little girl who is a very sad for to be fall because that means that summer is over she's back in school I used to get so depressed come august uh I would start counting down the days and I want to go to school so the uses for this one are not going to be a cz handy as not as practical as what we've been doing all day henceforth therefore to with why I saved it until last but there's definitely some uses if your artistic yeah you'll find some uses force let's go ahead and delete the layer that I made for you so let's say that this ...

is the image onto which we're going to do are patterns stamping well first we need to create a pattern how do you do that? This is another great little tip for you this is a matter of course the original image on this leaf I'll temporarily turn the mask off by disabling it had a white background okay, so if you want to put the leaf on top of a photo like this and not have that white square, then you're going to need to mask the item first so whatever it is that you want to create a pattern out of do your masking so for this one, I likely used the quick selection tool to activate a little of the why and did that select similar trick that we did most likely and I probably use the refined edge dialog box to find too the selection before I made the mask for this particular image so all that's to say that I'm asked the image, so here we are once you've got an image that you've masked, you want to think about for this particular tool the patter santa we need to think about what size you want that pattern to be a little more so than cloning duplicate objects. So I'm gonna go ahead and leave this leaf at the size it is and to create the pattern you want to make sure that you have the image layer thumbnail active, not the mask see here's the mask active you've got that extra will bracket around it here's the thumbnail of the image active and that's what you want to define the pattern so now you're simply going to press command a control a to select all that command is also in the select menu because humor you're thinking about making a selection so all your selection commands are gathered up in this select menu so we wanted to select all and that gives you marching ants around the whole thing you cannot define a pattern that is not square you cannot define a pattern with the elliptical marquis you cannot load the selection or load the layer as a selection see how now my marching answer going around the leaf push apple not lately not let you define a pattern if you come into the edit menu you'll see the fine pattern is great out that's because patterns can only be square rectangular in nature so we're going to choose command aor control a to select all we don't have to copy it's her a clipboard all we have to do now is choose edit defined pattern and you can see a nice little preview right here what your pattern is going to look like so we see that we do have transparency and we've got our leaf she could name it something clever oak leaf and click ok now you're going to come over to your other document and you're going to create a need anti layer onto which you're going to do your pattern painting now we're going to come grab the pattern stamp tool and we're going to see if we can change the size using the clotheshorse panel I'm not sure that the pattern stand tool we'll use this but maybe it will so let's say let's come over here to our document and what we want to do is tell photoshopped what pattern we want to use with this tool so we do that in the options bar this little weird looking icon right here gives you a preview of your pattern presets well, we just added a pattern a second ago with that oak leaf so we're going to click the down pointing triangle next to that and here's that pattern that we added right here she were going to give it a click to activate it and it appears at a microscopic size in that pattern preset picker area so now we come over here to our document we're ready to start adding energy begin painting just like I feared that close source panel didn't do anything to the size so I don't think it does anything so as you paint you're just gonna be creating more and more leaves so that's what the patter sam told as it allows you to paint on a pattern now if I wanted to get leaves all in amongst each other than I would turn off the aligned button and then I could start adding leaves on the inside obviously you wouldn't cover up your focal points face but you got guys get the picture so that's really? What the patter stamps hold as you won't use it a lot but those artsy folks of you out there can definitely find some gin uses for it. Yes, jessica, is there any way tio get like this jeter type stuff with the brushes on top of that? Like yes, tell them yes, that's great, great question. So the question is, is there any way to add some of photo shops brushed tip if it it's to the patterson until I think you can so you can open the brushes panel from right here and then you've got all of your shape dynamics and all that kind of stuff going on so you can definitely affect the tip of the patter stamp tool. You could do the same thing with constanta ll you can customize for a little bit of a random effects using these presets, this is still a great excuse to bring it for the shop then this emanuel because it is part of an existing siri's the missing manual any author that writes for it is required by the siri's itself. Tio include every single menu item, every single command, every panel option, every setting that exists inside the program. So you're going to find an entire chapter on every single one of these categories and every single setting that is in those categories has at least a paragraph description on it throughout the program and just in this one panel look at all these different things. This is why when adobe adds more of these, especially the brush tip shapes because I'm not a fine artist, so I don't use this stuff is often as I'd like tio I nearly shed a tear when they add new stuff in this panel because I'm like holy sword that's something else that I need to try to figure out a practical use for how would you use it? Give you an example and define exactly what it does in non technical jargon. So has a party, but great question jessica, you can use your brush panel to change the customization of the tip of both the clone stamp toll in the pattern stamp tool. Now let me show you, since we're talking about patterns, another variation on this that I think is a little bit more useful and you certainly get a little bit more flexibility and so far as size of the pattern. Now, obviously, since we created that pattern on its own layer, we could simply bring up a summon free transformed by pressing commander control t and then using our re sizing hamels by holding the shift key we could shift drag to change the size of those leads that's because we have the wherewithal to do it on a separate layer so it gives us a little bit more anything flexibility but another way to deal with patterns I'll delete that one we can go back to the regular oakley pattern here so we've already defined that as a pattern so just make a square selection and then she's at it defined pattern and remember to mask it if you don't want it to have a repeating pattern when you start adding it to another document and then come over here to the document and then we can use a pattern phil layer which is another way to apply patterns and we do it that way you get scaling so you can determine what size you want that pattern to be but the only thing about doing it this way is it'll either add the leaf in a grid you know uniformly all the way across and rows and columns across the document or you can use photo shop cia sixes new scripted patterns feature to introduce a random situation so we'll take a look at those real quickly so to do this a straight pattern phil layer we click the half black half white typical of the bottom of the layers panel in shoes pattern and from the resulting dialog box pattern phil dialog box we can choose which patterns so you can see we still have the last pattern I picked active so that's our little oakley right here and with this scale slider we can make those leaves really honking big or we can make them really, really small, so we didn't have that ability by painting on the pattern with a pander patter stamp toll ok, so that's one option kind of fun another option is to use the new scripted while new theus six scripted patterns and unfortunately that when you can't dio on a hill layer like that, you have to create a new anti layer onto which you do your pattern feeling and then from the edit menu you could she's the philco band and from the eu's poppet many would choose pattern and then you're going to turn on scripted patterns, which is this section is the new part and see us six when it came along, so from the scripted patterns, you've got a five different options, so if we were to say random phil, when photo shop is going to use its own algorithm and it's going to randomly sprinkle those leaves across the image, you won't have any control but much like the content and where tools when you run this and then run it again, you're going to get completely different algorithms so you'll get a different effect so we'll just turn on random phil here and choose our leaf from the custom pattern will preset picker there and click ok and when we dio photo shop is going to ran them we scatter those leaves across the image so I would be more tempted if you were going to do something like this, I would be more tempted to have a go with this method rather than using the pattern stamp tool, but again with this method you have no control over where those leaves goes, so if you really want control over where the leaves go and it's ok, if they're the same size, then you can use patter santel so we'll just run through that one really quickly again because those are two extra useful features so again you define your pattern and you can define a pattern for me anything at all let's, I'll use a shape just to show you if I wanted to make a pattern out of a circle, you'll notice that on the if you take a look at photo lisa dot com and you see the front cover the new skinny book if you go to police and and click the book's icon or the link rather and you see the cover the skinny book it's got a pattern of circles. How the heck does she do that? I did it exactly like this, so I grabbed the victor shaped tool and I set it to be a certain color I think it was orange and then I drew a circle holding on the shift key will make a perfect circle and I just I set the shaped hole toe work where it created a new shape layer then all I did was grab a selection told the rectangular selection tool and I drew a box around the circle at the size I wanted it to be. So why would I draw the box larger than the circle to create spacing between the circles when I apply them his pattern? Ok, so if I want a bunch of space then I would make it really big the box really big if I don't want hardly any space and I would make it really small. Okay, so I probably did something about like that, you know, holding the ship a key to make your rectangular marquis a perfect square and then you say at it defined pattern and now we've got in orange circle so if I wanted tio all this term both of these layers off I wanted teo I can now create a document full of circles by using a pattern phil layers so quick the half black half white circle the bottom of the layers panel choose pattern and then from the pattern preset picker pick which one you want and then use your scale slider to decide how big you want those circles to be so that's what I did and then all I did was drop the opacity and I put him on a white background so it looked a little bit like this? Yes, yes there. So that's the background of the skinny books? Yes, jessica so the size jitter when you're using the brush does not affect the pattern than apparently not apparently not so back to the leaf ok, so we've already created our pattern from that then we can go back to this photograph and we can either do the pattern phil layer like it did a second ago but again that's going to give you know, random bit this is gonna be rows and columns of leaves, so we'll do we pattern as a new layer and then we'll come up here to the edit menu. Choose phil and from the eu's poppet menu choose pattern. Pick your pattern. Pick your pattern from the custom pattern pre certain president picker custom customs pattern present picker let's say that five times fast custom pattern preserve picker and they were going to turn on the random or the scripted patterns checkbox down towards the bottom. And then we're going to choose random phil from that poppet menu again, that was noon six but you're going to get a completely different result each time you use that and if I press command or control zito undo it just to show you what some of these other options to if we wanted to spiral leaves, we could choose spiral and if that layer where, if the leaves were smaller, you would see that. They indeed, indeed, are spiral pattern designers. A lot of this stuff, and you can do this. Talk kinds of interesting things with that.

Class Description

Ready to take your Photoshop skills to the next level? Join author of the best-selling Photoshop: Missing Manual book series, Lesa Snider, for a full-day immersion into Photoshop’s Content-Aware technology. Lesa will cover everything you need to know about Content-Aware technology, in which Photoshop intelligently analyzes your images for optimum results when resizing, removing, or moving objects around. You'll learn concrete and practical uses for all of these tools including Content-Aware Fill, Content-Aware Move, and Content-Aware Patch, plus you'll learn how to use alpha channels to get the absolute most out of resizing your images for specific output sizes with Content-Aware Scale. And when these tools don't do a perfect job? That's when the Clone Stamp tool comes in! By the end of this deep dive, you'll have mastered the art of using all these tools non-destructively for maximum flexibility when editing your images.

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 14.1



This is a great course. I work for a clothing company retouching and post processing photos of the models. Being able to remove wrinkles from clothing and make it look natural is critical. Lesa does a great job of teaching the various methods of repairing everything from wrinkles, to color and texture. I go back to it often when I feel I'm missing something.