How to Create Custom Patterns in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to create your own custom Photoshop pattern that you can re-use in any Photoshop canvases.

Custom pattern in Adobe Photoshop

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1. Create a pattern image

Fire up a new canvas. It should be small (in terms of height x width). Image you are creating here will duplicate itself to form your pattern in the later stage. For this example, I’ll be using 8×8 pixel canvas, zoomed them up and create a small pattern like this.

new canvas

Pattern at 100% view

pattern at 100% view

Pattern at 1600% view

pattern at 1600% view
2. Define as pattern

Let’s define it as pattern so it can be used at anytime. Select Edit > Define Pattern.

define pattern

Rename it to something you can remember (especially useful when you have a lot of custom patterns in future). I’ll call it Stripe5x because it will give me a stripe effect and 5px is how thick each stripes are. Click OK and you’ve just have your custom pattern defined.

rename pattern
3. Using custom pattern

Create a new canvas to try out the custom pattern. With your new canvas selected, Select Edit > Fill.

fill image

In the Fill dialog box, select Pattern from the dropdown, find the pattern you’ve just created in Custom Pattern and click OK.

select pattern

The canvas will now be filled with pattern you’ve just created. Tweak the colors and it should look fine.

final output

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Misc: Alternative way to call custom pattern

Another way to call up the custom pattern. (Right Click) layer name > Blending Options

pattern loader

Check Pattern Overlay, select your pattern

pattern loader
Misc – Delete custom pattern

Anywhere in the pattern selection box, (Right Click), choose Delete.