Applying Patterns

You can apply patterns in many ways, and now that you know about the possibilities, you can choose the right tool for the job. The Paint Bucket tool is good for completely filling a pattern into a selection. The Pattern Stamp tool is helpful when you don't want the pattern to completely fill an area, but prefer soft edges or incomplete coverage. The Pattern Fill layer offers more control with pattern selection and scale controls that retain editability.

Let's try out these three methods (see Figure 5.30). To experiment, use a new blank document with a white background.

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