Figure 5.30

Applying patterns with different tools: top left, a Paint Bucket pattern; right, the Pattern Stamp tool; bottom left, a Pattern Fill layer

The simplest way to apply a pattern is to fill a selection using the Paint Bucket tool:

1. Select the Rectangular Marquee tool (press M) and drag out a small selection.

2. Select the Paint Bucket tool (press G) and select Pattern from the Fill drop-down.

3. Open the Pattern Picker and double-click BlueCarpet.

4. Click inside your selection to fill it with the pattern. Press Ctrl+D to deselect.

You have more control applying patterns with the Pattern Stamp tool because you can paint in the pattern:

1. Press Shift+S to select the Pattern Stamp tool. (It is under the Clone Stamp tool in the toolbox.)

2. On the Options bar, select a 100 px soft brush, choose the CeramicTile pattern, and check Aligned.

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3. Paint the pattern into the blank document. The edges of the pattern can be as soft as you like because you are using a brush.

You can also apply patterns using a fill layer. This gives you the advantage of being able to change the scale of the pattern, and you can revisit the fill layer later and even change the pattern itself:

1. Select the Lasso (press L) and draw a curvy selection, which will become the fill layer's mask.

2. Apply a Pattern Fill layer; click the Create New Fill Or Adjustment Layer button at the bottom of the Layers palette and choose Pattern from the menu to open the Layer Style dialog box.

3. Select the CeramicTile pattern in the Pattern Fill dialog box. Change the Scale slider to 30% and click OK.

4. In the Layers palette, double-click the Pattern Fill 1 layer's thumbnail. In the Pattern Fill dialog box, select the Mahogany pattern and change the Scale slider to 200%.

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