► Note 103

If your image size is 128x128 pixels—and your pattern size is the same—-you'll only see one instance of the pattern in the window and won't get to see how it looks tiled. To properly preview your pattern in Pattern Maker, make sure the file you're working with is larger than the pattern you're creating.

With the Marquee tool, you can change the selected area on which the pattern is based

Check to see Increase the Increase the detail to attempt the edges of the smoothness to lower to keep aspects of the pattern pattern's tiles in the the contrast between "whole" and not broken into preview window the pattern's edges as many little pieces

With the Marquee tool, you can change the selected area on which the pattern is based

Click this button to save the pattern for future use

Click this button to Use this menu to toggle delete the current between the generated pattern from the pattern and the

Tile History original image

Click this button to save the pattern for future use

Click this button to Use this menu to toggle delete the current between the generated pattern from the pattern and the

Tile History original image

Figure 8-15 The Pattern Maker command makes it easy to create abstract tiles from virtually any image.

You can change the settings and have Photoshop generate a new pattern as many times as you'd like. Luckily, Photoshop saves each pattern in the Tile History section of the screen so you can return to previous patterns later if you decide those first ones were really the best of the bunch.

When you're satisfied with the pattern(s) created, you have two options:

• Make sure the pattern you like best is currently visible and click OK. This causes Photoshop to fill the current layer with the pattern you selected.

• Make sure the pattern you like best is currently visible in the Tile History section of the window, and click the small disk icon below the preview to save the pattern as a preset. This allows you to use it later to paint or fill areas of your image, as discussed in the next tip, "Paint with Patterns." Then, if you want Photoshop to also fill the current layer with the selected pattern, click OK. Otherwise, click Cancel to return to the normal view without filling the image with the pattern.

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