There are a lot of different ways to create interesting effects in Photoshop CS5 for Windows, but many of them will require you to have some artistic ability if you want them to look good. Fortunately, for those of us who are not very artistic, it is also possible to create cool designs and effects by using patterns. A pattern is a small design that can be repeated over and over within a selected space to create an appealing design. But the method for adding a pattern to Photoshop CS5 is not immediately obvious, even after you have already acquired the necessary file. But you can learn how to add a pattern to Photoshop CS5 so that you can begin using the pattern immediately.
Using a Downloaded Pattern in Photoshop CS5
This tutorial is going to assume that you have already downloaded or otherwise acquired the pattern file that you want to add to Photoshop. Patterns are a great way to add an interesting look to a background or selection, because they are designed specifically for that purpose. Where you might otherwise only been able to use a solid color or gradient, you can now add a much more professional looking option.
Step 1: Begin by locating the downloaded pattern file. Most of them are distributed as zip files, so we are going to assume that is what you have.
Step 2: Right-click the zip file, then click Extract All.
Step 3: Choose where you want the unzipped files to be located, then click the Extract button at the bottom of the window.
Step 4: Open an image in Photoshop, or launch Adobe Photoshop CS5 and create a new image.
Step 5: Click Edit at the top of the window, then click Fill.
Step 6: Click the drop-down menu to the right of Use, then click Pattern.
Step 7: Click the drop-down arrow to the right of Custom Pattern, click the right arrow, then click Load Patterns.
Step 8: Browse to the folder you extracted earlier, open it, then double-click the pattern file located inside of it.
The pattern will then be added to the list on the Custom Patterns drop-down menu, allowing you to use it within Photoshop.
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