Pattern, style, brush

Often you have to search and download from the Internet something interesting and unusual from the source code – patterns, styles … And there are so many of them.
Sometimes you need something specific, look for the right thing for a long time and not the fact that you will find it at all.
But knowing the way to create patterns, styles and gradients, everything becomes much easier. And this is actually done very simply.

I will give a simple example.
Suppose there is a background image of colored glass and I want to make a style of it so that it is always at hand. (Lesson done in CS2, Russian version).
Open in Photoshop our wallpaper, tool Rectangle selectionPattern, style, brush with the specified proportions of 1: 1, select the square (or by pressing the Shift key, the square is automatically selected). Go to Menu / Edit / Define a pattern.

Pattern, style, brush

Pattern, style, brush

In the window that appears, enter the name of the pattern – let’s say “Colored glass” – and now it is saved in the gallery of patterns.
Note – by and large, you can not make a selection, and save the entire image in a pattern. If the pattern is symmetrical, then you can select a fragment and then when you overlay the pattern on the image, the edges of the pattern will “stick together” and you will get a symmetrical seamless canvas. If the pattern is without symmetry, then the edge will be visible during the fill.
Now, by going to “Library Management” (Menu / Edit / Managing Libraries) and selecting the “Patterns” tab, we will see our pattern. We can also save it to any folder by clicking on the “Save” button. As a rule, in Photoshop all saved patterns (patterns) are stored in the folder C: \ Program Files \ Adobe\ Adobe Photoshop CS2 \ Presets \ Patterns (taking into account the path to the folder where you installed Photoshop).

Pattern, style, brush

For the same technique is created style.
Suppose we apply this pattern to the text.
Create a new document with a white fill 300×300 pixels. Choose Tool Text and write the letter S – you can choose any font, just like the size, but in this case Jill Sans Ultra Bold is used and the size is 200 (a rather large font is enough for clarity of filling the style).

Pattern, style, brush

Right-click on the text layer and select the overlay settings (or double-click the text layer with the mouse, just not on the layer name, otherwise the function renames the layer and not on the layer miniature — the text in the image will be highlighted).

Pattern, style, brush

Select the tab – the overlap of the pattern and from the palette of patterns, choose our saved pattern (you can bind to the origin to distribute the pattern over the image).

Pattern, style, brush

Working with other tabs (shadow, glow, embossing, etc.) create the style that we like (you can experiment with the settings) – in general, a completely creative process.
Suppose we can get this (not much wiser, just for example):

Pattern, style, brush

Now save the style – being in the layer style settings, click on the “New Style”:

Pattern, style, brush

We set the name of the style and now in “Library Management”, in the “Styles” tab there will be our style, which we can apply in any situation necessary for us. For example, fill the shape with our style (select the Shape tool, choose the shape you need from the shape library and our style from the shape library):

Pattern, style, brush

Pattern, style, brush

And we will use another opportunity – creating our own brushes – we can save the letter S as a brush: go to Menu / Edit / Define a brush, set a name, and now we have our letter in the brush library.

Pattern, style, brush

But one thing is that gradients and styles cannot be applied to the brush, they are applied to the entire image on which the brush is applied. You can only change the settings of the brush.

And finally – the gradient. You can take any existing gradient and edit it to your liking.
Take the Gradient tool, choose the one that you would like to edit (in principle, editing can completely change the original version, everything depends on your desire), double-click the mouse on the gradient thumbnail window to call the editor and then do with it that want to.

Pattern, style, brush

Pattern, style, brush

Well, now you can experiment with your own styles, patterns and gradients and create your own libraries.
Good luck!

Author: sns.

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