Using swatches, patterns and tiles in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator
These tools make it easy to add textures and patterns to graphics
By Mike Jackson
Posted on Tuesday, April 30th, 2019
Do you ever wish to add a texture or pattern to letters or graphics? Maybe you’ve never really needed them, but with a little time experimenting with patterns, textures and tiles, you’ll likely add them often. This is especially true if you’ve moved into the digital printing world.
Photoshop loads initially with a few default textures and patterns. However, there are a lot more that come with the program and additional patterns can be downloaded or purchased. Photoshop Patterns are usually described as either “seamless tiles” or simply “textures”. If the textures are not “seamless tiles”, you’ll see some sort of noticeable seam. Illustrator offers a similar feature, but instead loads textures and patterns as “swatches”. Swatches can be either a solid color or seamless tiles of textures or patterns.
Adding a pattern in Photoshop: Basic method
The easiest method for adding a pattern in Photoshop is to make a selection, then use the pull-down menu Edit>Fill>Pattern and choose any of the installed patterns currently in the Contents pull down. Most will be either black and white or black and transparent, but some patterns are colorized. After picking a pattern, simply click the Okay button.