Creating and Using Custom Patterns
The Adobe Photoshop Pattern Stamp tool allows you to paint on an image using pre-defined patterns.
You can use the patterns that are already in the Photoshop pattern libraries or you can create your own patterns for use with the pattern stamp tool.
In this tutorial we will define three wood grain patterns and I will show you how to use those patterns to create unique images.
Clicking on the pattern selection drop down menu allows you to choose the pattern that you want to use in your image. The three new patterns that we just created are shown at the bottom of the palette. Clicking the arrow in the palette allows you to save the patterns that you create. You can also load different pattern libraries and reset the pattern palette to the default patterns. You can also create and save your own pattern libraries. By choosing Save Pattern from menu will allow you to save the pattern library with a name that you choose. The file is saved in the Photoshop/Presets/Patterns directory.
Now let's put your new patterns to some good use. In this example we will use one of the patterns to create a wood texture on text. Open a new document and type some text. Be sure to use a fat font so the wood grain has more area to cover. There are many sites on the internet to download free fonts. Searching these sites should allow you to find the perfect font for you. I used the Arial Black font that is already found on most systems. After creating your text, select the text by holding down the Ctrl key and clicking on the text layer in the layers palette. This will draw a selection around the text so that the pattern stamp tool doesn't paint outside of the text. You can not paint on the text layer unless it has been rasterized. Once rasterized the text is no longer editable. Click the create new layer button in the layers palette. Now select the pattern stamp tool and choose the pattern that you wish to use. Then clicking inside the selection will paint the chosen pattern in the shape of the text. In my example I painted the pattern and the used the layer options to add a one pixel black stroke around the text.