How to Make a Simple Straight Repeat Pattern using Photoshop Elements

Repeat pattern designs are the most common way to create designs, and straight repeat patterns are one of the easiest to make. Although you can make these types of designs using complicated programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, you can also easily make repeat pattern designs using Photoshop Elements.

Note: This tutorial is demonstrated using Photoshop Elements 14.

1. Download the image

Use this sample image to follow along with the tutorial. Right click and save to your desktop.

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2. Open the image in Photoshop Elements

Open the sample image in Photoshop Elements.

How to Make a Simple Straight Repeat Pattern using Photoshop Elements

3. Define a pattern

In Photoshop Elements you can create a pattern and save it to the library. In this way you can use the pattern to fill large areas quickly and easily. You can find more about saving patterns and preset libraries here.

From the main menu:
Edit > Define Pattern

How to Make a Simple Straight Repeat Pattern using Photoshop Elements

The pattern dialog box will open. Give the pattern a name and click OK.

How to Make a Simple Straight Repeat Pattern using Photoshop Elements

4. Make a new file and fill it with the pattern

From the main menu:
File > New > Blank File
Make the size 2000px wide by 2000px high by 72 ppi resolution. Give the file a name and click ok.

How to Make a Simple Straight Repeat Pattern using Photoshop Elements

Position the new blank file alongside the flower image.

How to Make a Simple Straight Repeat Pattern using Photoshop Elements

From the main menu:
Select the “Paint Bucket Tool”
Select “Pattern Fill” in the Tool Options
Scroll down and select the pattern you just made which you can see has been added to the bottom of the default set of patterns

How to Make a Simple Straight Repeat Pattern using Photoshop Elements

Click inside the new empty file and you will see that it fills with the pattern you just made.

How to Make a Simple Straight Repeat Pattern using Photoshop Elements

Get Creative

You can use these basic instructions to make all sorts of straight repeat patterns using different types of images. By adding a background layer and using the brushes and the cookie cutter designs that are included with Photoshop Elements, you can create endless patterns and designs using this method.

How to Make a Simple Straight Repeat Pattern using Photoshop Elements

How to Make a Simple Straight Repeat Pattern using Photoshop Elements

How to Make a Simple Straight Repeat Pattern using Photoshop Elements

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