How to Change Pattern Color in Photoshop

by Ryan Menezes

Most of Photoshop's default patterns use neutral shades of gray because pattern colors usually don't matter. When you apply a pattern to larger image, you combine the image's colors with the pattern's design to create the illusion of texture. You can, however, place a pattern over other layers or on a blank canvas, displaying the pattern's own color in your finished product. To change this color, you can apply a colored filter to an existing pattern.

1

Create a new blank file in Photoshop. Right-click the clone stamp icon in the toolbox, and click "Pattern Stamp Tool" to switch to the Pattern Stamp Tool.

2

Click a pattern from the drop-down box in the Options toolbar.

3

Click and drag over the canvas to cover it fully with the pattern.

4

Click "Image," "Adjustments" and "Photo Filter" to open the Photo Filter dialog box.

5

Click "Color," and click the colored square beside it to open the Select Filter Color dialog box.

6

Choose your color from the color picker. Type "100" in the Density text box, and click "OK" to apply the color to the pattern.

7

Click "Edit" and "Define Pattern" to launch the Pattern Name dialog box. Type a name for the pattern, and then click "OK" to save the pattern with the changed color.

Warning

  • close Information in this article applies to Adobe Photoshop CS6. It may vary slightly with other versions.

About the Author

Ryan Menezes is a professional writer and blogger. He has a Bachelor of Science in journalism from Boston University and has written for the American Civil Liberties Union, the marketing firm InSegment and the project management service Assembla. He is also a member of Mensa and the American Parliamentary Debate Association.

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