How to Change Pattern Color in Photoshop

by Ryan Menezes
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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.

Step 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.

Step 2

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

Step 3

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

Step 4

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

Step 5

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

Step 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.

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.


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


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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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