Patterns for Photoshop (R) and PSP Manual

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Documentation for the installation and use of patterns in Photoshop (R) as well as Paint Shop Pro (R). How to install patterns PAT files as well as PNG files. Adobe and Photoshop are registered trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated. Paint Shop Pro and Corel are registered trademarks of Corel Corporation

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  • Patterns for Adobe Photoshop + ElementsIntroduction

    Thanks for the interest in the patterns designs. I hope this document will ena-ble you to find many different ways of using the patterns designs. If you haveany questions, please contact me on my site, If you havepurchased the patterns pack or collection, thank you. If you are consideringpurchasing a set or two and have any questions, please ask. There are many

  • samplers on the site. If you have been checking the patternsout and have some questions, again, please ask.

    If you find anything confusing in this documentation, please let me know and Iwill try and update it.


    Installation Of patterns (if PAT format)

    Extract the PAT files from the zip file (use an application such as PKUnzip orStuffit expander if required). Once expanded, place the PAT files in the Pho-toshop folder patterns (found in the presets folder). You might be required toenter a password to place the files in the folder (the admin password). If youplace the files in your user account, you will not need to enter the admin pass-word but you will then need to browse for the PAT file via the patterns palette.

    Installation of PSD / PNG files in Photoshop

    From set 10 onwards of the patterns, PNG files are also included along with thePAT files. The PAT format files are the same as PAT patterns. The PNG patternsare for applications such as Paint Shop Pro and Xara.

    To install the patterns, please place in a patterns folder (create one) and thenuse the file > open command and then use the define pattern command (editmenu in Photoshop) This adds the pattern to the pattern library.

    You can also set up a simple action and process the PSD / PNG files. Capture adefine pattern command for an open pattern and close action. Run this for allthe patterns and the patterns will be added to the current patterns palette.

  • Please note, if you add all the patterns to the patterns, the PAT library mayend up very large and this may make the opening of Photoshop very very slow.Please be warned about adding a large number of large files to the patternspalette.

    Once defined, the pattern can be accessed via the usual patterns library. Iwould suggest adding them to themed patterns libraries instead of addingthem all to a single library.

    Installation of PSD / PNG files in PhotoshopElements

    If included, the PSD / PNG patterns can be added to Elements in a similar wayto Photoshop. Use the file > open command and then edit menu and definepattern. Sadly, there is no action / process for each file command in PSE

    Installation of PSD / PNG files in Paint ShopPro

  • If included, place the PSD / PNG files in the patterns folder of Paint Shop Pro.You can use the preference file locations to find the location of the patternsfolder (generally in presets patterns of Paint Shop Pro but this varies). You canalso redefine the pattern folder via the materials palette. The patterns can thenbe accessed via the materials palette. Use as fills etc

    The patterns can also be used in many other applications

    Install of EPS patterns / designs (if included -not in all sets)

    Some of the sets include AI as well as EPS designs or patterns. To access, sim-ply use the place command found in the Photoshop file menu or use the file >open command. You can also use the edit > define pattern command on theEPS designs to import them as patterns

    Patterns install folder

    The location of the presets on the PC is generally

    PCc:\program files\adobe\adobe photoshop CS4\presets\patternsc:\program files\adobe\adobe photoshop CS3\presets\patternsc:\program files\adobe\adobe photoshop CS2\presets\patternsc:\program files\adobe\photoshop CS\presets\patterns

    on the Mac HD:

    Applications: Adobe Photoshop CS4:presets:patternsApplications: Adobe Photoshop CS3:presets:patternsApplications: Adobe Photoshop CS2:presets:patternsApplications:Adobe Photoshop CS:presets:patterns

    (or 6 or 7 or elements 1 2 3 4 5 6 equivalent)

    The patterns can be placed in any folder if you wish. You will need to accessthem via the open command or the load / replace command (PS)

    As mentioned, you may have to enter your admin password to store the itemsin the presets folder, depends on the type of user. If you are installing themusing an admin account this is not an issue

    Serial number

    Please store the serial reference number for reference and future updates orreplacement CDs

  • Royalty-free

    The patterns are royalty-free.

    They are non-exclusive.

    Please feel free to use them in many different projects, commercial or hobby.Please check the license for the usage and / or the examples (online) file

    The copyright of the original patterns still remains with Andrew Buckle / AbneilSoftware Ltd

    Patterns in Photoshop palette / load / re-place

    1) Select fill or pattern stamp tool or layer effects->pattern overlay or brushespalette / texture

    2) Go to the patterns palette dropdown

    3) Click the menu dropdown on the right of the patterns palette and select apattern file from the pattern dropdown or use the load / replace command

    With the latest versions, the PAT files can also be loaded via the open file com-mand as a normal file though the items are added to the current palette

  • Demo use / patterns

    If you are using this set as a demo / sampler and would like to purchase thepatterns, please check out the patterns page for more details of all the pat-terns included in the full collection. The pattern sampler is as, it might or mightnot be the same resolution or an exact sample of the items in the collection.The pattern sampler is useful for also determining whether or not the patternswill work on your system or version of PS. The sampler patterns can also beused in commercial work if you wish.

    Patterns use / other documentation

    For how to use patterns, please consult the Photoshop manual or any guideson the subject such as the excellent Scott Kelby books as well as the stunningwow! books. Magazines such as Computer Arts, EFX (sadly this magazine doesnot appear to be available any more, certainly not in the UK) and Digit arewonderful sources for information about the use of the patterns, supplying tu-torials and examples. I would also suggest checking out sites such as Pho-toshop TV for information on how to use the patterns. Also another useful siteis the Photoshop Elements User site and that is packed with tutorials etc, pat-terns are probably included.

    EPS patterns (if included)

    The EPS files in the EPS patterns folder (if included, not all sets have this) canbe imported into Photoshop in a number of ways, via the clipboard and Illus-trator or just open the EPS files and setting the rasterization.

    On opening in Photoshop, you will be offered a setting for the rasterization,you can use this, or you can decide you want a 4000 x 4000 600 dpi import, ora 10 x 10 72 dpi import. The EPS files are resolution free.

  • I have added a crop mark to all the EPS files, you might like to edit that. If youremove the crop mark, an edge will appear around the imported pattern in PS.Using Illustrator (or similar) modify the crop marks to change the pattern. Aslong as you align center the crop marks and the object, the pattern will be pre-served. Different sizes of rectangular crop marks will result in different pat-terns. Use the object menu->crop marks release command to release the cropmarks and re-sized, delete, as required.

    The pattern can then, if so desired, be added to the Photoshop patterns files.

    Please place the EPS pattern files in preset patterns [ PostScript Patterns ] subfolder along with the supplied AI files, though another folder can be used, andthis will depend on the application. The files can be imported into many appli-cations such as Paint Shop Pro (especially useful for the browser)

    The EPS files can also be imported into other applications


    Use the pattern and any transparency associated with the pattern to create aselection, delete the pattern and use the selection to fill with a gradient or ef-fect etc

    Export to other applications

    The patterns can also be exported for use in other applications or perhaps asdisplacement maps for use in Photoshop native tools such as the "displace"filter and glass filter / factory or use in 3rd party plug-ins such as KPT Sphe-roid Designer or even exporting to 3D applications and using the patterns as atexture. The patterns can also be exported to applications such as Paint ShopPro and used as a bitmap pattern in the patterns folder of PSP (via the ma-terials palette)

  • The patterns should be easy to export, simply create a file the size of the pat-tern. The size of the pattern is generally indicated in the pattern tile so if itsays 500 x 500 then create a file 500 x 500.

    All the designs are 300 DPI

    TIFF is probably the best format to use as you should be able to open this inmany other applications. PNG is useful but is not compatible with many appli-cations (for some reason)

    Pattern to pattern

    Patterns can be used to create new patterns, simply create a file (you will haveto determine the correct size for a pattern, though recent versions indicate thesize in the palette thumbnail) and then fill the file with the pattern. If you getappropriately the pattern fill, you might like to use the ImageReady Tilemakerplug-in to create a seamless tile from that approximate pattern. You can alsomanipulate the pattern and as long as you avoid ruining the edges of the tile,the tile will still remain seamless

    Pattern thumbnails

    There is a thumbnails gallery folder with all the palette shots of the patte