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How to install patterns in Photoshop
A pattern is a style you can apply to content. It’s usually a small image that can be tiled seamlessly to create a pattern. Once you’ve downloaded a pattern, you will find it on your hard drive in your specified download folder. What’s next?
If your new pattern file is zipped, you have to unzip it first. You then have a .pat file that looks something like this. Now, you have to install it in Photoshop in order to use it on your artwork.
- Navigate to your Photoshop/Presets/Patterns folder and copy the .pat file to that folder.
- In Photoshop,
- Click on the dropdown bar in the small pattern preview box, click on the arrow to the upper right, and select ‘Load Pattern’
- Find the .pat file you just copied to the Patterns folder in step 1, and hit ‘open’.
- Select ‘Add’ from the popup box to add your new patterns to the existing ones in your palette.
That’s it! Your new pattern is now loaded and ready to use. You may have to scroll down in the pattern list to find your new brushes, as they have been added to the existing ones. The next time you open Photoshop, the new patterns will be in the pattern library already.
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