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How To Create a Seamless Pattern Background in Photoshop

Have you ever wanted to create a background image using a cool pattern you found online? This can be done by creating a seamless pattern background in Photoshop. It’s easy to do and your finished image will make a great backdrop for your ProShow slideshows.

The basic steps in Adobe® Photoshop (and Photoshop Elements) are:

  1. Select an image to use as your background pattern. (Seamless / tileable images work best). You can find a ton of free options on the Patterrific site.
  2. Open the image in Photoshop.
  3. Under the Edit menu > select ‘Define Pattern’.
  4. Give the pattern a name and click OK. This will add it to your Pattern palette.
  5. Now, you’re ready to apply the pattern whenever you’d like.
  6. Create a new blank document and set the size to 1920 x 1080 pixels. This is the ideal size for a high res slideshow background.
  7. To fill your canvas with a pattern, select in the Layer menu > New Fill Layer > Pattern. Once you give the layer a name, click OK and select the pattern options (you should see options to select the pattern image and scale).

  8. Hint: An even faster way to do this is to go to the Layers palette and at the bottom, click on the half-filled circle icon for (Adjustment / Fill Layers). Select Pattern and choose your options like before.

Voila! You’ll have a beautiful patterned background to use in any of your ProShow slideshows.





Amanda works in Photodex's marketing department and heads up the company's pr and events efforts. She loves photography, living in Austin and making slideshows.