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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.


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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.