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How To Use a Pattern Fill in Photoshop 4 and 5.x


You can define any image or selection as a pattern that can be used as a fill in Photoshop. These instructions apply to Photoshop versions 4 through 5.5.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 2 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Open the image you'd like to use as a fill.
  2. If you want to use the entire image as your fill, go to Select > Select All. Otherwise, use the rectangle marquee tool to make a selection.
  3. Go to Edit > Define Pattern.
  4. Go to another image or create a new image.
  5. Select the layer you want to fill or make a selection.
  6. Go to Edit > Fill.
  7. In the Fill dialog, set the contents to use "Pattern" and click OK.


  1. Only rectangular selections can be defined as a pattern.
  2. Check the box to Preserve Transparency in the Fill dialog if you only want to fill the non-transparent portions of a layer.

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