Software & Apps Design Change Color and Add Pattern in Photoshop by Sue Chastain Writer Sue Chastain is a former Lifewire writer and a graphics software authority with web design and print publishing credentials. She's also skilled in WordPress administration. our editorial process LinkedIn Sue Chastain Updated on April 25, 2020 Design Graphic Design Photoshop Animation & Video 3D Design Tweet Share Email Applying Color and Patterns to an Object with Photoshop With Photoshop, it's easy to make realistic looking color changes and add pattern to an object. The tutorial object will be a tee shirt, which multiple shirts will be made from in various colors and patterns. Instructions in this article apply to Adobe Photoshop CC 2019. To follow along, you'll need a t-shirt image and a pattern. In Photoshop, open the t-shirt image file and save it with a new name by choosing File > Save As. In the pop-up window, type in the text field the name shirt_neutral and navigate to the Color_Pattern folder, then choose Photoshop for the format and select Save. Do the same with the pattern file, only save it as pattern_argyle (or whichever pattern you select.). At the bottom of the Layers panel, select Create New Fill or Adjustment Layer, then select Hue/Saturation from the pop-up menu. This will cause the Adjustments panel to appear. Place a check in the Colorize checkbox. To make the shirt blue, type in the Hue text field 204, in the Saturation text field 25, and in the Lightness text field 0. The file now needs to be given a new name. Select File > Save As, and in the pop-up window change the name to shirt_blue and navigate to the Color_Pattern folder. then choose Photoshop for the format and select Save. It is advisable to save your original files in Photoshop's natural format, knowing that you can later save a copy of the file in JPEG, PNG, or whatever format suits the project at hand. To make more shirts in various colors, repeat the process, changing the Hue, Saturation, and Lightness again and again, and save each new shirt color with a new name in your Color_Pattern folder. Before you can apply a new pattern, you need to define it. In Photoshop, select File > Open, navigate to the pattern you've chosen in the Color_Pattern folder, then select Open. The image of a pattern will appear. Select Edit > Define Pattern. In the Pattern Name dialog box argyle (or whatever your pattern is) in the Name text field, then press OK. You don't need the file to remain open, so select File > Close. Open a file containing one of the shirt images. and select with the Quick Selection tool. If this tool isn't visible in the Tools panel, select and hold the Magic Wand Tool to see the Quick Selection tool and choose it. The Quick selection tool works like a brush to quickly select areas. Click and drag on the shirt. If you miss an area, simply continue painting to add to the existing selection. If you paint beyond the area, press and hold the Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) key to paint what you want to delete. And, you can change the size of the tool by pressing repeatedly the right or left brackets. Now it's time to apply the defined pattern to the shirt. With the shirt selected, select and hold on the Create New Fill or Adjustment Layer button at the bottom of the Layers panel, and choose Pattern. The Pattern Fill dialog box should show the new pattern. If not, select the arrow just to the right of the pattern preview and select the pattern. The Fill dialog box also allows to scale the pattern to a desirable size. You can either type a number into the Scale field, or select the arrow just to the right of it to adjust the size with a slider, then select OK. With the Pattern Fill layer selected, right-click and select Blending options, and change the blending mode in the drop-down menu to Multiply. You can also experiment with the different blending modes to see how they will affect the pattern. To save the new shirt, go to File > Save as, and type in the name shirt_argyle. Know that Photoshop has a set of default patterns that you can choose from. You can also download patterns for use. Before making this shirt, I downloaded a free set of plaid patterns. To download this plaid pattern and other free patterns, and also learn how to install them for use in Photoshop, click on the below links. To learn how to create your own custom patterns, continue on. Plaid Patterns for Photoshop by Shelby Kate SchmitzHow to Install Free Photoshop ContentExploring the Preset Manager in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements Create a Custom Pattern To create a custom pattern In Photoshop, create a small canvas that is 9 x 9 pixels, then use the Zoom tool to zoom in 3200 percent. Create a simple design using the Pencil tool. Define the design as a pattern by selecting Edit > Define Pattern. In the Pattern Name pop-up window name the pattern diagonal and select OK. The pattern is now ready for use. Apply the Custom Pattern A custom pattern is applied just like any other pattern. See step 13 to apply your custom pattern but select the one you created instead. You can keep creating multiple shirt colors and patterns to your hearts desire.