Tinted patterns

Fall in Love with These Photoshop Designs: Tinting patterns

Jennifer Foy has over 12 years of experience using Adobe Photoshop. She has received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communications from the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida. Her years of teaching experience include numerous software and design classes in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, QuarkXPress, Freehand and InDesign for Colleges in Atlanta, Georgia; and Louisville, Kentucky. Jennifer is currently working as the Creative Director and Universal Woods with the Unisub and Chromaluxe brands. Jennifer can be reached by email at jenniferf@unisub.com

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Add a splash of color to patterns in Photoshop in just a few easy steps. First, open a colored “paper” with a solid (or gradient) color on it. For example, use purple and pink hues for the paper background. Open another file with a pattern you would like to colorize. Convert the pattern to black and white, Image > Adjustments > Convert to Grayscale. You may want to increase the contrast a bit. Then pull the pattern image over to the paper image file.

In your Layers menu, check the layer order. The pattern layer should be on top of the paper layer. In the Layers palette, change the blending mode of the pattern to Soft Light. Depending on your pattern and the paper, you may also want to lower the opacity of the pattern.

—Jennifer Foy, Unisub