How to Tile a Photo in Photoshop


Tiling an image can be a great way to add texture and color to your designs. Photoshop gives you the option to treat your image as a pattern. Once a pattern is defined, the tiling can be assigned to a larger area that is specified. Patterns can also be saved in a pattern library for later use in other projects. This tiling process is quick and efficient, making Photoshop the perfect tool to use to tile your image.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Photoshop software
  • Image to tile

Creating the Tiling Image Pattern in Photoshop

  • Select "File" on the menu bar at the top and select "Open" from the drop-down menu.

  • Navigate to the photo you want to tile and click "OK."

  • Click "Select" on the menu bar at the top and select "All" from the drop-down menu.

  • Click "Edit" on the menu bar at the top and select "Define Pattern" from the drop-down menu.

  • Give your image a name in the space provided and click "OK."

Creating the File Where the Tiled Pattern Will Be Used

  • Select "File" on the menu bar at the top and select "New" from the drop-down menu.

  • Assign dimensions for the width and height of your new image file and click "OK."

  • Copy the background layer in the layers palette by clicking on it and dragging it to the new layer icon at the bottom.

Tiling the Image

  • Right-click the layer entitled "Background copy" so it is highlighted in blue.

  • Select "Blending Options" to access the "Layer Style" pop-up window.

  • Select "Pattern Overlay" from the "Styles" box on the left so it is highlighted in blue.

  • Place a check mark in the box next to the word "Preview," which appears in the right column, so you can see your next actions.

  • Go to the center area of the pop-up window to the "Pattern" box. Click on the down arrow next to the pattern square.

  • Navigate to the last pattern added, which should be the pattern created in Step 6, and select it so it’s outlined.

  • Click outside the box of pop-up patterns to close it and reveal the window beneath it.

  • Slide the "Opacity" bar to change the pattern until you have achieved your desired results.

  • Slide the "Scale" bar to change the size of the pattern until it fits the area you want to cover.

  • Click "OK" to save your pattern settings.

Tips & Warnings

  • Save your pattern at different levels of opacity and scale to make alternate versions of the same image.
  • Organize your patterns into logical categories to make them easily accessible for later projects.
  • Always work with a duplicate version of your images in Photoshop projects to prevent accidentally making alterations to an original.

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  • Photo Credit Ciaran Griffin/Lifesize/Getty Images
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