Photoshop CC 14.2 update – Deco Patterns

The release of Photoshop CC 14.2 adds and refines features to the Scripted Deco Patterns feature.

You are now able to control the parameters of the following scripted patterns user interface controls.

  • Brick Fill
  • Cross Fill
  • Random Fill
  • Spiral
  • Symetry Fill


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Make sure that Pattern is selected in the “Use” combo box and the Scripted patterns check box is selected. In the screen shot below “Brick Fill” has been selected.

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  • Pattern Scale = Size of each pattern object
  • Spacing = padding between each pattern object
  • Offset between rows = number of pixels for each row to shift
  • Colour randomness = Randomness of colour
  • Brightness randomness = Randomness of brightness
  • Pattern rotate angle = rotation angle of each object

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The final output

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The other patterns have a similar configurable panel with different options and are worth trying.

  • Cross Fill
  • Random Fill
  • Spiral
  • Symetry Fill

There are three additional scripted patterns in this release of Photoshop CC.

  • Place along a path
  • Picture Frame
  • Tree

 Place along a path

The idea of this scripted pattern is to place something along a drawn path. Firstly let us create a new pattern (a pair of scissors) on a transparent background.

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Then let us change the colour of the scissors using a gradient.

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We can create the new pattern using Menu Item / Edit / Define Pattern.

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We can then use the Pen tool to create a path (notice that Path is selected next to the Pen tool options), then choose Menu Item / Edit / Fill.

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The choose/select the pattern that is to be used, from the custom patterns list.

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The dialog that is displayed will show a view of how the final result will look, you also have attributes that can be changed on the right hand side. These will update the results view, once the slider or option has been changed.

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The result from the above configuration is shown below.  You can also Fill within the Path as well.


Picture Frame

The picture frame scripted pattern will draw the configured item within the canvas, or within a marquee. To create the picture frame using the marquee. 

You can create a marquee using the Marquee tool, then use the Edit / Fill command to create the picture frame within the constraints of the marque.


Choose “Picture Frame” in the Fill dialog.


The default frame will be shown.


There are many different configurations for the Picture Frame, so a bit of experimentation is needed. The main frame can be customised with the Yellow marked options. The Red marked options are for decorations around the frame (if needed).


Once the Picture frame is configured, the results are returned inside the marquee.


You can also use the whole canvas as a constraint for the picture frame, instead of the marquee.


To create a tree from the scripted patterns, create a new canvas, then choose Menu Item / Edit / Fill.


Then choose Tree from the scripted patterns.


The tree dialog is then displayed with the last configured tree. There are many options to choose from in this dialog, and experimentation is the key to a beautiful tree.


After a small amount of configuration, here is a quick new type of tree.


The final tree is placed on the canvas. If a marquee had been drawn (the same as in the Picture Frame), the tree would be placed within the marquee.


You are also able to place the tree on a path. Draw a path using the pen tool (note the options marked Red). Then choose Menu Item / Edit / Fill.


The result will be a tree using the path as a guide for the trunk.


You can also place the treat within the path as well. Once the path has been drawn, you can right click on it and choose “Fill Path”,  select “Tree” on the Fill path dialog.


The result will be the tree within the path.



2 Responses to Photoshop CC 14.2 update – Deco Patterns

  1. lidija hauck says:

    Picture Frame and Tree is Gray out ? Help