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This next feature is a total lark. It's called Scripted Patterns and it allows you to apply patterns in different ways inside Photoshop. Just by way of demonstration here, I have got my background selected. I'm going to go up to the Edit menu and choose the Fill command. And then I'll switch the Use option here to Pattern. And I will go ahead and click on this little down-pointing arrowhead, click on the little gear to bring up a list of pattern libraries and choose Patterns from the list. And then I will go ahead and click OK to replace the default patterns.
Now I'm going to select this guy, Metallic Snakeskin, and then I'll go ahead and click OK. And that's how patterns normally look. That is, they repeat in squares. So this guy right there, if you can see my selection outline, is repeated next door, is repeated down below, and so forth. So a very regular repetition of the pattern. Let's compare that to the five varieties of scripted patterns that ship along with Photoshop CS6. I will go ahead and click on that bricks layer that I've created in advance and then I'll go back up to the Edit menu and choose the Fill command again.
And this time, I'll turn on the Scripted Patterns checkbox. The top script is selected by default, which is Brick Fill. And now I will click Ok, and that not only stair steps of patterns just as if they were bricks, but it also applies this colorization thing. And as you might imagine you're going to get different results out of colored patterns as well. All right, now I'm going to click on the weave layer to make it active and I will press the keyboard shortcut for that Fill command, which is Shift+Backspace here on the PC or Shift+Delete on a Mac, and I'll change the script this time to Cross Weave and I will click OK.
And we end up getting this effect here. Now, the patterns are repeated in a regular fashion, but every other pattern is rotated 90 degrees. All right, now I will click on a random layer, press Shift+Backspace again, Shift+Delete on a Mac, and I'll switch to Random Fill, and as you might imagine that ends up producing an entirely random effect. We still have all that colorization going on, but each one of the tiles is a different size and a different angle. And as you might imagine, you can get different results every time out of this effect.
So if I press Shift+Backspace, once again bringing the dialog box up, just leave everything set the way it was before and click OK, then I end up getting a totally different random effect. All right, we are going to skip spiral, because that's the coolest one of them all. I'm going to click on the symmetry layer atop, press Shift+Backspace or Shift+Delete and then, go ahead and select Symmetry Fill and click OK in order to apply that one. Now between you and me, it's anyone's guess, what this has to do with symmetry, but it is a different scripted effect.
All right, let's turn that one off and click on the spiral layer, and check this out. If I press Shift+Backspace or Shift+ Delete on a Mac and change the script option to Spiral, we not only get this wonderful spiraling effect, but we don't get any of that colorization either. And as a result, we end up getting a pretty dramatic pattern. You might want to try that one out with some of the other patterns as well. I am just using Metallic Snakeskin by way of demonstration. I will go ahead and switch it out to this kind of op art effect here, Optical Checkerboard, and then click OK and we end up achieving this amazing effect right there.
So admittedly, it's a feature that's more fun than practical. But those of you who are designers might find some uses for scripted patterns here inside Photoshop CS6.
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