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Learn How to Add a Pattern to Clothing Using Photoshop

I sometimes wish I had a more interesting wardrobe. I rock the basic solid color t-shirt pretty well, but on days when I'm feeling more inspired, I desire something more intricate. Luckily, Phlearn is here to help with a great tutorial to exercise your Photoshop chops. 

Even if you don't need to add a pattern to someone's clothing, I highly recommend trying out the process in this video anyway. It will help you learn and refine many essential Photoshop skills, including using the Pen tool (my nemesis) to make ultra-precise selections, using Liquify to wrap the pattern, the Freeze Mask tool to shape the pattern to the folds of the clothing, and using different blending modes to adjust the lighting to make the pattern look authentic. These are all skills that will come in handy countless times in many different applications, or if you're like me, they'll come in handy for making your wardrobe a bit more interesting. If you're still frustrated by the Pen tool and looking for more practice, be sure to check out our article here, which contains some dedicated practice tools. Now if you'll excuse me, I heard a rumor that paisley shirts are making a comeback. 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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