Distressed Patterns, How to Use Them, and a Freebie

April 15th, 2018 by | free stuff, new goods | | notes |

Hey everyone! SnickerdoodleDesigns here. Today I’m here to talk about patterns.  Subtle or bold, distressed or not,  patterns add so much to a digital scrapbook page.

With the use of Blend Modes and Opacity Levels you can convert a plain paper to a pretty paper. Here’s how:

In Photoshop or Elements, open a background paper.

Place a Pattern on the layer above the background paper.

Experiment with Blend Modes and Opacity Levels of the Pattern.

Yes. It’s really that simple. Sure there are other things you can do to add even more interest, but basically, that’s it.

Here is a simple cardstock paper with a Distressed Pattern, in Normal mode on the layer above the cardstock.


In the image below I’ve changed the Blend Mode of the pattern to Multiply and lowered the opacity to 26%.


By changing the Blend Mode to Screen, and increasing the opacity (to 73% in this case), we can get a totally different look:



Here’s another example.  I changed the blend mode of the pattern to Hard Mix and lowered its opacity to 47%. I added a Color Balance adjustment layer to it, tweaking some of the colors. Now we have a totally different paper from the one above.snickerdoodle-deslgns-how-to-use-patterns-7

Don’t restrict yourself to plain cardstock though. Here is a paper from my This is Me April kit.


It’s a pretty paper by itself, but if you wanted to add even more interest, here’s something you might try:

Add a pattern on a layer above a paper

Experiment with Blend Modes and Opacity Levels. In this case, I used Color Burn and lowered the Opacity to 84%

I added a Mask to the Pattern, and brushed away most of the pattern, leaving it mostly at the top of the paper.


There are just so many ways to play with patterns!

I have 2 new sets of patterns in my store, along with a Freebie for you to experiment with.

These patterns are provided in PNG format, which gives you the ultimate flexibility!

Distressed Patterns 01

Available with an introductory 25% savings


Distressed Patterns 02

Available with an introductory 25% savings


If you would like to have both packs, I’ve combined them for you in a money-saving bundle: Distressed Patterns Bundle


And to practice with?  Here ya go! Just click on the image below!


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