Photoshop Photo Effects
There are times when you are in the middle of a pattern design and you want to visualize how it will look when applied to a piece of clothing. In Photoshop there are many different ways to achieve this task - Some more realistic, complicated, and time consuming. Other methods are easy for you to quickly visualize how a particular pattern will look when applied. Today, I will show you how to easily apply any pattern to clothes in Photoshop in less than 5 minutes with the most difficult task being the cloth selection (which can be easily made with the quick selection tool). If you are a fashion or textile designer, or just someone who wants to experiment with patterns on clothing, this tutorial is perfect for you.
Open your image in Photoshop.
Press "Ctrl+J" on your keyboard to duplicate the Background layer. Rename this layer to "Pattern Area".
Using your prefered method, make a selection of the area where you want to apply the pattern. I will be using the "Quick Selection Tool" (W) to select the T-shirt.
With the selection active, and on the "Pattern Area" layer, go to Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal Selection.
Go to File > Place Embedded. Locate the design you want to use on your computer and click the "Place" button.
If needed, resize and position the design over the area you selected and then hit the Enter key on your keyboard to commit the changes.
Go to Layer > Create Clipping Mask.
Select the Background layer and again press Crtl+J on your keyboard to make a copy of it. Rename this layer to "Shadows".
Go to Layer > Arrange > Bring to Front.
Press "Ctrl+Shift+U" on your keyboard to Desaturate the layer.
Press "Ctrl+L" on your keyboard to open the Levels panel. Adjust the Shadows, Midtones and Highlights sliders until you get a good contrasting image on the area you selected previously and click OK.
Set the "Shadows" layer blending mode to "Multiply" and bring down the Opacity to about 70-75%.
Lastly, go to Layer > Create Clipping Mask.
Now that you know how easily you can apply a pattern to a T-shirt, you can follow the same procedure for any other clothes you want to apply a pattern to. And once finished, you can change the pattern location simply moving the pattern layer, use a new one or simply change the T-shirt color with a solid Color Fill layer like in the following examples.