Step and Repeat in Photoshop.

Q: Step and repeat in Photoshop. Is it possible?


A: Step and Repeat is a great feature found in some page layout programs.

The way it works is you select an object and then bring up a dialog window either through a menu or a keyboard shortcut.


In the dialog box you can choose how many copies of the object you want and how much distance between each one. It's a quick and easy way to duplicate and evenly space several copies of the object.

There is no such command in Photoshop Elements but there is a slightly more involved way to produce the same effect.

It's done with a filter called offset. Here's how to do it:

  1. Select the object you want to repeat.
  2. Press Control-J (Mac:Command-J) to put it on its own Layer. Press Control/Command-J again to make another Layer of the object.

  3. With the newest Layer active go up to the Filter menu and choose Other>Offset… This will open the Offset dialog box. Make sure the Preview box is checked. Use this technique if you're not sure of how much you want to space your object out.

    Enter an amount in the Horizontal or Vertical field and observe how far it moves it from the original object. If your not happy with the amount try another amount and see how that looks.

  4. If you want to space the objects a specific amount of say inches, use this technique. You can do some simple math.

    First you need to know the Resolution of your document. Go up to the Image menu and choose Resize>Image Size…. Note the Resolution in whatever increments you prefer. Let's say our document is 72 pixels/inch.

    If you want to space your object in half-inch increments down from the original you would enter 36 in the Pixels Down field.

  5. Now you have your first two objects spaced the amount you want. Make sure the top Layer is active by clicking on it. Go up to the Layer menu and choose Merge Down. Duplicate that Layer by pressing Control/Command-J. Go up to the Filter menu>Other>Offset…. This time in the Pixels Down field enter twice the amount (72 in our example) you entered last time.

  6. Repeat Step 5 to double the amount of objects each time until you have how many you want. Remember to double the amount you used last time in the Amount field of the Offset dialog box.
There you have it. Not quite as easy as the traditional Step and Repeat command, but it gets the job done.

Click here to post comments

Return to Photoshop Elements Q & A.


Search This Site:


Sign up for my newsletter
BECAUSE… You get
20 FREE ESSENTIAL PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS TIPS when you do

  • 4 Step-By-Step Videos showing Tips being used 
     
  • One-Page Printable Cheat Sheets of Tips

Get My Photoshop Elements Books for just $3.99 from Amazon



More Content… follow me:
essentialpselements
essentialpselements
essentialpselements

"Just a note to say I LOVE your site! There seem to be a few PS Elements tutorials sites, but yours is by far the clearest and easiest to understand. Thanks!" - Ellie


"Watching your tutorials even about things that I think I know I ALWAYS learn something new. A big thank you!" - Douglas


"I am thrilled to find such useful and easy-to-understand information for using Photoshop Elements. I can't wait to use your tutorials (especially with my scrapbooking obsession)" - Judy in MS


Good day Rick, "I very appreciate ALL, ALL of your tutos. Very very clear and useful tips, tricks and techniques of how-to in PSE9. A great great work!" - Hoan


"Love your tutorials on YouTube. Very clear and helpful. Thanks a bunch." -
Rich


"I love your videos! They have been such a BIG help. I bought the Dummies book, and it's OK, but I do better by watching instead of reading. Kudos to you!" - Cheers, Kathy


"Thank you for this site! I found it through one of your videos on YouTube.
Again, thank you so much!" - Vanessa


"This is really a truly generous and very admirable website!" - Cheers, Jonas


"Hi Rick! First I've got to say thank you for all the information you share. I can't wait to see the "tips and tricks" you are working on because it sounds like those will help things all come together.
I've gone thru several of your tutorials and learn so much. I can't praise you enough for your time and patience." - Vicki.


"Your website is a great service and I thank you!"
 - Kind Regards, April


"A big thanks to you and your website, and the
 information and help I get from it, its much appreciated." - Rob


Rick - "Many thanks for your advice, that I will take. A big thank you as well for you outstandingly good tutorials. You do seem to have an amazing knack of making quite complicated tasks seem easy and straightforward. I am a fan!" - With Best Wishes, Tony


"Much more helpful than PS Elements 9 for Dummies book.... Thanks so much for your site..truly easy to follow." - Karin


Hi Rick. Just wanted to say a big thank you for all of the great information contained in your tutorials. I've stumbled around PS9 for quite a few weeks now and can't believe quite how easily you explain the different aspects. It's way, way more powerful than I imagined and now, for me, usable too. A big, big thank you from the UK. - Guy