Preset Manager In Photoshop Elements

Q: I am trying to load new free patterns from online and I cannot find out where to save the .pat files so that i can load them in elements 6.0. I know everyone says to save it under the preset folder but that is not an option for me. I have already gone under the control panel and selected to show all hidden files and folders. PLEASE help me to solve this problem. THANKS

A: The Preset Manager is kind of like a little utility in Photoshop Elements. You actually load patterns into Elements using the Preset Manager. Here's how to do it:

  1. Go up to the Edit menu and choose Preset Manager…. The Preset Manager window will open.
  2. You should see a drop-down menu for Preset Type. Click and hold that down to see the list. Choose Patterns. You will see icons for the currently available patterns
  3. Now click the Load… button.
  4. Navigate to your new pattern. Click Done.
  5. Now when you go back to Step 2 you should see your new pattern in the list of patterns.

Good Luck!

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Still need help!!!!
by: Anonymous

Thanks so much! I actually know how to so that but when I go to the load button there is not my new pattern file anywhere because I do not know where to save it so it will be in the right place once I get into the preset manager. When I download the file from online and have to save it somewhere I do not know where to save it. There is not a folder called presets under my adobe/6.0. Does this make sense? Please help!!!!!

A: I think I understand. You think that you have to save the .pat file in a special folder somewhere. But the beauty of the Preset Manager is that you don't have to have it in a special folder. It can load a file from anywhere on your computer.

When you download the pattern you want from the internet you can save it anywhere. Just save it to your desktop.

When you click on Load... from the Preset Manager, navigate to your desktop, find your .pat file, select it and click the Load button.

You will see the new pattern added to the bottom of the patterns icons inside the Preset Manager. Click Done. Now you will be able to use it in Elements.

Give this a try. If you're still not able to do what you want don't hesitate to ask for more help. We will narrow it down until you get the results you want. Don't give up!

Take care,

Now What...?
by: Amanda

Hi, I've followed you instructions and all of my patterns loaded in the Preset Manager and show up there, but they will not show up to let me use them in my workspace. I am only seeing the original patterns that came with the program. Any Ideas?

I am using Photoshop Elements 9.

Thanks for your help,

Amanda Vande Zande

Hi Amanda,

Once you have the new Patterns loaded, from the Preset Manager select all the Patterns that you want in the new Set choose the "Save Set..." button that you'll find in the Preset Manager.

A Dialog Box will open where you can name and choose a place to save the set to.

Now your new set should be available.

Please let me know if this worked for you or if you need further clarification.
Good Luck - Rick

by: Amanda

It did help Rick. Thank you!!! And thanks for the site, it's been very helpful.

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