It’s amazing how much visual interest simple textures can add to a design or composition. Since Photoshop 2020, these can now be managed from the Patterns panel (Window>Patterns). To apply a texture is as simple as dragging the pattern from the panel to the canvas. To change the size and angle of the texture, double-click on the Pattern Fill layer’s thumbnail in the Layers panel. In the Pattern Fill dialog, you now have Scale and Angle options for adjusting the way the texture is applied. If you scale the texture smaller than your document, it will tile.
This tip originally published in Colin Smith’s “Photoshop Tips” column in the August, 2020 issue of Photoshop User magazine.