Photoshop: Multiple repeat pattern layouts and orientations

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It would be very useful if Photoshop repeat patterns could allow for multiple pattern layout/alignment/orientations like Illustrator pattern swatches. Brick/half drop alignment for example.

Taking it would even further would be inline editing of the pattern swatch.
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christoph pfaffenbichler, Champion

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Have you checked out Scripted Patterns yet? 
https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/how-to/photoshop-scripted-pattern.html

Edit: Above link seems to  refer to CS6, in the meantime some of the Scripted Pattern features have been moved to Filter > Render, but the principles should still apply. 
Maybe this can also help: 
https://forums.adobe.com/message/4570439#4570439
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Oh awesome, I guess I totally missed the changes to shift F5 fill options. I've been just using the pattern layers from the layer panel for quicker update of patterns. Thank you for pointing me to this.

For my purposes though, it would streamline my workflow quite a bit if the scripted patterns could be integrated into the pattern layers and allow for inline editing of the pattern. Very much like illustrator isolated symbol editing.
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 it would streamline my workflow quite a bit if the scripted patterns could be integrated into the pattern layers
And as I like to work as non-destructively as reasonably feasible that would be great ... 

If you have time to check the Scripted Patterns out maybe you could post a more detailed request on how they might be improved in that regard. 
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I took a look at the parts of Scripted Patterns that are relevant to my work and while it's in the direction that I need, it is still very limited.

Scripted in a brick fill is very close to what I need except it's missing one option; axis direction. In Illustrator you are able to choose whether the brick pattern alternates vertically or horizontally. While I suppose I could rotate the pattern while making the preset and rotate the filled image back, it adds extra steps to the process that I'm trying to streamline.

The other crucial missing feature is the non-destructive inline editing of pattern fills. We all know the advantages of inline/isolation mode editing from Illustrator, I think if that ability was applied to pattern fills in photoshop it would be a very strong feature set and improve workflow greatly.
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