I was told by two different support team members that I was unable to have a continuous pattern across objects in Photoshop. Maybe they misunderstood my question, but the answer was to simply uncheck the "link with layers" box on the object (or in the Pattern Overlay options). Worked exactly how I wanted it to, but spent 20 minutes in two chats with people that told me that it wasn't possible in Photoshop. Very frustrating. Training seems to be lacking these days.
Online Chat is the last place to go for tutorials since most support people are not experts with the software. Customer Care is there to help with billing & activation issues, not teach people to use the products.
User-to-user forums such as this are a good place to come for quick answers to questions. Online, you'll find a ton of Photoshop tutorials both written and video.