This GIMP (GNU) tutorial demonstrates how to apply GIMP’s Paper Tile Filter. To work along, you are welcome to download the Start Image I am working with Here. Unzip the file and open the image onto GIMP’s workspace.
You can quickly Undo a step at any time by pressing Ctrl then Z. Alternatively, click a previous Undo History snapshot - Windows then Dockable Dialogues then click Undo History. In addition, to Zoom in (or Zoom out) of your image; from the top menu, choose View then select a Zoom Tool from the subsequent drop-down list.
Ensure the Layers and the Undo History Palettes are visible, and then drag them into position over your workspace - (Windows then Dockable Dialogues - then click Layers and Undo History).
Launch GIMP & Organise Its Workspace & Palettes
Open your choice of Start Image onto GIMP’s workspace - File then Open - Ctrl then O.
Then from the top menu, choose Filters then choose Map and then choose Paper Tile.
This filter cuts the image (active Layer or Selection) into several pieces, with square form, and then slides them so that they, more or less, overlap or move apart. They can go out image borders a little. Read More Here.
Image Resolution Note
This Filter works according to your photograph’s Resolution (Size). Therefore, when working with a different Start Image, (for personal results), it’s important to play with the settings, and discover a result that you like the look of.
Now, from the subsequent Paper Tile dialogue box, experiment with the settings until you are happy with the result, and then click OK.
Congratulations, your Paper Tile Conversion is complete, and is ready to save.
Further Paper Tile Information
X, Y and Size parameters are linked, because filter starts cutting image before it displaces pieces; so, piece size and number of pieces in horizontal (X) and vertical (Y) directions must be convenient to image size.
Max (%). This is the maximum displacement percentage against the side size of squares.
As tiles move, some can go out image borders. If this option is marked, what goes out on one side goes in on the opposite side.
Because of image cutting, original pixels can persist. There are three ways treating them.
Remaining pixels will be replaced with the background type defined in the following section.
Background Type option is not taken into account and remaining pixels are kept.
Remaining pixels will be cut also.
You can select the background type which will be used, if the Background button is marked, among six options.
Background will be transparent.
Background colours will be inverted (255-value in every colour channel).
Background colours will be unchanged. The original image is the background.
Remaining pixels will be replaced by the Foreground colour of Toolbox.
Remaining pixels will be replaced by the Background colour of Toolbox.
When this button is marked, clicking in the colour dwell will open a Colour Selector where you can select the colour you want for background.
If this option is marked, tiles will rather be gathered together in the centre of the image.
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