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This GIMP (GNU) tutorial demonstrates how to quickly turn a photograph into a Seamless Pattern using GIMP’s Seamless Pattern Filter. Your seamless pattern can then be incorporated into your Artwork - or utilised as a Website Background. To work along, you are welcome to download the Start Image I am working with HereUnzip the file and open the image onto GIMP’s workspace.

Notes
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.

Resize Images
Launch GIMP & Organise Its Workspace & Palettes
Save A Seamless Pattern To GIMP’s Patterns Folder

Seamless Pattern (Tile) Note: Tiled & Un-tiled Background Examples
When utilising photographs or images for website backgrounds it’s important to
Resize them to around 100 Pixels X 100 Pixels - then convert them into a Seamless Pattern, (Tile) first. Utilising GIMP’s Seamless Pattern Filter ensures your finished Seamless Patterns appear seamless - As Demonstrated By My Seamless Background Example Here. If you don’t tile your image or photograph, it will appear unsightly - As Demonstrated By My Un-tiled Background Example Here.

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Open your choice of Start Image onto GIMP’s workspace - File then Open - Ctrl then O.

Note
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).



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Then from the top menu, choose Filters then choose Map and then choose Make Seamless.



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Congratulations, your Seamless Pattern Conversion is complete, and is ready to incorporate into your artwork, or utilise as a website background. 

Link Here to learn how to save your Seamless Pattern - top menu, then File then Save As.  GIMP 2.8 File then Export.

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