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 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
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.
Open your choice of Start Image onto GIMP’s workspace - File then Open - Ctrl then O.
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).
Then from the top menu, choose Filters then choose Map and then choose Make Seamless.
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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