In a previous GIMP tutorial, I demonstrated how to create Animated Starry Night Filled Text, Tutorial Click Here. This GIMP (GNU) tutorial demonstrates how to turn a photograph/image into three unique Seamless Patterns, that can then be used to create animated text fills. To work along, you are welcome to download the Australian Flag Start Image I am working with Here. Unzip the file and open the image onto GIMP’s workspace.
Animated Australian Flag Text
You are welcome to download 3 completed Australian Flag Patterns Here. Now, Click Here to learn how to create animated Pattern Filled Text.
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
Animated Pattern Filled Text
Launch GIMP & Organise Its Workspace & Palettes
Save A Seamless Pattern To GIMP’s Patterns Folder
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).
Now, to reduce your image’s size, from the top menu choose Image then choose Scale Image. And from the subsequent Scale Image dialogue box, change the Width and Height settings to reflect your new size, and then click Scale.
Pattern Size Note
When creating Patterns, it’s important to keep their size fairly low. A Pattern shouldn’t be larger than 200 Pixels X 200 Pixels.
After you have reduced your image’s size, you are ready for the next step.
Now, from the top menu, choose Filters then choose Map and then choose Make Seamless.
Then from the top menu, choose Image and then choose Duplicate. Again, choose Image and then choose Duplicate - Ctrl then D. Your workspace will display three identical images - as illustrated below.
It’s time to create three unique images, to achieve this, one image will remain unedited, one image will be Flipped - and one image will be Mirrored. Therefore, activate any one of the three images, and from the top menu, choose Image and then choose Transform and then choose Flip Horizontally.
Then activate another image, and then from the top menu, choose Image and then choose Transform and choose Flip Vertically.
You should now have three unique images open on GIMP’s workspace - as illustrated below.
Now that you have created three unique images, each image is ready to save as a GIMP Pattern. My tutorial here demonstrates how to Export each image into GIMP’s Patterns Folder.
After you have saved all three images as Patterns, they can be used to create Animated Filled Text - (using the Bucket Fill and Text Tools) as demonstrated in my Starry Night Filled Text tutorial here.
(Remember, in my Starry Night Text Tutorial, you’ll be filling the text with your newly made Patterns, and not the Starry Night Patterns.
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