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Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Seamless Tile and Tiled Image Paper Tutorial
Simple Filters Half Wrap
Butterfly Brush (includes finished paper sample)
1. Open a new canvas, 300 x 300.
2. Fill with a color of your choice. Mine is #8dccd5.
3. Select the paintbrush and a foreground color of your choice. I am using a butterfly brush that I downloaded from a Geocities site. With Geocities closing later this year, I'm not sure if this brush is available any longer, so I have included the brush in the zip file with the paper. My color is #425e6c.
4. Click in the middle of the canvas with the brush.
5. Apply the Simple Filters Half Wrap. If you wish to perform the offset with a different plugin, check out my Seamless Glitter in Art Rage tutorial, step 4 to see all the different methods you can use. You can use the built-in Offset Effect in PSP (Effects > Image Effects > Offset), but I do not in this tutorial because it creates an extra 1 pixel wide column in the middle of the image. Since we would not be covering up that pixel, the Offset Effect is not the best choice.
6. Click with the paintbrush in the middle of the canvas. My brush was too large, so I reduced the size and for a bit of variety, I also changed the color. I changed color to #4d4777.
7. Now you have a seamless tile. To turn it into a paper, open up a new canvas the size of your paper. For a full size scrap kit, this would be 3600 x 3600.
8. Select the tile that you just made as a pattern in the Materials palette.
9. Use the fill bucket and fill the new canvas with the seamless tile pattern.
10. Save the 3600 x 3600 canvas as a jpeg. I recommend a compression level between 5 and 7. Too high a compression level will result in an ugly image as the image quality is degraded due to the lossy compression algorithm. I chose 6 for this one.
The paper is now complete and saved. You can also save the seamless tile for use in creating other elements. I have made my final paper available with the brush so that the final result can be seen.
If you combine this tutorial with steps 2 - 10 of the water-splattered paper tutorial, then you can make decorative vintage papers. Simply fill with a pattern instead of a color at step 2.