View Full Version : Seamless Background Image

03-21-2007, 10:58 PM
I feel like a fool for asking this (lol), but does anyone have any ideas on how to turn this into a seamless background image?


03-21-2007, 11:55 PM
Not sure if it'll work... Doesn't seem to repeat itself anywhere. I thought I might be able to do it when I had a quick look, but when I tried in photoshop I couldn't find a match in the pattern.

03-22-2007, 12:17 AM
Yeah same here...been playing around in Photoshop with it for ages, at all different angles. There must be a way to do it though.. :confused:

03-26-2007, 06:13 AM
Have you tried rotating the trees to horizontal, then cutting out a section for duplications?

03-27-2007, 09:17 PM
I couldn't get it either.

03-29-2007, 06:56 AM
Here is what you have to do. bring up your pattern, then get your crop tool (c). Hold shift and select one single palm. this will be a perfect square because you held down shift. Now create a new file, the size will depend on your original background size, but it will have to be a perfect square.

now drag your perfect square palm into your perfect square new file. Now copy and past your palm several times, each time place them an equal distance from each other along horizontal and parellell lines.

now its gonna get a bit technical, you will have to take the distance between each palm and devide it by 2, then leave that much distance between your last palm and the edge of your patter. you will do this so that when the pattern repeats and the edges are butted against each other, the distance is the same as that between the images in the center of the patter, get it? Make sure that the final image has half the distance between the last palm and the edge that each palm has between each other (confused yet?) this is imparrative! (the final image does not have to be a perfect square)

now go to your menu bar, under edit>define pattern define this as a pattern, name it and click ok. Now go create a new file, create a new empty layer in this file and click on the "create new fill" icon on the bottom of your layers pallet (it looks like a circle with half black and half white), pattern. . . (third one down)

Now navigate to the pattern, click on it and you should get a layer filled with your pattern, play with the percentage slider as it will change the size of your pattern. check out the final product, if there are noticeable seems you did not measure correctly, go back and re-measure, then define a new pattern.

Once you get a seamless pattern, lay it out on the page at the size you want, Now your going to set it at the angle like your example,go to your menu bar, edit> Transform> distort> While you hold shift cntrl (apple on a mac) pull the top left corner up, then do the same while pulling the bottom right corner, it will get a bit skewed, but play with each corner till the images are properly anlged and sized.

good luck

03-29-2007, 08:10 AM
Care to show us an example with the image above?

03-30-2007, 05:45 AM
I have attached two patterns I created using the example, after creating the pattern like these, create a new layer in your document and place the pattern. Then transform it to your liking. In your example you can see that there are empty areas on the top and bottom, this is because it was not a pattern in the true sense of the term as it will not repeat continuously and seamlessly.
http://whcfa.org/Drew/Drew/Pattern1.jpg http://whcfa.org/Drew/Drew/Pattern2.jpg

If you want to take the time to create a pattern exactly like yours, you will have to set the palms on a 45 degree angle to get them to repeat seamlessly. Otherwise, this is the easiest way to create a repeating pattern like the example