On the first page of PixelAlley's
Mosaics Section, you'll see the original image I used to paint
the mosaic (on the left) and the final mosaic next to it (on the
The background is simply that final mosaic copied, mirrored, and
into a seamless pattern. Other pages in the Mosaics section also show
the original image and final mosaic so you can get an idea of how a
small and mundane image can become interesting when used as the basis
a mosaic seamless tile.
already familiar with
Mosaics feature, take time to read the Painter User Guide's
chapter on Mosaics. You'll find instructions for creating
in the following locations in the Painter User Guides:
To create the seamless
with your final mosaic image, first read through these steps one time
get a general idea of where you're going, then begin:
Painter 5 User
Guide: Chapter 6,
Painter 6 User
Guide: Chapter 10,
Painter 7 User
Guide: Chapter 11,
Open a new Canvas, twice the width and height of the final
image, large enough to hold four final mosaic images, and
resolution. For instance, if your final mosaic image is 100 x
pixels at 300 ppi, open a new Canvas that's 200
200 pixels at 300 ppi.
With the final mosaic image active, use Ctrl/Command+A to
the entire image, then use Ctrl/Command+C to copy it.
With the new (larger) Canvas active, use Ctrl/Command+V
paste the copy onto a new Layer (Floater).
Use Ctrl/Command+V again to paste one more copy onto a second Layer
(Floater). Now you have two Layers (Floaters).
is a copy of the final mosaic.
In the Layers (Floater) section, double-click one of the
(Floaters) to open the Layer Attributes (Floater
dialog box and change the coordinates to Top: 0
0 then click the OK button. Now this Layer (Floater)
is perfectly aligned with the upper left corner of the
Highlight the other Layer (Floater) and use Effects
Orientation > Flip Horizontal.
In the following step, you'll need to have the Layer (Floater)
turned off in order to see the Layer's (Floater's) edges
better. In the Layer (Floater) section menu, choose
Layer (Floater) Marquee.
Click the Layer Adjuster (Floater Adjuster) tool and
in so you can see the pixels, then click and drag the flipped Layer
so it's aligned just to the right of the first Layer (Floater).
Use the up, down, left, and right Arrow keys to nudge the Layer
(Floater) into perfect alignment.
Hold down the Shift key and, in the Layers (Floater)
section, highlight both of the Layers (Floaters). Then,
the Objects palette's Layers (Floater) section menu,
choose Group, then choose Collapse. Now the two Layers
(Floaters) are a single Layer (Floater), but it's
still named Group 1.
Double-click Group 1 and rename it Layer 1 (Floater
Use Ctrl/Command+C to copy Layer 1 (Floater 1),
then use Ctrl/Command+V to paste it onto another Layer (Floater).
Now you have two Layers (Floaters) but the second one is
also named Layer 1.
the second Layer (Floater) and rename it Layer 2 (Floater
Highlight Layer 2 (Floater 2) and use Effects >
> Flip Vertical.
Zoom in so you can see the pixels and move Layer 2 (Floater
so its top edge perfectly aligns with the bottom edge of Layer 1 (Floater
1). Use the up, down, left, and right Arrow keys to nudge Layer
2 (Floater 2) into perfect alignment.
When you're satisfied that the Layers (Floaters) are
correctly, hold down the Shift key and, in the Layers (Floater) list,
In the Objects palette's Layers (Floater) section
choose Drop All.
Now your Layers
are flattened to the Canvas and your seamless tile is completed.
on your final mosaic image, you may want to arrange the pasted Layers
(Floaters) in a different order so the completed seamless tile
the way you want it to look. Experiment to see what works best. You'll
notice that in my example mosaic seamless tile, I started by aligning
final mosaic image with the lower right corner of the Canvas.
It doesn't matter
which corner you
start with as long as the end result has the four images working
well, with each facing in the appropriate direction to make the
tile look best.
Please let me know
what you do. I'd
love to see your mosaic seamless tiles used as a background, either on
a web page or in an image.
Try using them