This tutorial was written using PSP7, but should work in fine in PSP6. You will learn how to make a seamless, patterned background, such as the one I used on this page. I'm sure I learned the basic technique from another tutorial, which is how most tutorials come into being.
The first part of this tutorial will show you how to make the pattern I used for this page. You will need the Lattice Composer plug-in from Redfield, which you can download here. I am using the OLD version of Lattice Composer v1.02, which you will find about half way down the page.
WARNING: I find tutorials with lots of visuals much easier to follow so I use a lot of screen shots in my tutorials. This one is no exception, so please be patient and give the page time to load - you won't be sorry!
*** PART I ***
1. Open a new image 300x300.
2. Flood fill with a gradient fill (you can use any gradient or pattern - I happen to like the result with Cyan-Magenta-Yellow), using the following settings:
3. Go to Effects/Plug-in filters and apply the Lattice Composer filter, choosing the "Strap Tease" preset:
4. You should end up with this:
5. PSP allows you to select a portion of a graphic and make a seamless pattern from it, but since this lattice is not perfectly square, we would end up with a blurred edge if we tried it
6. In case you don't believe me (LOL), here's what it would look like:
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