This tutorial will show you a "simple" way to make a burlap background, like the one I used for this page.
Open a new image 300x300, transparent background, 16 million colors.
Flood fill with a color of your choice. I used RED 255, GREEN 232, BLUE 217.
Go to Effects/Texture Effects/Blinds, use the following settings: (I changed my color as follows, to go with the background color I chose.)
Now apply the Blinds filter again, this time checking the horizontal box.
Next, go to Effects/Texture Effects/Mosaic Glass and use the following settings:
That's it. Now to make a seamless background, double click on the selection tool and enter the following numbers and click OK:
Your image will now look like this:
Now go to Selections and choose Convert to Seamless Pattern. This will create a new image 100x100 which you can use for a background. Save the new image and you're ready to use it.
You can get different colors by using the colorization filter in PSP. Here are a few samples I made. I started with the original image (the color of this background) and colorized it.
Work & Graphics Designed by Cathy