Aida Cloth Seamless Tile

We will be making this tile.

Aida cloth tile

Click HERE to see it as a background.

This tutorial will work in both PSP 7 and PSP 8; however, most of the screen shots were done in PSP 8.

To do this tutorial, you will need the following:

Paint Shop Pro 8, get it here:

A pattern and a texture. The ones I used came with PSP 8, but just in case you don't have them, I'm providing them for you. You can download them Here.

After downloading and unzipping, place the "Canvas02.pspimage" in the "Patterns" folder and the "Dark weave.bmp" in the "Textures" folder. Use the folders located in the "My PSP8 Files" folder inside the "My Documents" folder on your computer (not the folders inside your program). The "My PSP8 Files" is always the best place to put any new items in case you ever need to uninstall PSP 8.

Note: Pattern and texture for PSP 7 Here. Place the Canvas02.bmp in your PSP 7 Patterns folder and the Dark weave.bmp in your PSP 7 Textures folder (you probably already have Dark weave.bmp).

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Letīs begin!

1. Create a new image, 100px by 100px, transparent background. Select your floodfill tool. Set your Materials foreground to pattern,

Set materials to pattern

then click in the pattern box to bring up the Materials dialogue. Now, click on the arrow to get the patterns flyout, and select "Canvas 02" for your pattern, then floodfill your image with the pattern.

Find the Canvas02 pattern

2. Go to Effects>Texture Effects>Texture. Click the arrow to locate the "Dark Weave" texture, then adjust your settings like this:


Texture settings - PSP8


Texture settings - PSP 7

3. Let's make it seamless! (Thanks to Suz Shook for the crop tool suggestion. It works like a charm!)

For PSP 8:
Grab your crop tool. crop tool Use these settings (they seem to work the best...thanks again Suz!):

Crop tool settings

For PSP 7:

Double click on your crop tool. Enter these settings:

Crop settings PSP7

Then hit Shift+R on your keyboard to crop.

4. Go to File>Export>JPEG Optimizer

Go to JPEG Optimizer

and export the tile with a compression of 5.

Set JPEG Compression

Since after cropping, our image is now only 85px by 85px, we can use a low compression number (in order to get a better image) and still end up with a tile which is less than 6kb. Of course you can always set the compression number higher if you want the tile even smaller, but don't set it so high that the image gets blurry, or it won't look like Aida Cloth anymore.

Now you can use your new tile for a web page background, stationery, an image background, or maybe, you'll come up with a new tutorial to use it for. If so, please let me know. I would love to see it.  :O)

Note: If you would also like to use this tile for future PSP projects as a pattern fill, save it as a .bmp image and place it in your PSP Patterns folder.

Go to File>Save as or File>Save Copy as

Save as

Click on the arrow next to the "File ame" and select "Windows or OS/2 Bitmap .bmp" and click on the "Save" button.

Save as .bmp

Don't forget where you put it! LOL

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This tutorial came about because while doing a wonderfully creative tutorial by Lady Oz, I decided to play around with PSP to achieve a texture which looked even more like Aida cloth. I ended up with something which could be used not only for a counted cross stitch image, but also as a web page or stationery background. Thanks for the inspiration Lady "O", and thanks for your super tuts.

I would also like to thank both Mur, and Suz Shook for testing it for me and coming up with some very helpful ideas. Where would we tutorial writers be without our testers? (Probably stuck with a whole bunch of very difficult to follow tutorials that no one wants to do....LOL)

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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

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This tutorial is my own creation, any similarity to any other tutorial on the Internet is unintentional. It is copyrighted by me, *~Nightshadow~*, on July 8, 2003, and is not to be copied or reproduced in any way under penalty of law. Graphics lists, please e-mail me for permission to post my tutorials, especially because I would love to see the results :O)

NOTE: Any image you make using this tutorial is completely your own property.

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