How to Make a Seamless Background in Photoshop

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Seamless background images are images that can be used as tiling desktop wallpaper and web page backgrounds without any visible lines between the tiles. Seamless tiling images are also used as textures in video games and fills in digital artwork. Images walls, fabrics, geometric patterns and areas covered with similar items (such as coffee beans, candies and pebbles) are good candidates for creating tiling images. Adobe Photoshop provides tools that help you turn an image into a seamless background.

  • Open your image in Adobe Photoshop. Save the file as a Photoshop document (PSD), giving it a new filename.

  • Use the "Rectangular Marquee Tool" to select the of the area of the image you want to use for your seamless background. For example, if your photo is of a bowl of candy, draw a marquee including just the candy.

  • Open "Crop" in the "Image" menu. The image is trimmed to the area you selected.

  • Open the "Offset" filter under "Other" in the "Filter" menu. Check the "Preview" and the "Wrap around" options. Set the "Horizontal" and "Vertical" options to approximately 25% of the width and height of the image. For example, if your image is 800 by 600 pixels, set these values to 200 and 150 pixels. Your image shows a preview of the image shift. Click "OK."

  • Use the Lasso tool to draw a selection marquee around a portion of the image you want to use as a "patch" to cover the seams. Outline whole objects that are completely visible in the image.

  • Use the "Copy" and "Paste," both found in the "Edit" menu, to copy your selected patch to a new layer.

  • Use the "Move Tool" to move the patch over a seam to cover all or part of the seam. Use the "Eraser Tool," with "Brush" set for the "Mode" and a soft-edged brush selected under "Brush," to blend the edges into the background.

  • Repeat creating patches from the background layer and covering the seams. Use different areas of the image for each patch so the overall image does not appear too repetitive. Work right up to the edges of the image.

  • Use the "Offset" filter to shift your image back to the original setting. Use the same "Horizontal" and "Vertical" numbers as before, but put a negative sign (-) in front of them. Touch up any flaws you find. Save your work.

  • Select "Flatten Image" in the "Layer" menu to merge all the layers into a single layer. Select "Save As..." in the "File" menu to save the file as a new type. Select the format you need, such as BMP for Windows, PNG for the web, or PICT for Macintosh. Click "Save" to save your seamless background image.

Tips & Warnings

  • The standard Photoshop tools and techniques you choose for hiding the seams is dependent on the subject of your image. The "Clone Stamp Tool" (with a fuzzy brush) works well for textures (such as fabrics, bark, or paper), clouds, and small objects.

References

  • Photo Credit candy image by Horticulture from Fotolia.com
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