Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Seamless Texture Series: Cellmaker

I have a lot of freeware programs on my computer - I just love finding new ones to play with; I particularly love programs that make textures. I've decided to do a series of tutorials for these programs. You'll find the entire series here.

This is a program that makes swirly, abstract patterns. The program is really simple and easy to learn and use.

For this tutorial you will need the following:

Paint Shop Pro. You can download the latest fully functional version of this program here.

The cellmaker program, which you may download here

Step 1. First, an overview of the menu items in this program. When you open the program, it'll look like this.

Step 2. Click on File. Now you can choose what size you want your tile to be. I've chosen 120 x 120. You'll see a blank tile (it's grey), in the lower right corner of the screen.


Step 3. At the top right of the screen, you'll see this:

There are two pattern tabs and one color tab. Click on one of the pattern tabs. You'll see that all the patterns have levers you can move. Doing so will change the pattern. To change the colors, click on the color tab and move the levers.

For example, all I've done here is go to the first pattern and move the lever to 1. Here's the result.

To save the tile, click File>Save picture as, and save to wherever you wish on your computer.

Step 4. That's all there is to the program. Experimenting will help you create tons of interesting patterns.

Step 5. There's also a feature that allows you to create random tiles (I love to play with this!). It's down at the bottom right of the screen. Just click on the "Random Design" feature and play till your heart's content.

Here are some variations I've made. Feel free to download these, for your personal use (be sure to read my Terms of Use - link at the bottom of the page). To see the image tiled, click on it (sorry Netscape users, this won't work for you). To save, just right click>save picture as.




The tiles are already seamless, but if you wish, you can take them into PSP and make other variations by appplying filters of your choice. In the examples below,I've just applied Xero's porcelain filter (click on them to see them tiled). If you'd like the porcelain filter, you'll find it here (it's in Set 1 filters). All of the xero filters are excellent, so while you're there, download em all.


And that's it, have fun with the program. And as always, I would love to see what you create!

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This tutorial was created on February 3, 2006.
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