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Learn how to make an image that can repeat in all directions in Photoshop 7.0 or later. Tiling images are great for desktops.
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Step 1: Get a Good Picture

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The picture you use should make sense when tiled (for example, tiles). A good example of a bad tiling image is one of a street sign, since you only need one. I used a nice picture of Bacon. You can find a good picture on Google, or you can just use my bacon.

Step 2: Open the picture

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Open the picture in Photoshop, or GIMP. I will be using Photoshop 7.0. If using the bacon picture, for inspiration, go make bacon. After making the bacon, stare at it for a while, and eat it before it gets cold.

Step 3: Offsetting the image

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Since the offset filter doesn't have a "half-image offset" button, we have to find out what half of the pixels of the image are. There are two ways.

1. Go to the "Image" drop-down, and click "Canvas Size". From there, make both of the drop-downs show "percent", and then change the percent to 50. Then, change the drop-downs back to "pixels" and remember the numbers.

2. Go to the "Image" drop-down, and click "Canvas Size". Calculate half of the canvas sizes, and remember the numbers.

Our bacon image is to be offset 190 x 127 pixels.

To offset, go to "Filter", "Other", "Offset..."

Make sure you select "Wrap Around"

P.S. Sometimes, if you have been working on the picture beforehand, make sure to crop the image, and select to delete the cropped out part. This gets rid of any unwanted offsetting.
cubby406 years ago
Thank you, this is very helpful, you can use this for more than your desktop, you may use it on a website as well.
Dipankar7 years ago
You can do anything with a photograph in Photoshop. The other name for Photoshop is Photo Manipulation.
karen6088 years ago
wo! you really do 'bring home the bacon' huh? why do i now want to go to the kitchen and fry some bacon? :D thanks, really informative for us beginners.
jak068 years ago
or u could use paint and flip the image. then put then all together
I luv prosciutto! Just not on my desktop. Oh, and thanks for offering to let us use your bacon.....in the end it looks kinda like a partial American flag made of meat...
a_d7778 years ago
wuff !!! u use norton antivirus!!! pretty good idea ...
quicumque8 years ago
Wow. That's a pretty sick (as in gross) background. Good idea though.
ewilhelm8 years ago
Add a screenshot of your tiled background image.
darth2o (author)  ewilhelm8 years ago
there, but the "print scrn" I took isn't really of high caliber (quality)