This is a very easy tutorial, but it is not for BEGINNERS. I have assumed that you already know the basics of Paint Shop Pro.

To complete this tutorial you will need:
Paint Shop Pro
Simple Filters


This tutorial is a little different. We're going to make several different backgrounds, all using only the Simple Filters, and PSP's Geometric Effects. I'm hoping that you will experiment with just about everything. It's almost impossible to make an ugly background, not matter what order you do the steps in, or which Geometric Effect you use.
Let's get started...
Find a picture with colors you like, and resize it to 200 X 200, or you can use this one.
Apply Simple Filters - Diamonds
Apply PSP Effects / Geometric Effects / CurlyQs
Apply Simple Filters - Pizza Slice Mirror
With some images, that's all you need to do. But, let's apply some of the previous steps again, and see what happens.
Simple - Diamonds Geometric Effects - CurlyQs Simple - Pizza Slice Mirror
That was pretty fun and easy. Let's try another variation, using that same starting image.
Simple - Diamonds Geometric Effects - Spiky Halo (default settings, radius%=20) Simple - Pizza Slice Mirror
I think I would apply Simple Diamonds, one more time on that one, but it's all up to you.

Let's try another variation, using that same starting image.
Simple - Diamonds Geometric Effects - Wave Simple - Pizza Slice Mirror
Geometric Effects - CurlyQs Simple - Pizza Slice Mirror Simple - Diamonds
Uh-oh, I'm getting carried away now.

So let's say you like part of the picture, but not all of it. I liked the little part in the middle, but didn't like the green parts around the edges. When that happens, I do
Selections - Select All
Selections - Modify - Contract 50
Copy / Paste as New Image
This will create a 100 X 100 square out of the middle.

Just a couple more quick suggestions...
If you want a tile with more color, you can
Apply Simple - Quick Tile - 50%
before the first Simple - Diamonds step
OR ... you can
Apply Simple - Quick Tile - 50%
INSTEAD OF the first Simple - Diamonds step
For a softer looking tile, you can
Apply Eye Candy Swirl (small and twisty, or whatever)
before the first CurlyQ step

OK, that's it. You're on your own now. Go play. Have fun.
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