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
SuperBladePro (BladePro will work, too)

This tutorial will show you how to make these 4 variations of the criss cross background tile.



With these techniques, your imagination, and your own favorite filters, you can make hundreds more.
THE CRISS CROSS
First, we need to make our Criss Cross.
Open a new image, 4 X 100.
Flood-fill the image with any color you like.
Copy the image.
Open a new image, 100 X 100.
Paste as a new layer.
Duplicate layer.
Rotate - left - 90 - all layers UNCHECKED.
Selections - Select All.
Selections - Modify - Contract 2.
Selections - Invert.
Flood-fill the selection.
De-select.
Layers - Merge - Merge Visible.
Selections - Select All.
Using the Magic Wand tool, click anywhere on the flood-filled part of the image.
Flood-fill the selection with white.
Apply SuperBladePro - gold_shiny,
but change the Radius to 2 and the Height to -32.
De-select.

Save this image as a .psp file, so that you won't ever have to do these first steps again.

Keep this image open. You will need a copy of it for each of the 4 different tiles. When I refer to "the gold grid image", in later steps, this is the one I'm referring to.
SOLID COLOR BACKGROUND
Duplicate (Shift-D) the gold grid image.

Add a layer to the new image.

Flood-fill with a solid color.

Move the bottom layer to the top.
Layers - Merge - Merge All (flatten).

Apply Simple - Diamonds.

Save.
MULTI-COLOR BACKGROUND
Duplicate (Shift-D) the gold grid image.

Add a layer to the new image.

Move the bottom layer to the top, and make sure it is your active layer.

Using the Magic Wand (tolerance 20, feather 0), click inside one of the 4 squares.
Make the bottom layer active.

Flood-fill the selection with a solid color.

Make the top layer active.

Using the Magic Wand (tolerance 20, feather 0), click inside one of the remaining empty squares.
Make the bottom layer active.

Flood-fill the selection with a solid color.

You've got the idea now. Repeat this process with the last 2 empty squares.
Layers - Merge - Merge All (flatten).

Apply Simple - Diamonds.

Save.
PICTURE PIECES BACKGROUND
Open an image that you want to use for your background. Duplicate it (Shift-D), and close the original image.

I'm using this little picture. You may use it too, if you like.
Using the selection tool
(rectangle, feather 0, antialias UNCHECKED),
select a bit of your picture.

Copy the selection (Ctrl-C).
Duplicate (Shift-D) the gold grid image.

Add a layer to the new image.

Move the bottom layer to the top, and make sure it is your active layer.

Using the Magic Wand (tolerance 20, feather 0), click inside one of the 4 squares.
Make the bottom layer active.

Paste the selection that you copied from your picture, into the selection.

Make the top layer active.

Using the Magic Wand (tolerance 20, feather 0), click inside one of the remaining empty squares.
Using the selection tool
(rectangle, feather 0, antialias UNCHECKED),
select a different bit of your picture.

Copy the selection (Ctrl-C).

Go back to your tile image, and make the bottom layer active.

Paste the selection that you copied from your picture, into the selection.

You've got the idea now. Repeat this process with the last 2 empty squares.
Layers - Merge - Merge All (flatten).

Apply Simple - Diamonds.

Save.
KALEIDOSCOPE BACKGROUND
Repeat the PICTURE PIECES instructions, up to the point where you've just pasted your first picture selection into your background image.
Effects - Reflection Effects - Kaleidoscope
(default settings, or any settings that look good to you)
Repeat this process, until all 4 of the squares are filled.
Layers - Merge - Merge All (flatten).

Apply Simple - Diamonds.

Save.

OK, that's it. You're finished.

If you have any questions or problems with this tutorial, feel free to E-MAIL ME.
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