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  1. #21
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    Default Create Seamless Patterns in Xara Designer Pro X

    I'm seeing a lot of positive effort on this thread.

    By the way, because the final tile is going to be a bitmap, you can, in fact, use masked bitmaps as repeating elements.

    I already had two bitmaps trimmed, from years ago in Photoshop, but I use Xara practically daily to make refined, accurate image masks. You nudge imported photos exactly as you do vector shapes you draw. Or make a combination of elements.

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    Default Re: Create Seamless Patterns in Xara Designer Pro X

    Here is another one from me. I used two plugins for this one, first I added noise to my background with Xara's add noise filter and I used Eye Candy 6 Chrome for the gold spirals.

    I found that the noise plugin caused some anti aliasing which resulted in a white seam so to work around that I cloned my noisy background square and resized it big enough to cover everything and sent it to the back then when I created my tile the anti aliasing blended with the background and seam gone

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    Default Re: Create Seamless Patterns in Xara Designer Pro X

    Okay, while I am still logged on, I will present my feeble effort.
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    Default Re: Create Seamless Patterns in Xara Designer Pro X

    Not feeble at all, Seagull, although you're right—it makes me lean a little to the right while looking at it!

    Free yourself up a little, seagull. Make the pattern elements different sizes and don't be afraid to nudge some elements off the background. In the tutorial, I wanted to suggest that a pattern doesn't have to look regularly spaced.

    Frances just posted a nice one that looks asymmetrical. It's one of many ways to go; have fun, let's see some more from you, and thanks for posting!

    My Best,

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    Default Re: Create Seamless Patterns in Xara Designer Pro X

    Yeah, it is busy, for sure, it is busy. I was debating whether to call it dizzy or mal de mer (vomit), but seening how this is a family show I went for dizzy. However, I was basically trying for this effect instead of the random pattern which you showed on the tutorial and which everybody else is doing. I was just wondering if the technique could be used to create, for example, a plait pattern like on a kilt. I am not exactly sure if I have proved my point or not but I'm kind of thinking it can. A nice, soft, pastal plait could make a nice background for a web site was where my mind was at. And with that tongue twister I will bid you a goodnight
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    Default Re: Create Seamless Patterns in Xara Designer Pro X

    It's a nice one Seagull, but I'm not sure it will tile seamlessly...
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    Default Re: Create Seamless Patterns in Xara Designer Pro X

    Thanks, Steve!

    That's a great pattern idea; it should spawn dozens of variations.

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    Seriously, though, aside from self-promotions, you can use the seamless tiling technique to create web page backgrounds of corporate logos for clients.

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    Our Xara Xone channel on YouTube uses a subtle one. Which took me quite a while to map out as an intricate pattern. It's not supposed to hit you over the head, but instead serve as a gentle reinforcement of name branding.

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    Default Re: Create Seamless Patterns in Xara Designer Pro X

    Hello Guy

    "It's a nice one Seagull, but I'm not sure it will tile seamlessly... "

    Actually, that is a seamless tile, created exactly as the tutorial. I would never use anything like this myself outside of as a learning experience, but tone the colours down, get rid of the circles, perhaps change the black cross to red with a heavy black outline, a green line or two and I think it may turn into a plait.
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    Default Re: Create Seamless Patterns in Xara Designer Pro X

    Just a heads-up for everyone:

    If you're going to post a seamless pattern, and you expect a member to download it and check it out—

    Upload a zipped PNG, or the original Xara file. When TalkGraphics content manager or you convert a bitmap to JPEG, JPEG loses some of the original details when it compresses a copy, and sometimes the copy won't tile properly because of JPEG artifacting.

    My Best,

    Gary

 

 

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