Seamless patterns – how to make easily with GIMP

By , last updated June 14, 2015

We have a white snow image with some rough destroyed snowballs that we would like to make seamless.

white snow texture bumpy rough snowballs destroyed image

First open image in GIMP. We want to use it as background. However if we just tile the image as is, the result isn’t very good.

applied pattern in gimp without seamless texture

The easiest and fastest way to make it seamless and tiled in GIMP is by applying a Map Filter like this:

apply map filter on image in gimp

Go to Filters and choose Filters -> Map -> Make Seamless. The result is a seamless white snow texture with some snow bumps:

seamless tiled snow white texture in gimp using map filter

Now the resulting image is too small for our purposes. So we are going to make a really huge texture by making and applying this new texture as a pattern. In order to do this export the resulting seamless photo as pattern:

make pattern image with gimp paste

Edit -> Paste as -> New Pattern (Choose a unique name or your pattern will not be written)

Now create a new file with a really huge size. I’m going to make a 10000 x 10000 pixels large image and fill it with our new pattern:

fill with pattern in gimp

Edit -> Fill with pattern

The resulting huge white snow texture:

result seamless huge pattern white snow texture