PhotoPaint really excels in creating seamless pattern tiles, thanks to the Terrazzo filter that is built into PhotoPaint. If you're familiar with quilt patterns, you'll understand the way in which Terrazzo creates a seamless pattern tile. It takes a geometric shape and repeats it, similar to the way that quilt patterns repeat. From one file, you can make dozens of unique seamless pattern tiles. But enough talking, let's play!
1. You'll want to start with an image, which can be a photo, a scanned image, a drawing, any image you can open in PhotoPaint. Once you've opened your image, apply Effects/Artistic/Terrazzo.
2.By dragging the selection tool within the Terrazzo dialog box, you select the area you would like to see tiled. Click on the Symmetry icon, and you'll have a number of choices for the how you would like the selection repeated. The patterns for the geometrical repetition are named after quilt patterns, such as Honey Bees and Card Tricks. You can play with the Feather slider, too, to soften the transitions. When you find a pattern that you like, just use the Save Tile button. As an example of the versatility of Terrazzo, the image below shows a variety of patterns created from the previous image.
There are more than 70 filters included with PhotoPaint version 7, which means you can create an endless number of unique patterns by simply applying a filter or two to an image, and then using Terrazzo to create a seamless pattern tile.