How to create a zigzag background for your blog

Today’s post was highly requested and something I’ve wanted to write a tutorial about for a while. First impressions and appearances count a lot, especially for blogging. We all know how important the design of your blog is, but paying for a photo editing software can be unnecessary and expensive. Today I will show you how to quickly create a (very on trend) zigzag background for your blog, using free software called GIMP.

Video : Create a blog background for free without Photoshop

Step by Step Guide – Create a Blog Background on GIMP

create zigzag pattern on gimp

  1. Download GIMP from gimp.org/downloads, its free and legal.
  2. Open GIMP, Select File > New. You can alter the settings to how you wish, depending on what size you want your image to be and click ok. Then click File > Save As and save your image. Create a new layer (1a). Select the Fill Bucket (1b) and select the colour you want (1c) and fill the image area.
  3. Now we need to create horizontal lines. Go to Filter > Render > Pattern > Grid. Unlink the chains shown beneath the options (2a). Select the options (2b) and colour you want. I chose a width of 10, spacing of 20 (double the width so that they are the same size) and an offset of 10. You can play around with these for different effects.
  4. Now we want to turn the horizontal lines into a zigzag pattern. To do this we go Filter > Distort > Ripple. You’ll want to choose vertical for the orientation and sawtooth for the wave type. For the Edges setting, choose Smear, this will fill in the blank edges. Play around with these settings (3a) until the zig zag is the shape you want. For reference I selected the following – period of 24, amplitude of 6 and phase shift of 1.
  5. Export your zigzag image and upload it to your blog.

Alternatives to Photoshop and GIMP

Free Download : ZigZag Backgrounds

free zigzag chevron background

Download Links: 1. Grey Chevron BG Small | 2. Grey Chevron BG Big | Size in pixels: 1800×1500.

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EXTRA Downloads: Mint Chevron BG Small | Mint Chevron BG Big | Lilac Chevron BG Small | Lilac Chevron BG Big | Coral Chevron BG Small | Coral Chevron BG Big | Size in pixels: 1800×1500.

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16 Comments

  1. thank you so much! I am making invitations to a wedding shower and needed a chevron background! I Just made my first one!

  2. Thank you so, so much for this tutorial! I’ve recently started blogging and I have a lot to learn! I’ve been trying to learn Gimp, but I’m having a little trouble. There are so many settings! Thanks so much!

    1. I know right, it can be so confusing especially since I’m so used to Photoshop but it’s great once you get into it. Glad you liked the tutorial 🙂 x

  3. I loved your tutorial and I’ve used it to create my own wallpapers to gift as freebies to my readers on Facebook! Thanks so much for this! x

  4. I love this tutorial!! Do you know if there is a way to create multi-colored chevron? Like if I wanted a white background and then alternating pink, purple & green zigzags? I can’t figure out how to do more than 1 color and was hoping you had some insight? Thanks!

    1. The only thing I can think of right now is selecting the individual sections after you’ve created the chevron and manually changing them or using a linear gradient background first which includes the colours you want to have.

  5. Hi,
    I’ve just come across your brilliant tutorials. I’m new to Photoshop/GIMP and I was wondering how you actually add a text box onto the background you’ve created, like you have done on some of your blog images. Is if possible for you to send some instructions through if possible to be able to do it myself? Thanks.x

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