I posted a couple of weeks ago about creating a zigzag chevron background for your blog using GIMP which is a free alternative to Photoshop. Today I will show you how to create a polka dot pattern using GIMP and how to create a polka dot background. You can use these backgrounds for things like your blog background, blog images, social media sites.
Alternatives to Photoshop/GIMP
How to create a blog background for free without Photoshop
Step by Step Guide – Polka Dot Blog Background on GIMP
- Download GIMP from gimp.org/downloads, its free and legal.
- First we’re going to create the pattern. Open GIMP, Select File > New and choose 100 x 100 for the size. You can download my pre-made pattern below and then import it to use. Point 9 will tell you how to do this.
- Select New Layer and choose a Transparent Background. Delete the Background Layer.
- Select the brush tool, choose your polka dot colour and select a circle brush. Make sure it has a hardness of 100%, this will give the edge of the circle a nice clean edge so that it’s not blurry. I’ve selecting 30 as the size.
- Click View and select Snap to Grid and then Snap to Canvas Edges. This will snap your brush to the right places.
- Click Image, Guides and select New Guide by Percent. Choose Horizontal and 50%. Repeat this action choosing Vertical and 50%. You’ll see a guide appear.
- Using your brush, add 4 half circles to the centre of where the guides meet the edges. You may need to look at the video for this. It is at 2:37. When the image is tiled, it will create equal circles.
- Go to File, Export and save the file by selecting GIMP Pattern (.PAT). You can now add this to your Patterns on GIMP to use multiple times.
- To add a pattern to GIMP, go to Gimp, Preferences, expand Folders and choose Patterns. Add your Pattern Folder (where you saved the .PAT file).
- Now lets create you’re background. Select New File and fill the image with whatever colour you want.
- Create a new layer. Select the fill tool and your Polka Dot Pattern. Fill the area.
- To save, go to File, export. Name your background and choose your file type (.png or .jpg) from the list shown.