Striped background

We will be making the outside tile on this page.
I made this tile using psp x2 but you should be able to do it with earlier or later versions.
You will need to have a good working knowledge of using psp and working with pixels.
This is my own creation. Any similarities to other tutorials is strictly coincidental.
Let's get started.

Open a new transparent image, 55x55 and zoom in 800% so you can see what you're doing.
Turn on your grid set at 1 pixel. We will be using 3 colors. You can pick your own colors or use the ones I used to make this tile.
If you're using mine, set your foreground color to #93a2b9 and your background color to #b1b8ba. With your paintbrush set to 1, draw a line using the foreground color, along the left side. Draw another line next to this using your background color.
Draw a third line using the foreground color.
To make things easier, duplicate this layer 4 times.
You now should have 5 layers the same.
Add a new layer.
Change your background color to #e0e4ec.
Starting in the 4th pixel from the left which should be the next blank space and with your paintbrush still set to 1, draw a straight line using the new background color.
Set your paintbrush to 2 pixels and using your foreground color, draw a line next to this. Set your paintbrush to 4 pixels and draw another line next to this using your background color.
Set your paintbrush back to 1 and draw a line using the foreground color.
Set your paintbrush to 2 pixels and draw a line using the background color.
Duplicate this layer 3 more times so you end up with 4 layer 2s.
This is what you should have.

2 rasters

Now we need to move our duplicated layers to create the finished tile.
Sit on one of your layer 1 copies and line it up next to the edge of layer 2.
Sit on a layer 2 copy and line it up next to the layer 1 copy.
Keep alternating layer copies until you've filled the entire image.
This is what it should look like.

tile filled in

Everything should line up evenly along the top, bottom, and sides.
When you're done placing all the copies in the correct places, merge visible and save.

You can take this image one step further and make it into a plaid tile.
To do this, duplicate your image and go to Image: rotate left.
To make these two tiles into a plaid tile, go to
Image: Arithmetic and use these settings.

arithmetic

Image #1 and image #2 would be the names of your two tiles.
Click ok and now you have a plaid tile.

I hope you enjoyed doing this tutorial.
If you have any questions or want to share your work, come join my PSP Addicts site.