Curved Tile Texture Tutorial

How to create a seamless Curved Tile texture

This is a very simple, strightforward use of a Distort plugin that produces a nice curved tile effect that can be used as a background as, when finished, it will tile perfectly. 

If you don't already have the
Waves plugin you will need to download and install it to complete this tutorial.

The use of the
Distortion and Ed-Fects plugins are optional. 

Start with a 1000 x 1000 square canvas (I've tried other sizes and this one produces the best results)

Make any design you wish on the canvas; not too intricate as most of the detail will be lost when we do the tiles 

I used a very simple diamond gradient


Apply  EFFECTS > DISTORT > Dents: Scale 50, Amount 100, Turbulence 10.

Dents is one of the optional Distortion plugins.


Select EFFECTS > DISTORT > Waves: Radius 1000, X-effect 400, Y-effect 400.

Press CTRL+F to repeat the Waves - you should repeat somewhere between 10 and 20 times to achieve your desired level of detail.

10 x Waves

20 x Waves

Recolour your image by EFFECTS > ED-FECTS > Colour Tint.


Alternatively you could also use ADJUSTMENTS > Curves and play with the RGB values to colour your image if you prefer.

You should now shrink your image to a size that will tile nicely across a background (Desktop or Webpage).

IMAGE > Resize: I made mine 150 x 150

This is what it looks like tiled across a desktop:

You can also view this tutorial, along with responses and examples from other PDN users, by visiting the Paint.NET forum. Just follow this link: Curved Tile Texture