How to make seamless tiles

When I first started doing pixel art I always had a tough time making seamless tiles in my backgrounds. When I would try to make a tilemap for a game it would have obvious repeating patterns and it looked bad. My solution was to try to line things up in my mind and a lot of trial and error until I got something that looked nice. That process was tedious and I knew there had to be a better way.

Nowadays I use this technique. It is an easy 6 step process and it does not require any specific tools or programs. I will be using 100×100 pixel tiles to make it easy to see but this technique works with any size. I will also keep the pixel art simple and exaggerate things. This way it is all easy to see what I am doing.

The 6 steps to seamless tiles.

  1. The first thing you obviously need is a tile. Let’s say I want to make a field of flowers in a tile map game. I may start with something like this.
    Flower Tile 1
  2. If I tile these together I will get something like this. It is easy to see the repeating pattern here and that makes it look bad.
    Flower Tile 2
  3. At this point I will cut out a new tile of the same size from the intersection of 4 of these tiles. I added black lines so it is easy to see what I am doing.
    Flower Tile 3
  4. Now I have something like this to work with.
    Flower Tile 4
  5. At this point I touch up the tile and maybe change a few things around to make it look nice as a single tile. Try to stay away from the edges if you can help it.
    Flower Tile 5
  6. Then I put the new tiles together and I get this. It already looks a lot better and you cannot easily tell were one tile starts or ends.
    Seamless tiles

That is how I make seamless tiles. Sometimes I will even repeat steps 3 to 6 and fine tune how I want it to look. No need for any fancy tools like Adobe Photoshop and so far, it has worked for everything I wanted to do.


Join The Community

I hope you enjoyed this article! I am always posting new and helpful things! If you like what you see then I'd love to be able to send you more! Please subscribe to my newsletter for the latest information and exclusive content!

* indicates required
Would you kindly share this post?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *