How to make pixel perfect pattern repetition?

twiggy0

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I'm trying to make a pattern. Let's take these circles for example.



From having one circle, how do I make each circle spaced out evenly from each other in both the vertical and horizontal axis?

I'm using GIMP on Mac OS.

Usually I'm able to more or less estimate it, but it's never pixel perfect. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Cheers.
 
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snberk103

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Not familiar with GIMP specifically, but start by looking for "Align" and "Distribute" Objects. The 1st lines things up in a straight line, the 2nd distributes them evenly. In Pages you more or less line them up and then select them all. "Distribute" then spaces them using the 1st and last objects as anchor points.

Depending on how many and how big you want the pattern you may want to use Pages. Anyway, in Pages you would then "Group" the aligned the and distributed spots, copy and paste... now you have two lines. Align the two lines as needed, group the two lines together, copy and paste...now you have 4. Group, copy, paste = 8. Next iteration = 16, then 32, then 64, etc.
 

twiggy0

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Oct 8, 2009
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Not familiar with GIMP specifically, but start by looking for "Align" and "Distribute" Objects. The 1st lines things up in a straight line, the 2nd distributes them evenly. In Pages you more or less line them up and then select them all. "Distribute" then spaces them using the 1st and last objects as anchor points.

Depending on how many and how big you want the pattern you may want to use Pages. Anyway, in Pages you would then "Group" the aligned the and distributed spots, copy and paste... now you have two lines. Align the two lines as needed, group the two lines together, copy and paste...now you have 4. Group, copy, paste = 8. Next iteration = 16, then 32, then 64, etc.
Thank you! Took some time to do but ended up working beautifully
 

citizenzen

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I'm using GIMP on Mac OS.
I'm not familiar with the capabilities of GIMP. However, to precisely create shapes and then step and repeat them, I would use Illustrator and export the results to Photoshop (or GIMP) if that was the format your final art required.