View Full Version : Make a border that matches my map scale?

07-19-2010, 06:40 PM
Hi all, I feel really dumb right now, but I can't seem to figure out how to make a black and white alternating rectangle border in GIMP.

07-19-2010, 06:44 PM
Don't feel dumb, I went through a lot of grief when I made my first one. The key is the checkerboard (Filters -> Render -> Pattern -> Checkerboard). Then it's just a matter of sizing the checkerboard boxes so that everything lines up nice for your border. Then a layer mask that covers everything but a strip around the edge of your map and voila! you have black and white alternating rectangles :)

//Edit: You'll save yourself a TON of aforementioned grief if you do this first, rather than last ;)

07-19-2010, 07:01 PM
Thanks Gidde, I had fooled around with it a little. I thought that there must be an easier way.

07-19-2010, 09:19 PM
Not that I've found, but I think I tend to do things the hard way anyhow ;)

07-20-2010, 11:15 PM
I either use checkerboard with masking (as Gidde stated) or I make the rectangular selection and do a patterned stroke. It depends on the size of rectangles needed.

-Rob A>

07-21-2010, 07:57 AM
I hand make rectangles then copy and paste them to fit each map. I tried patterns a long time ago but that wasn't always reliable as the pattern gets offset. So I make a black rectangle, copy/paste it into a new layer, invert the color, move it over, merge. Copy/paste that and so on. Using the 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64 multiplying thing the copy/paste goes rather fast.