I have this in my canvas: enter image description here

What I want to do is cover the whole canvas with this image; the image is 250 px wide, so I want to add 3 more so the whole canvas looks like fire!

How do I do that? (I've read the GIMP book, looked on SO and Google, but found nothing...)


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Select and copy the image to put it on your clipboard, then use the bucket fill tool with the pattern option, selecting the clipboard pattern. If you want to keep the image around for further use, you can always save it as a pattern.

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    Hi Stan... got it... needed a layer... :D thank you for your help... Mar 26, 2015 at 22:59
  • You do not need to use the bucket fill tool, btw - drag and drop the layer from the layers dialog (note: that is different from the patterns popup of the tool) to the image, and the active layer or selection will be filled. Layers dialog docs: docs.gimp.org/en/gimp-pattern-dialog.html Mar 27, 2015 at 14:39
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    use the bucket fill tool with the pattern option, selecting the clipboard pattern -there is nothig like this
    – Jon Zon
    Mar 3, 2017 at 9:20
  • Agree with @JonZon when I pick pattern fill it just gives me some preset patterns as options, I don't see a clipboard option. Aug 29, 2021 at 19:35

I am a very desultory GIMP user. Each time I find myself having to learn again the most basic ropes.

In my case, I came here because I needed to widen a picture by resizing its canvas and repeating central pieces in the sides.

very poor result, I admit...

I could not obtain anything from the buckets & patterns mentioned in the first answer, so I just went on with:

  1. activate the rectangle selector tool and select the part I want to copy

  2. click Edit -> Copy Visible in the menu

  3. again with the rectangle selector tool, select a piece of the unfilled area

  4. click Edit -> Paste Into in the menu

  5. position the colored chunk precisely and hit Esc repeatedly

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    Welcome on GD.SE, Marco, are you aware of seam carving? It could be useful for your specific example. Mar 9, 2020 at 8:27
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    Welcome to Graphic Design! If you have a NEW question, please ask it by clicking the Ask Question button.
    – Luciano
    Mar 9, 2020 at 10:29
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    @PaoloGibellini - wow!!! that's exactly what I need... thank you! Mar 10, 2020 at 9:18

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