How can you tile a single image into tiled multiple layers in a bigger image?

Let's say you have 30x32 image, the new image you would want to have 3x2 tile, thus the new image would be 90x64. However, there should still be 6 layers in this new image.

To give a more specific example, if you are Andy Warhol and have a single image of a Campbell's soup can, you would like to tile it into a bigger image with multiple soup cans. Afterwards, you want to do some adjustments to individual soup cans separately.

Currently, I am just copy pasting original image into new blank image with a grid and dragging each new layer into appropriate slot by hand. Very time consuming. :)

This is on Windows XP with Photoshop CS3 Extended, but will appreciate any solutions.

EDIT: What I am looking for is something similar to Create Tiled Clones ability in Inkscape

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    You could most probably just make an Action which is editable, so that you can define the X and Y size of the tile image.
    – paradroid
    Nov 5, 2010 at 13:29
  • Making an Action is what I ended up doing, this is good enough for the time being. :)
    – Aniti
    Nov 25, 2010 at 9:31

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CS5 Extended has multi-layer fill. If you create a texture with your tile (probably want to run a 50% offset filter, too) you should be good to go. I don't know if you are running this revision, but it might help. If you're running an older version, I believe gIMP also has multi-layer fill for textures, you should be able to perform this step in gIMP and then pop it back into PS without any deprecation.


Most top ranked answers on the web(not SU) currently suggest manually making copies and moving them, the same thing I do currently, and rather silly for larger tiles. :)

So far the closest answer I've found is at: http://www.ehow.com/how_5844112_tile-photo-photoshop.html This method alas did not work for me, I saw it tile in preview, but not in image.

Meanwhile, i will keep searching for a better solution...in the worst case one must be able to write a macro for this.

EDIT: found another method from 2004: http://www.webdesign.org/photoshop/photoshop-basics/aligning-layers.33.html Again, I am failing, this time at the distribution step, the linked layers do not get distributed evenly.


This isn't really a direct answer i know, so sorry if its not useful:

This is totally simple if you have InDesign; one linked photoshop, multiple instances = all instances update with any changes made to the photoshop file.

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