I goofed this up by changing the name, trying to be cutesy. I made the Microsoft error of putting a date as part of the name, and ended up confusing everybody. The program is now (and will continue to be) known as just sTile. In the past, it has been known as HarmWave, Harm'sTile, Harm'sTile99, and sTile99. I apologize for any confusion this may have caused.
What is it?
sTile is a program designed to create 'Seamless Tiles'; small images that, when lined up adjacent with itself, makes a seamless pattern with no discernible borders. It can do other things, but that was (and still is) its primary purpose. It is based on gradients, the gradual shading from one color to another. Best results for 3D look is to use a light color and a dark color for the gradient. After the gradient, there are numerous 'filters' and 'distortions' that can be applied to the image to alter the appearance in a variety of ways.
It's difficult to actually draw anything with this program; but it can create some pretty colorful images, as you can see from the examples on these pages. Most of the time, you won't start out with a specific result in mind; it's more of a creativity exploration tool. You just start playing with the various settings until you stumble upon a combination of things that looks cool. Save the image, and start over.
Any 32-bit Windows: Win9x, WinNT4, WinME, Win2K, WinXP.
Approx 4 MB free disk space and a Pentium class processor.
Run your system at 24 or 32 bit color (true color), and I'd suggest a minimum of 800 x 600 screen size.
New in Version 2.7
Not much. I updated the Multi-Gradient Designer to allow an unlimited number of colors to be used. I redid the Help system to use html help. Also changed the installer program a bit and changed the name of the Installation file from HarmTile.zip to sTile.msi.
sTile.msi - 1.8 MB Note - this uses the standard Windows Installer program, which may not be present on older versions of Windows. You can get the re-distributable files for it from http://www.microsoft.com/msdownload/platformsdk/instmsi.htm, or you can use the old-fashioned method by downloading the zip file below instead.
sTile.zip - 1.8 MB - Unzip, then run sTile.exe
scrshot.jpg - I don't remember how I made this image, sorry
The tutorials are intended to get you started with basic program operation, and to maybe teach you some of the shortcut keys. You may find the examples more useful, to see how some of the images were created step-by-step.
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