I will assume you have familiarity with using Corel
- File/New, select 8 Bit Palleted, size 2x2 pixels.
- Set View at 1600% so you can see what you are doing.
- Select the color you want (I'll use red for the purposes
of this tutorial) and using the Paint tool set to 1 pixel size,
click on the two diagonal corners.It should now look like this:
- Image/Convert To/8 Bit Palleted, select 2 colors
- Using the Rectangle Mask tool while holding down the Ctrl
key, drag select the two Red squares.
- Edit/Create Fill From Selection
- File/New, select 8 Bit Palleted, size 50x50 pixels.
- Using the Fill tool, click on the new image. It will fill
with the pattern you just created.
- Image/Convert To/8 Bit Palleted, select 2 colors.
- Save As, GIF, Transparency, Image Color, and select White.
If you are trying to create a transparent white layer, of course
click the other color.
This can be done in any program that can do a pattern fill
and save as GIF. You could also skip much of this by simply downloading
my red checkerboard 50x50 pixel file and simply changing the
pallete to change the color, and save out as a transparent GIF.
Here it is to make it easier, just Right Click (Option Click
on a Mac) and select Save Image:
Now just insert in the Table code inside the <TD> tag
as a background image like this:
<P><FONT COLOR="#ffffff" SIZE="+2">It
is much easier to read text on a more contrasting background.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT COLOR="#ffffff">However, small
font sizes may suffer with this technique.</FONT>