Tile Tool
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Creator:  Jonathan Puckey
Date:  19. August 2006, 19:45

Tile Tool

Tile Tool allows you to create and draw with Tiles.
To use Tile Tool, download the script below and the Tilesets.


If you want to share your own Tilesets with the rest of us, contact me. I'm also interested what people are doing with Tile Tool, so please let me know if you make something nice with it!

Download Tile Tool 1.13

(updated 16/8/2009)
Note: Tile Tool has now been fixed for the latest version of Scriptographer (2.5). Please report any bugs you encounter, and I will fix them as soon as possible.

Change log

07/09/2006 - 1.11 - dropdown menus now work on pc
10/10/2006 - 1.12 - updated to work with latest version of Scriptographer
16/08/2007 - 1.13 - updated to work with Scriptographer 2.0.024
16/08/2007 - 1.14 -updated to work with Palette code, saving +- 250 lines of code in the process and added support for shift to move tiles below others while drawing

Download Tilesets

(zipped Illustrator documents)
Standard Tilesets (updated 20/08/2006)
Raster Mix


Tile Tool demonstration movie - Quicktime 7 required
(this demo features an old Tile Tool interface, new demos coming soon)

How To Movies

How to create a new Tileset
How to work with Sequential Tiles


(designed by Jonathan Puckey)

* Classroom poster series - Jan van Toorn
* Classroom poster series - Jean Marc Bustamente
* Classroom poster series - Jose Teunissen
* Classroom poster series - Marc Bijl
* Playtime poster

User interface

• Mac users: Press the option key while drawing to not place Tiles.
PC users: press the control key while drawing to not place Tiles.
(handy for when you have to cross over other Tiles and don't want to place a Tile over them)

• Use the Tilesets pulldown to select a Tileset that you want to draw with.

• 'Refresh Tilesets' looks for Tilesets in your document and adds them to the Tileset pulldown menu. (Refreshing happens automatically most of the time)

• Use the Order pulldown to change the way Tile Tool works when the selected Tileset has multiple corner tiles:

  • Top Most: Only selects Tiles at the top of the Tileset corner layers
* example of Top Most
  • Random: Selects random Tiles
  • Sequential Tiles: Places Tiles in sequence according to their position in the Tileset corner layers
* example of Random and Sequential
  • Image Pixel Values: Pick Tiles based on the darkness of the encodeMd5 pixel beneath it.
* example of Image Pixel Values

• The Rotation pulldown

  • Straight: The standard drawing setting.
  • Rotate: Rotate the horizontal and vertical Tiles 180 degrees in the drawing direction
  • Rotate to Cursor: Rotates Tiles to the cursor while drawing
* Example of Straight vs Rotate to Cursor

• Trace Selected Path traces the selected path using the active Tileset

• Create New Empty Tileset creates the empty layers needed to make a new Tileset

• Duplicate Selected Tileset makes a copy of the selected Tileset

• Set Image scales the selected encodeMd5 to make the size of its pixels match the size of the Tiles in the active Tileset. You can also use Set Image to move a raster back into the Tile grid after you've moved it

• Raster Selection prepares the selected items for tracing by rasterizing them in the resolution of the active Tileset.

(Use the last two options in combination with Image Pixel Values in the Order pulldown to trace encodeMd5s)


* Tilesets reside within the Illustrator document in the layer 'Tiles'.
Re: CS5 Support
From:  Artfulalibi
Date:  14. February 2011, 23:50

I am also getting the dreaded

TypeError: Cannot read property "bounds" from undefined
at Example

In both cs4 and cs5. I have the lastest version of both scriptographer and title tool. Any ideas. Thanks so much. I really love the example images.

Re: CS5 Support
From:  Artfulalibi
Date:  16. February 2011, 06:40

Fixed my own problem. And, for those that want to regain the trace outline effect in CS5, go to line 115 and add a comma so you can add another bit of code and past in:

traceit: {
type: 'button',
value: 'Trace Path',
onClick: function() {

Save and reload. YA!

From:  Wei
Date:  2. April 2012, 10:49

I am getting the same jumpy behaviour as wakaka. I think it's to do with the artboards, (I am using CS5) it seems to automatically draw a line towards the centre of the artboard... something about the coordinates must be off?

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