The remarkable world of patterns

by Fred Showker

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SYMMETRYSHOP PANEL

THE NEW SYMMETRYSHOP PANEL also adds convenience buttons that streamline a typical pattern design workflow. These include targeting the seed (motif) layer, selecting the control path, visualizing the area exported as a pattern preset, previewing the exported pattern, and other functions that used to require multiple steps. (Click for an enlargement of the Happy Cows pattern screen above)

Jenny B Harris arts & crafts excellence

Jenny B Harris, has created a world of patterns in her blog space, which also happens to include an array of other wonderfully playful visual delights. She's an illustrator, designer, and truly gifted artsy craftsy person. She writes:

quoting I broke down and splurged on a spiffy plug-in for Photoshop, called Symmetry Shop from Artlandia. They also have one for Illustrator called Symmetry Works. It cost me more than a few pennies but man is it fun! You can play with images and arrange all sorts of cool patterns with it. I just replaced my blog background with the first one I generated end quote

You'll love poking around in her site allsorts.typepad.com

SymmetryShop 3 supports the Large Document Format

In addition, SymmetryShop 3 supports the Large Document Format and at the same time dramatically improves performance by letting the user reduce the image size of a pattern on the fly. At the end of the design cycle, the user can rebuild the pattern at full size and quality by pressing a button.

SymmetryShop 3 supports the Large Document Format

Artlandia SymmetryShop 3 for Mac OS X and Windows

Artlandia SymmetryShop 3 for Mac OS X and Windows runs on all major operating systems and is available immediately. Photoshop CS4 is required to use the floating panel and most new features. In Photoshop 7 through CS3, the plug-in is supported as a legacy dialog.

Artlandia SymmetryWorks 5 - The download-only version of the plug-in costs US$315 or US$489 in a value package with Artlandia SymmetryWorks 5, which provides a similar functionality in Adobe Illustrator. The upgrade from previous versions of SymmetryShop costs US$75 (download).

Simplified Pattern generation screen shot
Extraordinary pattern with objects and textures screen shot
Full information available at www.artlandia.com.
Previous reviews and pages on Artlandia in the Design Center

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Fred Showker

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