SymmetryShop review

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  • Price When Reviewed: 145

  • Pros: Creates sophisticated symmetrical repeating patterns in Photoshop with or without seamless tiling. These can be saved into Photoshop pattern palettes.

  • Cons: Random effects are easy but to get true predictable control you have to learn the software inside out.

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A Photoshop plug-in that creates complex repeating patterns, Artlandia’s SymmetryShop has a wide variety of uses, from creating commercial wallpapers to seamless textures for 3D models.

Output can be used to fill the whole artwork area, or you can assign patterns to the Pattern Stamp brush or Paint Bucket tool. Artlandia produces SymmetryWorks too, which applies similar functionality to Adobe Illustrator, allowing you to creates vector patterns.

Both plug-ins automate the creation of tiled graphics. SymmetryShop patterns can be used with the full range of Photoshop’s layers, transparency, and brush effects. It can also create patterns from scanned or photographed real-world bitmap elements.

 border=0 />As the name suggests, SymmetryShop doesn’t just produce straight tiles, it can repeat elements in all 17 mathematically possible rotation and mirror symmetries. It can start with irregular selections to create organic, interlocking patterns <BR>
with the option of blended edges to avoid sharp boundaries. 
To create a pattern you initially define a “seed” in Photoshop. This source can be a drawn or painted graphic element or a selection from part of an existing image. It’s a good idea to paste this into a layer in a blank document, and you’ll probably need to create a canvas area that’s many times the size of the seed in order to give SymmetryShop room to create the repeating pattern. 
SymmetryShop is accessed through the Photoshop Automate menu. It opens a window that offers extensive pre-set patterns and layouts, plus manual controls. Boxes and sliders adjust the repeat size and orientation of patterns. 
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