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.
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.