Pattern Design Tools Comparison Guide


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One-click creation of patterns

 

All symmetry types

 

Built-in library of popular repeats

 
 

Interactive changes of the symmetry type, repeat size, drop amount, and other parameters

 
*

Counterchange symmetry operations

 
 
 

Fully customizable color reversals in cells, tiles, and arbitrarily transformed motifs

 
 
 

Interlocking design elements

 
 

One-click clipping of repeating units

 
 

Easily blended units

 

Supports raster (bitmap) images

¹

Supports vector (resolution-independent) elements

²
 

A pattern can include images with different resolutions

²
 

The pattern rebuilds automatically when you edit seed elements

³
 

Supports pixel-based selection

 
 
 
 

Arbitrarily scattered design elements

 
 

Freehand drawing into the pattern

 
 

Live editing of pattern swatches

 
 
 

Live editing of symbols

 
 
 

Live updates of pattern fills for all symmetry types

 
 
 
 

A pattern can contain a mix of different symmetries

 
 
 
 

Interactive editing of symbols inside patterns

 
 
 
 

Nested patterns (pattern in pattern)

 
 
 

Private and public snapshots

 
 
 
 

Community sharing

 
 
 
 

Loading of patterns from the web

 
 
 
 

Best for

Creating patterns from large raster images, scanned art, and photographs
Creating patterns from vector elements or a combination of vector and raster images
Interactive editing of symbols and simple pattern swatches
Interactive editing of patterns of any complexity, with live updates
Creating simpler patterns from images, without editing the source image

Price (download version)

$315.00
$249.00
$125.00
$364.00
1-year subscription
$69.00

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* Support limited to half-drop and half-brick.
Built-in algorithms for "natural" blending.
¹ Faster processing, smaller files.
² Yes, in a smart object.
³ Click a button or press a keyboard shortcut to rebuild.