ENHANCED in SymmetryMill 2
Mirror symmetries naturally produce patterns without visible divisions
between repeated units. For other symmetries, it is possible to create
seamless patterns by blending (melding together) neighboring units.
As a point of reference, blending is useful for creating
and many other types of designs.
In SymmetryMill, you can control blending by choosing the amount of blending and its type, and then apply additional effects to the blending boundaries.
If a pattern’s symmetry allows different degrees of blending in the horizontal and vertical
directions, you will be able to use both Blend H and Blend V sliders in the Parameters
panel. Otherwise, simply set the value of the horizontal blending and SymmetryMill will
automatically choose an appropriate amount for the vertical blending, depending on symmetry
Note: Both horizontal and vertical blending are disabled for symmetries that involve
two mirrors and, therefore, achieve seamless patterns without blending.
Furthermore, using the Blend Mode
popup menu, you can choose among the following types of blending:
- Normal (Normal, Average, Enhanced Average, and Dissolve)
- Darken (Darken, Darker Color, Multiply, Soft Color Burn, Color Burn, Inverse Color Burn, and Linear Burn)
- Lighten (Lighten, Lighter Color, Screen, Soft Color Dodge, Color Dodge, Inverse Color Dodge, and Linear Dodge (Add))
- Contrast (Overlay, Soft Light, Hard Light, Vivid Light, Linear Light, Pin Light, and Hard Mix)
- Reflect (Reflect, Glow, Freeze, Heat, and Phoenix)
- Cancellation (Difference, Negate, Exclude, Subtract, Stamp, and Erase)
- Composite (Hue, Saturation, Color, and Luminosity)
Soft Color Burn
Inverse Color Burn
Soft Color Dodge
Inverse Color Dodge
Some blend modes, such as Normal and Average, may give differing results only for semi-transparent images.
Place the cursor over the Blend Mode popup menu and scroll with your mouse wheel to quickly try various blend modes.
Run the Explorer after selecting the Blend amount, Blend mode, and Dissolve edges checkboxes
in the Explorer Preferences dialog to generate a wide variety of blending effects for your patterns.
As you will see, there are no "good" or "bad" blend modes, but they all can be useful
depending on your source image, unit boundaries, and design choices.