Pattern Design Tools Comparison Guide

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Host application

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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


Supports vector (resolution-independent) elements


A pattern can include images with different resolutions


The pattern rebuilds automatically when you edit seed elements


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

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1-year subscription

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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.