Artlandia SymmetryMill 2: Pattern Design for the Rest of Us

Today we are happy to announce the release of a major new version of Artlandia SymmetryMill, a desktop application that provides the easiest-to-use tools for creating seamless repeating patterns from any image. Rebuilt from the ground up and based on modern technology, SymmetryMill 2 brings you a range of improvements and makes your pattern design work even more productive and fun. Among the major improvements are:

  • The all-new Pattern Explorer. Sit back and relax while the Explorer makes all kinds of new patterns for you. Go on autopilot for inspiration, to learn what’s possible, or to refine a pattern design idea. Keep one or more parameters fixed while exploring the others. Stop any time you find something interesting.
    Starting Pattern Explorer.
    Starting the Pattern Explorer.

    Your Explorer history is recorded. Replay it like a movie or browse frame by frame and select the best. Learn more here on this blog or in the user guide.

  • Dozens of new blend modes. Easily create seamless patterns by meshing together even the hardest parts of a source image. The new blend technology smooths away boundaries between neighboring units exactly to your liking. Choose among the Normal, Enhanced Average, Dissolve, Darken, Multiply, Color Burn, Inverse Color Dodge, and many other blend modes.

    Normal blending, Dissolve blending, Soft Color Burn blending, and Soft Color Dodge blending.
    Examples of Normal, Dissolve, Soft Color Burn, and Soft Color Dodge blending (from left to right).
  • A battery of new filters. Tweak your patterns with a rich new collection of non-destructive source image filters, including Sepia, Reduce Colors, Pixelate, Add Noise, Dot Screen, Emboss, and others.

    Image filters
    Applying filters to tweak your patterns.

Among sundry smaller improvements are those that immediately boost your productivity:

  • The new repeat size display. SymmetryMill now automatically displays the repeat size as you edit the control path—or simply hover your mouse over the control path. This lets you quickly make the repeat size of your patterns exactly to spec.
  • The new keyboard shortcuts. As a great example, Cmnd-S (Mac OS) or Ctrl-S (Windows) will now automatically re-save whatever image file you exported the last time—the whole pattern or a tile—while Cmnd-Shift-S (or Ctrl-Shift-S) will open the Export dialog and let you choose the export format and Cmnd-1 (Ctrl-1), Cmnd-2 (Ctrl-2), … will reload the respective images from the File > Load Recent menu.

Enhancements on Pattern Central, the Artlandia repository of free shared patterns, include:

  • Larger pattern thumbnails give a better preview of shared patterns.

    Listing for Cafe Terrace at Night from the Infinite van Gogh series
    A Pattern Central listing for the pattern Cafe Terrace at Night from the Infinite van Gogh series.
  • Direct Links to pattern tiles let you use free shared patterns in your fabric printing or other projects, including webpage design, with minimal effort.

    Desaturated pattern from Pattern Central
    An example of using a desaturated pattern from Pattern Central on a webpage.

We hope you enjoy the new SymmetryMill 2! See the Artlandia website to learn more.

Last updated: September 3, 2017

September 3, 2017

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