photo fi t Introduce patterns to your art via photography
Corel’s Patterns is a nifty little iPhone app designed specifically for creating repeating, tiled patterns using photos you’ve taken with your device’s camera. If you’re anything like us, you’ll have often noticed interesting objects or textures while you’re in the great outdoors, and Patterns is a great way to incorporate these into your art.
Once you’ve taken a picture you can crop and rotate it to a square frame, then use blends to hide the edges, and adjust brightness, luminance and contrast. It’s incredibly easy to use and you can turn mundane images into interesting tiled patterns. Your pattern can then be emailed as a PNG image or a CorelDRAWspecific FILL file. Another cool feature here is a community where you can share your patterns, and vote other patterns up or down, a bit like Instagram or Pinterest.
You’re a little limited in what you can do with the patterns once they’re in your creative software of choice, and there aren’t any randomisation options for creating large-scale tiles. But you can still use it to create textures for clothing or objects, and the fact that it’s free makes it even better.
This psychedelic pattern was created using an image of a round speaker that was tiled, blended and colour adjusted.