Designing Pattern Repeats Part 2: Using Artlandia SymmetryWorks

Today, is Part 2 of my design process in creating pattern repeats.  Today, I would like to focus on Artlandia's products. As I mentioned in my previous blog post, I like to use Artlandia's SymmetryWorks to create coordinating pattern repeats based on my foundation design.  Their products serve as plug-ins to Illustrator and work with vector objects, but they also let you use raster images in your patterns. If you find that you prefer to work in Photoshop they also offer SymmetryShop.

SymmetryWorks is the main plug-in for creating endless pattern designs with just a click.  It is very simple and involves a few basic steps.  When I begin, I choose either an existing AI symbol or create one that I want to use in my design. 

Decorative Symbol
Duplicated Symbol

The symbol on the left I have chosen and transformed using the Reflect Tool by selecting the horizontal and vertical reflect function.

Once the symbol is ready I begin trying out the different controls available in the SymmetryWorks panel.  Here are examples of how the design can look using different controls.


This repeat above uses the Double Mirror, Normal Layout control. You can see the original symbol highlighted. 

Simple Shift Brick Layout

Here is the same symbol using the Simple Shift, Brick Layout control. 

Simple Circle Symbol
Symbol Set

I decided to add another element to my design so I created the simple circular symbol on the left.  Then it was duplicated and grouped with the decorative symbol I previously created. This will be the symbol set for my completed design repeat.

Simple Shift Half Drop Layout

Here I test out my new symbol set using the Simple Shift, Half Drop Layout with just two tiles. 

Completed Pattern Repeat

When I am happy with it I adjust the number of rows and columns to complete the pattern.  

Creating repeats can be that simple or you can build a more complex design.  With the beauty of Illustrator's layers and using symbols I find there are truly an infinite number of  possibilities.  Editing your design becomes a very flexible process. Colors and design elements are a snap to adjust especially when you use a product like SymmetryWorks.

Here are three different pattern repeats I created for my collection, Fresh Flowers using Artlandia's SymmetryWorks

Pattern Repeats using Artlandia

Here is the full set of coordinating pattern repeats from the Fresh Flowers Collection.

Fresh Flowers Pattern Repeat Collection

10 Free Fonts for Your Friday

As I get back to work this new year I find myself refreshing my stash of fonts.  I think every designer is always on the lookout for something new for their projects. Here are ten of my favorites for your Friday.  

Free Fonts for Your Friday

Free Download Smart Phone Wallpaper

Here are four new free smart phone wallpaper designs for you to download.  Enjoy!

                                  1. Orchid Haze                                                                            2. Sorbet Stripe

                                 1. Orchid Haze                                                                          2. Sorbet Stripe

                                  3. Golden Rings                                                                           4. Mint Julep Motif

                                 3. Golden Rings                                                                         4. Mint Julep Motif

Free Download: iPhone Wallpaper & Backgrounds

Here is a set of our iPhone wallpaper/backgrounds for you to download.   Enjoy! 



The downloadable iPhone wallpapers & backgrounds in this post are free for personal use only.  They may not be used for commercial use.  Please do not distribute any of my downloadable files.  Kindly link back to this blog and this post if you pin or blog about these free downloads, and credit Julie Bluét if your would like to use any of my photo(s) in your posts.  It would be appreciated, as a courtesy, to not link directly to a downloadable file but rather to this specific page.  Thank you!