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Incorporating Artlandia SymmertyWorks/SymmetryMill into an Adobe Pattern Design for Industry Course

September 29, 2012 Leave a comment

The Adobe Pattern Design for Industry class offered by the Fashion Textile Technology program at Buffalo State college has undergone continual revisions and modifications over the years. When I first started teaching it we did not use computers. We made a book of fabric swatches with different surface treatments [pen/paint/dye etc; marbling rubber stamp, stenciling, rubber cement, etc] We also hand drew motifs and developed repeats using tracing paper and the light table and carefully taped together copies before we transferred the repeat design to good paper for painting.

Everything took so long not much was developed for student portfolios in 15 weeks of class that we have. I slowly started transferring time-consuming steps to the computer starting with scanning in the hand drawn motifs so that the hand drawn motif could be developed into a seamless repeat on the computer. The single repeat was printed out and traced on to paper to be hand painted. This handpainted single repeat would then have to be scanned in and color separated – lots of time again.

I thought we could save a lot more time if we scanned in individual handpainted motifs or elements like individual flowers, color separated them in Photoshop and maybe duplicated and arranged a motif and repeat design once they were already separated. This saved lots of time and more student assignments could be completed for this class. At this point the major portion of the class was shifting to Photoshop and Illustrator, we no longer worked on the book of fabric swatches. Students take a fiber design course to develop traditional printing, multi-media or weaving techniques.

Currently the class is focusing primarily on Illustrator because it really speeds things up in a major way. The final files are much smaller and all elements created in this resolution free vector environment can easily be archived and used for other projects, or can be imported into a raster program like Photoshop at any size and resolution.

Having the students working on increasing Illustrator skills also reflects the graphics infusion with surface design trends that are everywhere to be seen in commercial fabrics. A quick review of the fabrics in the SS13 NY and London ready-to-wear designer collections will verify this observation. We do continue to use Photoshop for concept board development to instruct students how to use a variety of special effects and layer masks. We also have a color separation and cleaning and recoloring assignment to instruct students how they would color separate, clean and recolor hand painted artwork.

Students from the fiber design class are encouraged to either scan in or take a digital photograph of their original work so they can learn how to make a seamless repeat and recolor a tonal image [as well as a photograph] in Photoshop. This semester the addition of Artlandia SymmetryMill to expand on this assignment is sure to excite the students. SymmetryMill is the perfect application to develop the current pattern patch work type designs that include multiple different pattern repeats for one fabric using one overall color palette in different proportions for each pattern repeat.

Artlandia SymmetryMill is a stand-alone full function Web Browser application, all you need is an Internet connection.

Another place we make be able to make use of SymmetryMill is in an assignment were we start with a scanned image of a water-color flower, we desaturate it, create a repeat and develop multiple custom colorways for it.

We have also recently incorporated the new Adobe CS6 Pattern Tool into the course assignments. Here is a link to a previous post (Adobe Illustrator CS6: New Pattern Tool Video Tutorials) that has some video tutorials of the new Pattern Tool. During the last 4-5 classes of the semester, students will first be introduced to using Artlandia SymmetryWorks in Illustrator then they will take the Illustrator motifs they have already developed earlier in the class and create SymmetryWorks layouts that will include the original motif and 6 repeat tiles and in repeat swatches that they developed from each motif using Symmetry Works. Artlandia SymmetryWorks has been around for a while. The SymmetryWorks application is continually being upgraded to enable the user to develop more sophisticated and complex vector [and raster] patterning.

The Artlandia SymmetryMill and Artlandia SymmetryWorks applications are excellent additions to the Adobe Surface Design for Industry class. These applications enable students to create an unlimited number of tonal and vector repeats in a very short time. The different symmetries also help students understand the interlocking repeat construction of the repeats. The new SymmetryMill in particular is excellent for an educational setting because students can work right from their Web browsers (see image above), no other application is needed to develop the pattern repeats. Students can work on assignments from anywhere they have an Internet connection.

You may wonder how I learned about Artlandia SymmetryMill. I was recently invited to beta test it and I must say it is totally addictive for anyone that loves to create and develop and endless variety of repeat seamless patterns. You can upload your custom image and very quickly develop repeat patterns from seventeen planar symmetry types.

You can learn about:

SymmetryMill HERE.

SymmetryWorks HERE.

You can keep your patterns private or share them with the community at Pattern Central.

Here is the link to the SymmertyMill patterns I developed while beta testing the product for Artlandia. SymmetryMill has step-by-step tutorials HERE.

SymmetryWorks has excellent easy to follow step-by-step tutorials. Below are some images of the patterns developed from following their tutorials.

Artlandia has even developed a pattern glossary that the students can easily refer to learn about the different pattern terms and categories.

The students at Buffalo State are looking forward to working on Artlandia SymmetryMill[raster] and Artlandia SymmetryWorks [vector] this semester.

I will post again about integrating the Artlandia SynmmetryMill and SymmetryWorks applications in my course after the semester ends.

The full assortment of Artlandia products are HERE.

Adobe Illustrator CS6: New Pattern Tool Video Tutorials

I just completed some very basic Adobe Illustrator video tutorials for the new Pattern Tool in CS6. They are meant to be class exercises but you are welcome to use them if you like. First I watched THIS VIDEO TUTORIAL from Adobe, then I made these video tutorials for the students.

Part 1 of Intro to Pattern tool in Adobe CS6 – create a 6 sided flower, create 6 different pattern repeats using the new CS6 pattern tool.

Part 2 of Intro to Pattern tool in Adobe CS6 – recolor, single repeat, in repeat swatch, resize, pinked edges

If you like them – here is a link to five more from my site: INTRO ADOBE CS6 ILLUSTRATOR PATTERN TOOL & PATTERN

  • Adobe Illustrator CS6 Pattern Tool – Bug: Draw a simple bug to use in a two way and non- directional pattern using Adobe CS6 Pattern Tool.
  • Adobe Illustrator CS6 Pattern Tool – Tossed Crayon: Intro Pattern Tool Adobe CS6, Simple crayons: Tossed, non-directional repeat pattern, 3 colorways, 2 in pat tool, 1 on layer palette, single cropped repeats, in repeat swatches, title, pinked edges, drop shadow added.
  • Adobe Illustrator CS6 Pattern Tool – Flower Pattern: Using Adobe CS6 – sketch simple flower and use Pattern Tool to make repeat pattern.
  • Adobe Illustrator CS6 – Pattern Tool – Comma Pattern: Using Adobe CS6 – sketch simple comma shape and create w/pattern Brush & pattern inside pattern; use Pattern Tool to make repeat pattern.
  • Adobe Illustrator CS6 – Make a simple argyle pattern: Video Tutorial of simple argyle pattern – not using the pattern tool – traditional method.

Register for Online Adobe Pattern Development for Industry

June 23, 2008 3 comments

[UPDATE: CLICK HERE  for tenative course content]

This Adobe Pattern Development for Industry class was developed after a specialized custom course development request I received from a well known global retailer several years ago. I developed and taught it to designers that had a variety of CAD backgrounds that needed to know how to use off-the-shelf CS to develop and prepare designs for industry.

This course prepares students and/or professionals techniques to use Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to develop, separate, clean and recolor graphics and pattern repeats [that are ready for production] for a variety of fashion products.

It is an excellent course for expansion of Adobe skills for a specialized production end use.


A basic knowledge of introductory functions of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator are necessary to successfully complete this course. OpenCourseWare videos with audio  are available: Level One: Introduction to Adobe Photoshop Functions  and Level One: Introduction to Adobe Illustrator Functions

If you are interested in registering for this online college credit course FTT304 (1439) – please contact Buffalo State College Admissions. If you want to apply for college credit to be transfered out or do not want college credit – register as a non-matriculated student. Contact me if you have a problem registering.

Here is a LINK to some student work from several years ago.
Course Code:  FTT304-1439
Offered by:  Buffalo / University College
Taught by:  Elaine Polvinen
Credits:  3

Course Description:
Creation of original motifs for printed fashion fabrics that are marketable for women’s, men’s, or children’s wear; professional methods of transforming media into digital format to separate, clean, develop basic repeats, and color combinations using Adobe Creative Suite based on awareness of current trends, color impact, marketability, and industry standards.

  • Design and development of colors, prints, and fabric simulations.
  • Re-coloring and designing of prints, plaids, stripes – a variety of patterns.
  • Scanning and cleaning up prints to assist with executing a specific number of screens.
  • Execution of flat and tonal color separations.
  • Creation of a variety of repeats patterns in Photoshop and Illustrator.
  • Creation of print and color chips for manufacturer spec packages.
  • Creation of mini-boards for client presentations.

FTT 208 or instructor permission [student needs to have an introductory knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to successfully complete this course.] CS, CS2 or CS3 of Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop will work for this class. You can locate educational pricing HERE.


I am also offering a College Level Intro to Virtual Fashion in Second Life [fall 08′]

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