Seamless mode patterns in PaintStorm Studio tutorial

seamless mode and tiles for Paintstorm studio tutorial

How to use the seamless mode / tiles in PaintStorm Studio with brush strokes etc for pattern designs.

 

  1. Start Paintstorm studio

  2. Edit menu

  3. Seamless mode

  4. Apply brush strokes

  5. file menu

  6. Save as PNG etc

 

Video tutorial on the subject by graphicxtras.com (youtube)

 

paintedPaintStorm Studio is an amazing brush strokes application (please check their website) and you can use to create seamless tiles and stunning patterns using the tool's seamless mode.

 

Buy Price : $3.49 US or equivalent. 100 Tiles for use with PSS PAT / PNG (V49) gallery

 

The seamless modes means you can make wonderful patterns with the vast range of brushes included in the PSS application.

 

The seamless mode is really quite unusual and displayed differently from other apps that I have seen. Instead of just displaying a single image, you can suddenly see multiple copies of the current document displayed (nine in total). A fine line indicates the actual document. Select a brush tool (any of them) and apply and the brushes are then added in all nine displays. It is basic tiling, there are no flashy mirror options or hexagon grid tiling etc.

 

circularPSS comes with a number of rulers which can also be used while in seamless mode

 

Select the brush tool (PSS has an unusual multi-menu approach so to see the tool options for the brushes, go to the second level menu for the document and then click the tool options to display it) Goto the tool options) and the click the ruler (it is the triangular icon on the right side of the toolbar) and the toolbar will then expand out to give you more options for the ruler such as opacity etc as well as a dropdown menu listing 2-point perspective etc. Select the ellipse option from that list. You will now see a little semi-transparent ruler displayed and you can move the ruler as well as re-size the ruler. You can also paint using the ruler and the ellipse means the paint follows the ellipse. Paint with different brushes using these rulers. Of course, you can use the other rulers and modify the brushes to create all kinds of wonderful artwork

 

free transformYou can also use the artworks with free transform. Goto the edit menu and select the free transform command - you can shift and rotate and scale your generated artwork.

 

Of course, the tiles are lost but it does mean that you blend the edges of your layer / document / artwork in many additional ways. I generally use the free transform feature once I have created my tile. Using the skew feature you can also use the feature to create depth and 3D like sketched tiles

 

facesYou don't have to use a new document and seamless mode as you can draw over and over and then go into seamless mode.

 

OK, it doesn't look as great but actually once you have add some additional brush strokes then it actually becomes part of the artwork and you can always mask the edges by smudging along the side or by using some of the more unusual erase brushes that come with the PSS.

 

See an example of a poser model imported into PPS and then used in seamless mode with paint brush strokes (after 1 brush)

 

The blur filter (but less so the sharpen) is of no use with the seamless mode. However, you can use the warp and the smart color correction with the seamless mode in PSS to create subtle changes to the image.

 

The smart color correction is a nice tool which includes a number of options such as gradients, colorize, temperature, tints and more.

 

warpThere is a useful warping feature found in the filters menu.

 

The warp tool works well with the seamless mode but just avoid the seams of the tile. It is a slightly unusual tool in that it is a two dialog tool, as the first selects the active area which fits the canvas or layer as well as the resolution.

 

Once you get to the actual warp tool, you have a range of tools that can be used with the current artwork and you can twirl, bulge, shift etc the artwork as well as modify the size and strength and hardness of the applied warp. You can pin the edges which is probably the most useful option if you are using the warp with the tile mode.

 

tanglePPS has a wonderful selection of paint tools and is a great addition to any creative toolkit.

 

However, I generally like to use the app in combination with other tools and you can export your artwork for use in tools such as Photoshop and Painter.

 

Save and then Enter a filename with xyz.png (weirdly PPS doesn't offer a selection of filetypes and you have to tell it via the filetype what to save it as).

 

Open the PNG file in Photoshop and Edit menu and define command. Use via fill content layer menu etc

 

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