I am a graphic designer, and this new app has been fascinating to work with. It is an app that simplifies the complexity of seamless patterns at the touch of a few gestures.
In this era of touch devices, the Patterns app integrates seamlessly with the Corel Content Exchange, and it is as easy as it could be to use in a daily workflow. Let’s go through the app in detail, from installation to interface, usability and integration with CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7.
Installing the App:
Launch the App Store on your device, and go to Search page. Search for “Patterns Corel” without quotes, and the app will show up in the search results. Tap on the FREE button and tap Install. The 8.5 MB app gets installed in about a minute on a normal broadband connection.
B) Via iTunes on your computer
Download and install the app in iTunes on your computer. Then, sync your device with iTunes to transfer the app onto your device.
Launching and Using the App:
After installing and launching the app, you are presented with a Welcome Screen. Swipe right-to-left to navigate through intro screens. On the last screen, you will be asked to sign into your Corel account, or to create a new account if you don’t have one. Enter your login credentials, and you’re ready to use the app.
Once you are signed into your Corel account, you will see Patterns being loaded from the Corel Content Exchange.
The home screen displays patterns in a tiled interface. Each pattern has sub-options, which I will cover later in this post.
At the bottom of the screen, there are five buttons that control the app’s functionality:
You start by either capturing a photo with your built-in camera or simply loading a photo from Camera Roll by tapping the center (Giraffe) button. Click or load the picture from which you want to create a pattern. Once you click and confirm to use a photo, you can then pinch and rotate to adjust the look of your pattern. Once you are happy with your pattern, you have some options to fine-tune the pattern; for example, you can use Radial/Linear Blend to minimize the edges for a seamless look, or you can use tonal features like Brightness, Luminance, Color and Edge Match. Next, tap on Save (top-right corner) to proceed to the final step. You need to enter a title for your pattern, apply a tag related to the pattern, and choose a relevant category. You also have the option to share your pattern on the Corel Content Exchange so that others can see or use your pattern. Click Done to finish.
Now that we have created a pattern, let us go through some of the options that are available to play with.
As a user, when you tap on a pattern that has been created or shared by another user, you have the option to add a pattern to Favorites, to Vote Up or Down for a pattern, to add or save a pattern to your device library, to flag a pattern as Offensive/Broken File/Wrong Category/Copyright Infringement or to hide a pattern.
As a creator, when you tap on a pattern that has been created and shared by you, you will see slightly different options, such as: Adding a pattern to Favorites, Voting Up/Down a pattern, editing a pattern, stop sharing a pattern on the Corel Content Exchange, deleting a pattern, saving a pattern in your device library, sending a pattern via email or posting a pattern on Facebook from within the app itself.
At the top left corner of the home screen is the menu button. Tapping this button will let you navigate through the categories on the Corel Content Exchange, access a specific category and jump to patterns for which you have voted or which you have added to Favorites.
Integration with CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7:
Patterns integrates with CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7 seamlessly. The moment you share a pattern on the Corel Content Exchange from your device, it is available for use in CorelDRAW or PHOTO-PAINT under bitmap patterns. Love it!
Big thanks to team Corel for this truly marvellous app and even bigger thanks for giving me an opportunity to write my first blog post ever!