Friday, May 4, 2012

Creating Patterns and Backgrounds with PatternCooler (Part 1)

PatternCooler, developed by Harvey Rayner, is another great free online pattern and background generator to start with. The basic editor

PatternCooler's Basic Editor

  • 207 different predefined patterns (each with same and equal width and height)
  • 5 different sizes for each pattern (you can choose between 25%, 50%, 100%, 150% and 200% of the original size) 
  • hundreds of color variations for most of the predefined patterns, the number of color variations depends on the chosen pattern and, for some off them, this number rises up to several thousands color variations (one of the largest number of color variations I've stumbled upon was 5351)    
  • each color variation is a set of 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 different colors and each of these colors can be individually customized with a color picker.

An example of color variations for randomly selected pattern

After selecting the desired pattern, to access all color variations click on the "Show color variations as thumbs" button. The selected pattern will then be surrounded with all or the first 106 color variations, if the number of all color variations for the selected pattern is greater the 106. You can get the next (or previous) set by clicking on the arrow buttons in the lower right corner of the editor.

Below the selected pattern there are few (2 to 6) rectangles, usually colored with different colors. They represent the selected color variation which can be modified by clicking on each of these rectangle and picking a color from the color palette in the middle (or editing the hex code in the upper right corner).

It only remains to choose the size of the created pattern and it's ready to be downloaded.



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