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(I posted this long time ago in "Fine arts, studies & discovery" section but it doesn't get many visitors and as a result the thread got zero response.)
One day I was thinking about using different patterns as a design inspiration for enviroments. Patterns are can be quite abstract and pure so they don't suggest much and can release imagination. They can be messy, organized, angular, organic in many possible ways. I started searching for something generating patterns in google and I found a Photoshop plugin that could do that pretty well. Unfortunately it's a demo version so it puts red watermark on every generated page (I made PS action that almost removes it ). Of course new Photoshop have "Pattern maker" filter but it's much less advanced.
Here's the link to plugin's website: http://www.imageskill.com/tilebuilder/tilebuilder.html
I experimented with this plugin a bit and it gives quite interesting results. The effect can be applied several times so the shapes become more complex and fragmentated.
On the left there's example how few random strokes can grow into something more complicated. It's best to use sharp plain black marks so that it stays readable when turned into pattern.
On the right there is one result of playing with plugin. I extracted some interesting shapes from it.
Try it out. Of course, it shouldn't be treated as "Make final design" button but it's fun to see what's possible. Maybe it could helpful for making some interesting brushes...
Last edited by Farvus; March 5th, 2008 at 05:35 PM.
It's actually quite common to use patterns as inspiration for artwork. For example, many speedpainters use patterns as photoshop brushes to find interesting new shapes, look at any of the DVDs by Vyle, BARONTiERi or rainart. There are also a number of 3rd party applications that produce procedural patterns which you can use for inspiration (and texture maps). Also, there's tons of natural patterns that can be inspirations, like reaction diffusion patterns for example. Kai's Power Tools has a reaction plugin for photoshop that lets you create patterns of these sorts (although it's pretty limited in its capabilities). I also recommend taking a peak at darktree (http://www.darksim.com/) and FilterForge (http://www.filterforge.com/).