Create or use patterns
The Patterns Palette provides support for the design and use of repeating image patterns as a fill for any shape. The patterns may also be used as colors in EazyDraw and other OS X applications. They are created ane edited with the pattern inspection view, which allows precise examination or specification of each pixel of the pattern image.
The Patterns Palette is shown lower right in the screen shot. It is a resizable palette, a large size provides room to design a pattern.
Support for transparency and overlay
Manage transparency in your patterns. Full or partially transparent pixels capability. Then use the great overlay feature to allow color or gradients to accent and create great effects.
Patterns Are Still Important
Support for patterns has faded for many of today's graphic design and drawing applications. They (patterns) used to be used to create colors from a limited color palette. Now with today's true color technology this use is not as important and pattern support is often dropped. Not for EazyDraw. Patterns are mechanical drawings, printed illustrations and many other drawing effects. EazyDraw has extensive support for using and creating high quality patterns. And the patterns that you create may be installed in your OS X environment for ready use by your other OS X applications, even if they have dropped support for patterns.
Many Patterns included
EazyDraw ships with a library of several hundred patterns. The library includes the default patterns that were provided with several classic Mac drawing applications such as MacDrawII, MacDrawPro and ClarisDraw.
Use Any Image as a Pattern
Drag and drop any image on the pattern design area of the Pattern Palette. This is the array of small rectangles seen on the palette with the title Patterns shown in the above screen shot. The image then becomes a texture that can be used as a color fill for any graphic that you draw with EazyDraw.
"Roll" Your Own
The painting tools seen on the Pattern palette are used to design your own pattern. Use the high definition colors and transparency, or just a simple black and white cross hatch - what ever is needed for your project.
Recover Your Classic Patterns
If you created custom patterns with a Mac Draw or Claris Draw classic application, you may recover these for use on OS X (even if OS X is running on Intel with different pixel-byte ordering). Simply import a drawing that contains your legacy patterns, check the "Install on OS X" box on the import panel, and the patters are formatted and saved in your Colors folder as a .clr color list file. This will make them available for use with any color picker that you have installed on OS X.
Vector Hatches Also Available
Vector Hatches are similar to Patterns, both technologies fill a graphic interior with a tiled, repeated graphic. Patterns use rectangular bitmap images, vector patterns use repeating lines that may be dashed. With EazyDraw you can select the best technology for your project.