It has taken a while for me to let go of the expensive Adobe Photoshop, to complete my tessellations. Quite a bit of research and testing to figure out which iPad app was the best for my purposes. Pixelmator wins on all fronts. It does what no other single app accomplishes, open the exported tile, recolour areas using multiple types of selection, allows brush painting, or overall hue modifiers, has layers for non-destructive tests, allows the addition of watermarks with opacity control, as well as text, has a slew of filters. Can’t beat the price of 7 dollars, compared to the exorbitantly expensive Photoshop monthly fee. Bye bye Adobe.
- I use #KaleidoPaint to sketch and complete a tessellation and export its tile.
- Then, I open the exported tile in Pixelmator, determine the number of areas that need recolouring, in order to aid the viewer to identify the characters.
- There are a few options after this step. Either create an expanse of tiles, for a print, which is quite easy in Pixelmator. Or use the tile and create a spiral video using iO Crafter, which exports an MP4 file.
No Windows PC or Mac required anymore, in any part of my workflow. Love the Apple Pencil as well, allows shading by pressure sensitivity, just have to get used to the fact that it needs charging. The Adonit Jot Pro was my tool of choice beforehand.
A sampling of images to give you an idea.
The original drawing from a few years ago, “Have You Seen the Size of His Crabs?” In this version, due to the identical colouring of each character, this makes it difficult to identify which where when and who’s who.
A recent modification of the tile’s colouring and reconstruction into a larger plane lets you see the characters a little bit better. Still no freebies, you must take the time to examine and decipher, but the job of looking and understanding a tessellation is a bit easier in this instance. Alternating clothing colours.
Here’s a zoom-in for a better look. Check the shading on the crab!