At last count my Mac is stuffed with a few dozen Photoshop addendum apps. They’re not Photoshop, not Adobe, not expensive.
These nifty tools take the place of doing the same thing in Photoshop. For example, creating tiled backgrounds, or Mac or PC wallpaper, book covers, postcard designs, takes forever in Photoshop. Using this little app they’re just clicks away.
Click, And Ye Shall Receive
There’s a whole cottage industry of apps that live off Photoshop land. My latest find is Neatberry’s Patterno, a multi-trick Mac app that graphics folks love.
What it does is done simply, but what it does is not simple.
There’s a lot of work that goes into creating tiled patterns and background images.
It starts with dozens of predefined templates. Choose from Dots, Confetti, Stripes, Rays, Text, Antique and more.
Each image can be used as is, or enhance it something beyond. The control panel has sliders for all the appropriate elements.
Don’t bother with Photoshop’s time-consuming and repetitive copy-pasting of elements. Add lines in Patterno, adjust colors and thickness, click, done.
As much as Patterno is a godsend for graphics professionals, you don’t have to be a creative genius to use it.
Essentially, it’s point and click. Start with the predefined templates, then use the controls to go beyond the basics.
Backgrounds can be created in seconds. Use them as wallpaper on your Mac or give them to your Windows PC friends.
They make excellent postcards, and can be used for backgrounds on Twitter pages, Tumblr pages, even MySpace.
Checkout the Patterno Gallery for plenty of examples of what you can create with a few clicks. Unlike many of the one-trick pony apps in the Mac App Store, Patterno can be downloaded and tried out first.