Where’s My PatternMaker?
It is always inevitable. Every time there is a new upgrade to Photoshop, there may be a few features that people might actually use. Then there are those added features that have some element of coolness, but no real applications at all. Take the PatternMaker. It was a seemingly good idea when it first came out but never got any real praise at all. If anything, it was made fun of by most in the industry.
Not me. I try and look at these things very differently and see what use it might have. For instance, here is one way I used the Pattern Maker for an interesting background effect. However, like the Extract filter, this was removed from Photoshop CS4. Well…Ok? True they weren’t popular filters but I don’t think they were completely useless. Do you? Well if you’re using CS4 and really miss those features, worry not! Adobe has gone ahead and provided these filters, among others, as an optional download from their website to add to your plug-ins folder. (Mac|Win) And always remember, just because a tool is designed for one thing doesn’t mean it can’t be used for something else. It’s all about knowing what it can do! Have fun and discover something new today!!