View Full Version : Graphic software for pattern design
04-05-2009, 07:49 PM
I'm trying to locate some software to help with the design process. I'm a visual person, so always try to create a graphic from the text pattern info. Several years ago Eliz told me about some software she used, but I can't recall what the software is/was! (And she's in the middle of finals - so don't want to bug her!) Does anyone know of a free or in-expensive software? I have PhotoShop, but it's not the best for designing patterns. Heidi S
04-05-2009, 08:13 PM
Choose the "Download DrawPlus 4" for the free version. This is what Sharon Briggs had us download for the Design-Tat course. It works well, if not perfectly, and it's free!
04-05-2009, 08:58 PM
Personally I use Inkscape http://www.inkscape.org/ . It is free, open-sourced and works on all operating systems.
04-05-2009, 10:25 PM
Thanks to you both! Right after I posted, I found Inkscape and am starting to play with it. Will try DrawPlus 4 also to see which I like the best. Since I'm a tech geek, it doesn't bother me one bit to have more software! :biggrin:
Have a great week!
05-05-2009, 06:01 PM
I have DrawPlus and love it although I'm not as proficient as some. I believe that JaneE uses DrawPlus although I can't remember which version. She will also share, upon request, a 2(?)-page tutorial to get started for tatting diagrams.
06-05-2009, 01:38 AM
We are using DrawPLus4 in Sharon Briggs' Design Tat course and it seems to do everything we need. It has its peculiarities but they are minor and considering it is a free program it is not too bad at all.
BTW that course has worked out really well and the ideas and patterns coming out of there at the moment are fantastic.
Watch out for some stunning new designs from some of our members here.
Has been well worth the effort to join up and participate.
06-05-2009, 01:40 PM
Thanks, Liyarra and TeresaW! So far I like Inkscape, but I'm definitely going to try DrawPlus! Hm, a design tat class?! I may have to consider participating if there's a second one. I tend to be one of those people who enjoys playing with the patterns or figuring out a pattern. Figuring it out is more fun for me than completing something with it! Finally decided to save the bits and pieces that I work and keep them in a journal with notes about the threads and patterns.
Happy day to all!:wink: