Even though Ez-Architect includes a ton of patterns, you can also either modify an existing pattern or make a totally new one.
First review all the patterns on the pattern bar. Use the Left and Right arrows on the right side of the bar to scroll it left and right. The default position of both the pattern and color bar will always be to the left. So if you haven’t looked before, have a look at both bars to see what you might have been missing.
View a few patterns to see which ones you might want to edit. They look very different and simple in the editor, so it’s a good idea to get a full view of any pattern on the screen before you begin editing.
Start by selecting Options/Edit Pattern:
You’ll see this working dialog:
Select a pattern from the scrolling bar at the bottom. In this shot I have scrolled so that the pattern I’m editing is at the far left. Double-click the pattern to make it appear in the work window. Or select it and click Load. Alternately, you can start from nothing and create a totally new pattern by clicking Add New or Clear.
You will likely need to test your new pattern several times as you edit. But handily, you can see the full pattern in the editor window (to the right) and determine what your changes will look like. Below, I’ve added some light green.
First select Color from the menu on the right.
Here’s the pattern with Green added.
Here’s a shot of the changed pattern on the right side of the dialog (not much bigger, sorry).
Next, save the new pattern (it will replace the pattern you’re editing) and then you can test it out in your Ez-Architect plan.
Other options in the Pattern Editor allow you to Delete a pattern (select it from the pattern bar, below) or Clear to start over, Add New to create a new pattern, Color to select colors for editing or creating a pattern and Saving to save your work.
Remember, if you’re editing a pattern Saving will replace the old pattern.
What uses can you think of for creating unique patterns?
Next time: Fun with Dimension Lines.
What other functions would you like to see me highlight in this blog?