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Compass & Line
First, start designing your tile by drawing a circle. You can do so by clicking and dragging your mouse from the center point. It can be any size.
Points will then be created along the circumference of this circle. You can then use the COMPASS tool to draw multiple circles around the original circle. Do so by clicking and dragging your mouse from one of these points to a second point along the circle. You can also create various radii and lengths of line segments across the original circle by using the LINE tool in a similar manner – connecting one point to another along the circle.
You can repeat these actions with each new circle that is created.
Notice the different patterns that are created with various radii and/or line segment lengths and how your choices create different shapes, patterns, and intersections. All geometric patterns have some element of symmetry (some more than others), and you can see how these symmetries become apparent.
Islamic geometric patterns are often characterized by brilliant colors. You can use the FILL button to add different colors to your design. Create a beautiful composition and guide the viewer’s eye through the pattern with your color choices. Tilemaker allows you to see how different color choices can impact the ‘readability’ of your geometric pattern.
As you choose parts of your design to color, please observe how Tilemaker will apply the principle of symmetry and repetition so that all congruent shapes are given the same color. This maintains the symmetrical appearance of your pattern.
You can click the PREVIEW button at any time to view your tile design. You can view it as a single tile, or you can choose to tessellate the design by clicking the “tessellate” button in the upper right hand corner. Tessellation is the term that is used when a shape (or several shapes) is repeated over and over again covering a surface without any gaps or overlaps. Another word for tessellation is tiling. You can tessellate your individual tile design to create a much bigger design.
Post to gallery
After you review your completed tile and are ready to post it to the Gallery, click the “Done” button. Your design will now be publicly available for view. You can also share your design with friends, colleagues and family through social media via Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest. You can also download your tile directly to your computer or share it with others through a direct URL link.