How to use the new Tiles I Template Mini-Pack

We’re excited to introduce our new Tiles 1 Template Mini-Pack!  The shapes in this mini-pack are specifically designed to be tiled rather than stand on their own.  This is a little different than all of our previous template shapes, so let’s go over the special features in Kaleidoscope Kreator 3 that you’ll need to preview and create tiled designs.

1. Choosing a template shape.
Click on the Template Shape Selector button in the Kaleidoscope Kreator tool bar. The Tiles 1 templates will be the last set of templates (as of this point in time) because they are listed alphabetically. To make it easier to find the template shapes, you might want to check the box next to Tiles 1 in the list of template packs. As always, double-click on the one you want to select it. For this example I’ll choose the Tile 3 (16) template shape.
Choose a Tile shape

Choose a Tile shape

2. Creating the kaleidoscope.
Move the photo around in the workspace as you normally do to create a kaleidoscope.  However, in the case of tiles, you’ll want to pay attention not only to the design in the center of the kaleidoscope but also the design in the corners since these will create secondary kaleidoscopes when they are tiled.
Pay attention to the designs in the corners

Pay attention to the designs in the corners as well as the center design

3. Complete the tile by adding a background color and texture.
Click on the eyedropper under the Background Color panel and then click anywhere on the photo to choose a color from the photo. If you don’t like the color, repeat until you find one that you like. You can add texture over the solid color as well. Choose a texture from the drop down list, then set the scale to either 50, 100 or 200. Using one of these values will ensure that the texture matches at the edges of the tiles.
Scale the background texture

Scale the background texture to 50, 100 or 200 percent when tiling

4. Preview the tiled design.
Once you have a kaleidoscope design that you like, you’ll want to preview the tiled design. The easiest way to preview is in Print Multiple. Click on the little down-arrow next to the Print button in the Toolbar and choose Print Multiple.
If you’ve used this feature before, you know that it doesn’t show a preview until you tell it what sizes to print. To create a tiled pattern, you’ll want to print a bunch of kaleidoscopes all the same size.
If you want the tile size to be 2″, type “2” in the Width field. Now you need to calculate how many 2″ tiles you can fit on your printed sheet. Divide the width of the sheet by the tile size and round down to a whole number. Then divide the height of the sheet by the tile size. Multiply those two numbers together to get the number of tiles you can fit on the sheet. In the case of 2″ tiles and a standard letter paper size, you can fit 20 tiles on the sheet so type “20” in the Quantity field, then click Add. Also, make sure that Print Margins and Cutlines are both unchecked.

Preview of tiled pattern

5. Custom project settings.
At this point you might be thinking that you don’t want to have to figure out how many tiles are on a sheet each time you want to preview your tiled pattern. Well, neither did we so we provided a way to save custom project settings. After you have generated your preview, you can click on the Save button near the top left of the Print Multiple window. It will ask you for a name for the project setting, so be sure to make it something such that you’ll remember what it is a month from now. In this case, I’ll call mine “2-in Tiles”.  Then click Save.
Save a custom project setting

Save a custom project setting

If you want to create a different project setting, let’s say one with 4-inch tiles, first click on the Remove button to clear the list of kaleidoscope items.  Then set the Width to 4 inches and the Quantity to 4 (2 across times 2 down equals 4).  Click Add.  Then click the Save button and name this preset – let’s say “4-in Tiles” – then click Save.
Now let’s see how we use these custom project settings.  Click Cancel to go back to the workspace.  And let’s choose a new tile shape just to see something different.  I’ll leave the photo in the same position just so you can see the difference made by changing the tile shape.  Now return to the Print Multiple preview window.  This time, instead of typing in the width and quantity, simply click on the down-arrow at the top of the window to view all of your custom project settings.  Click on the one you want and the Preview will appear.  If you want to see a different tile size, simply go back to the list and choose a different one.  This makes it really easy to view the pattern at different sizes!
Select a saved custom project setting

Select a saved custom project setting

Preview of modified tiles

Preview of modified tiles

6. Printing the tiled pattern.
If you want to print your tiled pattern, simply set your printer properties and then click on the Print button.
7. Saving the tiled pattern.
If you want to save your tiled pattern to a file, then you’ll need to use the Save As Pattern feature.  Click Cancel to get out of the Print Multiple window, then click on the little down-arrow next to the Save Kaleidoscope button in the toolbar.  Choose Save as Pattern.
There are two sections in the Save Pattern dialog.  In the Kaleidoscope Size section, enter the tile size you used in the Print Multiple Preview.  In the Finished Size, enter the overall image size that you want to fill with the tiles. (In the Print Multiple Preview, this would be the equivalent of the paper size.)  After you’ve entered the Kaleidoscope Size and Finished Size, click OK, enter a filename and click Save. When you then view the image in the Windows Photo Viewer, you can see the pattern you’ve created.
Save As Pattern

Save As Pattern

That’s all there is to it!  Have fun creating your own patterns for paper or fabric.

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