neoTextil Step & Repeat is an Adobe® Photoshop® panel and includes different tools to create a repeat of a design. Use a fixed or graphically offset and an individual drop in the vertical or horizontal direction. It can support up to 256 layers. And generate the repeatability of designs with any image size.
The practical preview window allows following your adjustments on repeat creation in real-time. Directly connected to Adobe® Photoshop® allowing to repeat using the move tool.
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For better user experience and Apple Silicon compatibility, we have recently released a new version of our Step & Repeat in neoTextil 9.0.
In this new version, we have made notable changes to the Step & Repeat feature. The main difference you will notice is the fusion of the edition tools into a new Edit menu. This redesign allows us to create a more spacious preview area, providing you with a clearer view of your design. Unlike the previous version where values were entered directly in the panel options, the new Edit menu streamlines the editing process for greater convenience and efficiency.
The tools are compatible with neoTextil 8 and are explained in this article.
To get started, display the drop-down options list from Plug-ins | neoTextil Panels, and finally, click nT Step & Repeat.
When you're working in Photoshop, you can decide exactly when you want the Panels to start.
Open a document with Adobe® Photoshop®, then display the drop-down options list from Window | Extensions, and finally click on nT Step & Repeat 8.X.X.
The units are using the Photoshop units that are selected in Photoshop Information.
Zoom & Preview
The zoom option allows scaling the preview. By default, the preview has a 3x3 repetition in the document. Once the zoom is applied, it will keep the zoom factor for the selected document. When fit into the screen, it will adjust the preview to the panel width regardless of how the panel is resized (left: fit in the screen, right: 100%). Preview auto-sync previews can be managed between START and STOP for a faster load of documents in Photoshop.
The preference allows selecting the preview quality:
- If you want to work very quickly, then the preference Speed will allow you to do this. With the HQ button, you can get any time high-quality preview and will last until the next refresh.
- If you want to work always in high quality, then the preference Quality will apply to the HQ quality always.
The field drop sets the offset between repeats. You can specify any offset such as 1 cm, 30 pixels, etc. The field Mode sets the direction of the drop field, horizontal or vertical. With the focus button in the rapport and repeat plug-ins, you can force to detect the drop information automatically.
Also, you can use the drop fraction preset or enter any fraction you need such as units.
The Offset can be set manually in two different ways: graphically or position values. Proceeding graphically, this is done by moving the red square in the preview within the panel's design, to any new desired offset position. The new offset will be reflected numerically in pixels, and the document's image will automatically show the changed offset.
Entering the Offset values with or without units (px, mm, cm, pt, etc.) in the horizontal and vertical fields, we modify them manually. When these fields are entered, the above options Drop and Mode become inactive. Values without units will be used in pixels by default.
nT Step&Repeat offers four standard predetermined offset modes, applicable with the following buttons. The standard offset modes are default settings to use 1/1, 1/2, 2/1, or 2/2 offset positions.
In the Panel, you are able to auto rapport the image with the named option. Before starting, the use of the Auto Rapport function, call nT Rapport Monitor from File | Automate and verify that Automatic rapport is activated.
1. For a practical example, we are adding a new layer to the image.
2. Enable the Auto Rapport option.
3. When the option is once enabled, we move the layer using the Move tool.
4. When we click on the auto-rapport button, this will apply the selected offset on the selected layer and to the ones connected to it.