Along the ages, people have used different types of materials and mediums to represent different elements of their psyche.
Starting with some of the most ancient cave paintings found across the globe (made with ash and red ochre), art has evolved into a more refined subject in time.
Today we have a wide range of types of art to choose from – painting, writing, drawing, acting, singing, dancing. Each of the types of art we mentioned above can be combined with a wide range of environments.
One of the most interesting currents of art evolution is to use stained glass to create beautiful patterns.
In this article, we will explore some of the best software options for Windows 10 that can help you create amazing stained glass art.
Arlandia SymmetryWorks is not actually a computer program. This is a plug-in designed for Adobe Illustrator that allows you to create an incredible amount of shapes and patterns to fit your stained glass project.
We have all heard about the endless capabilities of Adobe Illustrator, so in this article, we will focus on the features of the plug-in for creating stained glass patterns.
Even though this is not a stand-alone program in itself, SymmetryWorks contains an incredible amount of cool features that simplify the process of creating your stained glass pattern.
Here are some of the best features:
- Can create patterns with one click of the mouse
- Everything can be edited in real-time
- Drag-and-drop features for adding new objects to your project
- Has the ability to create replicas and multi-replicas
- Supports a wide range of Illustrator objects, symbols, compound shapes, etc.
- Can be used to create nested patterns including Guilloche
- Full support for blends, swatches, and also raster images
- Great harmonic growth designs – can create fractal-like patterns with ease
Glass Eye 2000
Glass Eye 2000 is a great software option that can simplify the process of creating beautiful stained glass models, offering you a wide range of capabilities under a user-friendly dashboard.
This software can be used both by professionals in the domain, but also by people that have no experience and want to start creating easily.
You can use Glass Eye to preview all your designs before building them, you can apply a wide range of glass colors and even different material textures, it automatically calculates the number of pieces you need to build the model, and can print the model pattern at 1:1 size.
If you are curious to see some patterns created by other people that used this software, you can visit the official pattern library.
Glass Eye 2000 was released in a few different versions, each with its own capabilities. To see the complete list, click here.
You can also find a great tutorial and also the official FAQ page, by clicking here.
American Bevel Designer
American Bevel Designer is another great tool to have installed on your PC that helps you create an unlimited number of professional-looking stained glass designs, offering you a wide range of customization options to choose from.
This software can be used to create windows, doors, or for your own personal art projects. You can create the pieces of stained glass by using the built-in Pre-drawn Shapes, choose from different types of levels, can create lines, arches, and circles, and also allows unlimited multi-level undo’s.
This software also works on a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) type of text editing and different cool effects.
One of the best features found in American Bevel Designer is the fact that you can create custom pens that fit the needs of your current project, save them, and use them when needed.
In addition to this option, you can choose from a color gradient fills with 254 colors.
The patterns that create your design can be then printed in full size, allowing you to easily transform your model from a virtual environment to real-life.
You can also find a good range of downloadable patterns on the official American Bevel website.
If you are not sure about how to get started using this software, you can access the official tutorials page.
In this article, we explored some of the best software options that can help you create amazing works of art using stained glass.
The features covered by these 3 top software options will surely help you get started in your art journey, or help you create stained-glass project professionally.
We would love to find out what your experience with using this software was like. Please feel free to let us know in the comment section below.
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