Click and drag the green, red or blue dots to change the pattern. Choose the type of pattern from the menu on left.
The best size for images is 640 by 480, other images may be too big or too small. Images should be less than 500KB and in gif, jpeg or png format. In-apropriate images will be removed. By uploading and image you release them into the public domain.
This applet draw a set of set of wallpaper pattern, which are repeating patterns which fill the plane and exhibit certain mathematics symmetries. There are only 17 different possible types which fill the plane and the different patterns have been known for quite a long time now.
See mathematical description for more details.
The patterns are made by combination of different types of symetry including, Translation (All patterns have this), Reflection (M), Glide-Reflection - translate a bit and then reflect (G) 180° rotation (P2), 120° rotation (P3), 90° rotation (P4), 60° rotation (P6).
A full version of this applet is available, which additional features:
|Explore animated symmetry patterns of your own images with the wallpaper-screensaver. The screensaver runs on windows and unix and can loop through a selection of images and symmetry patterns.|
The screensave will run on:
It requires Java 1.5 or later, download from http://java.com/en/ and adminstrator accesss to install.
harold shoemaker Sat Oct 6 2007
Will this stuff work with Vista?
Rich Sat Oct 6 2007
Yes it should work with vista. It is built using java and will run everywhere where java runs.
The Reveller Wed Apr 2 2008
I have been looking for Photoshop pattern plugins without success but this is so much cooler.
jose fox Thu Jun 25 2009
Can you use the applet on a mac?
Sun Aug 16 2009
Are the wallpaper patterns available for purchase as a download or they come as a CD? Thank you!
Rich (webmaster) Sat Nov 7 2009
Marcus du Sautoy: Symmetry, reality's riddle A great explination of some of the ideas behind symmetry
Wed Feb 10 2010
i think there should be more choices in wallpapers that people can choose from