Lost Minds
macOS and iOS software
Patternodes 2 Icon

Patternodes 2

Version 2.4.12 (2022-01-11)
For macOS 10.12 or later
Free to try

Patternodes 2

Patternodes 2 Icon
Version 2.4.12
for macOS 10.12 or later

macOS download

Patternodes 2

DescriptionNews and updates

Patternodes is a tool for creating graphical vector patterns, animations or illustrations. This is done using a node-based interface where you define a sequence of connected nodes that describe the design, each representing graphical elements, changes or repetitions. You might call this a sort of parametric design or visual scripting for 2d applications.

The node sequence is completely non-destructive, so you can change any step in the sequence at any time without having to redo the rest. The parameters that control each node can also be connected to other nodes, establishing complex relationships, or animated to create animations.

Patternodes is designed from the start to stimulate playful use and experimentation. Therefore the result is always shown in the preview view, repeated for patterns and updating in real time.

Earlier versions of Patternodes 2, compatible with macOS 10.10 can be found here.


There is a collection of projects that could work as inspiration for what you could use Patternodes for here on Behance:

Inspiration on Behance


  • Flexible node-based interface for non-destructive transformations and repetitions.
  • Real-time updated tiled preview of the result while adjusting parameters.
  • Add animation any parameter to create animated patterns or designs.
  • Built in nodes to create shapes, lines, curves or text to build your pattern with.
  • Import or paste in bitmap graphics (JPEG, TIFF, PNG) or vector shapes (EPS, PDF or SVG) to use in your designs.
  • Automates making seamless pattern tiles.
  • Define complex relationships by making connections between nodes.
  • Nondestructive randomisation functions to randomly scale, rotate, move or adjust the color of the individual elements of your patterns.
  • Export the result as bitmap (JPEG, PNG, TIFF) or vector (SVG, EPS, PDF) graphics, or just copy it and paste it into some other application.
  • Export animations as GIF, SVG, QuickTime MOV, MPEG4 or numbered PNG, JPEG or PDF files.
  • Extensive manual, sample files, node reference guide and other inline help features to help you get started.

Submit your ideas and vote for new features in future versions.
Patternodes 2 future development

Reviews and sites

Links to reviews or features of Patternodes 2 on other sites.

Visuals Producer
"... once you get the hang of it, Patternodes is much easier to create ever more complex patterns, even animated ones, than any other pattern-creating app or plug-in I've ever reviewed."
"A well-thought-out and highly customizable tool specially made to help you create complex graphical patterns, gradients and illustrations"
KelbyOne Insider
"Hot: Guidance; ease-of-use; allows for complexity without adding much to the learning curve"
Feature (Patternodes 1)
"If there were a program to be deemed the paragon of pattern generation, PatterNodes would likely take home the blue ribbon."
User ratings
User ratings
Overall rating
User ratings
Download Informer
Review (Patternodes 2)
"All in all, once you climb the initial learning curve, creating patterns with Patternodes will surely become much easier than with any other illustration application"
"Patternodes is a complex, but simple to use tool"
"What makes Patternodes 2 so user friendly and elegant to use is that the node sequence is completely non-destructive"

Purchase process
The online purchase process is handled quickly and securely by Paddle.com.

After you complete your purchase you will immediately be given access to your license codes and information on how to unlock the full version of your software. You will also be sent two e-mails from Paddle to the address you've specified. One receipt for your records and one titled "Your <Product> Paddle.com Order" containing your license code and unlocking information.