I want to be able to make patterns in layers. So if I use layers when I make a pattern, then I get a pattern that is editable in layers. It would save much time if you want to make variations.
For example one can have a sketch layer that one lock and dim out, and that one can set is not "counted" in the pattern. Then you can make pattern efter a sketch. If you have that now and have that it adjust to artwork, then the sketch affect the sising of the pattern.
Also if you do various combinations of patterns, different textures and different colors, then these variations will be only a matter of turning layers on or off as you go through the variations you want. Now you have to go over the whole pattern process again and again, you can just fastuse different combinations together that you have set up.
EVALUATE LAYERS SEPARATELY
Also often if you make a bit more advanced patterns you can have different things going on in foreground pattern and other things in background pattern. If you have foreground and background pattern in different layer then you can easily turn on/off foreground/background pattern.
Can you explain this a little more?