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May 27, 2017

I'm a bit of a self-diagnosed pattern addict. I love them. Florals, stripes, hand drawn, the lot of them! 

It is such a simple, yet effective why to add even more character to your brand and extremely useful on a variety of elements. You can use nearly ANYTHING as a pattern and apply it to your bu...

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HOW TO CREATE A PATTERN IN ILLUSTRATOR

05/27/2017

I'm a bit of a self-diagnosed pattern addict. I love them. Florals, stripes, hand drawn, the lot of them! 

 

It is such a simple, yet effective why to add even more character to your brand and extremely useful on a variety of elements. You can use nearly ANYTHING as a pattern and apply it to your business cards, advertising, website, packaging and more. 

 

The best part is these beauties are quite easy to create yourself with Illustrator. 

STEP 1

 

Setup a new document in Illustrator.

 

STEP 2

 

Create your design! As mentioned above, you can use ANYTHING: image, shape, text, brushes, whatever you like. We are using some elements from our Logo & Icon Pack.

STEP 3

 

Now to create the pattern! Select the entire design, head to the top menu, select Object from the  menu, then Pattern and lastly, select Make.

 

STEP 4

 

A pop-up will appear that says "a new pattern has been added to the swatches panel", hit OK. a preview of the pattern will appear for you to edit.

 


Now in the Pattern Option Panel you can play around with some of the awesome options. We are using a "Brick By Column" layout for this design, offset 1/2

 

STEP 5

 

I really want the corner diamond shapes to overlap. In order to do this you can select the top Icon in the Pattern Option Panel, called the Pattern Tile Tool. This will allow you to resize the pattern boundaries.

 

STEP 6

 

At the top bar, Select "Done". Move your design elements off to the side of you art board, and draw a rectangle tool to full the art board. Open the Swatch Panel Fill Options and you will see a new swatch fill option with your pattern.

 

 

STEP 7

 

You can now go ahead and delete the design outside the frame and save! Your pattern is done! You can download our pattern created here for free. You are welcome to now add a background and more detail.

 

FINAL RESULT

 

 

Side Note: If you would like to Edit the Pattern after you created it, you can go to the Swatches Panel, select your pattern design, and at the bottom the second Icon, Edit Pattern. This will open up the Pattern Option Panel again for you to edit.

 

 

It will take some time to play around with the Pattern Option Panel to really know what you can create, but it is a fun simple tool to use, and you can let your imagination run wild!

 

Like this tutorial? Let us know your thoughts below or share a link to what you created. We love seeing your designs.

 

 

 

 

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