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Illustrator CS6 Essential Training
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Applying and editing pattern fills


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Illustrator CS6 Essential Training

with Justin Seeley

Video: Applying and editing pattern fills

Another great way to enhance your artwork inside of Illustrator is to utilize pattern fills. And in Illustrator CS6, the control that you get over pattern fills is actually even better than it's ever been. I'm going to show you in this movie how to add a basic pattern fill to an object, and then later on I'll show you how to edit that fill as well. Once we've got the basics down, we'll then move forward and I'll show you how to create your own patterns from your own artwork in a future movie. Let's get started by creating a brand-new document. I'll just hit Ctrl+N or Command+N on my keyboard to create a New Document.
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  1. 1m 15s
    1. What is Illustrator?
      1m 15s
  2. 2m 17s
    1. Welcome
      58s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 19s
  3. 41m 25s
    1. Understanding vector graphics
      5m 0s
    2. Setting preferences
      9m 24s
    3. Touring the interface
      9m 41s
    4. Exploring the panels
      6m 54s
    5. Working with the Control panel
      4m 25s
    6. Creating and saving workspaces
      6m 1s
  4. 43m 42s
    1. Creating files for print
      4m 42s
    2. Creating files for the web
      3m 36s
    3. Managing multiple documents
      3m 25s
    4. Navigating within a document
      5m 21s
    5. Using rulers, guides, and grids
      6m 59s
    6. Changing units of measurement
      1m 50s
    7. Using preview modes
      3m 10s
    8. Creating and using custom views
      3m 12s
    9. Locking and hiding artwork
      3m 43s
    10. Creating and using artboards
      7m 44s
  5. 1h 1m
    1. Setting your selection preferences
      5m 57s
    2. Using the Direct Selection and Group Selection tools
      4m 6s
    3. Using the Magic Wand tool
      5m 45s
    4. Using the Lasso tool
      4m 9s
    5. Selecting objects by attribute
      6m 48s
    6. Grouping objects
      3m 7s
    7. Using isolation mode
      4m 48s
    8. Resizing your artwork
      3m 55s
    9. Rotating objects
      2m 10s
    10. Distorting and transforming objects
      6m 26s
    11. Repeating transformations
      5m 6s
    12. Reflecting and skewing objects
      4m 54s
    13. Aligning and distributing objects
      4m 38s
  6. 29m 27s
    1. RGB vs. CMYK
      1m 46s
    2. Adjusting Illustrator color settings
      5m 10s
    3. Process vs. global swatches
      5m 6s
    4. Creating spot colors
      3m 40s
    5. Using the swatch groups
      2m 33s
    6. Working with color libraries
      3m 17s
    7. Importing swatches
      4m 4s
    8. Using the Color Guide panel
      3m 51s
  7. 57m 36s
    1. Understanding fills and strokes
      4m 18s
    2. Working with fills
      4m 58s
    3. Working with strokes
      8m 46s
    4. Creating dashes and arrows
      8m 1s
    5. Creating variable-width strokes
      4m 3s
    6. Using width profiles
      3m 31s
    7. Outlining strokes
      3m 51s
    8. Creating and editing gradients
      5m 45s
    9. Applying gradients to strokes
      3m 8s
    10. Applying and editing pattern fills
      4m 52s
    11. Creating your own pattern fill
      6m 23s
  8. 20m 20s
    1. Understanding paths
      2m 41s
    2. Understanding anchor points
      4m 20s
    3. Working with open and closed paths
      5m 28s
    4. Joining and averaging paths
      4m 9s
    5. Using the Scissors tool and the Knife tool
      3m 42s
  9. 37m 56s
    1. Understanding drawing modes
      4m 23s
    2. Creating compound paths
      5m 15s
    3. Creating compound shapes
      4m 11s
    4. Working with the Shape Builder tool
      6m 32s
    5. Working with the Blob Brush and Eraser tools
      5m 26s
    6. Working with the Paintbrush and Pencil tools
      7m 8s
    7. Smoothing and erasing paths
      5m 1s
  10. 35m 53s
    1. Exploring the Pen tool
      2m 39s
    2. Drawing straight lines
      5m 12s
    3. Drawing simple curves
      5m 23s
    4. Understanding the many faces of the Pen tool
      6m 10s
    5. Converting corners and curves
      1m 46s
    6. Your keyboard is your friend
      2m 14s
    7. Tracing artwork with the Pen tool
      12m 29s
  11. 35m 33s
    1. Adjusting your type settings
      4m 10s
    2. Creating point and area text
      3m 36s
    3. Basic text editing
      2m 14s
    4. Creating threaded text
      4m 59s
    5. Using the type panels
      9m 48s
    6. Creating text on a path
      5m 11s
    7. Converting text into paths
      1m 43s
    8. Saving time with keyboard shortcuts
      3m 52s
  12. 27m 25s
    1. Exploring the Appearance panel
      4m 44s
    2. Explaining attribute stacking order
      1m 40s
    3. Applying multiple fills
      3m 1s
    4. Applying multiple strokes
      4m 20s
    5. Adjusting appearance with live effects
      4m 46s
    6. Saving appearances as graphic styles
      8m 54s
  13. 20m 44s
    1. Exploring the Layers panel
      4m 18s
    2. Creating and editing layers
      3m 27s
    3. Targeting objects in the Layers panel
      3m 3s
    4. Working with sublayers
      3m 0s
    5. Hiding, locking, and deleting layers
      4m 14s
    6. Using the Layers panel menu
      2m 42s
  14. 46m 0s
    1. Placing images into Illustrator
      2m 53s
    2. Working with the Links panel
      6m 5s
    3. Embedding images into Illustrator
      3m 12s
    4. Cropping images with a mask
      5m 8s
    5. Exploring the Image Trace panel
      12m 14s
    6. Tracing photographs
      8m 6s
    7. Tracing line art
      4m 33s
    8. Converting pixels to paths
      3m 49s
  15. 19m 21s
    1. What are symbols?
      2m 45s
    2. Using prebuilt symbols
      3m 3s
    3. Using the Symbol Sprayer tool
      4m 19s
    4. Creating new symbols
      3m 50s
    5. Breaking the symbol link
      3m 19s
    6. Redefining symbols
      2m 5s
  16. 12m 9s
    1. Defining a perspective grid
      4m 29s
    2. Drawing artwork in perspective
      3m 49s
    3. Applying artwork to the grid
      3m 51s
  17. 35m 7s
    1. Printing your artwork
      6m 16s
    2. Saving your artwork
      2m 2s
    3. Saving in legacy formats
      3m 0s
    4. Saving templates
      4m 18s
    5. Creating PDF files
      5m 23s
    6. Saving for the web
      4m 46s
    7. Creating high-res bitmap images
      3m 58s
    8. Using Illustrator files in Photoshop and InDesign
      5m 24s
  18. 56s
    1. Next steps
      56s

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Illustrator CS6 Essential Training
8h 48m Beginner May 07, 2012

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Adobe Illustrator can be used to accomplish many different design tasks, from illustration to app development. This course demonstrates core concepts and techniques that can be applied to any workflow—for print, the web, or building assets that will find their way into other applications. Author Justin Seeley explains the elements that make up vector graphics (paths, strokes, and fills) while showing how to use each of the drawing tools, and demonstrates how to combine and clean up paths and organize them into groups and layers. The course also covers text editing, working with color, effects, and much more.

Topics include:
  • Understanding vector graphics
  • Creating and setting up files for print or web destinations
  • Selecting and transforming objects on the page
  • Creating spot colors
  • Applying fills, strokes, and gradients to artwork
  • Adjusting appearances and effects
  • Working with anchor points and paths
  • Drawing with the Pen tool
  • Creating text
  • Managing layers
  • Creating and using symbols
  • Printing, saving, and exporting artwork
Subject:
Design
Software:
Illustrator
Author:
Justin Seeley

Applying and editing pattern fills

Another great way to enhance your artwork inside of Illustrator is to utilize pattern fills. And in Illustrator CS6, the control that you get over pattern fills is actually even better than it's ever been. I'm going to show you in this movie how to add a basic pattern fill to an object, and then later on I'll show you how to edit that fill as well. Once we've got the basics down, we'll then move forward and I'll show you how to create your own patterns from your own artwork in a future movie. Let's get started by creating a brand-new document. I'll just hit Ctrl+N or Command+N on my keyboard to create a New Document.

I'll select a Print Profile in this case, and I'll make sure I'm in Landscape Orientation and hit OK. So basically I'm working on 8.5x11 sheet of paper, and I'm going to add just a basic shape out to the artboard. So I'll just grab a rectangle and draw it up. I'll target the stroke first and turn that off and then I'll target the fill. By default in Illustrator, you have some pattern fills already in the Swatches panel, right here, like Foliage and Pompadour. You can also access some more of the patterns by going to the Swatch Library and going down to Patterns.

Once you get to patterns, you can go to things like Basic Graphics, Decorative, Nature. I'll go to Basic Graphics and I'll find Textures. Once I find Textures, I can then expand this out to see all of them and I can hover over them to see, like Bird Feet. If I select that, you can see that it gives me this little pattern here, or Burlap, Capsules, Circled Lines, Circles, Concentric Circles, and Crosses. I'm going to go back to the Capsules and I'll zoom in on my artwork, so you can see it.

Once I've got the Capsules pattern applied to my artwork, I'm pretty much stuck with how it is. I can come in and I can actually try to change the color of it and it doesn't work. So how then do I get the ability to change this particular pattern? Maybe I like the way it looks, but I don't like the fact that it's a static pattern that I can't edit. What I'm going to do is actually go in and edit the swatch. In order to do that, I'm going to come over to the Swatches panel and I'm going to find the Capsules pattern that I added. I'm then going to double-click on it. Once I double-click on it, you're going to see that I get access to the pattern itself.

I can switch to my Selection tool and I can come in here and I can actually select each individual piece of the Capsules pattern. If I click and drag a selection around them, I can select all of them at once. Selecting all of them at once, gives me access to those and I can change the color of the pattern. So let's say that I wanted this to be filled with orange for instance. Let's pick that and it changes the entire pattern. I can also come in here to the Pattern Options and make things like Tile Type changes.

So let's say that I wanted to see a Hex by Column or Hex by Row. It just depends on your personal choice. I'll stick with Grid for now, because it looks the best. I can also change the Width and Height, or simply size the tile to the art. When we start to create our own patterns later on, I'll explain these options in more detail. For now, I just wanted to make sure I could change the color of it and get done with it. If I don't want to alter the original swatch, I can choose Save a Copy. When I choose Save a Copy, I can call this Capsules Orange and hit OK.

Hitting OK brings up a dialog box that says, The new pattern has been added to your Swatches panel. Now as a matter of fact, I can come over to my Swatches panel and actually see it right there. It tells me here that any additional changes that I make while I'm inside of Pattern Editing Mode will be applied to the original pattern and not the copy. So that means, if I want to work on the copy, I need to make sure that I exit out of Pattern Editing Mode right now and then go work on the copy instead of the original. I'm going to hit Don't Show Again because I don't need this popping up each and every time I create a pattern, and then I'll hit OK.

From here, I'm going to click Cancel. Now you might think that I just threw away all the changes I made. Not so. I've actually still got the original pattern applied. If I want to utilize the new pattern I created, I need to come over to my swatches and find Capsules Orange. In order to apply it to the artwork, I have to first make sure the artwork is selected. Then we'll go over to the Capsules Orange and click it to apply it. Once I do that, I can click away and take a look at my artwork.

As you can see, it's pretty easy to apply pattern swatches here inside of Illustrator, and in version CS6 it's even easier to get control of the patterns and edit them. Take some time and go through all of the different patterns that are available to you in Illustrator and you'll find more uses than you ever thought you could for them. Then go in and edit those to suit your needs for color, spacing, et cetera, and you'll be amazed that the stuff you're able to create.

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