Easy-to-follow video tutorials help you learn software, creative, and business skills.Become a member

Applying and manipulating pattern fills

From: Illustrator CS5 Essential Training

Video: Applying and manipulating pattern fills

So of the three types of Fills that you can apply to objects inside of Illustrator, we've discussed solid colors and gradient fills. Now, let's talk about the third type of Fill, something called a Pattern Fill. A Pattern Fill is kind of like wallpaper. You take a certain pattern or certain piece of art, and you just have that piece of art repeated over and over and over again as the fill of an object. In fact, you can see that right here. At the bottom of this document I have a rectangle, and if I move it around, this just one rectangle that I have, yet it is filled with this repeating pattern of different flowers.

Applying and manipulating pattern fills

So of the three types of Fills that you can apply to objects inside of Illustrator, we've discussed solid colors and gradient fills. Now, let's talk about the third type of Fill, something called a Pattern Fill. A Pattern Fill is kind of like wallpaper. You take a certain pattern or certain piece of art, and you just have that piece of art repeated over and over and over again as the fill of an object. In fact, you can see that right here. At the bottom of this document I have a rectangle, and if I move it around, this just one rectangle that I have, yet it is filled with this repeating pattern of different flowers.

The nice thing about working with patterns is that there are several things that you can do to adjust how the patterns themselves fit, or appear, within other objects. I'm actually going to come up over here to this object that has the gradient fill on it, and I'm going to click on this button here and drag it down the handle to resize it. By the way, I have the Bounding Box turned on, and that's why I'm able to scale the object in this way. If you don't see those handles, just go to the View menu and choose Show Bounding Box. I'm going to come over here to the Swatches panel.

And I'll see that in this file, I have three patterns already defined: something called Laguna, something called Flower Power and something here called Willow Branch Color. I'm going to choose this Willow Branch Color to apply that pattern to this object. Now it's important to realize that when I define a pattern, whatever the background of that pattern is also applies to the shape here. So when this pattern was first defined, its Background was set to None. So I'm able to see those flowers right now through this pattern right here.

If I click on this Laguna pattern, for example, the same thing. The white areas are really set to None, so I'm able to see art that appears beneath it. If I would have used the white background when I first defined that pattern, then I would not be able to see the white flowers beneath. However, there are some interesting behaviors that apply when working with patterns. For example, we're going to discuss Transformation tools in another chapter. but for now, if I wanted to rotate this object 45 degrees, I can come over here to the Rotate tool, double-click on it and change the Angle to 45 degrees and click OK.

Notice that while the shape itself did rotate 45 degrees, the pattern itself remained the same. Let me press Undo and show you what that looks like with this other willow pattern, because this has more vertical lines that are easier to see. When I go ahead now and I rotate this object 45 degrees, you'll see that the pattern itself is still vertical, but the shape itself has been rotated. I'm going to press Undo for a moment here, because I want to show you a setting. When I double-click on the Transform tool, you can see that right now, if I type in 45 degrees, where it says Options, by default, only the Objects button is checked.

This means that when I rotate this object, only the object rotates but not the pattern. However, if I would check this box that would mean that the object and the pattern would both rotate. So if I click on Preview button, now you can see that the pattern itself did also rotate with the object. Just want to let you know that there's another option you can do also which is to uncheck the Objects option. And in this case, the path itself, the rectangle, has remained in place, only the pattern inside of that shape has been rotated 45 degrees.

So in Illustrator, once I've applied a pattern, I have the ability to rotate the object and not the pattern, both the object and the pattern together, or just the pattern itself and not the object. This same thing also applies to scaling. I'm going to press Cancel for a moment. I'm going to double-click on the Scale tool. Again, in another chapter, we're going to discuss scaling and rotating in detail, but notice that on the bottom here I also have the same options for Scaling Objects or Patterns. And depending on which check boxes I check, I can scale just the Patterns itself or the Objects as well.

I'll press Cancel one more time, because I want to let you know that there's also a keyboard shortcut that you can use, so that you can make these adjustments on the fly. For example, I have the ability inside of Illustrator to rotate artwork directly on the artboard. If I tap the R key on my keyboard, that selects the Rotate tool. And if I position my cursor just about right over here outside the object, I can click and drag and rotate that object. Notice now that the path rotated, but not the pattern itself. I'm going to press Undo.

And I'm going to start clicking and dragging to perform the same option. But before I release the mouse, I'm going to hold down Tilde key on my keyboard. The Tilde key is the little swirly guy that appears right on top of the Tab key, on the upper left-hand corner of your keyboard. And by doing so, I am only rotating the pattern and not the object itself. So as I make any kind of adjustments inside of Illustrator, even moving, for example, if I take my Selection tool and I click and drag to move, if I hold down the Tilde key while I do that, I'm only moving the position of the pattern inside of the object and not the object itself.

So now you know how to apply the patterns inside of Illustrator and how to manipulate those patterns to make it look just how you want when using them. The only thing we haven't covered yet is how to define your own custom patterns. Well, we'll cover that in the next movie.

Show transcript

This video is part of

Image for Illustrator CS5 Essential Training
Illustrator CS5 Essential Training

126 video lessons · 81953 viewers

Mordy Golding
Author

 
Expand all | Collapse all
  1. 3m 35s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. What is Illustrator CS5?
      1m 46s
    3. Using the exercise files
      31s
  2. 12m 37s
    1. What are vector graphics?
      6m 3s
    2. Path and appearance
      3m 42s
    3. Stacking
      2m 52s
  3. 32m 6s
    1. The Welcome screen
      2m 23s
    2. Creating files for print
      6m 7s
    3. Creating files for the screen
      2m 55s
    4. Using prebuilt templates
      2m 40s
    5. Adding XMP metadata
      4m 18s
    6. Exploring the panels
      6m 33s
    7. Using the Control panel
      3m 11s
    8. Using workspaces
      3m 59s
  4. 43m 44s
    1. Navigating within a document
      9m 15s
    2. Using rulers and guides
      7m 26s
    3. Using grids
      3m 6s
    4. Using the bounding box
      3m 37s
    5. Using Smart Guides
      5m 56s
    6. The Hide Edges command
      3m 22s
    7. Various preview modes
      3m 47s
    8. Creating custom views
      4m 3s
    9. Locking and hiding artwork
      3m 12s
  5. 28m 46s
    1. Using the basic selection tools
      8m 50s
    2. Using the Magic Wand tool
      5m 22s
    3. Using the Lasso tool
      2m 28s
    4. Selecting objects by attribute or type
      3m 37s
    5. Saving and reusing selections
      2m 15s
    6. Selecting artwork beneath other objects
      2m 13s
    7. Exploring selection preferences
      4m 1s
  6. 1h 16m
    1. The importance of modifier keys
      1m 52s
    2. Drawing closed path primitives
      11m 38s
    3. Drawing open path primitives
      5m 47s
    4. Understanding anchor points
      3m 43s
    5. Drawing straight paths with the Pen tool
      7m 37s
    6. Drawing curved paths with the Pen tool
      9m 47s
    7. Drawing freeform paths with the Pencil tool
      5m 33s
    8. Smoothing and erasing paths
      3m 8s
    9. Editing anchor points
      7m 21s
    10. Joining and averaging paths
      10m 9s
    11. Simplifying paths
      4m 55s
    12. Using Offset Path
      2m 17s
    13. Cleaning up errant paths
      2m 32s
  7. 48m 26s
    1. The Draw Inside and Draw Behind modes
      7m 34s
    2. Creating compound paths
      5m 56s
    3. Creating compound shapes
      8m 0s
    4. Using the Shape Builder tool
      10m 28s
    5. Using Pathfinder functions
      8m 6s
    6. Splitting an object into a grid
      1m 16s
    7. Using the Blob Brush and Eraser tools
      7m 6s
  8. 49m 5s
    1. Creating point text
      4m 2s
    2. Creating area text
      8m 13s
    3. Applying basic character settings
      7m 44s
    4. Applying basic paragraph settings
      4m 28s
    5. Creating text threads
      8m 25s
    6. Setting text along an open path
      6m 29s
    7. Setting text along a closed path
      6m 24s
    8. Converting text into paths
      3m 20s
  9. 18m 55s
    1. Create a logo mark
      11m 26s
    2. Add type to your logo
      7m 29s
  10. 42m 42s
    1. Using the Appearance panel
      8m 21s
    2. Targeting object attributes
      4m 42s
    3. Adding multiple attributes
      4m 25s
    4. Applying Live Effects
      5m 18s
    5. Expanding appearances
      4m 42s
    6. Appearance panel settings
      4m 33s
    7. Copying appearances
      4m 51s
    8. Saving appearances as graphic styles
      5m 50s
  11. 34m 0s
    1. Applying color to artwork
      5m 57s
    2. Creating process and global process swatches
      8m 54s
    3. Creating spot color swatches
      3m 19s
    4. Loading PANTONE and other custom color libraries
      4m 49s
    5. Organizing colors with Swatch Groups
      3m 31s
    6. Finding color suggestions with the Color Guide panel
      4m 24s
    7. Loading the Color Guide with user-defined colors
      3m 6s
  12. 50m 23s
    1. Creating gradients with the Gradient panel
      8m 12s
    2. Modifying gradients with the Gradient Annotator
      4m 37s
    3. Applying and manipulating pattern fills
      5m 33s
    4. Defining your own custom pattern fills
      9m 13s
    5. Applying basic stroke settings
      5m 22s
    6. Creating strokes with dashed lines
      3m 41s
    7. Adding arrowheads to strokes
      2m 45s
    8. Creating variable-width strokes
      4m 35s
    9. Working with width profiles
      2m 36s
    10. Turning strokes into filled paths
      3m 49s
  13. 32m 46s
    1. Creating and editing groups
      8m 18s
    2. Adding attributes to groups
      12m 17s
    3. The importance of using layers
      5m 9s
    4. Using and "reading" the Layers panel
      7m 2s
  14. 12m 13s
    1. Creating and using multiple artboards
      7m 52s
    2. Modifying artboards with the Artboards panel
      2m 2s
    3. Copy and paste options with Artboards
      2m 19s
  15. 31m 10s
    1. Moving and copying artwork
      3m 55s
    2. Scaling or resizing artwork
      6m 47s
    3. Rotating artwork
      2m 44s
    4. Reflecting and skewing artwork
      2m 34s
    5. Using the Free Transform tool
      2m 15s
    6. Repeating transformations
      3m 39s
    7. Performing individual transforms across multiple objects
      2m 10s
    8. Aligning objects and groups precisely
      4m 27s
    9. Distributing objects and spaces between objects
      2m 39s
  16. 35m 40s
    1. Placing pixel-based content into Illustrator
      5m 14s
    2. Managing images with the Links panel
      4m 49s
    3. Converting pixels to paths with Live Trace
      8m 44s
    4. Making Live Trace adjustments
      6m 9s
    5. Controlling colors in Live Trace
      6m 4s
    6. Using Photoshop and Live Trace together
      4m 40s
  17. 14m 42s
    1. Managing repeating artwork with symbols
      4m 38s
    2. Modifying and replacing symbol instances
      3m 8s
    3. Using the Symbol Sprayer tool
      6m 56s
  18. 16m 57s
    1. Cropping photographs
      1m 59s
    2. Clipping artwork with masks
      3m 22s
    3. Clipping the contents of a layer
      3m 31s
    4. Defining masks with soft edges
      8m 5s
  19. 26m 2s
    1. Defining a perspective grid
      7m 48s
    2. Drawing artwork in perspective
      8m 46s
    3. Moving flat art onto the perspective grid
      9m 28s
  20. 25m 8s
    1. Printing your Illustrator document
      3m 26s
    2. Saving your Illustrator document
      6m 39s
    3. Creating PDF files for clients and printers
      7m 30s
    4. Exporting Illustrator files for use in Microsoft Office
      1m 4s
    5. Exporting Illustrator files for use in Photoshop
      2m 31s
    6. Exporting artwork for use on the web
      3m 3s
    7. Exporting high-resolution raster files
      55s
  21. 2m 18s
    1. Additional Illustrator learning resources
      1m 36s
    2. Goodbye
      42s

Start learning today

Get unlimited access to all courses for just $25/month.

Become a member
Sometimes @lynda teaches me how to use a program and sometimes Lynda.com changes my life forever. @JosefShutter
@lynda lynda.com is an absolute life saver when it comes to learning todays software. Definitely recommend it! #higherlearning @Michael_Caraway
@lynda The best thing online! Your database of courses is great! To the mark and very helpful. Thanks! @ru22more
Got to create something yesterday I never thought I could do. #thanks @lynda @Ngventurella
I really do love @lynda as a learning platform. Never stop learning and developing, it’s probably our greatest gift as a species! @soundslikedavid
@lynda just subscribed to lynda.com all I can say its brilliant join now trust me @ButchSamurai
@lynda is an awesome resource. The membership is priceless if you take advantage of it. @diabetic_techie
One of the best decision I made this year. Buy a 1yr subscription to @lynda @cybercaptive
guys lynda.com (@lynda) is the best. So far I’ve learned Java, principles of OO programming, and now learning about MS project @lucasmitchell
Signed back up to @lynda dot com. I’ve missed it!! Proper geeking out right now! #timetolearn #geek @JayGodbold
Share a link to this course

What are exercise files?

Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course. Save time by downloading the author's files instead of setting up your own files, and learn by following along with the instructor.

Can I take this course without the exercise files?

Yes! If you decide you would like the exercise files later, you can upgrade to a premium account any time.

Become a member Download sample files See plans and pricing

Please wait... please wait ...
Upgrade to get access to exercise files.

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Learn by watching, listening, and doing, Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along Premium memberships include access to all exercise files in the library.


Exercise files

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

For additional information on downloading and using exercise files, watch our instructional video or read the instructions in the FAQ.

This course includes free exercise files, so you can practice while you watch the course. To access all the exercise files in our library, become a Premium Member.

Join now "Already a member? Log in

Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?

This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.


Mark all as unwatched Cancel

Congratulations

You have completed Illustrator CS5 Essential Training.

Return to your organization's learning portal to continue training, or close this page.


OK
Become a member to add this course to a playlist

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses—and create as many playlists as you like.

Get started

Already a member?

Become a member to like this course.

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses.

Get started

Already a member?

Exercise files

Learn by watching, listening, and doing! Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along. Exercise files are available with all Premium memberships. Learn more

Get started

Already a Premium member?

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Ask a question

Thanks for contacting us.
You’ll hear from our Customer Service team within 24 hours.

Please enter the text shown below:

The classic layout automatically defaults to the latest Flash Player.

To choose a different player, hold the cursor over your name at the top right of any lynda.com page and choose Site preferencesfrom the dropdown menu.

Continue to classic layout Stay on new layout
Exercise files

Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.

Mark videos as unwatched

Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.

Control your viewing experience

Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.

Interactive transcripts

Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.

Are you sure you want to delete this note?

No

Your file was successfully uploaded.

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.


Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from lynda.com.

Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

   
submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.