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Applying and manipulating pattern fills

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Video: Applying and manipulating pattern fills

So just to review, any object inside of Illustrator you can have any of three types of Fill attributes either solid colors, Gradients; both of, which we have covered until now and patterns. So let's take a look at this last type of Fill called the Pattern Fill. I'm actually working in this file here called pattern_fills, which you will find this inside of chapter10 of the exercise files. And you notice that I have three surfboard designs. One is filled with these kinds of tulips, one has these bamboo colored backgrounds and this one has an overall floral pattern. These have been applied as patterns. Where did I get these patterns from? Well, actually Illustrator ships with whole variety of patterns. If you go down to the Swatches panel and load a library as we have done in the past, you will notice that there is entire folder here of patterns. There are Basic Graphics, Decorative and Nature. I actually chose these from the Nature_Foliage library and you could find them here. You could also step through these, for example, Decorative_Primitive, Decorative_ Ornament, Decorative_modern and I found actually that some of the basic ones even though that has a word Basic in it.

Applying and manipulating pattern fills

So just to review, any object inside of Illustrator you can have any of three types of Fill attributes either solid colors, Gradients; both of, which we have covered until now and patterns. So let's take a look at this last type of Fill called the Pattern Fill. I'm actually working in this file here called pattern_fills, which you will find this inside of chapter10 of the exercise files. And you notice that I have three surfboard designs. One is filled with these kinds of tulips, one has these bamboo colored backgrounds and this one has an overall floral pattern. These have been applied as patterns. Where did I get these patterns from? Well, actually Illustrator ships with whole variety of patterns. If you go down to the Swatches panel and load a library as we have done in the past, you will notice that there is entire folder here of patterns. There are Basic Graphics, Decorative and Nature. I actually chose these from the Nature_Foliage library and you could find them here. You could also step through these, for example, Decorative_Primitive, Decorative_ Ornament, Decorative_modern and I found actually that some of the basic ones even though that has a word Basic in it.

The basic ones, for example, Basic_ Graphics_Lines or Basic_Graphic_Dots, can be extremely useful when you are just looking to have some kind of interesting Pattern Fill for particular object or for any artwork. You would apply it the same way as any swatch. For example, I can simply click on an object and then choose any pattern swatch from my particular panel here. I'm going to close this library for now because I want to talk about how to actually manipulate your particular patterns once you have already applied them to a shape, for example, let's focus here on the tulips, say I want these tulips to be a little bit bigger. I want the pattern to actually be bigger right now. I don't want to make my surfboard bigger but I do want the pattern to be enlarged on that particular surfboard.

Well, the way that you can do that is go over to the Scale tool and we will discuss more about working with the Scale tool and all these transformations tools in the next chapter but for now I'm just going to double click on the Scale tool to bring up that option. I have this surfboard selected right now and you notice that I have the ability to change my Scale. So let's say, I type in 200% because I want to enlarge it 200%. Well, if you come down here to the bottom where it says Options, I can un- check the Objects box and only have the Patterns box checked. In doing so, I'm telling the Scale option to only work on patterns but not on the object itself. If we click in the Preview button you will see that right now the tulips are much larger but the object itself stayed the same size. So that's one way to go ahead and adjust it. I'm going to click Cancel here.

I want to show you that you could also shift a pattern within a particular shape. Let's say you are really not happy with positioning of where the pattern aligned itself within the object. Well, you can use your regular Selection tool and normally when you click on an object and you drag it, it moves the entire object. But here is a little keyboard shortcut for you, if you hold down Tilde key on your keyboard and Tilde key is little squiggly key that sits right on top of the Tab key on the upper left hand portion of the keyboard. I'm holding that button down on my keyboard and now I'm clicking to drag and move my object but you will notice that the object is not moving; the pattern inside the object is moving. In fact, I can keep that Tilde key down and use the arrow keys on my keyboard to nudge the pattern left and right or up and down. This way I can ensure that as I'm working with patterns, I get the exact position that I'm looking for.

Likewise I can do the same thing here. If I want to see more detail on those bamboos that are right there, again I can double click on the Scale tool, maybe scale this up 300%, have the scale only apply to patterns and not to the Objects, click OK and now I have enlarged that particular effect. Likewise, I'll just point out that, when you are using the Scale tool, you do have the ability to scale Objects but not the patterns. In this case, the pattern then stays the size that you scaled it but the Object itself gets bigger. Let me click Cancel here for a second. Let's focus on this pattern right here. Just because the way the patterns works, the artwork itself within the pattern is not accessible when you work inside of Illustrator. For example, if you decide that some of these leaves here should be of different color, you can't select that in artwork. Even if you go into the Outline mode, you will see that I don't see any of the artwork for that flower. It's a simple pattern fill but I don't have any access to the artwork that's in there. However, if do want to make some changes, what I can do is expand the fill. When I do so, it converts the fill to something, which is actually regular artwork that you can edit.

The way that you would do that is to actually select your object, go to the Object menu and choose Expand. If you remember when we were using the Appearances and the Appearances where these live effects that apply to the appearance of an object but not to the underlying vector structure of the object. You had to expand your appearance to make that happen. Well, it's similar in context to what I can do here with patterns. By expanding my patterns, I'll go ahead and I'll choose to expand just the Fill of my object. When I click OK, even though it doesn't look like anything has changed here, I can now take my Direct Selection tool and click on the individual elements of this pattern. In fact, if I go into Outline mode now, I'll see entire pattern right here. In fact, you will see that the pattern is made up of a repeated area or repeating segment. How does that work? Well, let me toggle back to Preview mode here.

In the next movie we will talk about how to actually define and create your own patterns.

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Illustrator CS4 Essential Training

116 video lessons · 48603 viewers

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  1. 59s
    1. Welcome
      59s
  2. 33m 17s
    1. Why use Illustrator?
      2m 22s
    2. What are vector graphics?
      8m 4s
    3. Understanding paths
      4m 13s
    4. Fill and Stroke attributes
      5m 32s
    5. Selections and stacking order
      8m 31s
    6. Isolation mode
      4m 35s
  3. 23m 43s
    1. The Welcome screen
      1m 11s
    2. New Document Profiles
      4m 36s
    3. Using multiple artboards
      7m 17s
    4. Libraries and content
      3m 52s
    5. Illustrator templates
      2m 56s
    6. Adding XMP metadata
      3m 51s
  4. 43m 55s
    1. Exploring panels
      4m 18s
    2. Using the Control panel
      5m 25s
    3. Navigating within a document
      5m 27s
    4. Using rulers and guides
      5m 23s
    5. Using grids
      2m 12s
    6. Utilizing the bounding box
      3m 3s
    7. Using Smart Guides
      4m 59s
    8. The Hide Edges command
      3m 31s
    9. Preview and Outline modes
      2m 18s
    10. Using workspaces
      7m 19s
  5. 38m 3s
    1. The importance of modifier keys
      1m 9s
    2. Drawing closed-path primitives
      7m 15s
    3. Drawing open-path primitives
      5m 5s
    4. Simple drawing with the Pen tool
      7m 28s
    5. Advanced drawing with the Pen tool
      10m 33s
    6. Drawing with the Pencil tool
      6m 33s
  6. 46m 37s
    1. Editing anchor points
      13m 7s
    2. Creating compound shapes
      5m 55s
    3. Utilizing Pathfinder functions
      5m 11s
    4. Joining and averaging paths
      5m 37s
    5. Outlining strokes
      3m 24s
    6. Simplifying paths
      5m 41s
    7. Using Offset Path
      2m 43s
    8. Dividing an object into a grid
      1m 41s
    9. Cleaning up errant paths
      3m 18s
  7. 35m 23s
    1. Creating point text
      4m 4s
    2. Creating area text
      4m 19s
    3. Applying basic character settings
      6m 27s
    4. Applying basic paragraph settings
      4m 4s
    5. Creating text threads
      5m 28s
    6. Creating text on open paths
      5m 18s
    7. Creating text on closed paths
      3m 57s
    8. Converting text to outlines
      1m 46s
  8. 20m 15s
    1. Using the basic selection tools
      7m 53s
    2. Using the Magic Wand and Lasso tools
      6m 34s
    3. Selecting objects by attribute
      2m 38s
    4. Saving and reusing selections
      3m 10s
  9. 40m 35s
    1. Using the Appearance panel
      6m 48s
    2. Targeting object attributes
      3m 26s
    3. Adding multiple attributes
      7m 6s
    4. Applying Live Effects
      8m 9s
    5. Expanding appearances
      4m 48s
    6. Appearance panel settings
      6m 51s
    7. Copying appearances
      3m 27s
  10. 37m 15s
    1. Defining groups
      7m 2s
    2. Editing groups
      5m 28s
    3. Working with layers
      8m 10s
    4. Layer and object hierarchy
      6m 57s
    5. Creating template layers
      2m 3s
    6. Object, group, and layer attributes
      7m 35s
  11. 44m 4s
    1. Applying colors
      3m 18s
    2. Creating solid color swatches
      4m 48s
    3. Creating global process swatches
      5m 1s
    4. Using spot color swatches
      4m 27s
    5. Creating swatch groups and libraries
      6m 50s
    6. Working with linear gradient fills
      6m 34s
    7. Working with radial gradient fills
      2m 19s
    8. Applying and manipulating pattern fills
      4m 51s
    9. Defining simple patterns
      5m 56s
  12. 22m 43s
    1. Moving and copying objects
      2m 1s
    2. Scaling objects
      4m 49s
    3. Rotating objects
      3m 14s
    4. Reflecting and skewing objects
      2m 27s
    5. Using the Free Transform tool
      2m 9s
    6. Aligning objects
      5m 15s
    7. Distributing objects
      2m 48s
  13. 25m 13s
    1. Using a pressure-sensitive tablet
      1m 38s
    2. Using the Calligraphic brush
      6m 10s
    3. Using the Scatter brush
      4m 0s
    4. Using the Art brush
      2m 26s
    5. Using the Pattern brush
      3m 21s
    6. Using the Paintbrush tool
      1m 41s
    7. Using the Blob Brush tool
      3m 42s
    8. Using the Eraser tool
      2m 15s
  14. 16m 36s
    1. Using symbols
      3m 9s
    2. Defining your own symbols
      2m 1s
    3. Editing symbols
      4m 4s
    4. Using the Symbol Sprayer tool
      2m 32s
    5. Using the Symbolism toolset
      4m 50s
  15. 35m 37s
    1. Minding your resolution settings
      6m 15s
    2. Applying basic 3D extrusions
      6m 43s
    3. Applying basic 3D revolves
      2m 31s
    4. Basic artwork mapping
      5m 9s
    5. Using the Stylize effects
      5m 35s
    6. Using the Scribble effect
      5m 43s
    7. Using the Warp effect
      3m 41s
  16. 21m 37s
    1. Placing images
      4m 51s
    2. Using the Links panel
      2m 47s
    3. The Edit Original workflow
      2m 0s
    4. Converting images to vectors with Live Trace
      5m 29s
    5. Rasterizing artwork
      1m 55s
    6. Cropping images with a mask
      4m 35s
  17. 10m 35s
    1. Saving your Illustrator document
      8m 18s
    2. Printing your Illustrator document
      2m 17s
  18. 6m 25s
    1. Exporting files for use in QuarkXPress
      1m 8s
    2. Exporting files for use in InDesign
      39s
    3. Exporting files for use in Word/Excel/PowerPoint
      45s
    4. Exporting files for use in Photoshop
      1m 25s
    5. Exporting files for use in Flash
      1m 15s
    6. Exporting files for use in After Effects
      19s
    7. Migrating from FreeHand
      54s
  19. 2m 23s
    1. Finding additional help
      2m 0s
    2. Goodbye
      23s

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