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Creating a traditional border pattern frame


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Drawing Vector Graphics: Patterns

with Von Glitschka

Video: Creating a traditional border pattern frame

Another useful type of pattern brush, is the border pattern. These work well for publications and documents, but can also work well as the design device and a larger layout. Let me show you how to set up and use a border pattern. Border patterns are very closely associated with a pattern brush because essentially it's using the same methodology. But, you're applying it in a slightly different way.
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  1. 5m 24s
    1. Welcome
      1m 32s
    2. Exercise files
      49s
    3. What are patterns?
      3m 3s
  2. 1h 6m
    1. Drawing out and refining your design
      9m 39s
    2. Building your vector pattern with a bounding box
      15m 22s
    3. Creating and using pattern swatches and libraries
      9m 29s
    4. Organize, size, rotate, and adjust your pattern fills
      9m 45s
    5. Using transparency to create depth
      8m 46s
    6. Using textures in your patterns
      13m 26s
  3. 1h 37m
    1. Pattern tool basics
      11m 16s
    2. Selecting appropriate artwork
      13m 19s
    3. Using the Pattern Tile tool and tile types
      11m 42s
    4. Using pattern tiles with the Pattern tool
      12m 55s
    5. Adding depth using the Appearance panel
      9m 39s
    6. Pattern tool limits
      9m 22s
    7. Good pattern-building habits
      15m 37s
    8. Exporting your pattern files
      13m 44s
  4. 30m 15s
    1. Creating a brush pattern
      9m 48s
    2. Creating a traditional border pattern frame
      4m 8s
    3. Using brush textures and clipping masks with patterns
      10m 6s
    4. Creating complex designs using a pattern brush
      6m 13s
  5. 24m 21s
    1. Patterns in the context of illustration
      6m 54s
    2. Patterns in the context of graphic design
      5m 0s
    3. Patterns in the context of visual identity
      8m 6s
    4. Patterns in the context of product design and accessories
      2m 21s
    5. Patterns in the context of textile designs
      2m 0s
  6. 14m 33s
    1. Ekaterina Panova, Russia
      1m 51s
    2. Raul Villanueva, Peru
      1m 6s
    3. Anastasiia Kucherenko, Ukraine
      1m 30s
    4. Andi Butler, United States
      1m 40s
    5. Dennis Bennett, Germany
      1m 34s
    6. Samarra Khaja, United States
      1m 44s
    7. Jenean Morrison, United States
      1m 25s
    8. Laura Coyle, United States
      3m 43s
  7. 1m 27s
    1. Final thoughts
      1m 27s

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4h 0m Intermediate Apr 22, 2014

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Patterns have been a part of cultures around the globe for centuries. From fashion and branding to interior design and signage, patterns blanket and beautify our world. Designers are often asked to create new patterns from scratch, and although digital tools make the process easier than ever, it can still be a perplexing task.

In this installment of Drawing Vector Graphics, Von Glitschka demystifies the pattern design process, explaining tessellations (mathematical tiles that lie at the heart of patterns) and visiting the various methods of creating new patterns. He shows how to build repeating patterns with Illustrator's pattern tools and pattern brushes, and incorporate patterns into your design. The course also features patterns from some of the industry's most inspiring designers.

Topics include:
  • Establishing the bounding box for your tile
  • Drawing your design
  • Creating a pattern swatch
  • Refining art with the Pattern tool
  • Saving your design
  • Creating a pattern brush
  • Using your pattern in designs
Subject:
Design
Software:
Illustrator
Author:
Von Glitschka

Creating a traditional border pattern frame

Another useful type of pattern brush, is the border pattern. These work well for publications and documents, but can also work well as the design device and a larger layout. Let me show you how to set up and use a border pattern. Border patterns are very closely associated with a pattern brush because essentially it's using the same methodology. But, you're applying it in a slightly different way. In this case, I'm going to use a traditional border pattern, but it's going to augment my overall concept.

And that's the importance of creating your own assets like this and once again, it starts off as a simple sketch. And when you create art work like this for a border, all you have to worry about for a traditional type of frame is the straight segments and the corner segment. That's all you need to really worry about and in this case, this was my core asset to create my straight segment. And since I'm creating a corner treatment of this, it's the exact same height, and it'll end up being a square shape so it aligns with my final tiled artwork.

So this is the base factor art, and what ended up coming to look like is this being my segment, and this being my corner. Now when I associate it with a bounding box you can see how this is a square shape, and it fits within the container of the square shape. That's because it has to align both vertically and horizontally with this element when it's applied to a path, or specifically a rectangle. So that'll work properly as a pattern, so, I've gone ahead and set that up already as you can see in the Brushes pallet here.

If I double click on this you can see how my corner segment is showing here. Where the corner segment goes and my straight segment goes here. And you can see it's giving me funky preview down here. It doesn't look like the sizing is correct, but, because I build it correctly it's going to work fine, so, we're going to name this, and I'll just call it Flora for lack of a better term. We're going to make sure to have our colorization methods set to Tint so we can color it however we wish, and Stretch to Fit is fine.

And we'll click OK. Once we have that set up we can apply it to any frame. So this is a traditional type of frame rectangle and when we apply our flora brush to it, this is how it's going to look. So it creates a very elaborate border treatment without taking a whole lot of work. And in this case we can also color it however we want, in this case we're going to color it green And there's going to be a secondary usage for this, because I'm going to tie it in to an identity project that I worked on.

And it's for a restaurant, and I'm going to show you how I use this in context of that restaurant. So this is their menu, it's a small bistro. They serve vegan food and vegetarian cuisine and so the concept of my border treatment kind of goes with the concept of the restaurant. It's very green, very healthy, it's all about eating vegetables and greenery and that kind of stuff, so. This is the branding I developed and so the border treatment really adds to that, and it was relatively easy to create using the border, using a pattern brush to create the traditional border in this case.

Now the treatment that i use on this circular shape was applied to coaster so you can see how that works here. All these of course are set up in the exercise files so you can check it out to an even greater degree, but border patterns can be driven by any type of graphic style. So, whatever you're working on figure out the style that's going to be appropriate for your project and it's going to be an easy way to add a lot of interest to whatever you're creating.

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