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Introducing tile patterns


Illustrator CS4 One-on-One: Advanced

with Deke McClelland

Video: Introducing tile patterns

In this exercise I'm going to introduce you to repeating tile patterns inside of Illustrator, and just like blends and masks from the previous chapter, tile patterns have been with us since Illustrator '88. So essentially Illustrator 2.0. Ancient feature. So ancient that I have kind of overlooked them over the years. In my entire history as a video trainer, 10 years of doing video, I have never done any training on tile patterns inside of Illustrator. And I'm sitting here scratching my head wondering why, because I have been having a blast preparing these exercises for you.
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  1. 28m 41s
    1. Welcome
      1m 7s
    2. Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      8m 59s
    3. Resetting the Function keys on a Mac
      4m 47s
    4. Installing the CS4 color settings
      4m 20s
    5. Loading the CS4 color settings in Illustrator
      6m 3s
    6. Loading the CS4 color settings in Bridge CS4
      3m 25s
  2. 1h 53m
    1. From the simple emerges the complex
    2. Introducing Pathfinder operations
      4m 17s
    3. Editing a compound shape
      4m 39s
    4. Adding to a compound shape
      3m 11s
    5. Inserting a subpath into a compound shape
      3m 56s
    6. Expanding a compound shape
      4m 53s
    7. Assembling primitives
      4m 42s
    8. Preparing a template in Photoshop
      7m 0s
    9. Uniting paths permanently
      5m 40s
    10. Minus Front vs. Minus Back
      1m 55s
    11. Working with compound paths
      6m 49s
    12. When in doubt, divide
      3m 54s
    13. Divide and Unite
      3m 2s
    14. Open path pitfalls
      5m 35s
    15. Strokes bad, fills good
      4m 38s
    16. Advanced Divide and Unite
      8m 59s
    17. Using the Crop operation
      8m 30s
    18. Expert Divide and Unite
      8m 45s
    19. "Ghosting" shapes with Fill Opacity
      6m 45s
    20. Anticipating and troubleshooting
      8m 16s
    21. Exclude and Intersect
      7m 24s
  3. 44m 59s
    1. Familiar one moment, different the next
      1m 3s
    2. Snapping to anchor points
      5m 41s
    3. Aligning a group to the artboard
      3m 34s
    4. Distributing objects on the artboard
      4m 16s
    5. Setting the key object
      4m 54s
    6. Distributing objects by space
      3m 6s
    7. Distributing objects by selections
      3m 19s
    8. Aligning point text
      6m 7s
    9. Aligning live text vs. using outlines
      4m 58s
    10. Aligning key letters
      3m 35s
    11. Aligning to key objects
      4m 26s
  4. 1h 4m
    1. CS4’s gradient renaissance
      1m 7s
    2. Applying a gradient
      6m 0s
    3. Dragging and dropping color swatches
      2m 55s
    4. Using the Gradient palette
      6m 27s
    5. Designing a shaded gradient
      5m 9s
    6. Saving a gradient swatch and adding a texture
      4m 2s
    7. Introducing the new Gradient tool
      4m 39s
    8. Editing color stops inside a shape
      3m 26s
    9. Setting multiple gradients to the same angle
      5m 0s
    10. Adding and adjusting radial gradients
      7m 20s
    11. Making a transparent gradient
      7m 6s
    12. Adding drop shadows (a kind of gradient)
      6m 28s
    13. Blends vs. blend modes
      4m 38s
  5. 1h 17m
    1. Creating freeform color flows
      1m 0s
    2. The power of CS4's transparent gradients
      10m 25s
    3. Creating a gradient mesh
      4m 30s
    4. Expanding a gradient to a gradient mesh
      7m 40s
    5. Adding and deleting rows and columns
      6m 13s
    6. Selecting and coloring points
      6m 5s
    7. Assigning colors with the Eyedropper tool
      7m 42s
    8. Cool mesh editing techniques
      3m 56s
    9. Warping and puckering a mesh
      7m 24s
    10. Applying precise finishing touches
      5m 48s
    11. Gradient strokes
      9m 45s
    12. Gradient text
      6m 50s
  6. 55m 35s
    1. The first of the dynamic functions
      1m 4s
    2. Making a blend automatically
      5m 48s
    3. Fixing problem blends
      3m 56s
    4. Making a blend with the Blend tool
      3m 6s
    5. Cloning and coloring a blended path
      4m 37s
    6. Creating a mask
      3m 53s
    7. Blending between translucent shapes
      5m 30s
    8. Blending along a curve
      4m 34s
    9. Adjusting the speed of a blend
      2m 58s
    10. Filling and stroking a mask
      4m 36s
    11. Creating a compound clipping mask
      6m 3s
    12. Nesting one clipping mask inside another
      6m 7s
    13. Ghosting nested masks and blends
      3m 23s
  7. 1h 13m
    1. Patterns that repeat forever and ever
    2. Introducing tile patterns
      6m 36s
    3. Beginning a core design
      5m 6s
    4. Building an interlocking element
      6m 25s
    5. Achieving precise radial symmetry
      4m 46s
    6. Rotating duplicates around a common center
      3m 10s
    7. Determining how a pattern repeats
      9m 54s
    8. Coloring the core objects
      5m 0s
    9. Identifying the rectangular tile
      7m 14s
    10. Saving tile patterns
      7m 19s
    11. Applying tile patterns to a shape
      3m 25s
    12. Protecting patterns from transformations
      7m 36s
    13. Moving patterns without paths
      5m 51s
  8. 1h 19m
    1. Illustrator gets natural
      1m 15s
    2. Introducing the vector painting tools
      3m 16s
    3. Calligraphic brush options
      4m 3s
    4. Pressure sensitivity
      5m 17s
    5. Editing a calligraphic brush
      5m 53s
    6. Repainting and smoothing paths
      5m 30s
    7. Making the paintbrush behave
      6m 16s
    8. Erasing stroked paths
      3m 17s
    9. Painting with the new Blob brush
      6m 24s
    10. Refining filled paths with the Eraser
      4m 14s
    11. Painting independent paths
      3m 53s
    12. The Selection Limits Merge options
      3m 20s
    13. Applying and scaling an art brush
      6m 23s
    14. Snipping a brushed path
      4m 55s
    15. Colorizing an art brush
      4m 9s
    16. Heaping a stroke on an art brush effect
      4m 32s
    17. Creating a custom art brush
      6m 51s
  9. 1h 44m
    1. The computer art world’s dynamic duo
      1m 7s
    2. Copying and pasting pixels from Photoshop
      7m 21s
    3. Linking is efficient, embedding is not
      2m 47s
    4. Editing an image in Illustrator
      7m 30s
    5. Filtering an image in Photoshop
      6m 34s
    6. Adding a filter mask in Photoshop
      6m 25s
    7. Masking a woman from the background
      3m 49s
    8. Creating a sepia effect
      6m 37s
    9. Adding a second gradient map layer
      2m 13s
    10. Achieving a graphic effect with Levels
      8m 10s
    11. Preparing an image for use in Illustrator
      5m 46s
    12. The importance of image resolution
      9m 40s
    13. Placing and linking images
      4m 43s
    14. Managing linked images
      6m 18s
    15. Integrating an image into a design
      5m 12s
    16. A better way to wrap text
      7m 28s
    17. Previewing the trim size
      4m 25s
    18. Layer comps and editable text
      8m 42s
  10. 2h 11m
    1. Transparency is safe and fun
      1m 27s
    2. Introducing the translucent composition
      4m 39s
    3. Assigning opacity to an Appearance attribute
      3m 41s
    4. Creating a knockout group
      5m 7s
    5. Defining an opacity mask
      7m 15s
    6. Using the Clip checkbox
      2m 41s
    7. Opacity mask tips and tricks
      3m 20s
    8. The Multiply blend mode
      6m 8s
    9. Adding to an existing opacity mask
      7m 53s
    10. Blending between parallel groups
      7m 27s
    11. Creating a gradient opacity mask
      4m 54s
    12. Employing an opposing gradient mask
      7m 57s
    13. Combining Multiply and Screen
      3m 49s
    14. Blend mode roundup
      5m 24s
    15. Mixing blend modes inside a single path
      3m 48s
    16. Blend mode and transparent gradient
      3m 49s
    17. Masking an entire layer
      7m 0s
    18. Combining Screen with 100K Black
      7m 43s
    19. Knocking out a drop shadow
      5m 18s
    20. But will it print?
      3m 8s
    21. Working with the Flattener preview
      8m 44s
    22. Rasterizing an illustration in Photoshop
      9m 16s
    23. Super-rich blacks and raster effects
      3m 35s
    24. Exporting TIFF artwork from Illustrator
      7m 48s
  11. 58s
    1. Until next time

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Knowing the fundamentals of drawing and reshaping paths is only part of the story. In Illustrator CS4 One-on-One: Advanced, the second of the popular One-on-One series, computer graphics expert Deke McClelland covers some of Illustrator's most powerful and least understood features. He shows how to merge simple shapes to create complex ones with the Pathfinder palette, as well as align paths to create schematic illustrations. Deke explains how to paint fluid, multicolor fills with blends, and the new and improved gradient tool. He explores seamlessly repeating tile patterns, blobs and brushes, and imported images. He also dives into one of the deepest features in all of Illustrator, transparency. Exercise files accompany the tutorial.

Recommended prerequisite: Illustrator CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals.

Download Deke's customized keyboard layouts and color settings for Illustrator from the Exercise Files tab.

Topics include:
  • Working with compound shapes in the Pathfinder palette
  • Ghosting shapes with Fill Opacity
  • Understanding gradients and the gradient tools
  • Cloning and coloring a blended path
  • Saving tile patterns and applying them to a shape
  • Importing and linking images from other applications
Deke McClelland

Introducing tile patterns

In this exercise I'm going to introduce you to repeating tile patterns inside of Illustrator, and just like blends and masks from the previous chapter, tile patterns have been with us since Illustrator '88. So essentially Illustrator 2.0. Ancient feature. So ancient that I have kind of overlooked them over the years. In my entire history as a video trainer, 10 years of doing video, I have never done any training on tile patterns inside of Illustrator. And I'm sitting here scratching my head wondering why, because I have been having a blast preparing these exercises for you.

Tile patterns are so amazing. And you are about to see why now. So I have got opened this document called Tile pattern What I would like you to do is go ahead and click on this white square, so that we can assign tile patterns to it. And I'm going to press Ctrl+H or Command+H on the Mac in order to hide the selection elements. So we can just see the tile patterns. If you are working along with me, and you want to try out some patterns of your own, [00:001:00.04] make sure that you are viewing the document at least 100%. You might want to even zoom in further want to even zoom in further than that if you have a larger screen, which I assume you do. Then switch over to the Swatches palette, and notice that I have gone ahead and populated the Swatches palette inside of this document with tons of tile patterns, most of which ship along with Illustrator CS4 and to get to these and still more tile patterns, because these are not all of them, you go up to the Swatches palette fly- out menu right there. You choose Open Swatch Library. You go over here to Patterns and then you have got three categories of patterns at your disposal. Decorative has the most libraries inside of it and then you would choose one of these libraries to load it up in an independent palette.

Anyway, I'm going up back up here and I'm going to switch to Large Thumbnail View, so that we can see these patterns up close and personal. So I just loaded into this document what I thought were the coolest, about half of the patterns actually. So you don't have to go digging around too much. Anyway, let's try applying a few of them. Here is one of my least favorites, actually, Fish Pattern, and the reason I'm showing it to you is because for whatever reason Adobe has chosen this pattern to be it's tile pattern representative. So if you create a new print document inside Illustrator CS4, you will get this one tile pattern. This is the one tile pattern that will be included along with the document. Anyway, other ones are so much cooler like Links Japanese Color, Check that out. Is that not amazing? Now every once in a while by the way, if you are closely scrutinizing what's going on, you may see seams and of course, there are seams ultimately in the tile patterns, because what we were seeing are repeating rectangles. So they are just repeating over and over again, and I'll show you how to construct these things. But these seams do not actually really appear. They are just phenomenons of the screen redraw.

When you zoom in, they will come and go. When you'll print the document, you will not see them is the idea and if you are curious, by all means try printing the document just to make sure. Anyway, here is Diamond Overlap Color. Amazing! So cool. Here's another one, Grid On Grid Color, which is great, and then we have got Weave Color. These all come from totally different libraries by the web. I've just mushed the ones I like the most together. Like Laguna Color and Mexico City Color don't really go along with each other. But still they do here. Arrow is Arabian Color, check that out, so awesome. Here's Leaves Tropical Color.

I am going to stop saying the word color. That's just telling you that there is also a black and white variant that you can get to. Water Lilies right here, so nifty. This is Deco Diamonds. This one right here, I just love. Flower Power. It's so awesome. And then Optical Checkerboard, they just keep getting better. Look at this one right here. And this one Wild Flowers. This is so wild. I love this pattern. This is the one that should come up in every single print document in CS4. In my opinion it's just lovely, and wouldn't you just like to do the kids' wall in that or something? Here's Stars 3D, then we have got Triangles horizontal color. I don't really have to walk you through every single one of these, but there are a couple more I want to show you. Here is Peacock. Check out Peacock. I'm going to go ahead and zoom in on Peacock so you can see that these are not photographs that have been imported into Illustrator and then somehow modified so that they become seamlessly repeating tile patterns.

These are hand drawn vector illustrations. And here is Alligator right there. So cool, so amazing. And if you scroll down, there is tons and tons more of course. And then definitely encourage you to explore them to your heart's content. Starting here after a different bunch of fish, actually it's a same fish just colored differently there. We have got Undulating Coarse Dots. That's cool. That could be useful. This is a 0 to 100% Dot Gradation right there, my goodness, and these things are scalable by the way, and you can rotate them, and you can transform them in all kinds of different ways, as we'll see later.

We have got stuff for architects over here like USGS 20 scrub, or actually even more obvious is USGS 2 Marsh. This guy right there. If you zoom in you can see we have just got these little marshy plants going on and so you might find that terribly useful. Not sure. All right, so here is what we were going to do. Over the course of next few exercises, this is going to be our project. We are going to create this design right here. So I'm switching layers, as you can see. Here is this design at bottom and this is a traditional Arabian geometric design right there.

And we are going to assemble at my handle. I'll show you how to make it. In the course of making it, you'll get a sense of how to think your way through making or repeating tile pattern. And then we'll actually build the tiles just to make sure that everything fits together the way it's supposed to, and then we'll break them off into individual tile patterns. Notice I made them smaller as well. And I was telling you, tile patterns are rectangular. They have to be rectangular inside of Illustrator. So it may surprise you that these are rectangular tile patterns. I know they are not the kinds of rectangles you are familiar with, but they actually are repeating rectangles, I assure you.

And then I went ahead and saved them off, as these guys right there, Arabian geometric, Arabian garish and Arabian bronze. And let's check them out. I'll show you what they look like when repeated here on the test shape. I'll go ahead and click on it just to make sure it's selected once again. And here is Arabian geometric, repeats beautifully. Here is Arabian garish and then finally, here is Arabian bronze, which supports a bunch of different shapes that are all filled with radial gradients. Isn't that awesome? And if you are interested in building this very tile pattern, well then, by all means, join me in the next exercise.

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