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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.
The next pattern artist I'd like to share with you is Janine Morrison, and she's based out of Tennessee and this is a very complex funky pattern that she created. This is her pattern fill right here. And rather than showing you the stand alone pattern tile, I want to take you inside the pattern tool and show you to what degree the complexity of this design is because it really is kind of mind boggling, but she obviously spent a lot of time to make this repeat work.
So we're going to go into the pattern tool here and we're going to have to zoom out a little bit because it is a pretty big pattern. And so you can start to see how this one repeats itself. And if we go to key line view here, you can see how complex it is. There's just a lot of stuff going on here. So as the previous pattern I just showed you, she's using masking to pull this off,and that's really the only way you can pull of this type of complexity.
You still need to figure out how your shapes are going to interact and correspond from one side to the other on your pattern tile, so the repeat works properly. But if done well and this is done well, you can create a very, very interesting final pattern fill that is going to work for a wide range of usages such as this one.
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