Drawing Vector Graphics: Patterns
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Patterns in the context of graphic design


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Drawing Vector Graphics: Patterns

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The better you get at pattern design, the more you'll look for the opportunity to use them within your projects. When you use a repeat pattern in a design, it can be overt or subtle in its final form. Sometimes the pattern gets all the visual glory, like this pattern design I created called Hexheads. I created this pattern for use on gift wrap. Other times, patterns can be used as a secondary visual element to give a subtle texture to a spartan surface.
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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
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Illustrator
Author:
Von Glitschka

Patterns in the context of graphic design

The better you get at pattern design, the more you'll look for the opportunity to use them within your projects. When you use a repeat pattern in a design, it can be overt or subtle in its final form. Sometimes the pattern gets all the visual glory, like this pattern design I created called Hexheads. I created this pattern for use on gift wrap. Other times, patterns can be used as a secondary visual element to give a subtle texture to a spartan surface.

Let me show you one example of a pattern being used in a subtle way on a two-page magazine spread. In this course you've already seen me use pattern design in various ways for other examples I've shown you in previous movies, but specifically for graphic design. I want to show you a way to use a pattern to improve a layout of a magazine. And this all starts with a free-floating pattern and I've showed you how to go about creating a free-floating pattern using graphic motifs such as the one showing here on screen which are just kind of a wood theme pattern.

And I've gone ahead copied these into the Swatch palette and have created a pattern so we're going to go into the Pattern tool really quickly and I'll show you how that was repeated. So this shows the bounding box and how I adjusted it in order to create this really nice kind of elegant repeat pattern using this motif. And I've named this one, woodmansy pattern and I am going to show you how that pattern fill works by selecting a shape and we'll go ahead and fill this with the pattern.

And I'm specifically creating this pattern to use as a background treatment in a two-page magazine spread to take a surface that is kind of barren, being just a stark white, and how it can improve that. And you're going to see that in a few seconds, but right now this is what the pattern fill looks like. And I want to size it a little differently, so we're going to go to the Size tool and size it down to about 55% is okay, and when I use, right now I'm just kind of getting an idea of how I'm going to handle this final treatment for the pattern fill.

In this case it's way too prominent. This is going to have to act as a secondary element in my overall design and really fall back. And in this case I think like a 10% or maybe a little more so we can see it. I think that looks good. Very subtle, not really dark, but almost like a watermark, if you will. So that's how I created the base pattern, and I took that pattern and brought it in to Adobe InDesign.

So we're going to switch over to that, right now, and you can see the two-page magazine spread that I laid out for Pacific Northwest magazine. And this article is called Happy Trails, and it's all about the hiking trails in the Pacific Northwest. And, obviously, the Pacific Northwest is known for its forests, and it's very green, hence the theme we're using and this layout of being green. And if I zoom in on this specific layout, you can see how I've used another ornament of mine within the design here, and I've also used my pattern to fill the background of this layout.

Now, the usage of this pattern is very faint. We're talking, I believe, we set it up to be 7% tint of the green, so even after a dot gain on a press run it's going to be very faint. It's not going to be an obvious pattern and that's what I want. I don't want it to overpower the design. I want to lend itself to the overall concept of what the article is about, which is all about hiking in the woods, and being part of nature, and it lends itself to that concept being branches, and leaves, and that's how I can use my patterns within the context of a design project like this, for a publication.

And, I encourage you to look around and find ways you can use it in your own design projects. Now I'll admit, I'm no InDesign expert, and if you want more information about imbedding artwork like this into your InDesign documents, like I've done here, you'll want to check out a course on lynda.com called InDesign Essential Training by David Blatner. He'll explain these types of things within that course. So I hope this gives you an insight on how you can use your patterns within the context of your design projects.

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