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What are patterns?


Drawing Vector Graphics: Patterns

with Von Glitschka

Video: What are patterns?

What are patterns? provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by Von Glitschka as part of the Drawing Vector Graphics: Patterns
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  1. 5m 24s
    1. Welcome
      1m 32s
    2. Exercise files
    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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Video Duration: 3m 3s4h 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
Von Glitschka

What are patterns?

Okay. I'm going to get a little technical, but I think it'll better help you understand what patterns are, and how they work. The term pattern and tessellation are synonymous with one another. But, tessellations are more properly understood as tile shapes that interlock to cover a space. In other words, it's a tessellation of tile shapes that make up what we refer to as a pattern. Bathroom tiles, cobblestones, brick walls, and many mosaics are tessellations.

And, that inspired the artist M.C.Escher to create his wonderful tessellation artwork based on many of these defined patterns. If you did a simple Google search, you would discover hundreds of college math programs using the art of tessellation to demonstrate geometry and other mathematical principles. The artistic aesthetics of patterns can be graphic and colorful, organic and literal, inspired by nature, or even funky.

It's a very adaptive art form that can accommodate a range of styles that will work for a wide range of usages. Remember, tessellations are tile shapes. And, in Adobe illustrator, the tiles are always rectangular, whether you're creating a tiles shaped manually or using Adobe's pattern tool. Adobe's pattern tool will give you the option of creating a pattern with any vector art. In the pattern tool, there are five tile types and maybe a better term is arrangements that you can choose to create a repeat pattern with.

They are grid. This tiles your art like a chess board and you control the spacing using the tile tool. Brick by row. This tiles your art like a brick wall horizontally and you control using the tile tool. Brick by column. It's the same kind of brick wall tiling of your art vertically and you control it with the Tile tool. Hex by column. This tiling orients your artwork vertically based on a hexagon arrangement and you control the spacing with the Tile tool.

Hex by row. The same kind of hexagon tiling by column, but done horizontally, and again, you control it via the tile tool. We'll go over the tile types in more depth later in the course. So, all you need to keep in mind now is that you're creating artwork that will be repeated to cover a surface using one of the tile types I just mentioned. In other words, you're a surface designer and your creative challenge is to create a unique tessellation that seamlessly fills a space with an artistic pattern.

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