Join Von Glitschka for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding depth using the Appearance panel, part of Drawing Vector Graphics: Patterns.
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…If the aesthetic of your pattern design is coming off too…flat, then, it's time to infuse it with some dimensional attributes.…An easy way to add dimension to a pattern…design is by using the appearance panel in Illustrator.…So, let's take a look at how that function works.…Many of the patterns I've already shown in this course.…You've seen me use the transparency palette to select…shapes and set their opacity to varying degrees in order to…create the illusion of depth, and just to bring a nice aesthetic element…to the overall pattern and to add interest and just to make it look better.…
Vector patterns can be flat and kind of uninteresting if you're…not looking for ways to add some nice depth to it.…So I like using transparency and one area that I think makes…it easy to control this is the appearance panel so that's what we're going to focus…on in this movie but before we do this I want to talk a little bit about…the specific design style that I picked to execute this pattern in.…
Now once again, it all started in my sketch phase, and this is really where all…
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.
- 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