Join Von Glitschka for an in-depth discussion in this video Pattern tool basics, part of Drawing Vector Graphics: Patterns.
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…It's time to take a look at Illustrator's pattern tool.…The best way to learn and understand how to use this new tool, which…will aid in your creation of a repeat pattern, is by demonstrating its use.…Before we jump into making a unique repeat pattern…using this tool, we need to understand some basics regarding…the settings that control it, knowing these basics will…help you create and adjust your designs with greater ease.…So let's take a look at a few of these controls now.…
>> As with all of my patterns in this course, they all started off in analogue.…In a previous movie you saw me working on the rough sketch…of this and refining it into the final form you see now.…I scanned it in.…And I'll just simply select it, change the opacity to 20, and lock that layer.…From this, I'm going to build all of my base vector shapes.…I'm going to zoom in just a little so you can see this better.…And turn those on.…
And this is everything I need to create not only a stand alone pattern tile,…but also, I'll be able to create a free floating pattern, using the same artwork.…
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