Join Von Glitschka for an in-depth discussion in this video Pattern tool limits, part of Drawing Vector Graphics: Patterns.
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…The Pattern Tool is one of the best features in Illustrator.…With that said, it does have its limitations.…There's no layering when you work in the…Pattern Tool, which makes certain designs impossible to create.…This is why it's important to know how to create a pattern…from scratch using the bounding box method I covered earlier in the course.…The most glaring limitation, once you have a pattern composed using the…pattern tool, there's no way to export it out as a stand alone pattern tile.…
This means it's great for creating patterns you can…use on a print related project, but not so great…if you want to create a surface design for textile…printing, which requires a single tile to repeat a pattern.…Thankfully, there's a way to work around this problem.…When using the pattern tool, you need to…be aware of some of the tool's limitations.…The first limitation I'd like to mention is…that within the pattern tool, there are no layers.…
That's why it's not an ideal place to build…your artwork, as I've said in a previous movie.…
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