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Intricate Patterns in Illustrator

This tutorial will show you how to create intricate patterns in Illustrator super quickly. Stuff that would take you hours to draw manually with the Pen Tool takes just seconds when you use this technique. This tutorial is special because it was written by a guest author. His name is Barton Damer. I think he did a great job this time around and you can probably expect more tutorials from Barton in the future. So if you like it it, show your support and leave a comment! With that said, on with the tutorial!

You can watch the video or read the step by step tutorial below.

Intro:

We’ll use some elements from Go Media’s Arsenal to give us a great starting point. In this particular tutorial I used Decorative 2 from Set 8 and also the Currency Ornaments from Set 4. If you do not have these elements, no problem, you can either create your own or use some stuff from our free sample pack. The principal behind this tutorial is using the Pattern Brush tool in Adobe Illustrator.

Final Image Using the Pattern Brush Tool in Adobe Illustrator

Step 1:

I chose this single Go Media swirl design from Decorative 8. Outlined it in black with a white fill. Then drew a black rectangle behind it.
Make sure all the items you want to make a pattern from are selected. From the Brushes menu button click the down arrow choose “new brush” (see image below).

Step 1

Step 2:

That will prompt you to make a choice. Choose “new pattern brush.” (see image below)

Step 2

Step 3:

You will then see these options (see image below).
These are your default settings and they will work just fine for what we are doing right now. Click “OK.”

Step 3

Step 4:

Now make a circle and with the circle selected, choose your new brush from the brushes menu. You will see the pattern brush wraps the image around the circle seamlessly. SICK!
(see image below)

Step 4

Step 5:

Next, I have drawn my own shape and repeated the steps for making a new brush – using the default settings. This shape is a little more detailed (see image below). But you can just as easily choose to use a vertical triangle or a diamond that is stretched vertically. Regardless, use a shape that is vertical in length so that you will see the way the pattern brush treats this element.

Step 5

Step 6:

Draw a new circle aligned in the center of the current circle. Select your new pattern brush from the menu and peep the rad shape that would’ve hurt my brain to try to draw on my own! (see image below). Now adjust the size of your stroke and watch what happens! Adjust to your liking.

Step 6

Step 7:

Now I want to get really detailed with the pattern brush. I’m going to create and intricate shape by combining elements from 3 different Gomedia swirlies. As you create your shape, keep in mind that the edges need to line up perfectly in order to repeat and create the pattern (see the example in red below). I will only use the shape inside of my guides for the pattern brush shape.

Step 7

Step 8:

Once you have paid careful attention to the edges and know that they will seamlessly line up, make a new pattern brush (repeating the steps from the beginning of the tutorial). Draw another circle that is aligned with the center of the other 2 circles. Apply your new pattern brush. (see image below) Upon seeing the results, I soiled myself and had to change my undies! AMAZING!

Step 1

Step 9:

(side note: we’ve been using the default settings for the brushes we’ve created. but notice the results when we “flip across.” (see image below) you can also apply these brushes to any shape vector. not just circles.)

Step 9

Step 10:

I want to make 2 more brushes to complete my overall pattern. One of them is another swirly from Gomedia, the other is simply a black box with a white triangle. (see image below) Again, repeat the steps for making a pattern brush. Default settings are fine.

Step 10

Step 11:

My pattern now looks like this. You can see that all of this detail contains only 5 vector circles! (see image below)

Step 11

Step 12:

This pattern is going to be part of a larger design. So I’m going to mask it by drawing a square around it and making a clipping mask. (see image below)

Step 12

Step 13:

And now I’ve added some more Gomedia swirls to the corners and a nice thick black stroke around the mask. (see image below)

Step 13

Step 14:

Check this out… Go to Object > Expand Appearance. Now you have vector points for each piece of your pattern. (see image below)

Step 14

Step 15:

Now I can choose colors for individual elements or groups. (see image below). I’ve also continued my design by adding another design from Gomedia to the top.

Step 15

Step 16:

Continuing to add to my design, I’ve chosen 3 elements from the Gomedia Currency set to create the detailed framing in tan/black outlines. (see image below) I have also taken the time to draw Jesus. See Gomedia’s tutorial on “Beautiful Vector Illustrations” to complete this step.

Step 16

Step 17:

Last, I really want to utilize the use of patterns with this piece so I made the background from straight lines and applied one of the brushes I had already made earlier in the tutorial. (see image below)

Step 17

Conclusion:

The power of the pattern brush is amazing! Experiment with some of the settings for different effects. You can even select this entire piece of artwork now that it is “finished” and make that into a pattern brush. Super rad!

Discussion

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  • http://nephilistic.com Áskhari

    wow, very impressing – I nearly never used pattern till now, I think I’ll gonna give it a shot today ^^

  • http://nephilistic.com Áskhari

    wow, very impressing – I nearly never used pattern till now, I think I’ll gonna give it a shot today ^^

  • http://www.freelanceswitch.com dickie

    Nice work. I’m going to have to try this out myself….talk about a potential time sink!

  • http://www.freelanceswitch.com dickie

    Nice work. I’m going to have to try this out myself….talk about a potential time sink!

  • http://www.geminiart.it StefanoBarlocco

    very nice tuts ;) great works and great patterns ;)

  • http://www.geminiart.it StefanoBarlocco

    very nice tuts ;) great works and great patterns ;)

  • Bente

    Very inspiring, I will try this right away! Thank you! :)

  • Bente

    Very inspiring, I will try this right away! Thank you! :)

  • http://www.myspace.com/conhuirmckee Conhuir McKee

    this is so useful! keep the video tuts coming… there really good!

  • http://www.myspace.com/conhuirmckee Conhuir McKee

    this is so useful! keep the video tuts coming… there really good!

  • my_design_ideas

    that absolutely great tutorial..
    thanks dude

  • Mordos

    Great !! Thanks a lot.
    :)

  • Mordos

    Great !! Thanks a lot.
    :)

  • http://www.progresstd.com Andrew Fleming

    Holy… freakin’… crap!

    I’ve played (lightly) with patterns and such, but WOW the things you can actually do with it blows my mind… Time to start practicing!

    Thanks a million times over!

  • http://www.progresstd.com Andrew Fleming

    Holy… freakin’… crap!

    I’ve played (lightly) with patterns and such, but WOW the things you can actually do with it blows my mind… Time to start practicing!

    Thanks a million times over!

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  • http://www.blog.spoongraphics.co.uk Chris

    Amazing, just goes to show how a tool that you use in your work on a daily basis can be used in a different context to create a totally new style.

    Chris

  • http://www.blog.spoongraphics.co.uk Chris

    Amazing, just goes to show how a tool that you use in your work on a daily basis can be used in a different context to create a totally new style.

    Chris

  • http://mrenteria.com mike

    simple and brilliant with an outcome that looks like it took hours. what else is there to say.

  • http://mrenteria.com mike

    simple and brilliant with an outcome that looks like it took hours. what else is there to say.

  • Gen

    wow that’s an amazing tutorial! who knew you could make something so intricate and complex looking so easily!

    I just wanted to add that you can actually colorize your brushes afterwards. You need to set the “Colorization Method” to “tints” in the brush options and then you can change the stroke colors to anything.

  • http://www.kriegsnet.com Jason

    I may have to pay more attention to the pattern brush in Illy now ;)

  • http://www.kriegsnet.com Jason

    I may have to pay more attention to the pattern brush in Illy now ;)

  • my_design_ideas

    that absolutely great tutorial..
    thanks dude

  • nate

    this was awesome, he walked through it real nice, pattern brush is really useful

  • nate

    this was awesome, he walked through it real nice, pattern brush is really useful

  • http://ian.sundermedia.com Ian Muir

    Awesome tutorial, some very useful stuff here.

  • http://ian.sundermedia.com Ian Muir

    Awesome tutorial, some very useful stuff here.

  • Joanne

    Two thumbs up!

  • Joanne

    Two thumbs up!

  • http://robo.clickpopmedia.com cvasquez

    Great tutorial guys. Thanks for breaking it down for us.

    • yabadam

      yea you rock that’s wat i’m talking abbout man gimme a bounce

  • http://www.clickpopmedia.com VQ

    Great tutorial guys. Thanks for breaking it down for us.

  • Matt G

    Thats the kind of tutorial that I like to see, you dont see that kind just anywhere. Very well done.

  • Matt G

    Thats the kind of tutorial that I like to see, you dont see that kind just anywhere. Very well done.

  • Gen

    wow that’s an amazing tutorial! who knew you could make something so intricate and complex looking so easily!

    I just wanted to add that you can actually colorize your brushes afterwards. You need to set the “Colorization Method” to “tints” in the brush options and then you can change the stroke colors to anything.

  • http://myspace.com/rawwrh Aroldo

    i love GM!

  • http://myspace.com/rawwrh Aroldo

    i love GM!

  • http://www.bartondamer.com barton damer

    THANKS! so glad it is useful. big thanks to Gomedia for their willingness to support the online artist community with such amazing business tips, tutorials, and top 10 lists! ;-)

    Gooooo! media!

  • http://www.bartondamer.com barton damer

    THANKS! so glad it is useful. big thanks to Gomedia for their willingness to support the online artist community with such amazing business tips, tutorials, and top 10 lists! ;-)

    Gooooo! media!

  • Kim

    Thanks for the tutorial! Not a graphic designer by trade, so this was extremely helpful & insiteful to me! Thanks Barton & Go Media!!!

  • Kim

    Thanks for the tutorial! Not a graphic designer by trade, so this was extremely helpful & insiteful to me! Thanks Barton & Go Media!!!

  • Ciaran

    amazing tutorial!! Will save me so so so much time!!!! Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ciaran

    amazing tutorial!! Will save me so so so much time!!!! Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Murray

    very good tutorial!! keep em coming!

  • Murray

    very good tutorial!! keep em coming!

  • Crisanto

    Powerfull!!!!!!!!!!

  • Crisanto

    Powerfull!!!!!!!!!!

  • Rai

    Reeeemarkable!!!!!!!!!

  • Rai

    Reeeemarkable!!!!!!!!!

  • Morgan

    Amazing tutorial, just what I needed… Super cool!

    Big Thanks from Sweden!
    >M

  • Morgan

    Amazing tutorial, just what I needed… Super cool!

    Big Thanks from Sweden!
    >M

  • Chris

    Wow, the tutorials you guys publish are brilliant. I’ve found them to be of great value to me. Keep up the great work!

    Chris
    South Africa

  • Chris

    Wow, the tutorials you guys publish are brilliant. I’ve found them to be of great value to me. Keep up the great work!

    Chris
    South Africa

  • dalvin

    very useful tutorial..
    gives professional result for any designs

  • dalvin

    very useful tutorial..
    gives professional result for any designs

  • Jeff

    Love the tut Bart. Great stuff, thanks for the tips.

  • Jeff

    Love the tut Bart. Great stuff, thanks for the tips.

  • Paul

    Great tutorial, fellow Clevelanders!!

  • Paul

    Great tutorial, fellow Clevelanders!!

  • Dirk

    AWESOME Tutorial. One of the best! Thanks for sharing your secret!

  • Dirk

    AWESOME Tutorial. One of the best! Thanks for sharing your secret!

  • Ramani J.V. Iyer

    Hi,

    How very nice of you to have shared a wealth of knowledge with us..! We do expect more such great gestures from you in future. Thank a lot mate…

  • Ramani J.V. Iyer

    Hi,

    How very nice of you to have shared a wealth of knowledge with us..! We do expect more such great gestures from you in future. Thank a lot mate…

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  • http://www.stormdamage.org Leonie

    This is amazing! Really inspiring stuff, thank you :)

  • http://www.stormdamage.org Leonie

    This is amazing! Really inspiring stuff, thank you :)

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  • http://www.designbyinstinct.com Peter

    Thanks for a GREAT tutorial, now I need to get myself to learn and use more of illustrator than Photoshop.

  • http://www.designbyinstinct.com Peter

    Thanks for a GREAT tutorial, now I need to get myself to learn and use more of illustrator than Photoshop.

  • MacariuS

    O my!!! this tuto is wonderful! thank you,
    MacariuS from Brazil! ,,/

  • MacariuS

    O my!!! this tuto is wonderful! thank you,
    MacariuS from Brazil! \,,/

  • http://www.snedekerdesignz.com snedekerdesignz

    Amazing! Keep up the great work!
    btw, i love the pic of Jesus!
    W00T!

  • http://www.snedekerdesignz.com snedekerdesignz

    Amazing! Keep up the great work!
    btw, i love the pic of Jesus!
    W00T!

  • http://www.talkphp.com/ Adam

    Very beautiful. For some reason I really love intricate patterns, such as fractals.

  • http://www.talkphp.com/ Adam

    Very beautiful. For some reason I really love intricate patterns, such as fractals.

  • ActivE

    woOw , nice tut.

    keep it up

  • ActivE

    woOw , nice tut.

    keep it up

  • http://shielara.blog.com cristina

    ewzzzz nice tutorial talaga it super na matuto ka….hey heyyyyyy from philippines

    cdeinla@yahoo.com

  • http://shielara.blog.com cristina

    ewzzzz nice tutorial talaga it super na matuto ka….hey heyyyyyy from philippines

    cdeinla@yahoo.com

  • http://shielara.blog.com cristina

    ilove this tutorial….i ve learned alot

  • http://shielara.blog.com cristina

    ilove this tutorial….i ve learned alot

  • http://www.vareficenter.com va loan mortgage

    dang that’s tight! Drupal really is the most powerful tool. It doesn’t seem to be too complex either which really helps!

  • http://www.rhinogroup.com Cisco

    cool tut, thanks!

  • http://www.rhinogroup.com Cisco

    cool tut, thanks!

  • Nate

    I’m not sure about earlier versions, but for CS2 and CS3, steps 1 through 11 can be applied to a single ellipse!

    Simply add strokes in the “Appearances” Panel.

    Colors, stroke weight and pattern brush application can be applied to each added stroke.

    Under the Effect> Path> Offset Path dropdown command you can adjust the offset of each added path from the original ellipse path, or leave the Offset as is and build up a densely textured ellipse.

    Although there are few extra steps, using the Appearances palette decreases how many objects you have to keep track of and speeds up any edits.

    Additionally, you can save the settings as a Graphic Style and apply the style to other objects or future projects with the click of your mouse (or pen).

  • Nate

    I’m not sure about earlier versions, but for CS2 and CS3, steps 1 through 11 can be applied to a single ellipse!

    Simply add strokes in the “Appearances” Panel.

    Colors, stroke weight and pattern brush application can be applied to each added stroke.

    Under the Effect> Path> Offset Path dropdown command you can adjust the offset of each added path from the original ellipse path, or leave the Offset as is and build up a densely textured ellipse.

    Although there are few extra steps, using the Appearances palette decreases how many objects you have to keep track of and speeds up any edits.

    Additionally, you can save the settings as a Graphic Style and apply the style to other objects or future projects with the click of your mouse (or pen).

  • AdobeWan

    Great stuff, but your good grief, drink some coffee before you do a video tutorial. I felt like your voice was putting my brain into a coma.

    Not trying to be mean-spirited, just teasing ya. Thanks for sharing.

  • AdobeWan

    Great stuff, but your good grief, drink some coffee before you do a video tutorial. I felt like your voice was putting my brain into a coma.

    Not trying to be mean-spirited, just teasing ya. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.bartondamer.com barton damer

    yeah. no kidding. i’ve been waiting for my big break with a voice over talent agency… still waiting. ;-)

    thank God for digital art or i’d be screwed.

    a friend of mine said i reminded him of a modern day Bob Ross! ha!

  • http://www.bartondamer.com barton damer

    yeah. no kidding. i’ve been waiting for my big break with a voice over talent agency… still waiting. ;-)

    thank God for digital art or i’d be screwed.

    a friend of mine said i reminded him of a modern day Bob Ross! ha!

  • http://www.collision-theory.com aj

    Cool stuff! Could you do a repeating pattern tutorial in Illustrator? I do these in photoshop http://www.collision-theory.com/aj_patterns.htm but I want to learn how to do a square graphic in illustrator that repeats cleanly. does that make sense? lol

  • http://www.collision-theory.com aj

    Cool stuff! Could you do a repeating pattern tutorial in Illustrator? I do these in photoshop http://www.collision-theory.com/aj_patterns.htm but I want to learn how to do a square graphic in illustrator that repeats cleanly. does that make sense? lol

  • Patrick

    lets see what would this look like if it were ice cream… hmmm… that’s pretty delicious.
    not only a great tutorial, but you’re hilarious also.
    you are the modern day Bob Ross.

    Let’s make some happy patterns.
    :D

  • Patrick

    lets see what would this look like if it were ice cream… hmmm… that’s pretty delicious.
    not only a great tutorial, but you’re hilarious also.
    you are the modern day Bob Ross.

    Let’s make some happy patterns.
    :D

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    I LOVE the tutorials and all the freebies!

    I am going to ask for a gift certificate for my birthday!

    • http://www.filmizlee.net film izle

      Excellent! Just the kind of tutorial you want to read.

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    I LOVE the tutorials and all the freebies!

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  • mcma

    that s v.nice! keep it up, man!

  • mcma

    that s v.nice! keep it up, man!

  • http://www.eightcellent.com redsman

    Gila lo ndro!!!
    Hebat banget ck ck ck ck …
    Ajarin dong mbah bule???? plis…
    Pada ngerti kan bahasa ini?
    hehehehe

  • http://www.eightcellent.com redsman

    Gila lo ndro!!!
    Hebat banget ck ck ck ck …
    Ajarin dong mbah bule???? plis…
    Pada ngerti kan bahasa ini?
    hehehehe

  • mombeka

    After watching your tutorial I got inspired and created a “Valentine’s Day” pattern in CS2 – it was just chosen by the admin team at Vectorstock.com for the “Free Pattern of the Month”
    I credit your tutorial in my Vectorstock blog at:
    http://www.vectorstock.com/artist/?name=mombeka
    Still trying to figure out how to integrate these things gracefully with other elements – not as easy as you make it look! Thanks for a really fun learning experience with great results!

  • mombeka

    After watching your tutorial I got inspired and created a “Valentine’s Day” pattern in CS2 – it was just chosen by the admin team at Vectorstock.com for the “Free Pattern of the Month”
    I credit your tutorial in my Vectorstock blog at:
    http://www.vectorstock.com/artist/?name=mombeka
    Still trying to figure out how to integrate these things gracefully with other elements – not as easy as you make it look! Thanks for a really fun learning experience with great results!

  • Subnuggurat

    Excellent! Just the kind of tutorial you want to read.

  • Subnuggurat

    Excellent! Just the kind of tutorial you want to read.

  • leejy

    wow it is nice!
    Thank you. from Seoul

  • leejy

    wow it is nice!
    Thank you. from Seoul

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  • Boreale

    And from Paris also ! :)

  • Boreale

    And from Paris also ! :)

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    oho! supernice! sweh-eat!

  • http://www.aptdesignonline.com brad

    oho! supernice! sweh-eat!

  • rondeline

    The only question I have.. and this is going to sound lame.. is how to do align up consistent circles within circles consistently?

    Driving my crazy..

    Other than that great tutorial.

  • rondeline

    The only question I have.. and this is going to sound lame.. is how to do align up consistent circles within circles consistently?

    Driving my crazy..

    Other than that great tutorial.

    • http://www.sinemafilmizle.org film izle

      Great work! Great tutorial!
      i wanna know what is the currency look call?
      and how to create it?

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  • Not A Freak

    nice, thx

  • Not A Freak

    nice, thx

  • http://quakeulf.suxos.org Quakeulf

    This tutorial makes me laugh at how easy it actually is.

    Thank you so much for helping me do this more efficiently! =3

  • http://quakeulf.suxos.org Quakeulf

    This tutorial makes me laugh at how easy it actually is.

    Thank you so much for helping me do this more efficiently! =3

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  • http://www.pixelgirlmedia.com PixelGirl Media

    Great Work– Fantastic tutorial! Going to try out this idea soon!

  • http://www.pixelgirlmedia.com PixelGirl Media

    Great Work– Fantastic tutorial! Going to try out this idea soon!

  • Tommy

    Great work! Great tutorial!
    i wanna know what is the currency look call?
    and how to create it?

  • Tommy

    Great work! Great tutorial!
    i wanna know what is the currency look call?
    and how to create it?

  • John

    yes very cool indeed

    but i can get a half tone ..to span across a 900px page & too look consistent all the way across

    what am i missing ?

    peace ..John

  • John

    yes very cool indeed

    but i can get a half tone ..to span across a 900px page & too look consistent all the way across

    what am i missing ?

    peace ..John

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  • John

    problem solved finally…how to get a half tone too span across 900px ..with out stretching out the graphic ….the pattern tool ..doh !

    thanx man great tute
    peace & health …John

  • John

    problem solved finally…how to get a half tone too span across 900px ..with out stretching out the graphic ….the pattern tool ..doh !

    thanx man great tute
    peace & health …John

  • Terri

    Great video. Very helpful. I never used the pattern brush before.

    Now will you please show me how to make a regular pattern that has overlapping elements across the boundaries of a box?

    • film izle

      Great video. Very helpful. I never used the pattern brush before.

  • Terri

    Great video. Very helpful. I never used the pattern brush before.

    Now will you please show me how to make a regular pattern that has overlapping elements across the boundaries of a box?

  • martin

    There seems to be a missing link with how to use ornaments – and, in particular, with the pattern brush. You see them all the time in professional graphics, yet they seem to be hidden in Illustrator. You did great job revealing both the ornament asset and putting it to proper use.

    Plus, I personally liked your voice – and your humbleness and satisfaction after completing a technique. Reminded me of Geof from Ace of Cakes!

  • martin

    There seems to be a missing link with how to use ornaments – and, in particular, with the pattern brush. You see them all the time in professional graphics, yet they seem to be hidden in Illustrator. You did great job revealing both the ornament asset and putting it to proper use.

    Plus, I personally liked your voice – and your humbleness and satisfaction after completing a technique. Reminded me of Geof from Ace of Cakes!

  • Konci

    very usefull tut… i think i didnt go to design school after read it… thanks…!
    Gomedia always gimme alot of great secret things,thanks again. but i’ve any question to you, i hope you can help me.. ” how to grow up
    the brilliant idea to design..?” its my big problem when i began to design.. i hope anybody can help me please…
    Sorry… my english very terrible…
    Thanks from indonesian beginner.

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  • Konci

    very usefull tut… i think i didnt go to design school after read it… thanks…!
    Gomedia always gimme alot of great secret things,thanks again. but i’ve any question to you, i hope you can help me.. ” how to grow up
    the brilliant idea to design..?” its my big problem when i began to design.. i hope anybody can help me please…
    Sorry… my english very terrible…
    Thanks from indonesian beginner.

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  • DOLANZ

    WOW ! cool tuts
    thank fr malaysia

  • DOLANZ

    WOW ! cool tuts
    thank fr malaysia

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  • Jorge

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  • Jorge

    alucinante también.

  • Jorge

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  • mack

    nice tut but I’m stuck om step 7- how do you crop it in AI to make it seamless? the pathfinder doesnt work because it still adds the invisible part of the combined shape. help!! thanks!

  • mack

    nice tut but I’m stuck om step 7- how do you crop it in AI to make it seamless? the pathfinder doesnt work because it still adds the invisible part of the combined shape. help!! thanks!

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  • lumac

    very inspiring to learn more because i tried it step by step, thank you!

  • lumac

    very inspiring to learn more because i tried it step by step, thank you!

  • fha refi

    wow, that is pretty cool. you make it look so easy! I am going to be sure my designer reads this post.

  • fha refi

    wow, that is pretty cool. you make it look so easy! I am going to be sure my designer reads this post.

  • SANTOSH

    wow , that is really cool , i never thought that we can such intricate pattern so quiclky

  • SANTOSH

    wow , that is really cool , i never thought that we can such intricate pattern so quiclky

  • Paula

    sick is right, this is insane….love it!

  • Paula

    sick is right, this is insane….love it!

  • Leon Sutton

    That’s super incredible! I never knew how easy it was to create pattern brushes like that. I will definitely have to add this technique to my knowledge banks. Thanks!

  • Leon Sutton

    That’s super incredible! I never knew how easy it was to create pattern brushes like that. I will definitely have to add this technique to my knowledge banks. Thanks!

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    I’ve found that increasing the stroke to a shape after applying a pattern can result in yet more interesting shape that can be made into their own pattern brushes to make things yet more intricate.

  • Nash

    I’ve found that increasing the stroke to a shape after applying a pattern can result in yet more interesting shape that can be made into their own pattern brushes to make things yet more intricate.

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    Hi! So, I got all the way to where you expand appearance and add color. Thing is…mine won’t let me add color. Whenever I select an element and choose a color its just gray. Any thoughts?

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    Hi! So, I got all the way to where you expand appearance and add color. Thing is…mine won’t let me add color. Whenever I select an element and choose a color its just gray. Any thoughts?

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    Gracias.

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    I sucksexfully made my first pattern brush.
    Skip to 03:05 on the vid. Nice! He he he…

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    I sucksexfully made my first pattern brush.
    Skip to 03:05 on the vid. Nice! He he he…

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  • germán

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  • HenryPenry

    Nice tutorial, thanks.

    Didn't have time to read all the comments, sorry…but I think I can answer your question about changing colors once it's a pattern. If I understand what you're asking/after.

    If you begin by using SPOT colors, you can easily change Hue/Saturation/Lightness and preview the change once they are used in any graphic. Create or change any color to SPOT color by double clicking the swatch name and then change the “type” to spot.
    I don't design in anything but spot colors for just this reason. In my humble opinion as a former Freehand(RIP) user, It's a weak spot in Illustrator that you can't easily change assigned colors globally, otherwise.
    When tweaking colors…I also prefer to use the HSL mode(also in the color modifying dropdown with “spot”) as mentioned. It's faster and more intuitive to me…than clumsy CMYK or whatever.
    HP

  • HenryPenry

    Nice tutorial, thanks.

    Didn't have time to read all the comments, sorry…but I think I can answer your question about changing colors once it's a pattern. If I understand what you're asking/after.

    If you begin by using SPOT colors, you can easily change Hue/Saturation/Lightness and preview the change once they are used in any graphic. Create or change any color to SPOT color by double clicking the swatch name and then change the “type” to spot.
    I don't design in anything but spot colors for just this reason. In my humble opinion as a former Freehand(RIP) user, It's a weak spot in Illustrator that you can't easily change assigned colors globally, otherwise.
    When tweaking colors…I also prefer to use the HSL mode(also in the color modifying dropdown with “spot”) as mentioned. It's faster and more intuitive to me…than clumsy CMYK or whatever.
    HP

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    Great tutorial.. but sounds like you are the living dead when you are talking.. and the breathing.. can you just stop breathing?? just kidding.. but really.. move the mic away from your mouth or something..

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    hey, does anyone know how to extract/convert a pattern into vector art? For example, I created a great pattern swatch… but now I need the total repeat as vector art. I feel like there used to be a way to do this? help

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    Jen, Do you mean Object> expand?

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  • http://twitter.com/matenji Alf Pardo

    Thanks for this awesome tutorial. Just two simple questions:

    1) How did line up the circles when you drew one circle in front of another? Were your 'snap to' guides on? (4:15-4:19 in your video)

    2) How were you able to move the point of the triangle exactly in the centre of the black box when you created the last circular pattern? (10:24-10:28 in your video)

    Thanks in advance! :)

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